For the first time, Jamie Oliver has created the theme of his latest TV show as a result of overwhelming requests from his fans.

The theme of the new show, Money Saving Meals, is ‘shop smart, cook clever, waste less’. It airs on Mondays on Channel 4 at 8pm in the UK and will arm you with all the knowledge you need for clever recipes, with Jamie’s trademark tips, tricks and ideas to help you cook cheap tasty meals.

It’s about making the most of your ingredients, embracing leftovers, using your freezer, loads of clever things that will help you ‘shop smart, cook clever, waste less’ for your family using Jamie’s cheap meal ideas.

Jamie said: “We were busy working on another fantastic show, when we realised that there was so much public demand for a book helping you to make delicious,  cheap healthy meals, without compromising on flavour, that we really had to park our initial project and respond to that demand.

“People really wanted to have amazing food that wasn’t going to cost them an arm and a leg. Changing what we were doing was the right thing to do, and ultimately you can’t ignore public feedback as strong as that.”

But Jamie was ready for this; he explained that he and his food team were the most knowledgeable people to deal with for creating nutritious cheap recipes.

“They know exactly what’s in the supermarkets and therefore which ingredients constantly give value for money. We spent a load of time thinking about what a really great ‘best of’ cookbook looks like, with meals in it that cost around half the price of an average take-away?” Jamie added.

Jamie's Money Saving Meals

“It’s about really great food that happens to be really good value because it won’t break the bank. It can genuinely save you thousands of pounds a year. The average family meal of burgers at a takeaway can cost £18-£20, that soon adds up to a lot of money – we can do it for less than a tenner! People helping us with the research just couldn’t believe how much money they were spending on junk food. “

He continued: “When you start thinking about meals for bigger families then the figures start getting ridiculous. I mean think about it, what would you do with an extra £2-£3k in your wallet each year?

“A bargain bucket of chicken can cost £16 for a family of four; we can do it for £13 – and with higher-welfare chicken.”

So here are some unnerving stats, reinforcing the need for Jamie to publish this book.

  • On average British adults spend £1,320-per-year on fast food, eating 12 takeaways per-month
  • 40 per cent of food bought in Britain ends up in the bin
  • More than half of all meals eaten outside of the home are fast food
  • The US spends enough money on junk food each year to potentially end world hunger

The show, and accompanying book Save with Jamie, is split into chapters on main ingredients: vegetables, chicken, fish, beef, pork and lamb, giving a really easy reference for when you get those cravings.

Jamie concludes: “This show and the book aren’t aimed at new cooks; they’re aimed at everyone – students going to university for the first time and needing a helping hand, families on a budget in need of cheap family meals, anyone looking to learn principles they can apply to their everyday shopping and cooking, young, old whoever.”

Save With Jamie is in shops now and Jamie’s Money Saving Meals is broadcast Mondays on Channel 4 at 8pm.


  • Derric

    the recipes you show on the program are very good, very cheap, but not everyone has a houseful to feed, its just myself and the wife, so I have to cut back on the ingredients, but as you can imagine, there is still lots of them left over
    How about you give an option of how many to feed
    It is also very rare we have left overs, so to do these recipes, I have to go and buy them (not exactly left overs, just small stuff that represents left overs)

  • Derric

    Ah, I guess reading the comments are above your pay grade then ?
    Hardly seems much point in posting a question or comment if you dont bother reading or replying to them