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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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Bananas are normally cheaper from the market, but I always pick my own to make sure they are in good condition.  I find Asda and Morrisons to be the cheapest supermarkets for bananas at the moment.

Bananas are normally cheaper from the market, but I always pick my own to make sure they are in good condition. I find Asda and Morrisons to be the cheapest supermarkets for bananas at the moment.

Basil (dried value range from any big supermarket).  Used in my Italian dishes.  Of course dried value herbs are never going to be as nice as fresh herbs, but they definitely add extra flavor to dishes and are very good value when money is tight.  We grow herbs like Basil and Thyme on the windowsill during summer, but they don't last long so we mostly used the dried value range.

Basil (dried value range from any big supermarket). Used in my Italian dishes. Of course dried value herbs are never going to be as nice as fresh herbs, but they definitely add extra flavor to dishes and are very good value when money is tight. We grow herbs like Basil and Thyme on the windowsill during summer, but they don't last long so we mostly used the dried value range.

Value flour - I keep in both plain and self raising.  It doesn't matter which shop you get it from, I always use the value range.  Used for baking and I use the plain flour for my sauces, to thicken.

Value flour - I keep in both plain and self raising. It doesn't matter which shop you get it from, I always use the value range. Used for baking and I use the plain flour for my sauces, to thicken.

value oregano - Used in my Italian dishes.  The information I supplied for my Basil, applies for Oregano as well.

value oregano - Used in my Italian dishes. The information I supplied for my Basil, applies for Oregano as well.

Margarine - I buy whatever branded margarine that is on offer,do prefer the branded one's.   I look for deals where you get 500g for £1. If nothing is on offer I will buy the value range, just because my budget doesn't allow for margarine at full price.

Margarine - I buy whatever branded margarine that is on offer,do prefer the branded one's. I look for deals where you get 500g for £1. If nothing is on offer I will buy the value range, just because my budget doesn't allow for margarine at full price.

Bag of apples.  I usually buy my apples from the market already bagged up, just because it seems that you get much more for your money when they are already bagged up.  Supermarkets are different, I just look out for the deals.  Note that different types of apples will be cheaper at different times of year, see the fruit and veg season wheel I have linked to.

Bag of apples. I usually buy my apples from the market already bagged up, just because it seems that you get much more for your money when they are already bagged up. Supermarkets are different, I just look out for the deals. Note that different types of apples will be cheaper at different times of year, see the fruit and veg season wheel I have linked to.

Mature cheddar cheese - I always buy the supermarkets own brand, and to my reckoning it tastes stronger than mild cheddar  so I don't have to add as much in dishes.

Mature cheddar cheese - I always buy the supermarkets own brand, and to my reckoning it tastes stronger than mild cheddar so I don't have to add as much in dishes.

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