EVERY week, we go into the supermarket with the intention of just sticking to what’s on the list – and somehow, we always end up walking out with multiple packs of crisps that were on offer and lacking our everyday essentials.
Sound familiar? Well if you’re wanting to break this bad shopping habit, then look no further.
Lorna Cooper has shared a £20 shopping list which she claims will feed a family-of-four for a weekCredit: Caters News Agency
Savvy mum Lorna Cooper, from Paisley near Glasgow, has shared the £20.21 shopping list which she claims feeds a family-of-four for an entire week.
The budget-friendly recipes cover breakfast lunch and dinner and include everything from traditional cottage pie to scotch pancakes.
Lorna learnt to cook on a shoestring budget at the age of 11 when her mother died – and she was inspired to share the recipes after a “£30” government parcel was found to contain just £8.69 worth of shopping.
“I wanted to show people how they can get much more on a small budget with my weekly meal plan,” Lorna said. “Hopefully this helps some families who are struggling financially as a result of the COVID pandemic and not being able to have access to free school meals.”
Lorna learnt how to cook a budget after her mother passed away when she was 11Credit: Caters News Agency
Lorna recommends shopping around in different supermarkets for the best dealsCredit: Caters News Agency
This £20 shopping list will make enough meals for seven daysCredit: Caters News Agency
Loran broke the shopping list down into meals for the whole weekCredit: Caters News Agency
What’s more, the products on the shopping list can be found at most major supermarkets – although Lorna recommends shopping around for the best price if you can.
She said: “Most of the products in the shopping list can be found at Tesco, the eggs from Farmfoods and stock cubes from Aldi.
“Sometimes it is best to shop around, it may be less convenient, but it makes a huge difference to your budget.
“If you don’t have access to a lot of supermarkets nearby, it is good to have a look at your local supermarket’s ‘basic’ range as they are often just as good as some branded products.
Lorna recommends using leftovers from the roast chicken for dinner the next dayCredit: Caters News Agency
Lorna recommends using the leftover chicken in a soup the next dayCredit: Caters News Agency
If you follow Lorna’s plan, this will be your meal for Monday nightCredit: Caters News Agency
Cottage pie is Thursday’s dinnerCredit: Caters News Agency
Lorna has included three different breakfast options in her meal planCredit: Caters News Agency
Lorna uses the remaining eggs to poach another dayCredit: Caters News Agency
This porridge recipe three times on the meal plannerCredit: Caters News Agency
“It is also good to check the price per kg of items to make sure you are getting the best value for your money.”
Six years ago, the mum-of-five suffered a back injury which forced her to cut back on her weekly food shop budget.
As a result of this, Lorna set up a Facebook page for others to share their homecooked meal ideas and has also written a book called ‘Feed Your Family For £20 A Week’.
For more tips on budget-friendly meal ideas, visit Lorna’s Facebook group Feed Your Family for About £20 a Week.
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