Super-saver single mum of 2 manages to feed her family on $150 a week with help from The Healthy Mummy app. Find out how you can too!
It only took Mel a total of 2 hours to prep 71 meals all under $2.50 per serve to help make her life so much easier, because like she said herself, if she doesn’t do it no one else will!
Mel Timmer’s is a busy single mum of two who has lost a whopping 40 kilos with The Healthy Mummy, and maintained her healthy weight loss for over 7 years.
Mel knows she doesn’t have anyone else to fall back on as a single parent so she can’t afford to get sick. She has to do what she needs to be the best version for her two children.
Mel credits her inspirational changes to using The Healthy Mummy App which allows her to enjoy a healthy balanced lifestyle never feeling deprived of the foods she loves.
It’s all about planning and knowing that you have to be the best version you can be for your family.
This February Budget Challenge The Healthy Mummy app is sharing budget meal plans from REAL mums like Mel to help other families budget and save money too.
Find out below how you can feed your family on just $150 a week.
We know that many Aussie families have been feeling the pinch financially lately, as everything from groceries to petrol seems to be on the rise! But despite all these price hikes, eating healthily doesn’t have to break the budget! We can teach you how.
The Healthy Mummy Budget Meal Plan contains COST EFFECTIVE and DELICIOUS recipes to save you money.
We have even worked out the exact cost of each recipe on the Ultimate Budget Meal Plan using current supermarket prices and all recipes are under $2.50 per serve! That’s pretty good value.
Planning, planning, planning is the key to Mel’s savvy savings.
To save money and to ensure she is feeding her family healthy meals and snacks all the time, Mel sticks to the Healthy Mummy app meal plans and likes to meal prep a week worth of meals in advance to keep her from snacking on the wrong foods and spending even more money.
Mel also knows that if she doesn’t meal prep in advance she will get very “hangry” and snack on the wrong foods.
“I get hangry (hungry/angry) so having the meals prepped and ready to go is so convenient and keeps me sane! Plus I don’t find myself eating unnecessary foods,” she says.
“Meal prepping helps me reach my goals for a number of reasons, the main thing is it stopped me from splurging out on bad foods, the other reason is that it has taught me how to cook and prepare healthy but yummy meals.”
Mel managed to spend just $150 on her weekly shop which also included fresh fruit and vegetables plus a couple of loaves of bread for the kids lunches.
She whipped up a total of 71 serves costing just $123.44, including breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinners. That’s pretty impressive Mel!
A typical week worth of meals for Mel and her family includes:
Healthy Mummy Smoothie 5 serves ($4.66 per serve)
Biscoff Overnight Weetbix – 7 serves ($2.18 per serve)
Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Muffins – 6 serves ($1.98 per serve)
Total breakfast cost $50.44
White Chocolate and Apricot Slice – 16 serves ($0.28 per serve)
Fresh yoghurt and berries – 4 serves ($1.90)
Total snacks cost $12.08 (plus fresh fruit)
Rice cakes with ham and cheese – 5 serves ($2.50 per serve)
Tuna Melt – 6 serves ($1.46 per serve)
Zucchini and Bacon Slice – 4 serves ($1.71 per serve)
Total lunch cost $28.10
Slow Cooker Beef Nachos – 6 serves ($2.04 per serve)
Easy Fried Rice – 6 serves ($1.05 per serve)
Homemade Beef Burgers – 6 serves ($2.38 per serve)
Total dinner cost $32.82
That’s a total of 71 serves of Healthy Mummy meals that cost Mel a total of $123.44 for the week.
Dietitian Kirby Sorenson says setting small goals can make eating healthy, even on a tight budget, very achievable.
“Single mums, the average family and even larger families just need to start off small. By setting small goals you will soon find they turn into big goals and achievements at the end of the day. It’s not one size fits all!“
Mel adds, just making better choices every day is also the best way to not put too much pressure on yourself and feel overwhelmed.
1. Plan. Plan. Plan. At the start of the week write out all your meals for the week, do one big shop of everything you will need that way you won’t find yourself purchasing unexpected things when you make your way to the shop during the week for items you have forgotten to buy.
2. You can always replace a few of the ingredients with something similar. For example if you don’t have carrot use zucchini. I’m always replacing certain ingredients with similar foods, so I’m not running to the shop every time I don’t have something.
3. Add extra veggies to your meals to make the meals go further.
4. When you come across fresh produce that is on sale, stock up and freeze it.
5. Keep your fridge and pantry organised so that way when you have leftovers you will remember to use them and nothing gets wasted.
6. Explore your taste buds and experiment with cheaper foods. Mexican is full of flavour and does not cost an arm and a leg to make, think beans and tomatoes.
7. If you can buy in bulk, it’s usually cheaper.
8. Online shopping is a great way of purchasing groceries there is no temptation there, you type in what you need and buy the one you like best.
PLUS you can filter the supermarket app to the discounts for the week and grab some great bargains.
9. Consider shopping at local markets. If you’re lucky enough to have these, usually you can find produce much cheaper than the stores.
10. Don’t be afraid to buy the store brand or homebrand items as well, majority of the time it’s the same thing but in cheaper packaging.
11. Shop produce that is in season. Check local road stalls and farmers for fresh fruit and veg.
12. Freeze any extra supplies like a loaf bread, and even leftover fruits. They are great to add to smoothies or yoghurt.
Mel lost 40 kgs with The Healthy Mummy and has been maintaining her weight for over 7 years.
“When I started back in March 2017, my goal was just to lose weight, I couldn’t see past that point. The first few months felt like they were dragging!
“I knew I was doing all the right things, but I felt like it wasn’t happening as quickly as I would like. As I didn’t own scales, I would only weigh in once every 6 – 8 weeks. I thought this would help me from feeling deflated, as I didn’t want to measure my success by what the numbers said.”
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