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We spend $400 for two adults and two young children . That includes all meals, snacks, drinks, coffee/tea. It also includes cleaning products and pull ups/nappies. We do not buy any ready made food or takeaway. I support our local greengrocer, buy high quality meat and organic where I can. This may seem high but considering it covers us for everything I think it’s ok.
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About $140 family of 4
I use woolies “odd fruit and veg” section.
I bulk buy the kids snacks as I buy the expensive healthier options so when they are on sale I buy a bunch.
I taught my kids not to perminantly snack so they basically eat only at meal times (with expeditions sometimes but generally speaking) some kids can come over my house and eat 3 days worth of my kids food in an afternoon.
The farmer often gives us a cheap box of over ripe bananas for $5. I will freeze them and make 3 batches of a healthy banana bread.
Sometimes we catch fish on the weekend and that saves $10/$15 but we don’t usually buy it anyways just if the kids ask or I feel like it.
Examples of the meals we make
Rice noodles cooked in tune rice with parsley and veggies or salad on the side
Rice and beans with veggies
“Chips” (baker potato) and salad
Lentil Shepard’s pie (the mash I use is dependant on what I have carrot,pumpkin,potato)
The kids love eggplant chips and salad. Highly recommend for fussy eaters, many of my friends kids will eat them when over.
Lunches are leftovers, or salad sandwhiches, kids go to school with avocado sandwhiches usually and just get a thinner layer when they are expensive.
I have make sushi a do extras which goes for lunch
Their lunch box usually looks like
2 fruits in season, the healthier roll ups, either a sandwhiches or pasta with hemp seeds lemon salt and pepper And banana bread I buy the nudie poppas when they are on special my younger one eats more so he will get seaweed and A veggie with hummus(I make hummus from canned chickpeas, much cheaper)
My boy prefers cereal with chia seeds and frozen fruit BUT for about 2 months a year (we live in qld) they switch to porridge in the mornings.
Boiled eggs as lunch box fillers too or snacks um yoghurt if it was on special
I turn a lot of their leftover smoothie or yoghurt about to go bad or anything on the verge into iceblocks which helps hug with snacking. I also make mini pops which they call lollypops I use character iceblocks moulds for it, they are a big hit
I make my own bliss balls I do a plate of about 50 for under $10
Hope that gives some ideas
We don’t eat much meat. I do buy the $10 sauasages that have like 20 and freeze them in 4 lots.
Umm mash and roast veggies?
Cous cous and veggies
I also like to do a big batch of roast veggies blend to make a sauce portion freeze them and use as quick dinners with pasta.
But my meals can cost as little as $5 so my margin doesn’t go up a lot even when we don’t go to the market for whatever reason
Under $200. 2A 2C. It includes everything - I even buy panadol from the supermarket. I'm trying to reduce it more but still eat well. I can't bear to spend $50+ on takeaway - I can do a week's dinners for that!
$300 ftn I buy meat from wholesale butcher for the fortnight which is $100 max. I hardly eat meat myself but buy for my kids. Veggies are in bulk frozen. fruit is apples mainly f uyssy eater and frozen mix berries. That includes toi letries, cleaning products etc no aldi near me.
I was a $150 -$180 shopper but now around $80 as we are largely self diffident now so we buy hardly any produce and hubby is a good fisherman. We have our own chickens, and we have until recently had a deep freeze freezer filled with our last cow. We since become basically pescatarian with our diets so we won’t get a cow again, plus our land (only an acre is filled with plots now)
Like another shopper I would buy direct from farmer or at farmer markets before we grew our own stuff. Way cheaper and better quality that th store organic produce.
We spend $250 a week at the moment. But we're going to slim that down to $150 - $180/week starting next fortnight. 2 adults, 4 children.
We buy an organic mixed box for $70 from a local farm and spend another $30-$40 at Woolworths “odd fruit” section.
Frozen fruit sections can save a lot more buying non organic and home brand though.
This isn’t meant as snarky but my husband and I aren’t smackers and I never supported or really alllowed lots of snacking with my kids other than apples.
By the time they are 5 they have well established eating routines and basically only eat set meals for the most part
But if you find a routine of food it can still be done. If I’m not flexible and just buy what I want we still do $200 or less for 4 people.
$350-400 a week. 2 adults, 1 teenager, 1 preteen (boys). One has food allergies so that does add a bit to the cost. Those of you spending only $200 or less, what are you eating? No snark, just seriously wondering how you manage. Would love to get our shop lower.
We eat fruits and veggies pretty much.
Rice beans lentils.
When i did groceries anywhere from $50-250
We don't do takeaway anymore (once a month or less id say) but now I'm not working my hubby does grocery shopping and i never ask him what he spends lol
About $220 per week. Family of 5 but youngest is a toddler so not eating that much yet. No pets.
$200 for a family of 3. We try to buy good quality meat which makes the cost a little higher.
$300- 400 per week for a family of 2 adults and 2 teens. We rarely eat takeaway and eat a very well balanced diet.