grocery list for 2 weeks of budget friendly meals (Updated May 2024)

grocery list for 2 weeks of budget friendly meals (Updated May 2024)

29/05/24: I have just updated the prices today and the cost per meal is now £2.23 per meal, that is an increase of 71p over a 2 year period. Interestingly some prices have stayed the same and other have skyrocketed

This is another post from Jess who previously contributed with her ham and roasted butternut soup. Jess has put together a complete food shopping list of ingredients for 2 weeks for 4 people. Also included is the meal ideas for 2 weeks, and all different. The cost of the combined meals is a just £1.52 per head. There is an added bonus that Jess will go into greater detail on each meal idea with her tweets.

The Shopping

2 Week shopping for the main meal of the day costed at Asda. I’ve gone for Middle of the market here and not gone for the always cheapest option, but decent & the best value! All hearty meals based on a family of 4 – you can source cheaper goods to suit your budgets. I’ve included absolutely everything here including basic cupboard ingredients too like butter, oil, herbs, flour etc.. So really this can be cheaper still – I will cook these everyday starting Sunday and I will still use the ingredients I have, but will give the usual methods everyday. As it stands if you bought this – it comes in at £1.52 p/h

2 weeks budget friendly ingredients list

Or if you prefer you can download the 2 week budget ingredients pdf

IngredientCost at Asda Apr 2022Asda 2024Aldi 2024
Corned beef 4x slices£1.50£2.00£1.49
Butchers Sausages, Cumberland ×8£1.60£2.25£1.79
Whole chicken – med£3.60£4.95£3.89
Beef mince 500g x3£5.70£9.90£7.50
Pork loin 1.5kg£6.75£6.00£8.00
6 x loin steaks£3.50£4.50£3.49
Salmon ×4 or battered fish£3.55£3.85
Chicken thighs£2.45£4.70£2.85
Stew pack x3£3.00£3.60
Maris Spuds 5kg£2.40£4.70
White spuds 2.5G£0.91£1.57
New spuds£0.50£1.29
Broccoli x2£1.00£1.50
Peppers x3£0.95£1.80
Tomatoes cherry£0.50£1.20
Tim tomato x4£1.50£1.71
Tom purée£0.34£0.75
Kidney beans£0.50£0.49
Milk 2litre£1.25£1.90
Butter 1kg clover£3.20£4.00
Spaghetti 2 4£2.00£3.00
Lasagne sheets£0.79£0.64
Garlic bread x2£0.64£3.60
Feta Greek style£0.75£0.89
Lg Yogurt – Greek£0.85£1.10
Mixed herbs£0.45£1.00
Parmesan 160g£2.00£3.60
Bread X2 loafs£1.20£2.70
Rice 500g£1.07£2.00
Oil Sunflower£1.19£2.15
Peas 1kg£0.80£1.45
Plain Breadcrumbs£0.49£1.20
Mayflower Curry powder£1.00£1.35
Cheese – cheddar & mozzarella£3.00£4.95
Iceberg Lettuce£0.46£0.79
Red onion£0.10£0.15
Whole Cucumber£0.45£0.89
Bag Onions£0.75£0.99
Gravy browning£0.85£1.20
Eggs x12 f/r£1.80£3.10
Beans x2£0.70£0.86
Homepride 2 4 chilli & white wine & cream£2.00£2.50
Sour cream & chive£0.79£0.82
Tortillas chips£0.43£1.00
Tuna 4x tins£2.80£2.94
Stock cubes£1.00£1.00

Budget Tips

Make stock with all peelings at every opportunity before you compost them . I usually do this on a Sunday when cooking dinner.

Portion Control for Potatoes

Not just from an economic perspective but portion control is essential when feeding a young growing family. Eyes bigger than their bellies springs to mind.

  • Sunday roast = 1 med/large cut in 3/4
  • Chips = 2 medium
  • Mash = 2 medium
  • Boiled = 1 cut in half
  • New = 3/5 per person

Also, when using veg on a Sunday, I always put a little to one side! You will be surprised how handy they can be! For instance, the odd carrot, bit of cabbage is great for stir fry’s!, also keep broccoli stems. You don’t need to use a whole cauliflower for a Sunday roast! Always look for the biggest, half a decent size is more than enough for 4 + – you have then the other half for another meal

The 2 Week Menu

2 week budget menu
2 weeks of main meal budget menu

Again you can download a copy 2 week main meal budget friendly PDF

The Sunday Roast

Roast chicken, Yorkshire puddings, roasties, veg. Homemade stuffing and gravy for 4 people.

Roast Chicken

Put in a pot/tin and season well & rub with a
little oil. any herbs you have put on the top if
you like. Chop a stick of celery and half a
carrot and put in the pot/tin cover with a lid or
foil & put in a pre heated oven at 170 for 120
mins – baste a few times. When ready remove
to a plate & to rest for at least 20 mins and
then carve the meat and dismantle the Brown
meat and put on a plate, keep the bones and
carcass for stew the next day.

Homemade Stuffing

Easy stuffing.

sauté a finely sliced onion & stick of celery & lots of thyme, then add breadcrumbs. Use any you have from old bread to shop bought in a packet! I have found them to me marvellous for stuffing! Mix well & season. oven bake in baking paper for 40 mins.

Yorkshire Puddings

I’m sure everyone has the problem of some rising more than others, this is often to do with the heat being higher in certain parts of the oven than others. It is what it is and no matter! If they taste good? Bingo Try this Yorkshire pudding recipe, and for a treat you could have duck egg Yorkshire pudding, which seems to taste a little more indulgent

The Gravy

Take the contents of the bag/pot the chicken
was cooking in. Transfer to a saucepan or
remove the chicken from the pan you cooked it
in to a warm place and cover. Mash all the
contents down with a masher and then add a
tablespoon of flour. With a whisk keep mixing it
untill it’s a paste in a medium – high heat.
Then take your stock from your vegetables &
our in a bit at a time as you whisk to cook the
flour out.. keep adding stock untill the gravy is
at the consistency you like…turn down to lie
and simmer.
I then add gravy browning for colouring

The Veg

You can steam your vegetables if you wish but I like to boil mine and use the veg water for the gravy

  • 1 leek, sautéed for 5 minutes
  • 1/4 cabbage boiled on medium for 10 minutes
  • 4 medium carrots, boil on medium for 8 minutes then take off the heat and place a lid on to keep warm
  • 3/4 swede, boil for 15 minutes then take off the heat and keep warm with a lid
  • 3 medium parsnips, boil then roast
  • 4 spuds par boil and then roast
  • 4 spuds boiled for 8/10 minutes, turn off the heat and cover with a lid to keep warm
  • 1/2 cauliflower boiled on medium for 10 minutes, keep lid on to keep warm
  • Broccoli, do this last, boil for 6 minutes, do not use a lid as this takes the colour away
  • 1 celery chopped for roasting the chicken
  • 1 celery & onion chopped to make the stuffing

Cooking Tips

Today I made a batch of Yorkshire’s , InfactI
made 18 and froze them for next Sunday that
way it’s less work the following Sunday & more
economical energy wise. just pop them in the
oven for a few mins and they are as fresh as
the day you made them.
I’ve also made a stock out of the chicken
carcass for chicken stew
I boiled up the veg peelings and tops and ends
for stock.
Any leftover gravy, freeze if not using the next
day! It’s so handy for other things, even if to
just have over chips

You can follow Jess’s thread here on Twitter and so the rest of the great pictures of her Sunday roast. Check back for the rest of the 2 week budget friendly meal plan as Jess cooks up more delicious meals.

Mondays Budget Friendly Meal for 4

Chicken stew with dumplings.

Tuesdays Budget Meal

Sausage Caserole here

Wednesday Cheap Meal Idea

Spaghetti bolognese here

Thursday Money Saving Meal

Corned beef egg and chips here

Frugal Friday Meal

Lasagne, baked potato and garlic bread here

Saturday Meal Time

Kofta with flat breads here

Week 2 Meals

Budget Sunday Dinner

Roast pork, crackling and Yorkshire puddings here

Mondays Money Saving Recipe

Cold pork slices with sautéed leftover potatoes here

Tuesday Curry

Chicken curry with basmati rice and homemade chapatis here


Baked (frozen) salmon with new potatoes and watercress here


Tuna and sweetcorn spaghetti here

Friday Budget Meal

Pork steaks in a white wine cream sauce with chips & pease here

Saturday Week 2 Budget Meal

Chilli with rice and cheesy tortillas here

Jess Rocks

Jess is from Wales and usually everyday I see her posting some great recipes on Twitter and thankful she has allowed me to share one (hopefully more)

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