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    Oh I forgot my biggest tip.

    Cook as many meals as you can on the day that you shop and freeze them. This saves so much on waste and you will find things will stretch further that way.

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    I think this thread is great and well done to OP for doing this, it certainly isn't easy trying to feed a family cheaply and healthily. I thought I would test myself and create a shopping list for $50 and it was quite a challenge. I am going to share what I came up with, all items are from Coles (just random common supermarket I chose) I am sure you could get fruit/veg cheaper elsewhere but for ease I have just purchased everything from Coles using today's prices online (I am guessing it would be cheaper in store but I don't have time to go in store to do this). I am not a chef, not a nutritionist and not practically creative. So disclaimers aside this is my shopping list with prices, followed by how I would use them.

    Farm pride cage eggs 12pk $3.30 (Coles free range is $4)
    Coles rice long grain 1kg $2.33
    Zafarelli pasta fusilli No17 500g $1.88
    Mckenzies soup mix 500g $1.82
    coles smart buy bread white $1.00
    packham pears 1kg $2.20
    mandarins kids pack 700g $2.00
    red onions (2) $1.80
    carrots 500g $1.48
    celery 1 bunch $2.48
    pumpkin 800g $1.98
    potatoes (sweet gold) 1kg $3.48
    coles long life milk 1L $1
    coles butter 250g $1.63
    chuck steak 400g $3.48
    beef mince 4 star 500g $5
    chicken drumsticks 550g $2.20
    coles tuna chunks in brine $.90
    coles frozen veg mixed 1kg $2.16
    coles frozen peas 500g $1.60
    flour 1kg $.75
    coles canned tomato diced 400g $.75
    coles hazelnut spread 400g $2.80
    livefree natural cheese block 250g $5.43

    total: $53.45 - yes, over budget but close.

    breakfast - eggs, toast
    lunches - soup (using 3/4 soup mix, which is a mix of lentils/split peas, 1 onion, pumpkin, potato, part of celery, carrot) cheese toasties
    snacks - fruit
    dinner - tuna mornay (using tuna, mixed frozen veg and peas, white sauce with butter and milk, potato mashed and cheese) casserole (using chuck steak, half of second onion, veg and rest of lentils) spaghetti Bol (using mince, tinned tomatoes, rest of onion, left over veg and pasta) rice with any left over veg and chicken drumsticks, eggs - assuming you have some pantry items you can add spices/sauces etc to all dishes. Can also use left overs for lunches.
    treat (because we all deserve a treat) - pancakes (egg, flour, milk) with hazelnut spread

    So that's what I came up with. It's rough and assumes you don't have diet restrictions. also assumes you have some pantry items at least - if not I recommend adding one pantry item each shop to build a supply (ie soy sauce, spices etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProudMumma34 View Post
    You can do healthier than sausages 3 times a week on a budget that tight. You can buy a kilo of mince for the same amount sausages cost and make a whole lot more.

    Does anyone here only have $50 a week to spend on food? And how many family members? What do u make?

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    No I don't only have $50 a week for food. Right now with me not working and DH only getting a bit of casual work whilst job hunting I dont even have that. We have a 'spend as little as absolutley possible because its all going on the credit card until we can pay it off later' budget. Our cash we need for rent.And considering we have a new baby who is having medical issues that credit card is filling up quickly. We have DH,me and DD 4yrs to feed. DD is also lactose intolerant so things like almond milk at $3 a litre add up quick.

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    Great thread so sweet of the OP to start it all those years ago! I'm sure it has helped many people out and ensured many little ones went to bed with a full tummy!


    Two girls, one dream and baby you are it!

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    I'll try add to this later. I love budget planning

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    This recipe for lentil soup is also cheap and easy!

    http://flavourcrusader.com/blog/2012...h-lentil-soup/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jez View Post
    No I don't only have $50 a week for food. Right now with me not working and DH only getting a bit of casual work whilst job hunting I dont even have that. We have a 'spend as little as absolutley possible because its all going on the credit card until we can pay it off later' budget. Our cash we need for rent.And considering we have a new baby who is having medical issues that credit card is filling up quickly. We have DH,me and DD 4yrs to feed. DD is also lactose intolerant so things like almond milk at $3 a litre add up quick.

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    Jez, make your own almond milk, it's so much cheaper and IMO tastes so much better. Soak almonds overnight, drain, rinse and then blend one cup with three cups of water. Strain if you prefer (I don't bother, I just shake it before use). Cashew milk is also yum too. I don't soak the cashews but use the same ratio of cashews to water. Give it a try you won't go back to store bought

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    Quote Originally Posted by auren View Post
    Jez, make your own almond milk, it's so much cheaper and IMO tastes so much better. Soak almonds overnight, drain, rinse and then blend one cup with three cups of water. Strain if you prefer (I don't bother, I just shake it before use). Cashew milk is also yum too. I don't soak the cashews but use the same ratio of cashews to water. Give it a try you won't go back to store bought
    Wow, is it really that easy? Trying this!

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