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Old 14 Aug 21, 10:25 AM  
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While home made is always best, in reality itís not always easy to make everything yourself. I now make as much as possible such as pasta sauce etc. The stuff you do buy, although goes against saving money donít always go for the cheapest option as health wise thatís not always the best.

As an example occasionally will have a flavoured microwave rice such as Mexican rice with some marinated chicken and veg as a quick ish meal after work when only cooking got one/two. You could buy a budget brand and spend 50p on the rice, however I would rather pay that bit extra and buy a more expensive one, look at the ingredients the more expensive one I get has only natural ingredients you would find in your cupboard at home, where as the cheaper one has all sorts of additives, emulsifiers and E number colours added.
Hhhm I shop in Aldi so everything is cheap, does that mean itís full of rubbish? Itís a really hard balance to get everything right 😫
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Old 14 Aug 21, 10:28 AM  
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Yeah I can imagine with kids it makes it a whole lot more complicated! I get home at 5:45 and itís usually about half 7 by the time Iím sitting down to eat tea and then by the time I have cleaned up it is time for bed.

It is worth it both cost wise and health wise for us, but Iím not sure I could manage it if I had children to think about as well! To be honest if I had children I think I would be sticking nuggets & chips in the oven every night (thatís actually what I lived off as a kid!)
Thereís a lot of pressure to make home cooked meals (which I agree is best) but the modern family that works full time just canít sustain this. My youngest is 6 and his school homework, spellings, reading etc is quite full on in the evenings plus thereís cooking the dinner and baths or showers and bedtime etc. I try to batch cook at weekends but itís my only time with the kids for fun so we try and keep busy and not spend it cooking and cleaning. So hard!
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Old 14 Aug 21, 10:37 AM  
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Originally Posted by disney1st timer View Post
Thereís a lot of pressure to make home cooked meals (which I agree is best) but the modern family that works full time just canít sustain this. My youngest is 6 and his school homework, spellings, reading etc is quite full on in the evenings plus thereís cooking the dinner and baths or showers and bedtime etc. I try to batch cook at weekends but itís my only time with the kids for fun so we try and keep busy and not spend it cooking and cleaning. So hard!
I totally agree. Honestly if I had kids I doubt very much Iíd be cooking healthy meals. I find that cooking fresh healthy meals consume my whole evening now and I donít even have children. I only do it because Iím a lazy mare and I work in an office and the lack of exercise meant I was piling on the pounds!

Oh and as for keeping my house clean? It looks like a bomb site half the time, god knows how with only us two and a cat, but thereís never enough hours in a day.

I donít know how you working parents do it all 💜

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Old 14 Aug 21, 11:48 AM  
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Hhhm I shop in Aldi so everything is cheap, does that mean itís full of rubbish? Itís a really hard balance to get everything right 😫
No, We also get some stuff from aldi as well and certainly doesnít mean itís all full of rubbish. Just check what your buying really on premade stuff. Aldi are just same as other supermarkets and offer most food at different Price points etc. Many of the products at Aldi will be comparable to the big four supermarket options.

If for example buying cooked chicken for sandwiches/salads the cheapest options are made from formed meet etc, but they also sell cooked chicken slices that are not formed and less additives etc added and mainly just slices of chicken, cost a bit more but better for you and taste better, thatís something we get from Aldi as itís cheaper than the big supermarkets.

We might pay a bit more for some food items but save in other areas like cereal (no difference between more experience options in terms of whatís in them) and nuts that use for breakfast, cheese, much cheaper at Aldi, or dishwasher tablets etc loads more examples.

Itís a hard balancing act between cost, convenience and healthy eating we are certainly not perfect but trying best we can but when working and if have a kids itís makes it really hard. But as the reason you started the topic meal planning is the key to saving money really and helps with variety of meals as well.

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Old 20 Aug 21, 07:21 AM  
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Iím in a similar predicament and need to get organised too.
Iíd be interested to know if any apps that are good .
I would recommend a slow cooker and batch cooking when you have time .
I used to love cooking but increasing find it a chore so to know that dinner is cooking through the day is lovely .
Iíd batch cook chilli / using beef pieces not mince .Cottage pies and spag bol or make ahead and freeze lasagne .
When I am organised I often prepare and freeze ingredients for slow cooker meals like chicken ProvenÁal ( which is a packet mix )
See I know the theory !
But tonight you will likely find us eating an M&S curry 🤫🤫🤫
Let us know how you get on
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Honestly take my hat off to mums that work full time, I worked 9 - 3 and struggled. A slow cooker is a brilliant investment. You can prepare the meals the night before and put the pot in the fridge overnight, or chuck the stuff in in the morning, walk in to cooked meals. You can also freeze uncooked bags of meals to go into the slow cooker (google slowcooker dumpbags).
In order to avoid waste food, I would look what I had in the fridge and meal plan round that, then plan the other meals, but stay flexible incase the shop had reduced food or offers on.
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