A mother has shown off the incredible budget grocery haul, after spending just $ 500 on food to feed the family or six for an entire month.
Stacey Calder, from Victoria, said Aldi, Coles, Woolworths and her local green grocer and butcher to pick up the food for the family, and then spent more than 12 hours chopping, preparing and cooking the meals for the month.
Posting on Facebook, the 32-year-old wrote: 'One month's worth of groceries for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinners.
A mother has shown off the incredible budget grocery haul, after spending just $ 500 on food to feed the family of six for an entire month (pictured: many of the foods from her haul)
Mother Stacey spent more than 12 hours chopping, prepping and cooking meals for the family for an entire month (pictured)
Stacey Calder (pictured), from Victoria, said she visited Aldi, Coles, Woolworths and the local green grocer and butcher to pick up the food
'The only thing we had in our freezer was our lamb that we bought whole a month or so ago, and some dinners like leftover pasta sauce, pulled pork and three weeks' worth of dog meat, but everything else was bought, divided and prepped .
"It took me 12+ hours to prepare everything, and now I am laughing as I have 3.5 weeks off to enjoy no cooking every single night."
So how did the thrifty mum – who runs The Healthy Money Splurger – spend her money?
Stacy said the first thing she did before she went shopping was set a budget.
"I set a budget of $ 600, and spent $ 504," she said.
"The extra cash goes into the extras budget for sale items throughout the month."
Having set a budget of $ 600, the thrifty mum said her came in at $ 504 and so she has spent her time prepping meals and snacks for her family (pictured)
Stacey spent $ 96.30 at Woolworths, $ 3.80 at Coles, $ 345.28 at Aldi, $ 53.62 at the green grocer and $ 5 at the butcher – for 5kg of dog meat (pictured: some of her shopping)
How much did Stacey spend in each supermarket?
* Woolworths: $ 96.30
* Coles: $ 3.80
* Aldi: $ 345.28
* Green grocer: $ 53.62
* Butcher: $ 5
TOTAL = $ 504
Stacey said she spent $ 96.30 at Woolworths, $ 3.80 at Coles, $ 345.28 at Aldi, $ 53.62 at the local green grocer and $ 5 at the butcher – where she bought 5kg of dog meat.
'(I've) prepped: all fresh veggies, spaghetti, mince stroganoff, chicken stroganoff, yogurt, jelly and fruit, sandwiches (ham and cheese, Vegemite and cheese, chicken, mayonnaise and cheese), sausage rolls, chicken and rice meals , veggie frittatas, cookies, lemon slice, muesli bars, crust-less pies, tacos, divided all the cheese, honey sausages, baked potato, chicken broth, divided breakfasts, snack foods, hummus, 'she said.
Stacey added that she has 'hidden' the foods for weeks two, three and four in the freezer – and so will get down to it in the freezer as and when she needs.
With the food (pictured), the clever mother has prepped all sorts of meals – from chicken stroganoff to vegetable frittatas and sausages
tacey added that she has 'hidden' the foods for weeks two, three and four in the freezer – and so will get down to it in the freezer as and when she needs (pictured: some of her freezer)
Speaking to FEMAIL, Stacey said this is the first time she has ever done a monthly grocery shop – she finds Aldi the best supermarket to shop at (pictured: some of her freezer)
What has Stacey prepped?
* Fresh vegetables
* Mince stroganoff and chicken stroganoff
* Jelly and fruit
* Sandwiches (ham and cheese, Vegemite and cheese, chicken, mayonnaise and cheese)
* Sausage rolls
* Chicken and rice meals
* Vegetable frittatas
* Snacks including cookies, lemon slice and muesli bars
* Crust-less pies
* Honey sausages
* Baked potato
* Chicken broth
At present, the mum-of-four said she is halfway through the month and coming into the third week – which means she has $ 50 or the remaining $ 96 from the $ 600 budget to top up fruit, yogurt and bread.
"I may need another bleach bottle but that's it, nothing else until grocery shopping again," she said.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Stacey said this is the first time she has ever done a monthly grocery shop.
"I decided to give it a go and have no regrets," she told Daily Mail Australia.
'Aldi is the best supermarket by far for deals.
"But Woolworths aren't too far from price-wise to Aldi, at least close to me."
Speaking about the tips for others who want to cut their grocery bill down, Stacey told FEMAIL the biggest and best thing you can do is shop your pantry before you shop the supermarket.
"Use what you have before you go out and buy more," she said.
"I also tend to buy cheaper cuts of meat, mince, chicken and sausages instead of beef and lamb."
When it comes to her tips, the clever mum said the most important thing to do is have a very strict plan (pictured) – and then stick to it
Next, she said you should know your prices, do your online price comparisons and also browse the catalogs where possible (pictured: some of the meal plan for various weeks)
What are Stacey's tips for cutting your grocery bill down?
* Use what you have from your pantry before you go out and buy more.
* Buy cheaper cuts of meat – such as chicken and sausages instead of beef and lamb.
* Know your prices, do your online price comparisons and browse supermarket catalogs where possible.
* Don't shop with kids.
* Don't shop when hungry.
* Stick to your shopping list.
* Mostly prep everything to keep it fresher.
Next, Stacey said you should know your prices, do your online price comparisons and also browse the supermarket catalogs where possible.
"Don't shop with kids and don't shop hungry," she said.
"Stick to your list and meal prep everything to save on waste, time, money and your sanity."
Since she started her budget supermarket shopping, the 32-year-old has embraced meal prepping as a way of life – saying it helps foods to stay fresher for longer and cuts down on waste.
"We used to waste so much bread and buy it every few days," Stacey said.
"Now I'm not. I freeze whatever I can. "
She said she has also become aware that the local supermarkets make things a lot cheaper at night, so she always shops when she expects there to be discounts.
How much do Stacey's family meals cost?
- Mince – $ 4
- Pasta sauce – $ 1.60
- Tomato paste – 20c
- Carrot – 20c
- Zucchini – $ 1.50
- Onion – 20c
- Pasta – $ 1
- Red capsicum – $ 1
- Bacon – $ 2.50
- Baby spinach – $ 1.50
TOTAL: $ 13.70 – $ 2.28 per serve
- Eggs – $ 3
- Milk – 40c
- Cheese – $ 2
- Onion – 20c
- Potato – 80c
- Vegetable stock powder – 50c
- Mushroom – $ 2
- Baby spinach – $ 1
- Zucchini – $ 1
TOTAL: $ 11.10 – $ 1.85 per serve
- Beef – $ 12
- Sour cream – 50c
- Sauce – $ 1
- Mushrooms – $ 4
- Onion – 20c
- Pasta – 60c
TOTAL: $ 18.30 – $ 3.66 per serving
- Banana mix – $ 3
- Milk – 20c
- Eggs – 60c
- Oil – 30c
TOTAL: $ 4.10 – 35c per serving
- Bread – 18c
- Cheese – 10c
- Ham – 28c
- Butter – 5c
TOTAL: 60c per sandwich
Since she started her budget supermarket shopping, the 32-year-old has embraced meal prepping – saying it helps foods to stay fresher for longer (pictured: some of her meal plans)
'If you are averaging $ 250 a fortnight on groups, set your budget for the month to $ 300- $ 350.
"Put the extra money you don't spend into another account and call it an extras account," Stacey said.
'That money helps so much with buying half price items when they go on sale – like coffee, dog food, toothpaste, shampoos etc.'
These days, the thrifty mum aims to spend just $ 2.28 per serve for each meal for the family.
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