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#1 Edwina

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:25 PM

I need some help!

1. Can anyone tell me what sort of cost is reasonable for a weekly spend on grocery shopping? I have two kids but one doesn't require anything except nappies at this point.

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2. Does anyone have cost saving ideas for their grocery shopping that they could share?

The reason for this post is that after months and months of coming in short by the middle of the month I looked over my budget last night to try and work out why. I'm obviously spending too much on my groceries. I have the same pool of money to cover bills, groceries, childcare and spending money and I don't split it out weekly anymore just monthly.

I would love some help!

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#2 lena

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:54 PM

On a average I spend $150 a week on groceries for the 5 of us (well 4 bc Amahlia doesn't need much at the minute). It use to be alot more.

Things that cut down my weekly shops were:
- Shop once a week (I use to pop down every day to every 2nd day)
- Plan the weeks meals (meal plan)
- shopping list (although now I can do it without lists)
- check prices just bc it is black and gold doesn't mean it is cheaper
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:10 PM

I shop per fortnight. We bulk buy meat probably once every 2mths from the butchers. then portion it and freeze.

We have $300 per fortnight for shopping. (four of us) We also bulk buy long life milk because the kids go through it like crazy.

Make a shopping list and try to stick to it.
We also do menus for the fortnight and only buy the things we need.

I'll also make up a big batch of things I can then bag and freeze such as spag bol for dinner (my one batch gets divided into 3-4 meals), same with slow cooked stews and soups.

ATM DH is trying to get our vegie garden up and running as vegetables where we live are getting alot more expensive..



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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:47 PM

We have been on one wage for the last year and half so over that time I have had to really look at what we spend on groceries.

We spend between $180 and $200 a fortnight for 2 adults and 1 toddler who some weeks will eat more than us combined and other weeks not so much.

We do most of our shopping at Aldi and then we get the few little things that Aldi doesn't stock at Coles. I used to do a seperate fruit and veg + butcher shop however in the last 6 months our local Aldi has really picked things up with their fruit, veg and meat so am now getting them at Aldi, their prices are the same or cheaper as well compared to the local fruit market and butcher.

We try to limit our junk food so we buy lots of fruit and veg (usually try and buy whats in season as well) and only buy one or two snacky type things. I always have flour, sugar, all other baking stuff as well so if we do want naughty stuff we can make it from scratch. Same goes for soft drink we will buy one or two bottles and than try and drink water or very dilutated cordial for the rest of the fortnight, this is a huge acheivement for us considering we used to spend $20 to $30 alone on soft drink for a fortnight. DS only drinks water or milk so he is easy in that regards.

For main meals we try and cook from scratch as much as possible (though thats not much at the moment due to being 34 weeks pregnant and not feeling like cooking!). DS eats what we eat so again thats easy.

We also live semi rural so we bulk buy stuff that we use a lot off so we don't have to buy at the local shop which is much more expensive, we go through a lot of milk atm (pregnancy cravings) so the fridge is always full with a few 3L's and than some more longlifes in the cupbpoard.

Um, what else? Oh Menuplan saves me a fortune, or else I wander around the store wondering what we will have for dinner for the next fortnight and end up doing an extremely random and expensive shop. Oh and we use cloth nappies in the day (disposables at night) so the cost of nappies is very low as one pack can last ages.
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#5 Edwina

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:20 PM

Thanks girls - very much appreciated and great ideas.

I think we are falling into the trap of buying outside of necessity for starters and as you're all in the same ball park for spend I think I will manage myself around that amount. That should be more in line with what we can afford as well.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:15 AM

We've been on a single income for over a year, too, so I've got good at budgeting for our food.

~ I shop at Aldi, it has some great savings.

~ We're a meat-less, no-alcohol household. It's amazing how much you can save by going vegetarian and not drinking.

~ Meal plan. I avoided it for years but now it's a life saver. I used the Outlook calendar on my computer and set up a three-week rotating menu. I have it sync'd with my phone and I print out the month's calendar and have it on the fridge. It means I don't have to think about what to have for dinner and it's cut probably $30-50 off our weekly bill.

~ I shop fortnightly with fruit & veggies as needed.

~ Don't shop hungry. You tend to put things in your trolley you don't need.

~ Most sections in the big supermarket have things on special. Buy those.

~ I find shopping with the kids an advantage because I want to get out of there as fast as possible. Yes, there's heaps of pester power but that's okay.

~ Still find some money to get take away occasionally. It's good for you to have a break.

There are more but the thing is to work out what works best with your family and your sanity.
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