I am on my phone so can't start a new thread.... but with winter upon us, I'd love to start a thread for 'low cost seasonal dinner ideas' to make up my next weekly meal plan/shopping list! Ideas welcome i could also post/email the plan and wht the weekly meals cost etc to anyone who might want to try it.
@DT75, my DH and DD2 are lactose intolerant. Milk is over $2/ltr and cheese costs us over $5 for 250gm. We were all eating lac free, but it cost too much so Dd1 and I (who dont have issues) now eat/drink lac bc we couldnt afford it!
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01-06-2015 14:17 #71Senior Member
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01-06-2015 14:21 #72
The rising cost of cheap meat got us too. We used to eat roo and a lot of cheaper cuts and, while looking at different options for the dog, I noticed how much roo has gone up. I was shocked!! It used to be about $5/kg.
Talking about putting sausages in a sauce... Mum used to make this awesome sausage and bacon casserole. I loved it so much that I now make it with the vegetarian sausages and bacon as a treat dish. No matter who I've served it up to they've all loved it.
01-06-2015 14:36 #73
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01-06-2015 14:53 #74
Groceries have definitely gone up lately. For 2 adults we were getting by on $60-80 a week. We have DS now (only 8 months so not costing us that much) but I'm finding that we are spending more like $150 a week.
I do a big shop once a month - so all nappies/wipes, pantry foods, laundry stuff and meat. I get meat from the butcher as it is a little cheaper, however the green grocers in the area are not much cheaper than the big 2 supermarkets and it's more convenient to shop there so I do. Fruit and veg I get as needed about twice a week to reduce waste.
I use a lot of canned fish - tuna, pink salmon and sardines. Sardines are great on toast for quick lunches (healthy and cheap), canned tuna for lunch as well. I also make fish cakes out of the salmon, and tuna mornay. Anything like this I find is super cheap and I load up the tuna mornay with veg to bulk it out. Fish cakes can be served with basic veg or salad. Often frozen veg is much cheaper than fresh - coles homebrand has veg which is Australian if you are worried about that.
All other meals are always bulked out with veg to make it go further. I always make enough so meals will go for 2 nights. Chilli con carne (without the carne!) is also cheap - fill up with canned beans (kidney, butter etc) instead of meat. Veg soups with bread/toast is also really cheap and if it has some legumes/potato/pasta in it it will also fill you up enough.
Cleaning - I use vinegar and bicarb. Kitchen cleaning spray is vinegar, water, a drop of tea tree or eucalyptus oil or some lemon juice to freshen it up. It also works well in the bathroom and for floor cleaners (Pour vinegar into hot water with some TT or eucalyptus oil for the floors).A bit of standard bleach is used for toilets, shower etc or when floors need disinfecting. I've found that cutting out cleaning agents has saved us a lot (and it's better for the environment too).
I shop online as I find that I save a lot more and can keep an eye on the tally as I go. If it's too much, I'll go back and see if I can replace an item with something cheaper or change my meal plan to something cheaper that week to reduce it. I don't find that the prices are more online, but even if they are I think I save more buy not impulse buying anyway and knowing exactly what my spend is.
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01-06-2015 14:55 #75
Dairy alternatives are so expensive. We buy oat or macadamia milk for DH and it's just a bit too much. I try to get him to cut back a bit, especially on the macadamia milk!!
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01-06-2015 14:57 #76
I love tuna, etc... but neither H nor the kids will eat it...
The kids will eat spring tuna from a can but not anything cooked with it.
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01-06-2015 15:07 #79Senior Member
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I have 2 x macadamia trees (spoilt) but have only got enough nuts for snacks so far! I have heaps of fruit trees that we eat from too (passionfruit, pawpaw, mango, mandarin, lime, dragonfruit) I have a fresh veg patch (needs some work and a replant now its winter) but even with using our garden we still struggle a bit!
01-06-2015 15:11 #80
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