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Food shopping list - for those on a tight budget

Given my tiny £50 a week shopping budget for 4 (2 adults, teenager, and baby) and 6 (extra teenager and 9 year old) at weekends. These are my food staples, and they make up the meals that are on my budget meal page.
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Eggs - We normally go through a box of 15 every two weeks. Used for baking, breakfasts and sometimes tea time. I used to buy only free range, but unfortunately for now I can only afford to buy the cheapest eggs.

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Fruit and vegetables in season - Whilst some fruit seems to stay the same price all year around (i.e bananas), some prices change, depending on the time of year. I normally buy the fruit and vegetables that are in season because they are way cheaper, so around Autumn it's plums and cauliflower, in summer it's salad vegetables and strawberries. The website I have linked to shows exactly what fruit and veg is in season from month to month.

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Seasonal fruit and vegetable calendar | Eat Seasonably

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Sweet potatoes - Unlike normal potatoes, sweet potatoes are much cheaper to buy in large supermarkets, and sometimes you can get a small bag for £1. I love them chipped, baked (although people without a sweet tooth may disagree), or in broths, casseroles, stews and mixed with normal potatoes to make mash.

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Potatoes - I can never understand why supermarkets charge so much for potatoes so I always buy mine bagged from the market, but I like to choose the bags myself so I can see what condition the potatoes are in. Where I live you can buy a bag of 2.5kg, washed potatoes for as little as 50p.

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Supermarket value range corn flakes. Corn flakes for under 50p, most large supermarkets seem to have a version of these. I personally do not like the taste or texture, and much prefer the more expensive brands, but the rest of my family like them so who am I to complain.

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Bran flakes - cereal for under £1 for the family, I always buy supermarket value range (I genuinely can not tell the difference between these and the more expensive versions) add oats, currents and sometimes nuts or sunflower seeds to make my own muesli.

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Dried milk - This is always handy to have in just in case we run out of the real thing. If mixed properly (using cold water, before adding it to anything), it doesn't go lumpy and works well in sauces and tea/coffee and even cereal, but not as a drink.

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Carrot - Another cheap and versatile vegetable that seems cheaper to buy from larger supermarkets. They can be cooked in a number of different ways (steamed, baked, fried, boiled) and used in many dishes, including bolognaise and curries. I also like to eat them raw. The website that I am linking to has some good carrot recipes.

BBC - Food - Carrot recipes

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Whole Milk 4 Pints - Used in drinks, breakfast, sauces etc. Milk is probably one of the most important items in the cupboard and something we can't do without. We go through about 4 pints a day, and I now only get in full fat so everyone in the household can drink it. It normally costs around £1 for 4 pints from most supermarkets.

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Morrisons British Whole Milk 4 Pints at Morrisons

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Gungo peas (also known as pigeon peas) - A staple part of my Jamaican dishes.

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