How to Grocery Shop on $50 a Week #MummyMondays

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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.

How to Grocery Shop on $50 a Week grocery budget

What else did I learn about shopping on $50 a week?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Meal plan around the things you actually have- shop your fridge, freezer and pantry first.
  4. Buy in bulk
  5. Look for great specials
  6. Check when the end of the catalogue specials happen and shop then.
  7. Freeze where possible. She actually freezes cream! I did not know you could do that.
  8. Make meals with enough leftovers for lunch
  9. Eat more meat free meals
  10. Use homemade cleaning products like cleaning with white vinegar instead of store bought ones
  11. Don’t buy meat full price, only when it’s marked down and in use by date.
  12. 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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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

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  1. February 29, 2016 / 6:04 am

    I reckon I spend about $50 a week on bread – and more than that on fruit that all goes to school and gets thrown in the bin when the kids get home…argh! I look for specials but our grocery bill is crazy at the moment….

  2. February 29, 2016 / 6:27 am

    Good tips, we’ve cut our grocery bill down to less than $100 a week thanks to shopping for specials, buying fruit and veg from Farmers markets/fruit and veg shops etc – not sure if I could go under $50 week though!

  3. February 29, 2016 / 6:38 am

    As a family of 8 we practice most of these things too. I bake everything from scratch. I love playing with food so that’s not hard for me. Over the years I have invested in lots of great kitchen equipment which has also helped to cut the costs with time. I can make just about anything in my own home now and I really enjoy the creativity and convenience. (Taste is great too!)

  4. February 29, 2016 / 7:41 am

    It’s an interesting question and I think this is the key: “it pays to take your time to get a good deal”. I could get my grocery bill down a lot if I did a range of things like growing my own veggies and doing more home cooking for snacks etc (we already cook most things from scratch for dinners). I decided, however, that I’d rather spend a few more hours at work – doing something I enjoy – than spend more time shopping around to save a couple of dollars and gardening – which I don’t enjoy. My main strategies are to buy in bulk when there are specials and home cook as much as possible. Also ditch the smaller portioned stuff, eg. little kid tubs of yoghurt. I buy the 1kg version and make them eat out of bowls!

  5. February 29, 2016 / 9:35 am

    I’ve never been great at meal planning either. Same thing, if I plan a meal and then don’t feel like it on the day I really can’t stomach cooking or eating it. Some great tips there, though.

  6. February 29, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Great tips here, although I doubt I could get our grocery shop down to $50 a week for a family of 5 … I’d be happy if I could reduce it to $150 a week! Meal planning really helps me. I try to plan for a range of dishes that I can then swap around depending on what I feel like eating. Also, I make most of my own household cleaners for the kitchen and bathroom using vinegar, bicarb and essential oils – it saves a fortune!

  7. February 29, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    Hi Eva! Nice to meet you. I’m in Brissie too. I’m very frugal with my grocery shop as well, spending no more than $75 per week on our little family of 4. Thanks for the linky. I have one on Thursdays called Thriving on Thursdays you’re more than welcome to join.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx