A grocery shop on $50 a week? Yep, it’s doable!
Week after week after week I try REALLY hard to either get my grocery shop down or stick to budget, I just simply can’t do it, especially not a grocery shop on $50 a week.
I’ve tried using a list AND I’ve tried meal planning without success.
The problem with meal planning and me is that every time I’ve done it, when it comes to making the meal for the designated day, I don’t feel like eating the meal I’ve planned. I’ve always been someone who cooks what they feel like eating and hate it when I have to eat a savoury mince and rice meal when it’s not something I feel like. I like to enjoy my food, and not just eat it for the sake of eating it.
Day after day I see posts of people blitzing their grocery bill and I wonder how on earth they do it on such little money. Admittedly, I see some that could do with a few more fruit and veggies, but that’s not my business.
And then I came across this woman in a Facebook group who completely blew me away. At first I thought ‘that’s not possible, they must be eating really badly if she’s only spending $50 a week to feed a family of four.’ But then she kept sharing more information and ‘proof’ and I couldn’t believe it, she actually really did it. As an example of her super shopping powers, she bought 2.5kg of sausages for $13….perfect to whip up a number of meals like curried sausages and freeze. I need to start looking out for these kind of specials!
What I learnt from this woman is that it pays to take your time to get a good deal. Me, well, I just couldn’t be bothered, but really, I should be more bothered if it’s going to save me money.
What else did I learn about shopping on $50 a week?
- Shop at places like fruit & veg barns, farmers markets and independent grocers to get fresher and cheaper produce. Not only will it save you money, the produce will last longer.
- Use up everything in your fridge, freezer and pantry before you go to shop. This is a bad habit of mine. I know I have enough for loads of meals in my house but yet, I still go shopping.
- Meal plan around the things you actually have- shop your fridge, freezer and pantry first.
- Buy in bulk
- Look for great specials
- Check when the end of the catalogue specials happen and shop then.
- Freeze where possible. She actually freezes cream! I did not know you could do that.
- Make meals with enough leftovers for lunch
- Eat more meat free meals
- Use homemade cleaning products like cleaning with white vinegar instead of store bought ones
- Don’t buy meat full price, only when it’s marked down and in use by date.
- Make everything from scratch – dinners to cakes and biscuits
Seriously, I’m super excited about this, the fact that I could potentially save around $70 a week. I never thought of shopping at the end of the specials catalogue, I always thought of meal planning the other way around and never considered only buying meat when it was marked down. I think I will be making a visit to my local IGA and green grocer very soon!
How do you keep your grocery bill down to a minimum?
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