Cheap Family Meals Challenge is my one-year blogging plan to share with you, how we plan to live on $300 a month whilst enjoying cheap meals for 5. We are a family of mum, dad, teenage boy and 2 under 4s and love our home cooked food. This blog post covers our yellow stickers cheap family meals grocery plan in the UK before travelling back to France.
If you have been following us along at home through the months you will know that we have been sticking to spending around $300 a month to feed our family of 5 this year. We have shared with you each month EXACTLY what we have spent, the recipes we have followed, the shops we have bought from and how much money you can save by shopping savvy.
But we are doing something different for June. You see we are a month into our summer road trip where we visit 8 different countries in 84 days. We are planning on going to the UK at the end of June to visit family and one thing that fascinates me in the UK is the yellow sticker deals.
Yellow Stickers In The UK
True story for you…..
When I was 17 and before I met Dominic, I had a friend that worked in the local Kwik Save (now called Sommerfields and now a Premier Inn) and he was in charge of applying the yellow sticker clearance discounts to the fresh produce.
He would purposely reduce it down to 5p or 10p and then he would hide it under the yoghurts for me. I would then go to the till and pay for the lot and then he would give me the money back later. The till staff were always wanting to know where I found the yellow sticker deals because they could never find any. But his bosses thought he was amazing because he never had any yellow sticker produce left.
That’s how he used to eat on a discount and it was long before yellow sticker goods became the popular thing to do. He would get me doing this for him maybe 3 times a week and he could easily feed himself and his parents for £10 a week. His parents weren’t poor but just like me they loved the bargains.
I would also get things for my Dad too and he had a barbecue he had to cater for and was very pleased with ALL the 5p packs of sausages that I came home with.
But since then yellow stickers has grown to be more and more popular by the day. There are even searches made in Google to find out when your favourite supermarket does their yellow stickers and what time of day to grab the best bargains.
Well here in Portugal they are simply not as good. And they certainly don’t drop to those price points. Instead they have pink stickers and will reduce food by 50% the night before the due date. If they did I could do my monthly grocery shopping on $100 a month!
So, the chance to go to the UK and see how low they are, is going to be a dream come true for me.
I plan to hit all the main supermarkets that I like, check out their yellow stickers and feed our family some of our meals from them. I would do it ALL but its impossible when you don’t have the same resources 😊
Yellow Sticker Cheap Family Meals Challenge
The main thing that you want to think about, is that you MUST be at the supermarket an hour before it closes for the best deals. That is when supermarkets give you a silly price for items and you will see lots of items for less than 50p each.
If you don’t want your bargains that cheap, then head to the supermarket at dinner time (5-6pm) and you will see savings of approximately 50%.Cheap Family Meals Challenge for families that want cheap meal plans and ideas – month 7 @recipe_this
No Amazing Yellow Sticker Deals In Yorkshire?
The first place that I headed for yellow sticker deals was my home town in Yorkshire. It turns out that at you don’t get the 10p deals because if they don’t sell they go to charity instead.
You can of course grab the 50% off deals but that’s the best you get. Compared to when we were down south and there was plenty of crazy deals.
I chatted to an assistant in Asda and he said that anything not sold goes into landfill. Which is so sad, they need to reach an in between where charity and local customers get the best deals.
Yellow Sticker Cheap Family Meals Challenge & What I Got!
Okay so I better admit that I gave up on the yellow sticker deals because I could just not get anything good without 50% off. Then the night before we were leaving for our Calais to Dover ferry and a chocolate top up later, and I was in Asda when they had a huge amount of deals.
I saw people arguing with each other and getting rather pushy as they argued over the hamburger meat. Poor me with no freezer or meat space had to watch on and couldn’t get any.
It was just so, so wrong!
But they did have non-meat food that I could grab, and I ended up with the following:
- White Rolls = 20p
- Scottish Rolls = 20p
- Cadbury’s Caramel Cookies = 20p
- Galaxy Cookies = 20p
- Loaf Of Bread = 5p
- Yoghurt Pack*2 = 64p
- 4 Baked Potatoes = 14p
- 5 Kilos Baby Potatoes = 60p
- Fruit Slices Packs*5 = 10p
- Parsley = 7p
- Total = £2.40
Can you believe I got all that for less than £3?
It felt really good to say that I picked up some good deals and it wasn’t just everyone else. But it also made me feel depressed that I didn’t have these deals all the time.
Here is what food we ate with our yellow sticker deals:
2 days of sandwiches for when we were travelling – this saved us a lot of money based on how much you end up paying on sandwiches and fast food on the motorway.
The cookies lasted about 10 minutes and were eaten in the car on the way back home. We were starving and hadn’t eaten cookies like this for a decade.
Jam and bread for breakfast used up the last of the bread. It makes a frugal breakie and as we had some homemade jam in our bags it was the perfect combo.
The yoghurts & the fruit were also part of the packed lunches and the kids loved them. We rarely buy yoghurt so it made a nice treat for them.
Whenever we cooked over the week after buying the deals we added some fresh parsley. It gives a delicious flavour to cooking and its amazing how long it lasted considering it was passed its sell by date.
Then with the potatoes we had:
- Potato hash for breakfast
- Mashed potatoes with loads and loads of cheese
- Corned beef hash for lunch
- Baked potatoes with tuna and sweetcorn
- Potato and bean soup
- Crushed potatoes on the side of our barbecue food
- Sausage casserole loaded with baby potatoes
I thought with buying so many potatoes that some would go off but none did, they all got used and it saved us a lot on grocery shopping bills.
Yellow Sticker Cheap Family Meals Challenge Month 6 – Reflections
First, lets say that I love yellow sticker deals. I wish the deals could match these prices in Portugal but they don’t. BUT the deals we do get at 50% off are very good. We get to see a LOT of chicken breast, beef and pork and always feel spoilt by it.
Its nice to compare notes with the UK vs Portugal. Though I believe from a grocery shopping cost, that there is not much different from country to country.
The $5 Meal Plan
If you are looking for even more cheap $5 meal ideas, then look no further than the $5 meal plan. Its easy. It is simple, and you can be feeding your family for a fiver.