I started Slimming World a few weeks ago in an attempt to lose my baby weight…. and I’ve just lost my first stone! I’m loving it so far but a lot of people have asked me if it is possible to stick to Slimming World on a budget.
The short answer is yes! I’m not spending any more money than I would do on our normal food shop.
I feel healthier, I’ve got more energy and I’m losing weight without that much effort!
After joining a few Facebook groups, I was surprised at how many people said they found Slimming World expensive. I haven’t found this at all so I thought I’d share my top tips on how to win at Slimming World on a budget.
Get Organised And Plan In Advance
I plan out my meals for the week, then only buy what I need. For me the worst time to fall off the wagon is when I’m hungry and don’t know what to eat. Having a meal plan means you’ve already got an idea of what you’re going to eat for each meal. You also have all the ingredients in stock already!
Batch Cook Healthy Meals
Batch cooking is a great way to help you stick to Slimming World on a budget. Not only does it save you money, but you’ve always got something healthy ready to microwave on days you can’t be bothered to cook!
You can bulk buy ingredients to get them cheaper and cook them up straight away so nothing goes out of date.
You can also bulk out meals with tons of SP ingredients to make them more filling, and get a lot more for your money. I just made 12 portions of SP friendly chilli for £4!
Chopped tomatoes are brilliant for this as they only cost a few pence per tin but add more volume to SO many meals.
Make Friends With Your Freezer
Since I’ve started Slimming World, my freezer is my new best friend. Not only is is great for storing all those meals you’ve just batch cooked, but it can really help you stick to Slimming World on a budget.
Buying frozen fruit and vegetables can be a lot cheaper than buying fresh. You can also keep an eye out for reduced items such as meat. Stock up when they’re discounted or on offer and stick them in the freezer until you need them!
Get Creative With Aldi Super 6
Every week Aldi has 6 different items of fruit and veg mega cheap. Get creative and see what meals you can make with these ingredients. The Slimming World website even has a section where you can search for recipes by ingredient! It actually makes cooking more interesting trying to come up with meals based around a random assortment of stuff!
Go Meat Free
My partner is vegetarian and I’m too lazy to cook two different meals. So, most of the time I eat meat free meals and it saves us tons of money. Quorn mince and quorn pieces are both free foods on Slimming World and they’re a lot cheaper than the meat versions. Foods like beans and lentils are super cheap to buy, SP friendly, and can bulk out meals like casseroles and chilli to make them go further.
Even going meat free for a few meals a week could save you money.
Bulk Buy Kitchen Staples
One of the great things about Slimming World is foods like pasta and rice are free. If you’ve got the space, buy bigger bags to save money. It might only be a few pennies each time but if your family eats as much pasta as mine it soon adds up!
Making your own ”fakeaway’ is a great way to save on syns as well as money! It might be tempting to get a takeaway every now and again but your wallet and waistline will thank you for resisting. There are tons of recipes online to make your own Chinese food, curries and even pizza …all Slimming World friendly!
I’m loving the KFC style chicken from Pinch of Nom.
If you’ve got a local market or greengrocers, you might find fruit and veg cheaper there. Even the local butcher might be happy to do you a deal – especially if you’re buy buying in bulk! Always compare the prices with shops like Aldi and Lidl as they seem pretty hard to beat on price these days.
If you’re sticking to the supermarket, see if you can get a wonky veg box to save money!
Switch To Supermarket Own Versions
There’s no need to spend loads on premium branded products when supermarket own versions can be just as good. For instance did you know Aldi have started selling their own version of Fry Light?
Get Inspiration Online
Facebook groups are a great way to get recipe ideas, tips and support.
I’m also a big fan of Pinterest and have a board dedicated to cheap Slimming World recipes. Follow me for inspiration!
Feel free to share your top tips in the comments below!