I just did a mock online shop with woolies and although I try to limit my grocery spend to $75 a week personally ... I was surprised at how hard it was to shop for just $50 for the week. I think I'd find it easier to budget $100 for the fortnight (so same amount per week) just so I could buy things a bit bigger for less per unit value and to last over the two weeks.
My menu wasn't all that different to the OP except after the sausage speculation I did mine without them. I'm still not sure it's nutritionally much better. But I ended up with the following meals available from my shop:
- baked beans on toast
- jam on toast
-egg on toast
- jam sandwich
- egg on toast
- left overs
- tomato, basil and garlic pasta
- sweet and sour mince with brown rice
- roast chicken drumsticks with veg
- salmon cakes with veg & brown rice
- Chicken crackers
- Boiled eggs
- Carrot sticks
- Two fruits
If I could do it over two weeks I'd buy flour, sugar & soy sauce to include pikelets and stir fry into the list. Plus add extra dishes. The majority of my shop was homebrand. Total shop was $49.80
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19-02-2014 12:15 #303
Eta this is not a meal type plan but a tip I do.
Every three or four days I heat up all the leftovers from previous dinners and just sit them on the table platter style. Everyone serves up what they want, a bit of this and that. The left overs actually get eaten and it saves money rather than planning for another dinner meal. AND I don't have to cook- huzzah!
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19-02-2014 13:19 #304
Our food budget is often around $70 per week, but that gives a lot more room for movement (plus, there are only 2 adults & a toddler). Might give it a go at some point though, I'm certain we could do it.
One of our cheapest & most loved meals - daal. A packet of yellow split peas, a bunch of spices (of course, you have to have those in the pantry anyway), a few fresh veg... cook up a large pot then eat for dinner & freeze the rest. We usually get at least 6 meals for myself & my partner (served with rice)
19-02-2014 13:28 #305
19-02-2014 13:35 #306
Just read OP's original grocery list with prices... Was done in 2010 I wonder how much it would be today for the same items.
28-04-2014 17:30 #307
Wow one bunch of bananas 1.59! How times have changed
28-04-2014 17:47 #308
Stayathomemum has a section for recipes for under $10
I also love there 120 biscuits for under $5. Here's the link.
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24-07-2014 14:35 #309
Our food budget is about $400 per week for 2 adults and 6 kids between 3 and 15.
I am lactose and gluten free, plus allergic to seafood and we don't eat any many fats or sugars (unless it's a special occasion) . We also do as much cooking at home as possible, including making our own pasta and pasta sauce, bread rolls (however we only, eat bread about once a fortnight), etc.
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