Savvy mum reveals how she turns this $100 shop into 10 lunches and dinners for her family-of-four – after shaving a staggering $150 off her weekly supermarket budget
- This mum-of-two has revealed her tricks for reducing her family’s weekly shop
- She says she was spending upwards of $250 feeding her and her two kids
- Her tricks for saving include emptying out the freezer and proper meal planning
A savvy Australian mum has revealed her shopping tricks for slashing her grocery bill in half while still having enough food to make 10 dinners and lunches.
Taking to Facebook, the mother, who has ‘two in nappies and one on formula’, said the family of four had previously spent upwards of $250 a week on food.
The mother’s post included a photo showing how she’d recently completed her family’s grocery shopping, spending a total of $100.13.
‘When we first moved into our own home we were spending up to $200-250 a week! So lowering your budget IS POSSIBLE!’ She captioned her post.
‘This will give us 10 dinners and 10 lunches.’
A savvy Australian mum-of-two has revealed the smart shopping tricks she uses to reduce her weekly grocery bill by half (pictured, the mother’s weekly shop)
How did the mum meal plan for the week?
* Tuesday: Sausages and vegetables
* Wednesday: Lamb casserole
* Thursday: Pumpkin soup
* Friday: Tacos
* Saturday: Shepherd’s pie
* Sunday: Homemade pizza
* Monday: Sweet and sour chicken
* Tuesday: Fried rice
* Wednesday: Homemade hamburgers
The snap she shared showed a variety of essentials including canned goods, brown rice, bacon, eggs, margarine, lettuce, pumpkin, tomatoes, cucumber and juice.
‘Not included in this pic are apples, bananas, strawberries and grapes. In the cupboard, I still have plenty of snacks for the kids that I buy over time (muesli bars, biscuits, cheese and biscuits),’ she said.
‘And we make snacks such as brekky muffins, savoury and sweet muffins, cookies.’
The mother said when it came to staple purchases, canned tomatoes, salsa, flavouring, cream and the like, she always buys more than she needs, if her budget permits so she has extra available.
‘[This means] I don’t need to buy it for awhile. We have endless amounts of things that don’t need to be refrigerated.’
As part of her cost-cutting exercise, the mum said she’d planned on using all the meat she had stored in her freezer so it can be emptied ‘ready to be filled again’.
‘For meat, I stock up from my butcher and we eat very simple meats – sausages, mince, occasionally lamb fillets which I always buy a kg pack.’
The mother also shared how careful meal planning, including cooking enough for the following day, made it possible to stretch what she had to hand.
‘Everything we eat for dinner, we make enough that both the adults also have lunch the next day.’
The mother said when it came to staple purchases such as canned tomatoes, salsa, flavouring, cream, she always buys more than she needs, if her budget permits (stock image)
The mum noted toiletries were missing from this week’s shop but said purchasing these items was something she only did when necessary and she already had stocks of nappies at home.
‘Nappies, I’m very lucky both my boys agree with the Safeway brand ones making it only $10 per pack and they each last about two weeks.’
Those who’d seen the mother’s $100 grocery shop on a Facebook group dedicated to budgeting were quick to praise her for her efforts.
‘Wish I could do this. I have three sons (10, 17 and 19) and myself and I spend a minimum $250 a week,’ wrote one person.
‘It’s ridiculous and a struggle every week. 19-year-old eats for three people’.