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#1 *melrose*

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

Dh and i have to pay a huge bill and its going to take us 3 weeks to pay it off! So could you live off $90-100 a week for 3 weeks?? and if so what would you buy?

Recipes please??
Also what meat?
oh forgot to say no children just dh and me!

thanks original.gif

Edited by *melrose*, 12 January 2013 - 09:32 PM.


#2 la di dah

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

We average 70-80 for groceries a week but there's only two of us so I don't know if that's helpful? How many people are we trying to feed? Any diet restrictions?

I have diet restrictions but they're not hitting us in the pocket - I don't eat pork or prawns, boo hoo - but if you are on gluten free or anything like that, it can knock your bills skyward.

#3 Katie_bella

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Yeah we could, it would probably not be too hard either. Cheap meat (mince/chicken thighs etc), lots of vegies/pulses, cheap carbs (pasta/rice)

Shop at the market rather than at woolies if you can.

#4 Chaos in stereo

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

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Edited by Chaos in stereo, 26 August 2013 - 05:08 PM.


#5 MrsLexiK

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Firstly look in your pantry and freezer. Use up any cans and frozen meat. Meal plan for the 21 days and find out how many breakfast and lunches and dinners and my snacks will need.

#6 gemgirl

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Pasta, rice, white bread toasted sandwiches. But a cheap bag of potatoes and have baked beams on baked potatoes. No meat, basically, lots of carbs.
Lots of canned beans etc

Noodles, water no juice/soft drink

Boiled eggs etc

Anything in he freezer/pantry

Before we bought our current house, we lived tight for three weeks prior to settlement to pay a big deposit and ate very cheap.

Edited by gemgirl, 12 January 2013 - 09:37 PM.


#7 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:40 PM

Yep I would just make 2 or 3 big meals a week that would do for several meals, eg a veg curry and rice, spag Bol, beef casserole.

Cuts of meat for casseroles are really cheap (gravy beef or chuck steak).

Toast for breakfast.

Sandwiches for lunch (just go the cheap brand bread).

If you have a local fruit and veg market can be a lot cheaper, otherwise there's lots of cheap fruit around at the moment.

I think it would be very do-able!

#8 Madnesscraves

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:40 PM

Chorizos and butter beans

2-3 chorizos
Butter beans (can)
Diced tomato (can)

Cook chorizo until lightly brown thrown in tomatoes and butter beans, cool for a few minutes serve. Under $10 for this meal

$1 pasta and $2.50 pasta sauce. I just get Coles brand pasta and a nice sauce jar. They're pretty cheap

Roast veggies/steamed veggies. Buy carrots, potatoes, onion and corn/peas (all fresh) in bulk last about a week or more ( depends who you buy it from) in bulk. Cook to taste. Sauce? Erm in hope you have some in the pantry anyway plain is just as nice.

Weetbix $5 box lasts a week between 2 people best value for breakfast than other meals

Get bread for lunches and slap peanut butter on it. Of we could do it in primary school,  we can do it in adult hood. I and DH have this for lunch.




#9 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:40 PM

We could, but there's only 2 of us and a toddler (not including cat food and litter though) our budget is about $200 per fortnight and then $150 for the cats.

#10 laridae

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:40 PM

Yes, easy as.  My groceries bill is normally only about that anyway (2 adults, 1 toddler).

Get a few kg of chicken breast ($8 a kg), a few kg of mince ($6 a kg), use about 500g each night. A few cans of chickpeas & kidney beans ($1 each).   Can of tomato soup, frozen stirfry vegies (1kg for about $5 - or you can get fresh if cheaper) Assume you have some basics eg soy sauce, rice, pasta (these are pretty cheap anyway, maybe some frozen peas, corn?


chicken stirfry (chicken, $4, soy sauce, 500g frozen vegies, $2.50 - total $6.50)
spag bog ($3 mince, $1 pasta, $1 can tomatos, 50c? onion, herbs - about $5.5)
stuffed baked chicken breasts (stuffed with cheese or butter & garlic, about $5)
mexican beef medely (mince $3, onion 50c?, frozen corn $1?, chilli powder, tomato soup $2, pasta shells $1, kidney beans $1, total = $8.50).
butter chicken (or satay chicken) - (chicken, $4, jar of Kantong ($3), 500g frozen vegies ($2.50), can of chickpeas ($1) - $10.50)
Baked potatos (spuds, $3, can of baked beans ($1.50 ish), cheese, $1 - about $5.50)

total for mains =  $40.50 (approx).

breakfast, box of cereal ($6) or porridge ($6)  + milk ($2)

lunch - most of the mains would have enough leftover for lunch the next day

so, thats under $50 of a weeks worth of meals, probably add a bag of rice (10kg for about $10) to have with some of the meals...

Just an example menu - we don't do that every week original.gif

Edited by laridae, 12 January 2013 - 10:03 PM.


#11 Blueberrymummy

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

I think it can be done, I find that buying fruit and veg from the actual fruit and veg stores and not the supermarket is so much cheaper. A few extra things I do to save money is buy the supermarket branded bread and cook vegetarian meals like rice and lentils every now and then. Lentils and beans are a good replacement for meat and I also cook for 2 days sometimes.



#12 Holidayromp

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

Oh yes you can.  This week the budget for  food shopping for a week is only $88.00.  Last week it was $76.00.  This is for a family of five.  


#13 Madnesscraves

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

I forgot to add canned soup, but if you're feeling ambitious make Italian minestrone.

#14 AntiBourgeoisie

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

Absolutely!
Go vegetarian. Eat lots of rice, pasta, fruits and veg.
You can eat like a king for $90 a week if you eat vegetarian.

#15 Holidayromp

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

QUOTE (Sunnycat @ 12/01/2013, 10:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We could, but there's only 2 of us and a toddler (not including cat food and litter though) our budget is about $200 per fortnight and then $150 for the cats.


Gosh what do you feed the cats?  blink.gif

#16 Madnesscraves

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

QUOTE (Holidayromp @ 12/01/2013, 10:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh yes you can.  This week the budget for  food shopping for a week is only $88.00.  Last week it was $76.00.  This is for a family of five.


What did you buy??

In trying to find recipes that don't require processed food. Just vegs and meats

#17 ~sydblue~

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

We are 2 adults, a 13yr old and an 8yr old.
Our monthly bill comes to about $300-$400.

#18 Daisy Goat

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

You don't need to eat 80% carbs to eat on a budget. (One of my pet irks that people believe)

If you need  to Lose  weight look at as an opportunity to do so.

As a PP said go through your pantry and find recipes that will use all those things  up. Make some things in the slow cooker, things that will have leftovers for lunches. Go to some budget recipe blogs and find menus.

Meal plan the whole 3 weeks. Use lean meats, vegies and salads as well.

But don't blow your weight by loading up on potatoes, rice and bread.

And quite frankly bread  based meals are actually quite expensive unless you are making your own bread.

#19 Lucygoosey1

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:45 PM

The one thing I saw on tv once which we did was 3 meals out of a chicken.  So night 1,  roast chicken and have with roast veg (use approx 1/2 chicken maybe a little more),  then use a good chunk of chicken and put with noodles and veg for the following night.  You then keep whatever meat you have left,  and make stock from the carcass.  Then vege (with a little bit of chicken) soup.  Usually I freeze the soup as I need a break from chicken!
We buy cheap cuts of beef and use the slow cooker for casseroles also.  
Rice and pasta dishes are cheap too.
Keep in mind pre packaged stuff is way more expensive.
Plan your whole week and write a list.

#20 nobleme

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:47 PM

If it was just the two of us, yes.
Do you have some staples already? (flour, sugar, etc).

#21 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:49 PM

QUOTE (Holidayromp @ 12/01/2013, 09:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gosh what do you feed the cats?  blink.gif


I have 6 cats, that's for biscuits, treats, wet food and litter. They're all bloody picky eaters the lot of them.

#22 MrsLexiK

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

QUOTE (Daisy Goat @ 12/01/2013, 10:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You don't need to eat 80% carbs to eat on a budget. (One of my pet irks that people believe)

If you need  to Lose  weight look at as an opportunity to do so.

As a PP said go through your pantry and find recipes that will use all those things  up. Make some things in the slow cooker, things that will have leftovers for lunches. Go to some budget recipe blogs and find menus.

Meal plan the whole 3 weeks. Use lean meats, vegies and salads as well.

But don't blow your weight by loading up on potatoes, rice and bread.

And quite frankly bread  based meals are actually quite expensive unless you are making your own bread.

This just needs to be repeated as it is a pet hate of mine too!

#23 Feral Lemur

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

Expensive items are good cut of meat, cleaning products and drinks especially fruit juice.  And any luxury type items such as nice cheeses etc.

If you avoid those you are halfway there.

I had a flat mate who lived on basically nothing.  She ate lots of vegies (from a market) and ate rice.  Drank tea with tea leaves (not bags).  That would proably be more extreme than you want to go.

If you make say spag bog and fill it out with vegetables it can last a few meals and is lovely on baked potatoes as well as pasta.

Canned fish with vegetables on pasta can be yummy.





#24 la di dah

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:54 PM

We don't shop at Woolies or Coles, just dropping them saved us a lot of money.

We go to the fruit and veg shop, the butcher, the bakery, and then everything else at either Franklins or Aldi.

We couldn't eat happily for under 90 a week at Woolies. I mean we probably COULD but we'd have to be a lot more creative or easily pleased than we are. roll2.gif

#25 Holidayromp

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:00 PM

QUOTE (Madnesscraves @ 12/01/2013, 10:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What did you buy??

In trying to find recipes that don't require processed food. Just vegs and meats


Bacon and Egg pie and frozen veges
Homemade mince pie and frozen veges
Spaghetti Bolognaise
Marinated chicken nibbles and rice
Frittata and frozen veges
Lamb off cuts (can be purchased at $3.99 a kilo got really good offcuts which are lamb chump chops that are thinner than normal?, chips and frozen veges


Still have ingredients for:
Savoury rice
Pasta and sauce with spinach, tuna

This coming week:

Italian Bake
Scotch Eggs and frozen veges
Bacon and egg pie and veges
Homemade mince pie and veges
Roast chicken, potatoes, pumpkin and frozen veges
Left over chicken made into fried rice
Frittata with frozen veges




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