We could all learn a thing or TEN from this extremely frugal mum. This mum SURE knows how to stretch her money!
Megan Vanderwaal, who is a member of The Healthy Mummy community, feeds her family of five for $21 a day, and she says it’s all down to where she shops and making she sure does meal prep. Megan says all of her meals are recipes from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge (which is all about budget this month)!
“I love a bargain,” says Megan. “I do all of my shopping at Aldi and smaller fruit and vegetable shops.
“Most fruit and vegetable shops have a discount table and you can pick up some amazing bargains. A box of bananas that weighs around 13kg can cost me $12. A box of pairs can cost me $4.”
The mum-of-three says she can spend $217 for ten days worth of shopping – that works out at $21 per day for the WHOLE family and $1.40 PER MEAL.
Megan stresses it’a all about meal prep and says she always portions up her veggies to freeze!
“I dice and grate the vegetables and portion them in ziplock bags in the freezer,” she says. “This is a great way to budget because you don’t waste vegetables.
“Also, if you don’t have much time to make a dinner in the week, you’ve got chopped veggies on hand.
“I used to throw out bags full of veggies before I began freezing them. Now, none of it goes to waste.”
‘Some Weeks I Feed The Whole Family For $50’
Megan says she also buys her meat in bulk from local butchers to help save money, and sometimes her weekly shop only costs her $50 FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.
“I buy meat in bulk, portion it out into ziplock bags and then freeze it,” she says. “This means some weeks I don’t need to add any meat to my grocery bill.
“Some weeks I can feed my family for as little as $50!”
Megan says with her weekly shops, she makes around 10 meals but the vegetables she buys should last her 2-3 weeks.
Megan’s Top Tips
1. Buy fruit and vegetables from cheaper shops and buy in bulk
2. Dice and grate vegetables
3. Buy meat in bulk
4. Always meal prep
Wow! Thanks for sharing your amazing tips, Megan. $50 to feed the family for a whole week, we are flabbergasted. That is absolutely amazing!
Megan’s Incredible 12kg Weight Loss Journey
Healthy Mummy consultant Megan has been drinking the Healthy Mummy Smoothies and signing up for 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges since September 2014, and has lost over 12kgs to be under her pre-pregnancy weight.
To read more about Megan’s weight loss story, click here.
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