There seems to be more food waste in this house than us adult Minions are willing to put up with any more. Last week, I saw somewhere that a lady manages to shop once a month for only $300, feeding her family of four pretty darn well for that month. Needless to say, I can’t do that with our family of six, but I figured that we could come close for $500, which is our normal fortnightly grocery budget.
In order to do this, Minion Dad and I sat down and worked out a monthly dinner plan so we knew what we absolutely needed for this shop. We’ve also decided what I would be baking, and what easy snacks we could do up for the little Minions that don’t involve turning on the oven. We shop at Aldi, Coles and occasionally Super Butcher, and I usually Eftpos each time. Today, I stopped off at an ATM and withdrew my budgeted amount instead, so there was less chance of temptation or impulse buys. I’ve put $100 aside for next fortnight, which will cover milk, bread, fruit and vegetables plus a few items I’m sure I’ve forgotten about!
We won’t shop like this every month. We’ve decided to try it out for alternate months, and in between we’ll make sure we stock up on meat and specials each fortnight so we can stick to our new shopping budget . . . keep your fingers crossed. I’ll make sure I keep you up to date on how we’re faring. Any tips and pointers to help us out will be much appreciated!!!
* Originally posted on the 11th November, 2014
* Note: We didn’t actually keep up with this, life got hectic and it was easier to go back to the same old, same old way of shopping. Transferring from my old site to my new one has renewed my motivation to start up again though, and I will definitely be getting back into this once I have family life organised once more!