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    No it doesn't.

    I had to learn myself. Having a big family on a single low income meant i just had to find away.

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    I buy the 4lt tins of oil when they're on special for $20 or less. They last us ages. About 6 months each.

    I bought the easiyo but only used the sachets a couple of times until I worked out it tastes so much better made from scratch. No sour tasting natural yogurt!! It's really easy too.

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    I think you are doing pretty well.

    I can't seem to get under $150-200 per week. Just noticed your recent remark re: nappies and I've recently converted to the Coles comfy bots, they are the cheapest I've found (apart from bulk Aldi which you don't have access to). Their wipes are cheap too and as far as I've seen they definitely do the job, no leaks etc.

    The only other tip I have is to stretch out big shops to every 3-4 weeks which seems to save money overall because you are a bit more inventive utilising your pantry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jez View Post
    We use snugglers. They are $20 a box at big w as opposed to $33 for huggies and they are pretty good.

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    We use smugglers during the day and Huggies at night. Smugglers are just the previous design of Huggies 2 boxes for $40 last forever! (2 boxes for $40 at chemist warehouse)

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndigoJ View Post
    I'll just make a note on my ignorance about all this. My mum was a single mum and we never went without. I know she skrimped abs saved but she was great with budget. I never paid attention.

    Dp and I earn a lot. So in the 7yr we have been together we havent ever needed to look at prices or find cheaper aternatives. Recent events have forced us to change everything. We still earn the same amount but have overwhelming debts. So now we have to start thinking about this stuff and I've never had to before so it's a learning curve. I should have paid attention to mum.

    So thank you everyone for helping me. Sorry if I sound silly with all these questions. I appreciate all the help and thanks for taking the time to write out posts

    I've written everything down off this thread and when I go shopping in going to start making changes (with our budget, eg bulk food might have to wait a bit).

    Oh ftr our budget for food is $300 a fn. This fn I've spent $240. Add to that $20 for one maccas feed lay night add I had to go to hospital and feed the kids at the same time. stoked with that Di I hope I can get it down further. Though this fni have to buy nappies for both kids.

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    I hope everything is ok. I think you're
    Doing a great job trying your best to get your budget down I know this isn't food related but if you own your own home could you look at getting solar? We did and we rarely get an electricity bill now and we have the smallest one available at the time.

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    I love microfibres. I use them for cleaning, as a face washer gets all make up dirt& oil off & as nappy inserts(cloth during day home brand or aldi disposable at night figure they only get thrown out why spend insane amounts for brand name) got a 1kg bag from bunnies for $10 they're so handy & washable buy home brand ,meat from butcher & fruit & veg from local shop ,cleaning I use vinegar bicarb Epsom salts , yea tree oil& eucalyptus oil & gumption. Works well for so many things. Trying to save a bit more $ though grocery shop tonight cost $250 for the 4 of us n pets double what I'd normally spend but brought a lot of bulk things like toilet paper wash liq etc aldi baby wipes & home brand wipes are good for cleaning babies bum & almost everything else

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    Can't find the post to quote but I'd say the aldi newborn nappies are just as good as huggies newborn & a heap cheaper too

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberry swing View Post
    I hope everything is ok. I think you're
    Doing a great job trying your best to get your budget down I know this isn't food related but if you own your own home could you look at getting solar? We did and we rarely get an electricity bill now and we have the smallest one available at the time.
    Yeah it will be just have to spend a lot less to get on top of things.

    We looked at solar but don't have the money to outlay. Our electricity bill is only $300ish a quarter so is not too bad and we put money aside each fn do it can be paid straight away.
    We switched insurances and cut down the phone bill and now I'm doing the food budget. The are a few things can't change like rates and loan repayments so I'm trying to cut back everything to be able to pay those when they come in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndigoJ View Post
    Yeah it will be just have to spend a lot less to get on top of things.

    We looked at solar but don't have the money to outlay. Our electricity bill is only $300ish a quarter so is not too bad and we put money aside each fn do it can be paid straight away.
    We switched insurances and cut down the phone bill and now I'm doing the food budget. The are a few things can't change like rates and loan repayments so I'm trying to cut back everything to be able to pay those when they come in.

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    I'm glad it will be ok.
    We found it was killing us when our bills came in. We started putting $50 a month onto quarterly bills and it's taken the pressure off immensely.
    I hope you get on top of things a lot quicker than you calculated

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