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$120 for grocerys this week !

Does anyone please have some great meal ideas for me ? Besides the normal mince meals...Vegetarian meals to

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Thankyou all for your help 😊 We had a few unexpected medical bills this week 😐 I managed to shop and get ingredients for healthy meals...and I had $10 change 👏 So I can now take the kids to the pool on the weekend 👍

I have a few "go to" meals for those weeks when things are a bit tight.

Chicken (with or without bacon) pie - 2 chicken breast, 1 tin of condensed chicken soup, puff pastry (cheap brand) and frozen veg. Serve with mashed potato.

Porcupine balls - mince meat, any left over veggies (grated) spoon of tomato sauce, BBQ sauce and tomato paste, cup of rice and packet of French onion soup, pour over tin of tomato soup.

Spaghetti with grated veg in the meat sauce.

Penne' carbonara

Chicken drumsticks with home made honey/soy marinade, serve with veg and mashed potato.

Silverside in the slow cooker with Veg, left overs served in a sandwich for lunch the next day.

Bangers and mash with gravy

Pasta bake with a jar of dolmio and grated veg and cheese

Quiche with bacon and baby spinach

It might be an inconvenience but look at catalogues and go to each store for the specific specials. This way you may be able to have a rough guess what your shop will cost before you do it. Go to a fruit store for fruit and vege, vheaper than woolies etc. Even some butchers are cheaper also, and always much better quality. Even buy a butchers family pack. May cost a bit but in the long run you've always got meat there for weeks. Ifind making a quick list of dinners for the week ahead based on what we have in the pantry/freezer makes it a bit cheaper too then browse past butcher prices before walking into woolies and if cheaper get it on the way out. Take a calculator (phone) and always buy necessary items first to get them out of the way. I spend $100 sometimes less a week on the 3 of us including nappies once fortnight makes it $120 every few weeks. But we eat well, great meat and always different dinners as we get bored of the same things. Even try google cheap meal ideas.

 Oh and over the weeks maybe buy the jar/ packet recipe bases when theyre on special for 2 for $4 or whatever :)
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The 4 ingredient books are great for cheap/easy meals.

my woollies has just started drstically reducing meat... maybe ask around and see if youroollies do that as well? anything tgat expires the next day is reduced. i just scored mince for $1.20 a kilo. i bought a few packets to put in the freezer :-) they do other meat as well. sausages for $3, roasts for $10 (down from 25)... luck of draw whats there when you go!

 How fresh would the meat be at those prices.
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 Expiring the NEXT day is still in date! And I am guessing the person who buys this will freeze it.
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 It wouldn't be very healthy if the meat sat for ages at the shops then frozen for a little more again.
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 At least she is trying to do the best she can for her family! Don't be so damn judgemental!!
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 are you a food scientist?
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 My Mum used to do this, and amazingly I'm still alive!
The op asked for ideas and that's what people are offering! Everyone needs to back down and stop being so judgemental of other Mums. Her children are being fed, we ate worse as kids, so honestly if you don't have anything constructive to say and are only here to "bash" other Mums, you need to find something better to do with your life!

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We do our whole weeks shopping including nappies and formula for $120 to $140 every week.
Best way is to look at those Maggie, Masterfoods meal helper packets, there's heaps of variety and they're all healthy plus my kids love everyone I've cooked so far! We also make things like beef stroganoff, lasagna, fish and salad, bbq, curried/devilled snags, fried rice or toasted sandwiches on lazy Friday nights.
There is heaps you can do.

 Meal helpers are not healthy. I'd check the back if I were you.
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 Sooooo much salt and preservatives in those little packets... Definitely not healthy sorry.
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 Omg sooo unhealthy. The salt is crazy in those! Fresh is always best. You're packing your kids full of salt and preservatives.
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 Eeeeeek not healthy at all sorry. Always best to cook from scratch so they are no nasties.
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 Ok, we get the point!!!
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 Leave her alone! So many judgey pushy Mums on here!
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 Least she's not feeding her kids takeaway!
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 so much sugar in those packet sauces and recipe bases, i would avoid them all together.
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 Good for you, I'd give you a gold star, but I'm completely out of fu**s to give!
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 My bets that every negative reply here is the same bored lonely arsehole.
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 I agree. I think it's obviously mum. Loves telling everyone they are terrible mums based on one small thing.
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 Lol I can guarantee that most of these rude replies above are the same person shouting their ignorant opinion repeatedly so it looks like other people are backing up her opinion but they aren't

so pathetic hahaha

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 Actually it wasn't because I wrote one of those replies and I didn't write any others. It wasn't even rude, just because you can't seem to handle the fact that you feed your kid junk doesn't mean that we are being rude. It's the truth. Obviously the original poster who said that the packet mixes are healthy is uneducated so clearly she needed to be corrected.
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 Thank you for taking the time to correct us. We hope you take on board our correction of your behavior. Perhaps next time you correct people use a little tact. All the best for getting your head removed from your a*s xxx.
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 ^^ yep I guessing you're the type of mother that complains that having kids made you fat. Ok then
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 ^ Relevant how?!?
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 Clearly because this is the type of crap food that makes you fat and unhealthy? I'm so sick of mothers complaining they are overweight while they sit around eating junk like this and wonder why they are fat and their kids have behavioural disorders
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 Omg you are all bored and im thinking slightly retarded. "So much sugar and salt" " so unhealthy"... all the while your healthy kids live in polluted air, with toxins and chemicals in basically everything we wash with and touch. Even our water is filled with chemicals, jets flying overhead all day spraying toxins... yeap, but you are all the good mothers protecting your children from salt and sugar. Wake up!
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 No I don't feed my kids jar stuff or meal helpers because I know what's in them. But I don't think it's very nice to "correct " other mums on nutrition. Some of the comments are awful. I hope you don't speak to people in real life like this.
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 LOL. We all know someone like this! Loves telling everyone what they are doing wrong with their kids! Ladies just smile, nod, and use the time to plan your week! They will stop talking eventually.
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It's a bit daggy, but my family loves curried sausages. We use Dutch Curry and Rice soup mix as the base. Boil the sausages and skin them, then slice to put into curry. Chuck in some vegies and 6 sausages easily feed my family of 4 adults. Not too hot for those who don't want spicy.
Jacket potatoes - fill with whatever you want. Chopped bacon. Sour cream. Creamed corn. Sauteed tomato, onion and zucchini.... Up to your imagination really.
Jazz up some sausages by par-cooking them, then slice lengthways (don't cut all the way thru) and fill the cut bit with cheese ( and bacon if you want) and finish off in the oven. HTH.

 Omg that is how my family makes curried sausages too but for last few months haven't been able to find Dutch curry and rice at any supermarket. Where are you getting it from??
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 Coles, near all the packet soups (which are undoubtedly very unhealthy!!!!) ;)
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 Thanks not concerned about the unhealthy bit lol
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My kids are fussy and one of our fav's is snags with hash browns and baked beans. Fried rice is great to use up left over veg in the fridge or your can use frozen. Salad rolls have also been good. We have also been having salad most nights with a different style of meat ie lasagne, chicken breast/ drumsticks, hamburger, cold deli meat.

 Can't believe how unhealthy some of you eat... Wow
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 Can't believe how judgey some ppl can be. Live and let live hey??
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 Can't really see an issue with baked beans, salad rolls, chicken breast, nor any of the other foods mentioned.
So Miss Perfect; tell us your daily food menu. Carrot sticks & tofu by any chance?

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 You don't see an issue with snags and deli meat? Offal for kids.. Mmm
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 ^^don't deflect the question; what DO YOU feed your family I asked?? Not everyone has the means to feed their family prime cuts of meat and the best of everything. But at least her family is getting fed!
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 This post is about eating in a budget. As you would know it cost $ to live a healthy lifestyle. I think someone needs to start a whole new 'diet' post.
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 Oh yeah snags hash browns and baked beans sound like such a balanced meal! Not! If you don't think this is all unhealthy then that's on you! (But inwould probably start educating myself on healthy food for my children's sake). trying to say that my children live off tofu and carrot sticks? Please! My children eat a variety of food everyday, all homemade and unprocessed. Doesn't make us vegans you loser. Smh. I was just shocked to see all those "fast" processed foods in one weeks worth of food! Where's the real food?! It's shocking.
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 Scandalous!!! How will you sleep knowing that someone doesn't do things exactly the same as you????
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 ^ Who are you trying to convince, us or you? Lol.
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 You are all just angry because you feel guilty some mums feed their children healthy food??? I'm with you Some of the food listed here are gross
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 Lol. Do a few cheap meals suggested to save money when someone needs to stretch funds mean we all feed our kids crap all the time? Go and find another thread to lecture everyone on.
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 Never ceases to amaze me how women react when they are made to feel inferior. Attack attack attack. Yes some people eat healthy food. Deal with it.
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 It amazes me how some women think they are superior to everyone else. You must be such a joy to know.
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 I bet you have very little friends
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 Well at least her kids still get fed in the first place. My son is picky, and yes i make him try everything. However sometimes he has 2minute noodles for dinner or something similar to this woman because i would much rather him eat that than eat nothing at all!
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 And those you do have you probably scare off with sausages and hamburger helper
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 Oh my god.. Go away. Do you know how many children are overweight and obsese in Australia? But come after the women with pitchforks who point out this meal plan is extremely unhealthy.
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 LOl. Go and find someone else to annoy. I have a great idea, why don't you go and stand at the checkout at the supermarket and tell people what they should and shouldn't buy!
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 Some families are doing it tough and have weeks they need a few cheap meals to get by, it means the kids get fed. If you want to make them feel bad for having to do that I hope these mums realise it says more about you than them.
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My emergency cheap eats are:
Fried rice
Quiche with bacon, peas, corn & carrot
Chilli beans (lentils, 4 bean, taco flavour & crushed tomatoes)
Pasta bake

After that I'd go:
Spaghetti or cottage pie
Creamy tomato & chorizo fettucine
Strauganoff
Honey soy chicken stir fry

 Forgot to say I add carrot, zucchini & onion to pretty much everything as I can hide the veg for miss 3!
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My family loves roast chicken drumsticks with mashed/roast potato and peas, carrot and corn and gravy. The drumsticks are always cheaper at the deli section.

Honey chicken stir fry- Simply mix 1 tablespoon honey with 1/4 cup of soy sauce in a bowl. Boil hokkien noodles and 1/4 stir fry packet of vegies. In a fry pan mix the sauce, noodles and vegies with some cooked chicken pieces and your done.

Spaghetti bol- mix in grated carrot to make it stretch for more meals.

Soups- mix in rice or pasta to make it more filling.

Omelettes - we likes to add veggies, cheese and meat.
Quiches

If you have a slow cooker they are great because you use cheap cuts of meat to cook in them, jist google some recipes. Zucchini slice is a good veg meal. Quiches are always nice and cheap. Burritos. Pastas eg cabonara, strog, ect. Veggie bake

I had this for last weeks shop. Go through cupboards and see what you already have. When you do the menu make sure you only need to buy a couple of things for each meal.

Sausages onion gravy and mash. Fried rice. baked beans on toast. spag bol.

Shepherd's Pie, spaghetti or no meat spaghetti, eggs on toast, toasted sandwiches, sausage casserole, fish & salad, chicken wraps...

I WISH my shopping was $120 a week, mine always comes to about $250, and I have no idea why! I need help with this as I spend do much yet seem to have f**k all!

 Always always take a list! Then you never buy what you don't need!!
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 I find calculating the cost as you go along tends to make me spend less.
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 ^ do you carry a calculator with you? I try to do this but always lose count.
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 I just use my phone! :) sometimes I accidentally wipe it or type in $4150 instead of $4.15. But I always look at the figure before I type it in, so if I have to replace it I can. Our weekly shop including meat for 3 kids and 2 adults is around $100-$150- and we eat healthy. Having a weekly meal plan before you go helps, sometimes you'll have 2/3 of what you need for the recipes at home. So that cuts your costs.
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