I don't buy any soft drink/cordial. I only buy milk and I buy the woolies cheap brand. (I don't drink milk on it's own though only in tea or coffee).
I buy washing powder/toilet paper etc when it's on half price or heavily discounted specials. I like Kleenex cottonelle & biozet (or another decent brand) so I buy it only when it's cheap and I grab a couple. My DS2 is still in nappies but I find the home brand ones great and I was strictly a Huggies/MCN buyer for DS1. His day care actually provide his nappies when he is there.
I'm so kicking myself that I've only fairly recently found woolies select scented wipes. They are so lovely smelling and great quality. I've converted many others with them!!
Some weeks I'll challenge myself not to even shop for anything other than bread/milk/fruit. On these weeks we use things from the freezer/fridge/pantry and veg is often frozen peas.
I also only buy good meat. I don't buy mince or sausages at all.
I'm thinking I might start a blog where I show what I spend and what I make with it. I haven't kept receipts so can't recall exact items but I might task myself to do it starting now. I just really thrive on budgeting and saving but still eating well (I need more of a life I know!! Haha).
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07-11-2013 23:22 #61
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07-11-2013 23:25 #62
07-11-2013 23:29 #63
I'll work on starting a thread to see if it helps anyone. (Keeping in mind I only shop for 1 adult, a 5 year old and a 2 year old).
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07-11-2013 23:39 #64
I portion out meat when I buy it and often even slice a piece of salmon in half as it's cut to big for me. I don't eat huge portions of meat ... Neither do my boys. One chicken skewer or two small salmon patties with a smallish side of veg seems to fill them up. I'm not particularly fancy with what we eat unless I make a point of it. Steamed veg and some kind of protein is pretty much the norm for a few other dishes thrown in here and there.
I'm sure things will change as they get older. I've been warned of boys eating their parents out of pocket!! Lol
07-11-2013 23:39 #65
Sorry didn't mean to quote twice :/
07-11-2013 23:40 #66
I seen lots of shopping threads on here and the bottom line is that those that spend less, buy less. Beyond buying specials, meal planning and buying in bulk there really is no secret other than having very simple meals, not having much fruit and veg or much in the cupboards. I've seen people say they spent $60 a week for a family of 4, and when they listed off their docket, it would have fed us for 3 days, if not less. They had 1 loaf of bread, 2l of milk, 2 apples, to last a week. We go through that a day lol
07-11-2013 23:49 #67
I never buy anything like chocolate/chips etc. unless it's a for a party. I can't have foodie that in my house... It'd haunt me until I ate it!! But I did just buy 2 mangoes for $6 ... OMG!! We all share one though. I don't eat a whole one myself. I'm satisfied with a half.
Sometimes I can spend $100 one week and only $40 the next.
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08-11-2013 00:14 #68
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08-11-2013 00:29 #69
I knew there'd be a spin off! lol
We live within our means but it's taken some work. When circumstances reduced our income drastically, we were forced to take a hard look at our lifestyle and cut back. One car, no credit card, calculating our expenses and withdrawing once from the ATM in a fortnight, going through the supermarket catalogues and souring food from other places.
We buy good meat and we buy it in bulk from the farmer's door. This involves a $150 cash outlay but the meat lasts a good three months and feeds us well. We also source fruit and veg from a local market rather than the supermarket as well as grow our own. Again, this is another substantial saving for us.
We have money jars for separate things - fuel, food, little extras, approaching bills. We have a folder containing the bills so we are able to average them out and pay a bit each week into the jar and then pay in full when the bill arrives.
I have to say that when we started this it was a major pain in the bum for me. I found it tedious and time consuming. However, as time has gone on and our savings have grown and we've actually got some order in our household, I now see it as a challenge and that when I do get my income back, I'll be confident about saving even more. My DH and I have also realised what is important and what isn't and 'being frugal has really changed the way we approach life now.
08-11-2013 00:42 #70
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