These 5 mums share their meal prep budget tips

You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to enjoy fine dining. These Healthy Mummy's show you how and our top 10 budget recipes.
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You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on your weekly shop to eat well, even if you have a big family.

Eating well can be considered expensive and sometimes not weight loss friendly. The Healthy Mummy and the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge allows you to enjoy your food, without strict rules yet still be healthy and nutritious enough to kick your goals!

These five mums have meal prepped, enjoyed their meals, eaten on a budget AND lost weight!

These 5 mums share their meal prep budget tips

Erin McCrae


Erin set herself the challenge of trying to make as many healthy meals for as little cost as possible.

“I really wanted to keep our grocery budget on track so I set myself the challenge to get our fortnightly shop at $250,” she says. “I usually can make around 12 meals worth of meat for four of us (two adults and two kids), as Bugs is only a few months old.”

“My biggest tip would be to buy what you need for that week or fortnight or until you plan on shopping next. Our pantry, freezer and fridge can look pretty empty at the end of the fortnight.

“If we do have things like eggs and veggies left I’ll make them into mini quiches for easy breakfasts and snacks as they freeze so well.”



When she set herself a weekly groceries budget of $100, she was able to use the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app to her advantage.

“This week, due to some unforeseen bills, our family of six had a super small budget of $100 for a week of shopping. So I used the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge meal planner to plan around what we had in the cupboard, fridge and freezer and see what I could get for $100.

“The shopping came to $105.35 and over the weekend with the four kids we got busy!”

Kaitie Purssell


Kaitie says to try a meatless meal every week to cut costs!

“You can access meat-free recipes on the Challenge app by simply customising the search tab in the recipe hub. See these vegetarian meals on the Healthy Mummy blog,” she says.

Chloe Cox


Chloe credits meal prepping for her weight loss and budget success!

She says, “As a young family on a single income things were tight. I saved enough to join the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and couldn’t believe just how much money we saved on groceries! The Challenge well and truly paid for itself week after week.

We were spending $250-$300 A WEEK on groceries for three. Now we spend $150 for four, two of which are in nappies.”



One of Sally’s top meal planning budget tips is to utilise your freezer!

If your fruit is looking a little brown, try cutting it up and throwing it in a container! Smoothie prep is done she says,

“Is your yoghurt tub still half full but it’s almost at its use-by-date? Try freezing it in ice-cube trays! It will be perfect in your smoothies to add that creamy edge!

Have you only used half the pasta? Try freezing it for your next bolognese or another tomato-based masterpiece!” Sally says.

Meal planning on a budget

The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App is an AWESOME tool for meal planning on a budget.

Simply select the option ‘budget friendly’ in the recipe hub (as shown in the image below). You can also filter the recipes you see to cater for dietary requirements, such as gluten free, nut free or vegetarian.

Download your very own weekly planner, grocery list planner and meal planner here!

Who says you have to go out to eat like you’re fine dining?

Here are 5 recipes that are budget-friendly and suit being made ahead of time just for you.

1. Burrito Bowl

Grab the recipe here.

burrito bowl

2. Slow cooker Asian chicken

Grab the recipe here.


3. Bacon Spinach and Tomato Risotto

This recipe is available on the recipe hub for the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

4. Chickpea Nourish Bowl

Grab the recipe here.

Spiced Chickpea Nourish bowl

5. Budget Beef Stew

Grab the recipe here.


Get your FREE Meal Prep Book

And right now you can get your FREE meal prep recipe pack to see what the recipes are like and get LOTS of tips on how to meal prep

Go HERE to get your FREE meal prep recipe pack.

Ready to be a healthier happier mum?

Here at The Healthy Mummy we are all about helping mums lose weight and get healthy.

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has over 4,000 healthy, family-friendly recipes and more than 350 exercises and 24/7 support from fellow mums to help you achieve your goals.

To learn more about the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge (including the meal plans and monthly themes) click here.

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