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We surveyed 1,200 mums and 51% believe it’s MORE expensive to eat healthily

The Healthy Mummy recently surveyed approximately 1,200 mums in The Big Budget Survey to better understand HOW much mums were spending on groceries and how much disposable income they were left with each week.

You can also check out our new book – The Busy Mum’s Guide to Weight Loss on a Budget – available in all stores and here

TOP THREE RESULTS FROM OUR SURVEY:

  • 51% of mums think it’s TOO expensive to eat healthily
  • 40% cent of mums have less than $150 a week to spend on groceries for their entire family
  • 30% of mums admit to sometimes turning to McDonalds for family-friendly and affordable meals.

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We surveyed 1,200 mums and 51 per believe it’s MORE expensive to eat healthily

Of the 1,200 mums who participated in this survey, 44 per cent of them considered themselves as stay at home mums and 39 per cent worked part time. Nearly 40 per cent of mums also reported a household salary of $60,000 and less.

While 35 per cent of mums try to budget their finances weekly, after grocery shopping each week, a majority of mums (nearly 70 per cent) had less than $100 to spare every week

What’s more, 40 per cent of mums spend less than $150 a week on groceries for their entire family.

How this mum has lost 27kg and is now saving herself $8,000 a YEAR!

Budget was also also considered a MAIN and major obstacle for achieving weight loss and health goals, with 40 per cent of mums reporting this.

What’s more 51 per cent of mums still think eating healthily is too expensive. Even 30 per cent of mums admitted to sometimes turning to McDonalds for family-friendly and affordable meals.

Rhian Allen, The Healthy Mummy Founder and mum-of-two says, “One of the biggest misconceptions about healthy eating is that it is expensive, but that does not need to be the case.

“Meal prep, for example, is a big KEY to this success.”

Rhian meal prep

Meal prepping has been able to help so many thousands of women, especially when following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, in their weight loss and health journeys.

Having a freezer full of meals and snacks can help mums who are on a tight budget STOP skipping meals, buying take out and cooking recipes with ingredients they already have at home,” Rhian adds.

You can read here how Rhian made 120 dinners for $187 – that is $1.55 a serve

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Here are a few other reasons why we here at The Healthy Mummy love meal prep…

  • Often ingredients are cheaper when bought in larger quantities.
  • You use less electricity and water as you don’t need to cook as often.
  • You always have healthy food on hand so you’re not tempted by take away options.
  • You will have more time to spend with your family as you’ll be in the kitchen less!

There are also plenty of other ways to save money, for example, on healthy grocery shops! You can check out 15 tips to save money on your grocery shop here

Mum meal preps 55 main meals for $200 – that’s less than $4 a serve

As a meal prep fanatic, I take pride in always being prepared – perhaps not organised but PREPARED,” Healthy Mummy Sascha reveals.

Sascha Farley is a 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member and has lost over 30kg. Since joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, this mum-of-two has become a meal prep guru and says she’s slashed $100 from her weekly grocery bill. What’s more is that she credits meal prep to her weight loss success.

“Simple, cheap, delicious and keeps you on weight loss track,” Sascha says.

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This week, Sascha had $200 to spend on her groceries. Not only was she able to prepare the below freezer stash with $200, she was able to shop for the entire family.

12x serves of Mexican Lasanga

Get the recipe here.

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9x Easy Fried Rice

28 Day Weight Loss Challenge members can access this recipe via the Recipe Hub. Otherwise, check out our Thai Style Vegetarian Satay Fried Rice With Egg.

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12x Lasanga Soup

Get the recipe here.

12x Pumpkin and Feta Frittata

28 Day Weight Loss Challenge members can access this recipe via the Recipe Hub. For more information on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, click here.

10x Slow Cooked Asian Chicken

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Get the recipe here.

As for snacks, Sascha says she will stick to her Healthy Mummy Smoothies, Healthy Mummy Snack Bars, hard boiled eggs, and fruit and veggie sticks.

Other findings from the survey

Money in and money out

  • 43 per cent of mums say their total household income is less than $60,000 per annum.
  • 18 per cent have a total household income of $60,000 – $80,000.
  • 11 per cent see somewhere between $100,000 and $120,000.
  • At the end of each week nearly 70 per cent of mums say they have less than $100 of ‘disposable income’ (33 per cent with less than $50).
  • 20 per cent had less than $200 and just 10 per cent had $250+.
  • 44 per cent of the mums surveyed are stay at home mums.
  • 32 per cent work part time, 18 per cent work full time and just under 8 per cent work from home.

Shopping habits

  • Nearly 60 per cent of mums surveyed say they get paid fortnightly and spend less than $200 a week on grocery shopping for the entire family.
  • 56 per cent of mums say they only grocery shop once a week where as just 8 per cent grocery shop more than 3 times per week.
  • 62 per cent of mums reveal they NEVER use credit cards.

Food behaviour

  • When it comes to saving money on takeaway, 63 per cent of mums purchase take away one a week, wheres as 6 per cent purchase takeaway twice a week and only one per cent more than 3 times per week.
  • 39 per cent of mums believe catering for their toddler is the hardest.
  • 29 per cent feel as though their hubby is the trickiest to cook for.
  • 84 per cent of mums reveal that at some point, they have turned to meal prep, to help save money on groceries – with 34 per cent revealing they meal prep all the time.

Other

  • 71 per cent of mums do NOT spend money on the likes of  gym memberships.
  • When it comes to Afterpay 41 per cent say they have never used it, while 55 per cent of mums say they have.
  • When it comes to weight loss goals, 57 per cent of mums say motivation is their biggest obstacle where as 39 per cent of mums believes money is the reason.

Check out our new book – The Busy Mum’s Guide to Weight Loss on a Budget – available in all stores and here

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