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Format, price, place to buy:
Paperback, £5.99, Amazon UK
PDF E-book, $5.86 Amazon Com (Kindle)
Cooking, self help, budgeting
Saving money by meal planning, book contains menus, recipes and shopping lists for 8 weeks. Apparently exactly as the author does it.
Reading the Book:
As this is not really a typical reading or recipe book, the only real 'reading' was the first chapter. The first chapter felt as if it was written from the heart of the author, a bit of 'I did this, now I know you can too', very inspirational. It's also very influential, and really does drive you through the rest of the book. There is a Main meal plus a desert planned for every day, never repeating which I find rather clever. This means you can use the book as a recipe book as well as a budget planning book, however I suggest people digest the core idea of the book - Plan, list and stick to it.
Doing the book:
If I did the book exactly the way it's laid out it would be very very simple. My problem is that I'm not simple! With various allergies in the family I had to do what the book called 'plug and play' - so in actuality I didn't follow the book to the letter, but I did follow all the advice.
Doing the book my way:
My children all refused to eat mushrooms, including mushroom soup! I had to replace all those recipes with ones I knew they liked. As a dairy allergic person I had to do a fair amount of replacing etc of all milk products, but I bought a copy of 'veggie on a budget' PDF which actually helped replacing meals so I could eat them.
I did take the base of the book to heart though, I planned meals in advance, wrote concise shopping lists which I stuck too (much to the bemusements of the children!) and managed to keep the 5 a day alive, have a desert every other day and not over stodge my kids with calories that they are overweight. Through careful portion control we are all rather healthier than before, and I've lost a stone in weight! (Crisps, biscuits, cookies and sweets are replaced by fruit, crackers etc)
I also managed to budget a family of 7 for about £40 - £50 a week (less if it was in the pantry already)
Would I advise buying the book?
Yes I would advise the book for beginners, people wanting to budget their food bill and organise their food pantry. The recipes are very easy to follow, and easier (for me) to use as they use a volumetric rather than weight system, ie you use cups, tablespoons and teaspoons to achieve brilliant results. Even my kids like making the recipes as they enjoy filling measuring cups without mummy screaming "That's too much... STOP!!!!"
Other books by Kimberley Saunders
In PDF ONLY from the http://budgetmeals.co.uk/cart at the moment
Veggie on a Budget
Pamper on a Budget
Slow cooker meals
Gifts on a Budget
Other PDFs available
Time on a Budget
**quick note** some of the recipes can seem odd to do at first, for meatloaf don't use straight mince, place frozen/chilled mince into a food processor and blast it into almost meat paste to get the best consistency required for that dish and the same recipe can be used to make meatballs and burgers ;)
The recipes are easy to make, tasty and there is plenty of variety.