This week in my kitchen…Feeding a family on a budget… The basics…

Welcome to my kitchen…A slight change this week as I am not back from my few days away until later today…I have been visiting a dear friend and we are having some girlie time…Cooking has definitely not been on my agenda during this week so I thought for a change I would talk about feeding a family on a budget…


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Just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean that you cannot create a fabulous delicious meal for less than a store brought ready meal or sandwich…You really can and it is also far healthier…

So…I am going to start from the beginning and go through how to get started…Next week I will go through store cupboard basics and then the week after menu planning and some recipes to get you going….

It doesn’t matter what your taste in food is or how good your skills are in the kitchen…I am a good home cook…I am not a chef …I mean how many of us are ???

With just a little common sense and planning you can produce healthy, hearty meals for any occasion.

We have six children and with myself and hubby that was a minimum of eight mouths to feed every day of the week…Trust me I know how a hoard of hungry teenagers can if you don’t budget or plan be expensive to feed…I mean most have hollow legs and could eat for England and some…Plus if both parents are working then planning and preparation is a must…

If you don’t plan your meals then that is when you impulse buy or waste food…

You need:-

  • A plan and recipes
  • Know what food is in season
  • When and where to shop
  • How to use leftovers
  • What you can grow yourself
  • Store Cupboard Basics
  • How to shop
  • Time to plan and shop

Many items are cheaper if you buy from a wholesaler, markets or individual traders like butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers.

Just take one step at a time and gather all your information, set up your storecupboard basics and you will be ready to go.

Always go shopping with a list and stick to it…Having a list ensures that you don’t forget anything… helps you keep within your budget and also helps stop impulse purchases…

You do need to shop around as the cost of produce varies from store to store as well as from season to season it is important to shop around to ensure you get the best price and quality…Sometimes buying on the cheap doesn’t always work as if it is inferior quality it may go off before you can use it so shop wisely…


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Many stores also have multi-buy offers, bargain bins and reduced to clear items …These are always worth a look but don’t buy because it is a good offer…I have been there and ended up with lots of bargains and special offers of goods we don’t eat often or which last a while especially when it is something that you only use a tsp of…shop wisely…

Once you have completed your first shop you have a till receipt use it as a checklist for next time or when you are doing a price comparisson…Also, check your bill as sometimes special offers don’t show on your till receipt at the correct price…

Initially yes it will take some time but once you are into that routine it will become second nature and now I shop almost without thinking sometimes I know what I can get and where and plan accordingly…Also on some items especially things I use a lot I keep a spare…

The internet is also a good way to shop as again once you are into a routine it can save you time and money and most places offer free delivery or give discounts for online shopping…I don’t shop online now for groceries but when I worked and the kids were young online shop for some items was a godsend…

Again it is about planning…Planning your menus for the week ..checking your cupboards and writing your list…

Buying in bulk as well as shopping around is often the way to reduce costs…However,


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When buying fresh produce that bulk buy may not be such a bargain…If you can freeze it or make pickles, chutneys or jam then it is…The same with jars or canned goods or large packets of foods…Have you got enough storage space? if it is packets what is the shelf life?…

If you are a small family then maybe share a good bulk buy with other family members, friends or neighbours we always did this when the kids were young and it worked well.


Sticking to a budget always works once you get into the swing of it…You will save money and eat healthier and better…Another plus side is it teaches your children how to shop and plan if you are growing herbs and vegetables again it is all good for them to see and help with…You can also get some really good bargains if you buy a whole tray of seedlings or grow your own from seeds or cuttings…I find friends are a good source of cuttings.

I hope you have found these tips useful…x

Next week…Store Cupboard Staples…


About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a lovely weekend  xx











13 thoughts on “This week in my kitchen…Feeding a family on a budget… The basics…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I totally agree, John there really is no need… A bit of planning, thought and effort is all that is required… Too much complacency in this world.. Government lead!


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I did, Adele with all those kids but it has taught them well and it does end up not being about money but surving and being as healthy as possible.. Hope you are well… Enjoy your weekend.. Xxx



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