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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01-08-2013 12:40 #281
01-08-2013 18:27 #282has left the building
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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).
01-08-2013 19:05 #283
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01-08-2013 19:12 #284
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01-08-2013 21:02 #286
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!
01-08-2013 21:24 #287
I'll try add to this later. I love budget planning
01-08-2013 22:30 #288
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