We all have those times when we don’t want to have to cook and fancy a takeaway as a treat. It can be extremely expensive, especially when you’re trying to save money. I’ve found the best way to resist wasting money on a takeaway is to get a meal deal.
Here’s my favourite meal deals that are available right now…
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know this is still a favourite of mine, it’s the usual £10 deal where you get a main, side dish, dessert and bottle of wine. Lots of supermarkets do them but the Tesco one is my absolute favourite; especially when the ranch steaks are on the deal. They’re easy to cook as they take just a minute on each side and they’re absolutely delicious. There are 8 other main dishes to choose from as well as a brilliant selection of sides, desserts and both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
** Meal deal hack ** if your local Tesco has run out of wine on the dine in deal, fear not! You can actually get any bottle of Tesco Finest wine up to the value of £7 from the regular wine aisle. At the checkout, the cashier will adjust the prices of the items to match the £10 deal cost. I would advise double checking this with a manager just to be on the safe side although all the staff in my local seem to be fully aware of this practice.
Rather than spending a fiver on a bottle of wine, £10 on a takeaway and a couple of quid on some sweet treats, I can get all of that on the meal for a tenner. There’s also the added bonus of using clubcard vouchers to get it even cheaper every now and again.
If you’re in the mood for a bit something that requires less effort to make or if you;re looking to feed a family, then this could be the deal for you. Each month the Co-Op Food do five frozen items for just £5. There is always a main, a couple of side dishes and a pudding.
Each month it’s something different that would easily replace a chippy tea, KFC and Dominos Pizza. I know the taste isn’t exactly the same but £5 to feed a family of four verses the expense of the takeaway equivalent is a no brainer.
These meal deal boxes offer brilliant value for money, especially at the moment as they’re on offer for just £4.75 a box. The boxes contain onion bahjis, two curries, pilau rice and naan bread. The cost at a local takeaway for the same items would be around £17 plus delivery.
Despite these dishes being ready meals, I always find them to be extremely tasty and they do feel like more of a treat than making my own curry. At nearly a quarter of the price of a takeaway they’re definitely a brilliant alternative. You can get similar items at Sainsburys, Tesco and Morrisons prices and contents vary but they’re all still better value than a takeaway.
Having said I enjoy the Indian ready meals, I really don’t enjoy the chinese versions. They never have the fresh and zingy flavours like the proper stuff does. I find that a good alternative to a chinese takeaway is a stir fry and the M&S £6 stir fry meal deal is great for that. Even though it means cooking, it’s minimal effort for great taste so well worth it.
You get a choice of five protein dishes with one of those being a vegan option. There are eight choices of ready chopped, stir fry veg, seven different types of noodle and ten tasty varieties of sauce to complete the meal. I reckon it would take a total of 10 minutes and one pan to make a tasty meal for 2 and all for just £6. There is the added bonus that this is a lot healthier than a takeaway or ready meals.
You can get similar deals from other supermarkets, Tesco do one for £2.50 for a the veg, noodles and sauce, you just have to buy the meat of your choice or simply keep your eye out for some yellow sticker bargains to make your own. If stir fry isn’t for you, maybe this Thai Green Curry Kit from Asda will be more up your street. It is £2.89 and comes with chicken, veg and sauce ready prepared to make a curry in just ten minutes. All you’d need to add is some rice, although it’s not the cheapest available, I’d recommend this Veetee Thai Jamine rice for £1 at asda. That’s less than four quid for a tasty thai meal for two.
The next time JustEat send you a code for money off your next takeaway, think to yourself: is it really is worth it? If the answer is yes and you’ve got the money, then go for it. If the answer is no, then try one of my alternative suggestions and have a fakeaway.
Let me know if you have spotted any fantastic meal deals that cost a fraction of your usual takeaway.
Happy Dining In,
Thrifty Clair x