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Man spends just £17.26 on weekly food shop – his meal plan in full | Personal Finance |

Man spends just £17.26 on weekly food shop – his meal plan in full | Personal Finance |
Written by MAGASIR

A consumer expert has developed a meal plan to feed one adult for £17.26 a week which could help people save money during the cost of living crisis. Tom Church, co-founder of money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk bought a week’s worth of food shopping for less than £20 in Aldi.

Tom found that Aldi’s soya milk was much cheaper than dairy milk so happily swapped this for his usual version.

He added: “You get a litre of soya milk for 65p, whereas their dairy milk was £1.05 per litre. For a 40p saving, I’ll happily switch to soya!

“On the TikTok video, I shared a jar of tuna pasta bake sauce which was just 75p – I decided to see how much it would cost to make one. With a 52p tin of sweetcorn, 100g of cheddar for just 99p and four tins of tuna for £2.49, I was able to make my money really stretch.

“I would use two tins of tuna for this recipe, and keep the other two tins for tuna sandwiches for lunches later in the week.”

Tom continued: ‘I also shared a 34p tin of carrots, which I thought were such a good deal I got four tins. These stretched across two meals – shepherd’s pie and chicken rice casserole.

“Aldi has a great deal on potatoes right now – they’re reduced to just 15p, so they went well with the shepherd’s pie. As for the casserole, I found 1kg of chicken legs for just £1.99 which I think is excellent value for money.

“I put together a menu to show it’s possible to get a full week of healthy meals for under £20 a week.

“Of course, it doesn’t have to be followed to the letter, but hopefully it provides inspiration for those who are feeling the pinch at the moment.”

Tom’s Aldi budget meal plan:

MONDAY

Breakfast

Cornflakes and soya milk

  • Harvest Morn Corn Flakes 500g, 63p

  • Acti Leaf Soya Original 1 litre, 65p

Lunch

Spaghetti on toast

  • Everyday Essentials Medium Sliced ​​White Bread 800g, 39p

  • Everyday Essentials Spaghetti Hoops in Tomato Sauce 400g, 16p

Dinner

Beef mince stir fry

  • Asia Specialties Medium Egg Noodles 250g, 85p

  • Asia Specialties Chow Mein Stir Fry Sauce 120g, 49p

  • Nature’s Pick Oriental Stir Fry 320g, 95p

  • Nature’s Glen 20% Fat Beef Mince 500g, £1.79

TUES DAY

Breakfast

Cornflakes and soya milk

  • Harvest Morn Corn Flakes 500g, 63p

  • Acti Leaf Soya Original 1 litre, 65p

Lunch

Chicken and mushroom pasta

Dinner

Tuna pasta bake

  • Cucina Pasta Bake Tuna 495g, 75p [sauce]

  • The Fishmonger Tuna Chunks In Brine 4 x 145g, £2.49 [I used two tins and kept two back for tuna sandwiches, below]

  • Everyday Essentials Penne Pasta 500g, 41p

  • Four Seasons Sweetcorn In Water 340g, 52p

  • Emporium Caramelised Onion Cheddar Cheese 100g, 99p

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast

Cornflakes and soya milk

  • Harvest Morn Corn Flakes 500g, 63p

  • Acti Leaf Soya Original 1 litre, 65p

Lunch

Tuna Sandwich

Dinner

Chicken Rice Casserole

  • Four Seasons Sliced ​​Carrots In Water 300g, 34p [I got four tins and used two in this recipe]

  • Everyday Essentials Long Grain Rice 1kg, 48p

  • Ashfields British Chicken Legs Fresh Class A 1kg, £1.99

THURS DAY

Breakfast

Cornflakes and soya milk

  • Harvest Morn Corn Flakes 500g, 63p

  • Acti Leaf Soya Original 1 litre, 65p

Lunch

Dinner

Shepherd’s Pie

  • Four Seasons Sliced ​​Carrots In Water 300g, 34p [I used the other two tins for this recipe]

  • Nature’s Glen 20% Fat Beef Mince 500g, £1.79

  • Nature’s Pick Potatoes 2kg, 15p

FRIDAY

Breakfast

Cornflakes and soya milk

  • Harvest Morn Corn Flakes 500g, 63p

  • Acti Leaf Soya Original 1 litre, 65p

Lunch

Tuna Sandwich

Dinner

SATURDAY

Breakfast

Cornflakes and soya milk

  • Harvest Morn Corn Flakes 500g, 63p

  • Acti Leaf Soya Original 1 litre, 65p

Lunch

Dinner

SUNDAY

Breakfast

Cornflakes and soya milk

  • Harvest Morn Corn Flakes 500g, 63p

  • Acti Leaf Soya Original 1 litre, 65p

Lunch

Dinner

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