Savvy mum shares £25 Aldi shopping list that feeds her whole family for five days

A savvy mum has shared how she can make five hearty meals for her young family by spending just £25 at Aldi.

Instagrammer Ashleigh regularly uploads pictures of her budget-friendly shopping trolley to help inspire other busy parents and her 69,000 followers.

The mum-of-one, also known as @Cardiff.Mum, was able to throw together nutritious meals including parmesan crusted chicken Alfredo, cajun chicken ciabattas and chicken tikka jalfrezi, the Mirror reports.

As well as recipes, Ashleigh shares her top tips for making your shopping stretch further.

These include buying a kilogram of chicken breasts and using them in multiple ways and using spices you might already have in the cupboard.

Ashleigh shares her top tips for making your shopping stretch further

Followers took to the platform to thank Ashleigh for the meal inspiration, tagging friends and family in the meal ideas.

Lu Weston commented: “This is amazing! I’ll definitely be trying some of these recipes! Thank you!”

Carissa said: “Ooo need the recipes. Sick of spending £100 on food shops!”

However, Aldi was not the cheapest supermarket in February.

That prize goes to rival Lidl, according to the latest analysis comparing the cost of an average shopping list.

The monthly price test by Which? compared the cost of 23 essential goods including own-brands and items such as Hovis bread over the course of 28 days – to reveal the cheapest grocer that month.

It found that, on average, shoppers would have paid £24.21 at Lidl.

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It beat rival discounter Aldi by just 62p.

Ashleigh’s £25 Aldi shopping list Ashleigh has created an Instagram highlight reel of all of her recipes and ideas for shoppers to check out if they’re planning meals on a budget.

She’s got step-by-step instructions on how to create her family meals.

Her shopping list (below) excludes items you may already have in your kitchen such as butter and sugar.

  • brie
  • beef burgers
  • fresh rocket
  • piccolo tomatoes
  • One bag of baby potatoes
  • Leftover sourdough ciabattas
  • One pack of mushrooms
  • Pre-rolled puff pastry
  • Fresh Parsley
  • sour-cream
  • lemons
  • spicy sausage
  • One pack of peppers
  • flour tortillas
  • Pouch of passata
  • One bag of frozen raw or king prawns
  • One large pack of chicken breasts
  • One bag of mashed potatoes
  • One tin of black beans or any pulses you have

Last week The Mirror reported that shop prices are rising at the fastest rate for more than a decade as the cost of living crisis bites.

And in a blow to already hammered household budgets, food prices are going up at near-record levels.

Figures from the British Retail Consortium published today reveal that shop price inflation picked up from 1.5% in January to 1.8% last month – the highest since November 2011.

Food inflation remained unchanged at 2.7% in February, it said.

But non-food inflation jumped from 0.9% to 1.3%, led by the cost of health, beauty and furniture products.

Separate data from number-crunchers Kantar recorded grocery price rising even faster, at 4.3%.

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But grocery costs are not the only bills rising.

Energy bills are going up too. The average household on a variable rate tariff cannot pay more than £1,277 a year due to a cap set by regulator Ofgem.

However, that cap is rising to £1,971 on April 1, and could rise further in October.

If that were not enough, the cost of other goods is going up too.

Annual food bills are going up by around £180 as the cost of living crisis continues to squeeze households.

Council tax bills will increase by around £100 in April because of the spiraling cost of social care.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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