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$50 grocery for the month

Answered 10 months ago

Has anyone had to do this?
It has come to my attention that I owed money and I'm paying back a substantial amount each week for the next month, but it leaves very little for anything else.
It's only a short time period but50$ is my grocery budget, whats cheap and stretches and will feed 4


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10 months ago
Nobody would expect a person to pay back a debt leaving rhem next to no money to feed their family. What about the other bills? Buy food first

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10 months ago
Yes they would, ive been there, infact this week i got paid $30, i have 3 kids, i have a job could have worked today and tomorrow but no one will look after my children. So we are just going to starve to death, as it’s socially unacceptable for me to put them out of their misery and also kill myself.

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11 months ago
I can’t see how that’s do able honestly. $12.50 per week is barely enough for bread and milk. Maybe 2 minute noodles for dinner, plain sandwich for lunch. Good luck 😬

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1 year ago
You can buy $1 bread from coles... Not something id buy generally but if i only had $50, id probably get 2-3 loafs a week.

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1 year ago
Pancakes everyday, yum!

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1 year ago
It’s possible to do $50 a week but a month....lord unless maybe you only eat bake beans or vegemite toast then possible!

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1 year ago
😀😀😀

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1 year ago
Lentils and herbs
Rice
Beans

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1 year ago
To whom do you owe the debt?
Sounds shady.

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1 year ago
😂 my work place.
Seems they overpaid my annual leave from the start of the year.

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1 year ago
Request they stretch the repayments out! Especially if it was their fuck up

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1 year ago
They can't take so much that it leaves you unable to properly provide for your family

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1 year ago
Tbh I don't know why they can't take the hours out of my annual leave i have? Or why it took them months to realise they made a mistake anyway

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1 year ago
You need to reduce the back payments they made the mistake they need to work with you to recoup it. Speak to a lawyer about what you can do. Dont accept what emploter says you need ro be able ro eat and provide for your family.

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1 year ago
I would ask for an audit report into the supposed "debt". How do you know the debt you are told you have is actually legitimate. It is also unconscionable for them to try and repay themselves that fast for their own mistake, that it tips you into poverty. Definitely take up the suggestion of getting a lawyer to write them a letter:
a) seeking to clarify there is a debt, how much it is, and how it came about, and,
b) setting a manageable repayment rate.

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1 year ago
Glad someone asked this question. Definitely see if your workplace will work with you. They should not be making you repay something to the detriment of your health and well-being.

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1 year ago
Lots of pasta, rice, eggs, flour, tin tomatoes, lentils etc, cheap frozen veggies, shop only specials, use what's in your pantry, menu plan, use a financial counsellor and get that debt sorted - something doesn't seem right

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1 year ago
We have some tips on the website that can help you cut down on your groceries - lots of budget recipes too. This is our post on $50 a week shopping but you can use the concepts to suit your particular situation
https://www.stayathomemum.com.au/shopping/50-dollar-per-week-shop/50-week-grocery-shop/

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1 year ago
I would suggest selling something now. Unless you have a really well stocked pantry I don’t think it can be done.

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1 year ago
It's reasonably stocked, I could probably get about 12 tuna pasta baked

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1 year ago
Bakes out of it. Went thru it and seems ive hoarded a ton of tuna at the very back

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1 year ago
Well that’s good - filling and protein. Hope you have some frozen veg to round out.

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1 year ago
Rice
Frozen veggies
Canned tuna
Eggs
Baked beans
2 min noodles
Pasta
Sausages
Frozen pizzas
Mashed potatoes
Bread rolls with cold meats and salad
It’s a pretty tight budget! Maybe chat with a close friend or family member if they’d be willing to donate a meal per week and when you’re in a better financial position you can repay the favour 🤷🏻‍♀️ Good luck!
Call Salvation army or similar I think they have food vouchers if you qualify!
Also someone above mentioned, check your pantry/freezer for what you already have on hand.
I’d be calling up utility companies to give you an extension on bills or agree to a payment plan and save that extra on food for the month.

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1 year ago
Lentils

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1 year ago
Visit local charities or food pantries, they might be able to help

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1 year ago
Start by looking in your cupboards and fridge/freezer and making a list of what you've already got. Then you can meal plan with them.