What This Site Is About
I was trying to find out how much people spend on food, on average, and found a long Government document here. Amongst many other things, it says that in 2011, the latest date available, the average spend on food was £3.56 per person per day (section 1.1). So a family of four would spend, on average, £5,197 a year. If you spent instead, an average of £1 a day each, the total spend would be £1,460, a saving of £3,737 a year. Not forgetting that this was 2011, and undoubtedly, food has risen since then, so average spend will have done too.
That saving is enough to make a significant dent in debt, could make the difference between staying in the black or the red, contribute a big sum to a deposit for a house, pay for a good holiday, buy and run a car. And don’t forget, that is without any other savings you make, and crucially, without earning any more.
On this Blog, my intention is to build, a week at a time, meal plans, to help you to feed yourself for £1 a day. Week One, for instance, is based around the proteins in red lentils, chickpeas and bacon and will feed 2 adults. There are 11 weekly meal plans now, plus 3 Christmas week plans, Valentines Day celebration meals and other bits and bobs. And over 400 – 400!- recipes, all working ti the £1 a day budget.
For some people who find the blog, budgeting at this level is something you will be familiar with and you may just want some new and different ideas. For others, it may be a new experience, and a lot of help may be needed. I hope I can offer enough help, without teaching too many people to suck eggs
I know from going on Martin Lewis’ site that there are a lot of talented people out there who are extremely creative with very sparse resources. If you have any recipes that you would like to share, I would love to see them.
Each week that I build will consist of three parts. One, a meal plan, showing my suggestions as to what to eat when. Two, a full shopping list showing everything that you need for that week, with all prices so you can get the groceries anywhere and know the price point you need to achieve for each item to be able to keep to the £7 a week. Three, all the recipes for the suggested meal plan.
The meal plans have a breakfast, lunch and dinner for each of 7 days, plus cakey extras to fill up any hungry moments. Use these Cakes and Bakes at any point during the week when you need them, as an extra at lunch, a pudding after dinner, for supper, or any other hungry moment. Or if you and the 2nd person you are feeding don’t need this many calories, healthwise, these would probably be the best things to leave out (speaking as a sweet thing lover – sorry 🙁 ). Or how about a good old British compromise, make them and make them stretch over a longer period of time 😉
You can, of course, change the meals around to suit yourself, combine the shopping list of ingredients in any other way that suits you, add extra ingredients that you may have, just use one of the recipes, leave out anything you don’t like or need or change anything else that you see fit.
If you do use anything from here, I would love it if you let me know how you get on.