Nutrition

How To Cut Your Grocery Bill By $100 A Week

Did you know that the average Australian family spends over $220 a week on food and drink?

For many families, grocery bills of over $300-350 a week are not uncommon. What if you could cut your grocery bill by $100 every single week? Imagine what you could do with the extra money!

This is one of the reasons we ensure our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges are budget friendly – so you can learn how to eat healthily and lose weight on a budget!

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Has your grocery bill been gradually creeping up? Don’t panic, you can get it back under control and you don’t have to resort to eating beans on toast.

These hacks will help you cut your grocery bill every single week.

Grocery Hacks To Spend Less While Eating Well

Saving on groceries doesn’t mean you need to eat rubbish. In fact, packaged foods tend to be more expensive, so by eating foods made from scratch you’ll also save money.

1. Plan Ahead

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If you shop without a list, you will spend more. Simple.

Meal planning does more than save time at the end of a long day, it will also save you money at the supermarket.

Make sure to include snacks and school lunch foods in your planning and don’t forget to write a list of any household items you need. Most important of all, STICK TO THE LIST!

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2. Buy Home Brand Basics

Flour is flour and rice is rice. Despite the $3+ difference in price on the packet, there really is no difference in taste.

You can save $10-20 per shop simply by exchanging name brand for home brand on the basics.

3. Reduce Waste

Food Waste

How much of your grocery shop ends up in the bin each week? A few cucumbers here and an onion there all add up.

Try to buy only what you will use and where possible, buy non-perishable alternatives.

Snap-frozen veggies have been shown to have just as many nutrients (sometimes more) than their “fresh” alternatives. Buying frozen where possible saves on waste and is often cheaper. This is especially true for anything not in season.

4. Don’t Shop Hungry

All food seems so much more tempting and delicious when we are hungry. If you shop hungry you are likely to buy larger quantities and more stuff than if you shop on a full stomach.

You’ll also be more tempted to make poor food choices so it’s best to avoid the store when you’re hungry.

5. Shop Online

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If you tend to get the shock of your life when the final bill rings up on the cash register then try shopping online. Most major grocery stores offer free click and collect options and it can be a great way to save time and money.

Shopping online avoids impulse buys and also lets you keep track of what you are spending. You can also easily compare pricing and choose the cheaper option when sitting on the couch at home. Something that isn’t always possible mid-shop with a screaming three-year-old.

6. Check On Price Per Unit

Manufacturers are smart when it comes to how they package and price their products. The cheapest item may not actually be the one with the lowest final price.

Make sure you are comparing “price per unit” or “price per 100g” when comparing grocery items. Supermarkets are required to list this on the price docket (usually in tiny writing at the bottom) so use it to make an informed choice. You can also sort by unit price if shopping online.

7. Avoid Packaged Foods

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Packaged foods contain more additives, salt, sugar and preservatives plus the cost more.

Do your health and your wallet a favour and avoid pre-packaged foods wherever possible.

A good guide to how much fresh vs processed food you are buying is to take a look on your grocery docket and see which items have GST charged. They are usually marked with a little asterisk. GST is generally not charged on healthy whole foods including fruit, vegetables, rice, pasta, bread etc.

8. Eat Less Meat

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Veggie pizza scrolls

Most people spend a big chunk of their weekly grocery budget on meat. If you choose expensive cuts and eat large amounts of meat for every meal the cost really adds up.

Try to plan meals with less meat. There are heaps of healthy vegetarian or even vegan choices that will fill you up and cost much less than a traditional meat-filled meal. Less meat in your diet can also be a healthier choice for both your family and the environment.

Maybe try our Kid Approved Healthy Pizza Scrolls or Gluten Free Vegetarian Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato

By eating healthy whole foods, planning ahead and choosing cheaper options where they are available you really can save heaps on your groceries each week. Eating for less doesn’t have to mean eating rubbish. Take the time to plan out your meals and you really will spend less.

Save On Groceries With The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Customise your weekly meal plan with the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!

Our Challenge entails:

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!

To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.

4 Weight Loss Results To Inspire You

1.Rae Willingham

Rae-Willingham 2016 WL mum of the year winner

Mum of three children young children, Rae, has overcome negative self-belief in the face of some very big obstacles. After losing 25kgs* and maintaining her goal weight with The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss challenges she says:

“I am no longer the girl who suffered debilitating anxiety and regular panic attacks. The one full of excuses not to go out and enjoy life. I am now this amazing butterfly who loves her life and lives it with no worries (well far fewer, I am still a woman after all!)”.

2. Jo Hart

Jo-Hart-50-kgs 2016 WL mum of the year winner

Jo Hart not only rocks her new bikini, but she has also lost 38kg* with The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges.

She says: I am proud of the change I have made for not only me but for my family too”.

3. Renee Harrison

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Mum Renee, from Central Queensland, has overcome depression and anxiety stemming from an abusive relationship and transformed her body losing 41kgs* (from 115kgs to 74kgs) with The Healthy Mummy Smoothies, free snack recipes and portion controlled high protein meals.

She says: “previously I lived day by day, but now I embrace life as it were my last day on the earth!”.

4. Elle Temple

Elle Temple

Smashing her weight loss goal of 25kgs* (from 83.6kg to 58.6kg) with The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss program, Elle now focuses on toning up.

Elle says: “today I am thankful that I am no longer afraid of having photos taken of me. I love that I have photos to look back on and am proud of how far I have come. From being ‘obese’ and having no energy to tackle my day, to being a healthy weight and being able to spring around with my crazy toddler”.

Join the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge here

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written by:

Michelle Thompson-Laing

Michelle lives in Sydney with her three gorgeous little boys and her equally lovely husband. When she's not writing, Michelle can be found knee deep in laundry or attempting to shower alone. She can't live without lists, tea, girlfriends and a bit of chocolate each day. Michelle loves sharing all things organisation; from home hacks to budget tips. Her motto is organise, declutter and simplify your home, family and finances for life.