Budget · Food · Money Saving

Saving money on groceries

When I first started trying to find ways to save money on our groceries I was blown away by suggestions that people had.

Some were great and some wouldn’t work for us, and that’s totally ok because every family & household are soooo different!

But I started to take notes of and save some so that Id be able to remember them in future. The pictures above (sorry I cant work out how to copy & paste the hints in here yet so I have to take screen shots instead) are just some of the things I do and refer to, to help save money on our fortnightly groceries.

i think if I had to choose 1 thing to share, it would be. Make sure you have always used up the meat in your freezer and the staples like eggs & beans before buying more.

I can’t tell you how many times over the years we’ve done a “bulk shop” for meat only to go out again a few weeks later and buy more. We haven’t used up what is already there and as such you accumulate food and it just sits there. Now yes it may be frozen, but do you really know how long that bag has been sitting there in the freezer for? Or how long that tin was sitting on the shelves for at the shops before you purchased it?

it may take getting creative with your meals, coming up with new ideas. But it’ll feel much better knowing you’ve got fresh food in the fridge and freezer for meals. Unless the bulk meat i’m buying I really would use reguarly, I just wouldn’t buy.

Also things like eggs are so versatile for brekky, lunch & dinner! So I always make sure we have heaps of eggs here. Brekky you can have things like the obvious eggs on toast, lunch you could have a BLT sandwich or wrap with egg on it for added protein to fill you, dinner you can have quiche or frittata (which is fantastic for throwing random veggies in that you need to use up and it bulks it up too which is great for leftovers).  And ofcourse they’re essential for baking. I love getting the homebrand 75c cake mixes and adding diced up fruit, oats, choc chips, coconut etc to them. They’re such a cheap snack and you can make so many different flavours to suit your family! Plus you can make them dairy free by using soy/almond milk and olive or coconut oil instead of butter.

Now I know there’s  always a debate about caged eggs and free range. I do try buy free range as often as possible if they’re on special, but unfortunately they are so much more expensive. Which sucks caz yes they are from chooks with better homes and as such they’re better for us too. So in regards to eggs that’s a personal choice for you and your family to choose what kind you like to purchase.

These are just a few suggestions to help lower your grocery bill. I’ll add more as I think of them.

erin 🙂

Budget · Food · Kids · Money Saving

$201 shop!!

The groceries you’ll see in my profile picture were all up… $201!

after becoming a Stay At Home Mum after baby number 2 (apart from working for 6 months for the bank to be happy and us to be able to buy a house – that’s a blog post I’ll do another day), I decided I wanted to help us to save as much as I could and to show our kids the happiest life we could, with them appreciating the small things and knowing that everything in life does come at a cost.

after baby number 3 came, I decided to really knuckle down and work on our budget. For most people, the easiest way to save money is to reduce the cost of their groceries. Which is what I did.

back when my husband and I were both working full time we could EASILY spend $300 a week plus extra trips to the shops for stuff we forgot. It was insane how much we used to spend when I think about it now! We ate well, really well. As in a lot of take away, coffee, treats and meals out… But not a lot to show for it. When we did groceries we’d come home and throw away fruit & veg we had forgotten about and left overs hiding (and growing… ewww!) in the back of the fridge.  We wasted sooo much money. And that was with only 1 child!

So when I got our groceries in at $201 this fortnight I was literally exploding at the seams with excitement over it!!

Now I will admit this shop was a treat shop. I’ve been stricter lately but there was some great specials that I got for the kids and hubby. Ie 90c packets of chips and $2 packets of special cookies we love. Normally I try make all the sweet things but I decided at that price why not get a few bargain treats.

This shop didn’t include baby nappies as I didn’t need any (I use cloth during the day unless im going out or going to school) or toilet paper. I also had to get $15 of fruit & veg on the weekend. But we still came in under budget!

So in my next post I’ll share a list of ideas, hints & tips I use to help reduce our grocery shop and save time at home when cooking and hopefully help you all out too.

erin 😊

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The post that started it all

I’ve always been mad keen on saving money, whether it be by op-shopping, budgeting well, eating meat free, paying bills in advance, using loyalty cards or making things myself.

im definitley a bargain hunter!

recently I posted on a facebook group im apart of for The Healthy Mummy about getting my groceries for around $250 per fortnight for our family of 5!

The did an article on it (link here: http://www.healthymummy.com/mum-spends-250-groceries-every-fortnight-feed-family-five )

I shared it to my facebook page, more to be able to keep the memory and link of it and got a few comments about starting a blog from it, with hints, tips and ideas to save money.

so here goes! I hope it won’t bore everyone and I hope people get some money saving ideas out of it, whether they’re mums, dads, grandparents or even single and childfree.

erin 😊