Eating healthy food doesn’t have to cost a bomb!

How much do you spend on food each week? Is it a never-ending chore that you resent? I’ll let you in on a very sad secret; supermarket shopping is one of the highlights of my week. Sad, I know! But I love to see what bargains I can find and how many meals I can go home and create. It’s like a game.

This got me thinking about how much I spend on groceries each week. While there are only two of us, we do eat a lot-six wholesome meals each day, with some type of protein at every meal. Stay tuned and I’ll spill the beans.

Following on from my thinking, I posted on one of our Facebook pages. I asked our members for their top money saving tips on eating healthy food. Here are their awesome tips;

  1. Buy meat with reduced stickers. Either put it in the freezer straight away or use that day.
  2. Buy non perishables in bulk when they are on special. Eg. tin tomatoes, rice, flour, tins of tuna.
  3. Only buy the fresh produce you will use in the next 3-6 days. The supermarket is just down the road – we don’t live 200kms from the shops.
  4. Plant a vegie garden.
  5. Eat what is in season. Grapes for $12.95 per kg in winter can stay there. They are most likely imported from USA.
  6. Market day at IGA has great specials on meat.
  7. Buy meat in bulk when it is on special (I got the last 2kg of basa fish for 50% off today)
  8. Buy the fruit and veg in plastic bags that are marked down. Use them that day or put them in slow cooker/casseroles.
  9. Make your own spices. Taco seasoning is just chilie, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cumin and oregano. They are usually in your pantry. A packet of taco seasoning is around $2.50
  10. Make jelly deserts for the kids. Add some chopped fruit in the bottom.
  11. Buy quick oats for porridge rather than the individual packaged ones. They usually have added sugar in them also.
  12. Freeze leftovers in take-away containers.
  13. Don’t take the husband/kids shopping. There will always be extra things that end up in the trolley
  14. Write a shopping list and stick to it.
  15. Write a meal plan for the week
  16. Don’t buy packaged salads. They are great for when you are out and about, but work out expensive and usually go soggy after a couple of days. Buy heads of lettuce and chop them up, storing them in an airtight container in the fridge.
  17. Buy frozen veg when out of season. They don’t go off and you can use just what you need for each meal.
  18. Buy spices in bulk. IGA has a great selection of spices.
  19. If you are making a cake or biscuits, make it from scratch. As well as being cheaper, it’s always tastier than the stuff from the box.
  20. Buy as much food in bulk as you can. Aldi has 2kg buckets of greek yoghurt that keeps for 2 weeks. You can transfer it into smaller containers for kids lunches.

PHEW! How are you going?

  1. Read through the weekly specials in the catalogues and stock up on what is on special. I love circling what I am going to buy (although it isn’t quite as exciting as circling items in the jewellery catalogue!).
  2. Don’t take Steve’s advice “shoplift!”
  3. Buy fruit/veg from farmer’s markets. Not only are you supporting the local producers, but you know it was probably picked on the same day and usually chemical free.
  4. Have you checked out the local food swap?
  5. Buy rice in 5kg/10kg bags. It’s heaps cheaper than the single portion sizes. Cook up 2-3 cups at a time and freeze into portion sizes.
  6. Buy good quality minced beef and make your own hamburgers.
  7. Avoid the lolly aisle.
  8. Stick to the outside of the supermarket (Safeway), as all the crappy food is in the middle.
  9. If you don’t have room for a garden, join the local “community garden”,

and finally…..

  1. Remember to take your shopping list with you to the supermarket!

And now for my shopping bill. On Thursday I managed to find some bargains. I paid $16 for 2kg of chicken drumsticks and 2kg of fish on special at Safeway, and a 2kg chunk of roast beef at IGA for $16.50. That is enough meat for around for 32 meals. Fruit, veg, more proteins and other household items on Friday was $92. Total $124.

Feel free to let me know of any extra tips you may have. Also, if you find any bargains, be sure to post on ourĀ Facebook Page.