The surprising way some Aussies are saving money on tasty meat dishes at dinner: ‘Can’t you be serious?’
- Australians have found a new way to save money on meals
- A buyer revealed that he buys crocodile meat as an alternative
- Others are beginning to do the same.
With the cost of living showing no signs of slowing down, some open-minded Australians have found a surprising new way to save money on dining.
Chris, a father from Townsville, Queensland, revealed that he eats crocodile meat instead of other proteins as it is cheaper than duck and lamb.
“Tonight for dinner I cooked us alligator fillets lightly seasoned with a squeeze of lemon, steamed vegetables and scalloped potatoes,” she wrote alongside a snapshot of the dish.
Many were surprised by the unusual choice, while others who have tried the meat before said it is ‘tasty’ but needs to be ‘cooked well’.
In most of Australia, crocodile meat is generally slightly more expensive than beef and chicken products, but cheaper than duck and lamb.
Chris said the price his local butcher charges for alligator meat is around $30 a kilo.
An online conversation was started when Chris, from Townsville, Queensland, revealed that he eats crocodile meat over other options because it is cheaper.
The image shows Chris’s delicious food, and at first many had to confirm that the meat was alligator.
‘Hope for? Croc as in crocodile????’ a woman asked, and Chris confirmed that he bought the meat from a local butcher.
“It has a mild flavor, some say chicken, some say pork, I think alligator if that makes sense… It’s basically mild and fresh,” he said, and he also supported eating buffalo meat.
Another person said it ‘looks like a fish’.
Some also added how they enjoy the taste of other types of meat, such as kangaroo, emu, and camel.
But these types of proteins need to be cooked properly.
“Tried the crocodile once, I think they overcooked it, it was like boot leather,” said one.
“I tried the emu sausage once which is too rough and spicy for me,” added another.
What are the benefits of eating crocodile meat?
1. Low in fat, low in cholesterol and high in protein
2. Helps with heart function, lung function, and blood circulation.
3. It is known to cure asthma and cough problems.
4. Helps with skin problems
5. Rich in pectin, which is effective in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, and with the efficacy of improving skin beauty.
It comes after a butcher shared his best advice with Australians to reduce domestic pressures as the cost of living continues to rise.
Danielle, from Brisbane, received an email from her local butcher outlining several ways to spend less and get more out of fresh cuts.
“Thought this might help a bit,” he wrote alongside screenshots of the email on Facebook.
The butcher assured shoppers that while the tips “may seem simple,” arranging meat ahead of time is the key to long-term savings.
Buying meat and any other products in bulk is a sure way to reduce the total price per kilogram, and it is the first and most important piece of advice.
TOP FIVE BUDGETING TIPS
1. Keep a money journal – Write down everything you spend and then write down what you really needed to spend (food, rent, gas, etc.), and also if it made you happy. A budget won’t work if you try to eliminate what makes you happy.
2. Delete what you don’t need – this can include online shopping, certain food or luxury
3. Consider your big expenses – for the average person, 60 percent of spending is for large expenses. The highest spending areas also have the highest savings potential. Can you change housing? Are you willing to get rid of the car one day a week?
4. Consider smarter spending – If you love going to cafes, but usually just for the atmosphere and company, meet a friend for coffee instead of brunch to save money.
5. Don’t bother spending money trying to impress people. – We are all the main characters in our own lives, so it’s easy to think that other people are watching what we do more than they are. Spend on things you enjoy and can afford. cut the rest
Source: New Zealand journalist and financial reporter, Frances Cook
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It comes as an Australian mother received an email from her butcher detailing how to save money on meat (pictured: the email)
“At our store, it’s always cheaper to buy more than 2kg of something, so if you have space in the freezer, give it a try,” the email read.
Once you’ve done your shopping, the butcher recommends portioning your meat based on your meals.
‘Do it as soon as you get home, otherwise you will stray and never get to it. Freezer bags, zip-lock bags, or vacuum-sealed bags work well.’
Larger pieces of meat, such as chicken or tenderloin, should also be pre-portioned. The butcher recommended around 250g of meat per adult, although many on Facebook disagreed with this.
What’s the latest on Australia’s cost of living crisis?
By STEPHEN JOHNSON, BUSINESS REPORTER FOR THE DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
Australia’s cost of living crisis has worsened with inflation hitting a new 32-year high of 7.8 percent.
The consumer price index for the year through December rose at the fastest annual rate since the March 1990 quarter, described by Treasurer Jim Chalmers as “unacceptably high.”
This means that another interest rate hike on February 7 is almost a certainty with headline inflation well above the Reserve Bank’s 2% to 3% target.
In an attempt to reduce inflation, the cost of food, mortgage rates and gasoline have increased significantly in the last seven months.
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