I do a general meal plan
Shop at aldi for basics
Improvise ie. I love honey mustard chicken volauvents but I've started doing puff pastry in a muffin tin instead (saves about $7 switching from vol cases to pastry sheets)
Buy the cheapest option when possible
Buy meat in bulk packs
Use rice, pasta or potatoes to stretch a meal
Make a lot of lunch things from scratch like mini quiches, sausage rolls etc.
Dinners that get cooked regularly:
-Devilled sausages with mash and veg
-Pasta bake (pasta, mince, sauce, cheese) will do two nights
-Quiche (homemade including shortcrust base) with chips and salad
-Chicken fried rice packed with veg
-Homemade chicken parmas with baked veg or chips & salad
-chicken & basil pesto pasta
-meatloaf with mash & veg
Most of those will also have enough left for lunch or dinner the next day.
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16-09-2013 08:03 #31
16-09-2013 08:11 #32
2 adults and a toddler, we spend about $150 a week
16-09-2013 08:12 #33
16-09-2013 08:17 #34
We spend around $300/week for me, dh, 6yo ds and almost 2yo dd. Ds is still in pullups at night and dd is still in nappies, so they are a definite added expense. We definitely spend less when we meal plan and shop once a week, but life can get busy sometimes and then I don't plan the weekly shop so well and suddenly I end up going every 2nd day and buying more & more stuff and it becomes rather expensive.
16-09-2013 08:29 #35
For me it's not the food that kills my wallet at the supermarket, it's those damn laundry and bathroom isles!
16-09-2013 08:34 #36
We spend about 200-250pw with a $300 shop occasionally when staples are low or I'm about to do a batch cook.
2 adults, 5yo and 3mo in nappies who occasionally gets formula. We hardly ever go out so I 'indulge' a little with the groceries (nice chocolate, out of season fruit etc). As it is my nearest Supermarket is 20 min away, local butcher way more pricey, closest Veg market 1hr+ away, no Aldi in WA and I've found Spud Shed stuff goes off so quickly what I save in $$ just goes in the bin.
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16-09-2013 08:37 #37
I aim for $160/week for 2 adults and 2 kids. About once a month I do a bigger shop at Aldi and stock up on cleaning stuff, meat etc.
16-09-2013 08:38 #38
I spend on average $200-220/week for two adults and a toddler. This includes lunches (and daycare meals), toiletries, nappies and cleaning products. But not alcohol or dog food which we pick up separately.
16-09-2013 08:41 #39
Usually around $260 for the fortnight with milk and bread trips in between And that's for me hubby and 7 yr old
16-09-2013 08:48 #40
We spend about 120-140 a week and its only the two of us at the moment. Meal planning helps me. And I stay clear of junk food and fizzy.
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