Mum reveals how she feeds her family of three for just $ 50 a week – and the simple budget secrets she swears by cutting down supermarket store costs
- Mother of a Liz Stevenson from Western Australia shared her shopping secrets
- The mom said she spends only $ 50 a week on groceries by buying in bulk
- She also grows her own fruits, vegetables and herbs and meal plans from home
- Liz said she uses Click and Collect to save impulse purchases and repeat meals
A mom-of-one from rural Western Australia has revealed how she feeds her family of three and ‘frequent weekend guests’ for as little as $ 50 a week – and the bottom line is that she does one grocery store a month.
Liz Stevenson posted on Facebook where she detailed what she buys for her family for $ 50, as well as the meals she makes, and she also revealed some of her budget secrets, including growing her own, bulk shopping, and repeated meals .
“I thought I would share how I would feed my family and frequent weekend guests for $ 50 a week,” Liz posted on Facebook.
A mother-of-one from rural western Australia has revealed how she feeds her family of three and ‘frequent weekend guests’ for just $ 50 a week – and the bottom line is she only does one shop a month (shown: Liz’s list for one month)
Liz Stevenson posted on Facebook where she shared a detailed breakdown of what she is buying for her family for $ 50, as well as the meals she makes (one of her meals in the photo)
What are Liz’s shopping secrets?
* Shop monthly instead of weekly to avoid temptation.
* Do ‘Click and Collect’ to avoid going to the supermarket.
* Do a meal plan for the month.
* Buy your pantry before going to the supermarket.
* Buy and freeze in bulk what you don’t use.
* Grow it yourself if you can, be it herbs, fruits or vegetables.
* Repeat meals throughout the month.
* Use leftovers for lunch or prepare lunch for the week.
‘I shop monthly, but twice a year it comes out to five weeks like this last store.
“I posted a photo from my five-week shopping list, which was just under $ 250.”
Liz said she feeds herself, her husband and their 17-year-old son on this strict budget and countless guests.
She also doesn’t often go to the supermarket because she lives 45 km from the nearest Coles and Woolworths and there is no Aldi nearby.
“I do Click and Collect, so I don’t go to the supermarket, which means I don’t make impulse purchases and can see the total before I check out,” she said.
Liz also swears by making a meal plan for the month before she goes, and shopping at home before putting together a menu and then buying in bulk and freezing what she’s not using right away.
In addition to these more conventional shopping secrets, Mother’s Mother said she does a few other things that save her family valuable money.
“We grow our own lamb, which is included in the biweekly meal plan (roasts, loin chops, quartered quarters and quills) and also have a summer and winter vegetable garden and fruit trees,” said Liz.
In July, she harvests broccoli, snow peas, kale, spinach, carrot, and also grows herbs such as basil, parsley, oregano, and rosemary.
Liz said she saves precious money by growing her own fruits and vegetables (photo). She currently harvests broccoli, which she then uses with meals
“We have six chickens that each lay one egg a day and thus sell all the surplus eggs,” said Liz.
The mother then buys the meals during the month and keeps as much of her home-grown food as possible.
This often includes tomato sauce, pickled chili, lemon zest, and jam.
Liz said she has six chickens that each lay one egg a day, so they keep some and sell others (left). They also have lambs, which they use for roasts, loin chops, quartered quarters, and shanks (right)
She said that buying ingredients in bulk and doing large cook-ups for lunch before freezing items (photo) really helps keep costs down
“The total includes dog food (supplemented with lamb), cleaning, and toiletries,” Liz said.
“We brew our own beer and make our own hearty.”
She said she makes fresh dinners every day and the family eats the leftovers for lunch.
The only fresh food she needs all month long is milk and the occasional potato.
“It’s just a way of life now,” she said.
“You don’t get a lot of groceries for $ 50 a week, but it’s good enough for us.”
What are the meals that Liz makes in a normal month?
Home-grown lamb chops, package pasta and fried kale and broccoli
Fried chicken and vegetables
Liz shared a detailed list of the meals she plans to make over the next month
Chicken and veggie pie
Sausages with home-grown vegetables
Spaghetti bolognese with home-made spinach
Creamy pasta with shrimps, snow peas and broccoli
Baked beans on toast
Grilled pork and vegetables
Satay chicken with brocoli from scratch
Slowly cooked lamb shanks of herbs and garlic
Pesto chicken drumsticks
Pumpkin and tuna pasta bake
Rogan Josh lamb curry
Marinara with seafood
Corned silver side roast
Red curry salmon, caught last month and frozen with homegrown broccoli