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I hid in the supermarket last week to avoid the rich school mums with their big trolleys full of expensive stuff, I had about 12 home brand/marked down things in my trolley.
But I did it- I fed us 5 for the week for $37 (I also utilised the freezer, pantry, veggie patch, eggs from the chooks and I swapped eggs with a neighbour for apples and spinach). I was so embarrassed at the time, but now I'm super proud.
I got us through a rough week and paid all of the bills, without using savings or a credit card.
High five there OP- you are an awesome Mumma who is doing the best for your family this week! xxx
I personally cant stand the cheap bread cause it taste stale and off i will only eat fresh bread but i dont look down my nose at anyone who buys it, if thats all you can afford you gotta do what you gotta do
It's the same bread as sunblesr. Having worked at a woolies bakery and drawing withtros for both buttercup and tip top we know that home brand is actually the same bread just different packaging
If 85 cents is what you can spend to feed your babies then you spend that, she really shouldn't have said it in ear shot of you when she seen you buying it, that makes her a fuckwit.
Onwards and upwards, you're better than her already if you're not a passive aggressive bitch towards other random shoppers.
I have no idea. I don't buy the cheap stuff now but I used to. I have the money to buy the more expensive brands now so I do. I feel like it's my responsibility to buy the more expensive stuff now I can afford it. Someone's gotta keep those brands in business so there's competition in the market. if you can't afford it, that's cool. You're doing your part to keep the cheaper brands going. Maybe I'll have to buy them again one day and will be grateful things like home brand and smart buy still exist. It's about balance. Quality isn't measured by dollars, otherwise we'd call it price. Instead we call it quality, which is a reflection of the product (as opposed to the economy). This probably makes no sense, but in my head it does. I just don't know how to put it.
The truth is that they've been brainwashed by marketing to believe that something that has a brand name is better for you. It's all just smoke and mirrors. You're doing a great (and smart) job.
We'd all love to fork out $4.50 a loaf at Bakers Delight if we could! I'm lucky to go mid range at Coles. Freshly baked bread for $1.90 is excellent value. But if I was at a stretch, 85c loaves would be my choice too. Good on you and screw anyone who thinks less of you!
Don't let anyone make you feel small OP. Hold your head up high. You are doing your best with limited resources. Your child will have food in its stomach. That's what counts.
I hate the cheap bread. I don't look down my nose at anyone who buys it. I will not buy it myself though. I wouldn't be taking it as a personal attack though, she might just feel the same as me and dislikes the taste and to her it is shit.
I buy cheap bread for lunches and toast etc but often get the nicer stuff if im making like snitzel sangas for dinner... bread is bread- dont feel small.
Maybe don't judge the "rich mums" from your side. You have no idea what is going on in their lives etc (as I saw one comment above about spending too much but being in debt). I am lucky enough to be in a place where we don't really have to watch what we spend in the way of shopping but it hasn't always been that way. I was a single mum for a long time, I worked hard to finish uni and work as a professional to give my daughter the best I could but we still had to budget sometimes so I really appreciate my situaiton now. I know I would never judge someone that was doing awesome to feed their family with whatever they had so I would hope that the same would be from the opposite direction.
Not to mention that I don't even really notice others trolleys. I more feel bad when I load everything up on the checkout belt and see way too much junk food etc and wish I was a bit better at disciplining myself to eat healthier or even wishing I had more time to spend in the kitchen making more wholesome "treats" for the kids (I still work so not much extra time for this stuff).
It does suck that to be able to feed your family on a budget, families have to opt for products that are of lower nutritional value. Shows society has problems when it is out of a lot of family budgets to get good fruit & veg and lean meats etc.
You did well for $50 Mumma! Don't you dare let that snobby c**t bring you down!!
I dont buy the cheap supermarket bread because i don't think its good for you but if i couldnt afford to buy bakery bread i would by cheaper supermarket bread. I would possible same something similar about buying cheaper bread if my son wanted to buy it but not to intentional make someone feel bad. But not if i realised someone nearby was buying it. Maybe she just didnt realise you where buying it
Why do you care what she thinks? I doubt she was directing her comments at you or even noticed you. Just do what you do and let other people do what they do.
I am a food snob, we don't eat cheap food, no sausages, polony, cheap white bread in our house. I would rather have good food than go on outings. I am a 4th gen baker and you cannot make money out of 85c bread. Its a ploy to get you into the supermarket to other things, same as the cheap milk.
When you want to buy broccoli do you not buy it because it's on special?
Do you avoid those yellow stickers when buying tea bags?
I buy things on special sometimes and a few months ago we had enough saved up and took oh daughter on an outing to Movie World, she is still talking about it.
Be a food snob and an actual snob; I got to ride the Superman Roller Coaster!
Why must be all judge each other? You want to spend $400 a fortnight on food, whatever, you want to or have to spend $25 a week , then I hope the store has lots of discounts and markdowns for you to achieve it! If you would rather spend money than taking your children to the museum, cool bananas, if you prefer to budget on groceries so you can go camping every weekend, so be it!
We always label everyone. I wish we could all find common ground
1. You are already a better mum than her-she is swearing in the supermarket, wow-what a great example.
2. White bread is white bread.
3. Your kids are fed. Well done!