This is not to suggest you go into the store and just grab a bunch of random protein, produce, grains, and sale items. You need to shop with a plan. If you shop without a plan in mind, you will buy things you don’t need AND you will forget the things you do. The former is a waste of money, and the latter will have you running back to the store before you can make your meal or ordering take-out. Neither of these will meet your goal of working to plan a family meal on a budget.
I have created my family meal plans to be delicious, family-friendly, and money-saving. You have everything you need including ingredient lists, the best stores to shop (Aldi is one of my perennial favorites!), and preparation instructions. If you want to have even more fun, you can get together with a group of family or friends and have a freezer meal swap party. This way everyone can cook a little and get a variety of meals.