With the cost of living crisis being on everyone’s minds I was interested to find some solutions for those weeks where money is extra tight for an out-reach group I facilitate. In researching I tried some of the Asda Essentials Range myself and was pleasantly surprised by the taste and price. With that in mind I set to working out a meal plan for families that may be struggling to make ends meet.
I’ve come up with a simple low cost meal plan for a family of 5. We based it on a food shop at ASDA using mostly essentials range of food items. Asda have also launched an ‘Asda Rewards’ app which allows you to build up regards on your app which you can exchange for money off vouchers to spend during future shops. They offer a free next day click and collect service too!
1 Week of Meals for a Family of 5
Under a fiver – Breakfast Meal Plan
Monday: Hot chocolate porridge with banana.
Tuesday: Scrambled egg and toast.
Wednesday: Weetabix with Banana.
Thursday: Boiled egg and toast.
Friday: Pancakes with Banana.
Saturday: Fried egg on toast.
Sunday: Pancakes with strawberry jam.
Under a Fiver – Lunch Meal plan
Monday: Ham and cheese wrap, fruit, crisps and yoghurt.
Tuesday: Chicken sandwich, fruit and cereal bar.
Wednesday: Cheese and ham toastie, fruit and yoghurt.
Thursday: Cheese and ham sandwich, fruit and chocolate wafer.
Friday: Chicken toasted wrap, fruit and crisps.
Saturday: Omelette with cheese and ham.
Sunday: Sausage sandwich.
Under a Tenner – Dinner Meal Plan
Monday: Spaghetti Bolognese with Garlic bread and vegetables.
Tuesday: Fishcakes, mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Wednesday: Vegetable pasta bake.
Thursday: Sausage, mashed potatoes and beans.
Friday: Fish cakes and vegetable rice.
Saturday: Omelettes with cheese, ham and veggies.
Sunday: Sausage, mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy.
Ice cream sundae
Crepe with chocolate and ice cream
Your ASDA Shopping list
ASDA Just essentials Strawberry Jam 34p
ASDA Plain Flour 58p
ASDA Just essentials long life milk 69p
ASDA Just essentials soft spread 83p
ASDA Just essentials bread 39p
ASDA Just essentials 15 eggs £1.30
ASDA Just essentials wheat bicks 77p
ASDA Just essentials Porridge oats 70p
ASDA Just essentials Hot chocolate powder £1.02
ASDA Just essentials Bananas £1.00
ASDA Wraps 80p
ASDA Just essentials ham 64p
ASDA Just essentials cheese slices 55p
ASDA Just essentials Crisps 82p x 2
ASDA Just essentials chicken roll £1.20
ASDA Just essentials caramel wafers 55p x 2
ASDA Just essentials yoghourt 69p
ASDA Chocolate muesli bars 67p
ASDA Just essentials spaghetti 23p
ASDA Just essentials sausages £1.21 for 20
ASDA Just essentials Beef mince £1.79
ASDA Just essentials Bolognese sauce 30p
ASDA Just essentials Cod Fishcakes £1.10 for 10
ASDA Just essentials Rice 41p
ASDA Just essentials Curry sauce 28p
ASDA Mixed herbs 30p
ASDA Frozen mash £1.00
ASDA Just essentials Garlic bread 30p
ASDA Just essentials Veg mix 72p
ASDA Just essentials Beans 20p
ASDA Just essentials Gravy 60p
ASDA just essentials Vanilla ice cream £1.00
ASDA Just essentials chocolate 33p
ASDA Just essentials Fun mix sweets 25p
Hot chocolate £1.02
PLEASE NOTE THESE PRICES ARE CORRECT AT THE TIME OF POSTING THE ARTICLE. PLEASE CHECK ASDA WEBSITE AS CHANGES IN PRICE COULD OCCUR.
Total Price – £ 24.93
Resources and apps
Zero waste freecycle:
A Facebook page to save items from landfill. Items are posted for free for members to collect. People can also request items they are in need of such as furniture, clothing, toys and books. Find out more…
Money saving expert:
A Facebook page and website ran by Martin Lewis that shares money saving tips. Find out more…
Too good to go:
An App that aims to reduce waste at low cost for the user. You can collect too good to go bags from a number of local businesses who have extra food left over for a low cost. Find out more…
Asda Rewards App:
Asda have launched a rewards app which gives you rewards every time you shop – these rewards can be converted into money off vouchers to save you money on future purchases. Find out more…
Lidl Plus App:
Lidl have created an app that gives you money off vouchers on certain products each week. You also get a free item every time you shop. Find out more…