FEED YOUR FAMILY FOR LESS DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS WITH THESE MONEY-SAVING TIPS
By Andrew Wayland, Everyday Loans
Feeding the family isn't always purse friendly – and it's been particularly pricey of late, with more of us at home during lockdown and into the school holidays.
One recent survey suggested we spend nearly £40 extra on groceries each week with everyone at home. So, now's a good time to review how to feed everyone — and perhaps on a tighter budget.
Takeaways might be too much of a stretch for the budget right now, but there are lots of similarly tasty treats out there.
Choices for Fakeaways are plentiful, with Aldi just launching ready-made stone baked and sourdough pizza bases for just 85p – so you can build your own brilliantly budget pizza at home. If you'd prefer to buy, take a look at Iceland's £5 deal, where you get three pizzas, two garlic breads and a bottle of Coke -
And Tesco's £7 Indian meal deal – offering two mains and two sides – offers plenty of choice and is available until 22nd September.
And don't forget how lots of the big restaurant and fast food chains shared their secret recipes earlier this year. From Ikea's Swedish meatballs to Wagamama's Katsu Curry, MacDonald's Sausage and Egg McMuffin to Greggs' Sausage, Bean and Cheese Melt, we can recreate lots of our favourite food at home, for a fraction of the price.
MARVELLOUS MEAL DEALS
The Co-op's £5 freezer deal is back – offering five of its favourite frozen foods for just a fiver instead of £10.25 if sold individually. For it you'll get a box of two Birds Eye 2 Battered Extra Large Fish Fillets, four Birds Eye Cod Fish Cakes in Crunch Crumb, a bag of McCain Oven Chips, a bag of Birds Eye Garden Peas and six Nestlé Fab lollies.
Iceland has lots of other offers available too – whether that's £8 for three mix and match on fresh meat, which is perfect for the BBQ or its selection of over 100 brilliant brand products that cost less than £1 each. It's well worth a look. Even better, delivery is free if you spend over £35.
DON'T WORRY, BE APPY
Meal planning really needn't be a pain anymore. There are lots of easy to use meal apps to help take control of dinner times and cut costs – not to mention food waste and the stress of working out what to eat and too many trips to the supermarket. Take a look at this round up to find the best app for you.
Take 'potluck' for one meal a week by cooking up any leftovers or whatever's left in the fridge. Yes, it may be a little random it's a great way to cut food waste and provides a free meal.
Or why not have a potluck get together in the garden? Here are some top tips on how to host one from Jamie O.
REAP THE REWARDS
Supermarket loyalty schemes can be a useful way to save money, whether it's on your weekly food shop or on a day out.
Read this round up of what's available from the different retailers to find out what have to offer and whether they are worth your time.
Andrew Wayland - Marketing Director
Andrew helped set up Everyday Loans back in 2006 acting as the driving force behind the sales and marketing strategy for generating business to this day. Prior to his position with Everyday Loans he worked as the Head of Commercial Development for a tech start up and ran his own PR agency for around 5 years.