Money Saving

Cheap and healthy?

People often assume that is your spending so little on groceries that you aren’t eating well. That simply doesn’t have to be the case. Everyone’s budget is going to look different and as long as you are shopping within your means then spending a little extra if fine but if your struggling with your groceries then it’s time to take a good look at your budget and cut it down.

A really simple rule to follow is $100 per person per month then divide that number be either weekly (4) or fortnightly (2) depending on how you plan to shop. Use this as a starting point. If you find you need more especially if someone has allergies or special dietary requirements then adjust as needed.

So once you have your budget then you need to be able to keep to it. The easiest way to do so is to meal plan (see how to meal plan here), make items from scratch and shop around.

So how can you feed a person for $25 a week without eating a heap of cheap processed foods? Well the answer is right there, processed foods and store bought snacks really aren’t as cheap as you thing and end up being costly. They are targeted at busy family but they offer little nutrition and you get into a cycle of buying more food as they aren’t very filling.

Another budget killer is meat, the type of meat and how much meat you add to your meal will effect your budget. There are a few thing you can do to reduce how much you spend on meat. Bulking up meals with grated vegetables or beans (heaps keep a meal super healthy as well), buying meat on sale or clearance and buying bulk from a local farm or butcher.

Vegetable are not only need good for you but also help bulk out a meal. I often buy zucchini, carrots and sweet potatoes to grate then freeze in zip bags to add to just about any meal. Making soups or pasta sauce out of left over vegetables saves waste and money. Other then buying bulk to freeze try other to buy what to need for the that weeks meals. If you only need a small amount of beans for one meal then it’s a waste of money to buy a big pack. When planning meals it is helpful to include the same vegetables in many meals or freeze left over vegetables to use another week.

Have a question about setting your budget or keep to your budget? Feel free to leave a comment below or message the page and I will do my best to answer it. Don’t forget to subscribe to our website and like our Facebook page for updates and to help keep the page going.

Cheap As Mum

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