We made a picnic for a family of four for less than £7.50

Times are hard but families should still be able to go out on an adventure and not have to worry about what they will eat while they’re out.

For a family of four, it can cost £20 or more (more likely more) just for fish and chips and if you’re in the middle of an adventure the last thing you want to do is end it and head back to find something to eat.

Now, there are hundreds of places to eat for whatever budget you have but knowing it can add to the fun sitting somewhere maybe on the floor or on a random picnic bench can make a normal lunch into a special memory.

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I don’t know about you, but I have fond memories of heading to the beach with a bag of sandwiches and some other snacks. Then sitting with a towel over my head and one over the buggy that had my sister in to try and protect us and our lunch from the seagulls.

With the aim of keeping costs down but providing something nice to eat I made my way to Lidl to try and get some nice treats for as little as possible.

Here is what I was able to get for £7.37 – I forgot my bags so had to pay 20p for a carrier bag which made the total £7.57.

We made a picnic for a family of four for less than £7.50
We made a picnic for a family of four for less than £7.50

Firstly we needed the all-important sandwiches I managed to get a loaf of bread for 36p and a pack of 10 slices of ham for 79p which was a great start. Enough for sandwiches and even some toast for breakfast.

As I tootled along I thought I had better get some nibbles and who doesn’t like a pork pie or a mini scotch egg? for a pack of four pies I paid 99p and the scotch eggs were reduced to £1.04. Bargain.

As I worked my way round I thought some cheese sticks and some crisp were needed and for 99p for the cheese sticks I didn’t think that was too bad then the pack of six crisps were only 74p.

We made a picnic for a family of four for less than £7.50
We made a picnic for a family of four for less than £7.50

Now the most important part, the sweet treats you can not go on a picnic and not have something sweet. IF you have been walking it is recommended for energy levels.

I manage to bag a bar of chocolate and some carrot cake both of which my family are big fans of. Me not so much the chocolate but cake I’m all in for cake. the chocolate was only 65p for a large bar and the carrot cakes were 85p

And of course, you can’t have a picnic without some fruit so in went a bag of apples for just 69p and to keep on the healthy side a large bottle of water was just 27p.

As I put it all together I was really pleased with how much I managed to get. It worked out at about £1.84 per person but the best part is the memories you will be able to make on the adventure for the picnic.

Lancs Live – Cumbria