This thread has been wonderful in helping people who need to get through one bad week.
IT WAS NEVER DESIGNED AS A CONSTANT DIET.
One week or eat to survive is not going to cause long term health problems. Not eating on the other hand will.
I just read the OP for the first time and wanted to say thank you for taking the time to do this. What a wonderful thought.
Life is tough for most of us.
It is only going to get harder, with very little, lesss money, less spending, and just basics.
This is going to soon have an impact on our economy, people with no money - not spending, businesses closing down so on.
Government is targetting families, and doing it wrongly.
Some foods may not be the best of look it, but believe me, until you know hungry... your not even going to have a thought on looks or taste, other then east something.
I have now got into gardening, well, not true, I have always loved to garden, but am not hardcore fruit and vegie grower from my own backyard to help cut the costs of fresh foods and have them at hand or freezer (freeze my own) and reduce my grocery bills to survive.
4 kids, single now well 2 yrs or so single, and in private rental... there is not much of anything for us money wise at all.
I can grow, tomatoes, lettuce.... there is lettuce/cheese/tomato sandwiches, near weekly other then buying bread, cheese butter, ham on occasions.
Or grilled tomato and cheese snacks.
Cucumbers in the warmer months add to above = salad.
Parlsey, mint, oregano, basil etc all at hand from my yard.
Leeks as well.
Spring summer... tomatoes, beans, lots of beans, corn.. beans grown under the corn and climb up the corn...
watermelons, rockmelons as well... cauliflower is growing beautifully at the moment too.
I have a hot house, it looks like a glass house, but isnt and I grow in there, as well as many vegie garden patches.
I know not everyone has the room to grow, but alot of people can, and can try, even in pots. It is not hard to do, its easier then one thinks... tastes better and helps you save money... just a thought for some people it may help, has helped me some what each week with things I can grow from seed at home, in my own yard, with really not much effort involved.
With money I save, I put aside a little each week, this i was able to use to buy fruit trees, 2 apple and 2 nectarine, dwarf sized trees that will grow in ground or in a pot quiite fine.
And honestly I cannot be more grateful to the war between woolies and coles on specials... and woolies select brands on alot of things I have found to be really nice, tasting, and way cheaper then other brands.
It is making more of an impact each week on my grocery bills buying more woolies select products and growing my own vegies/fruit.
With whatever money I end up with come July for the family tax thing, I plan to buy one of those preserving food kits, and jars, and make my own jams, will last about a year, sealed, so almost from growing/harvesting season until the next...
As well as chutneys, relishes, bottles tomatoes, puree and diced etc.
It all adds up over time and saves more money if you can grow alot from home and preserve and freeze as well. Hope my ramble helps someone.
Awesome job! I might try this at home
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I've got so many good ideas from this thread.
I haven't read all the posts so I apologise if this has already been mentioned.
For school aged children investing in some quality containers makes a huge difference.
On the more basic side sistema goes half price often at Coles and for $5 you get a container with a sandwich spot and 3 sections that comes with a yoghurt tub. This opens the opportunity to buy the big yoghurt tubs or big fruit tubs/cans (or make a mousse or pudding for a treat); as well as big packs of snacks like chips/pretzels/popcorn/crackers and being able to send them without needing additional packaging (plastic/paper bags). Individual serve packs are usually more than double the price and of course have ridiculous amounts of rubbish/packaging.
For older or fussy kids (or a weekly treat) a thermos for about $30 from big w means you can pack them last nights leftovers.
Also, small juice containers like pop tops can be reused to house juice, flavoured milk or cordial. My kids rarely drink juice and find it too sweet but will have it occasionally about 3:1 with water. Anyway, this allows for a cheaper treat lunchbox drink than constantly buying individual primas or similar.
Lastly, oats/porridge for breakfast! Very cheap, exceptionally healthy and versatile. Mix in some sultanas, some dried dates, milo, berries, banana- whatever the budget allows. They are easily flavoured, a little goes a long way and 1/3-1/2 a cup makes a generous serve.
I can seriously only feed my family because my mum buys my meet discounted so I only have buy fruit and veg as I'm trying to get over debts. So greatful.
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