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Coles and Woolworths grocery tips: Australian mum spends $33 on shop: How to budget

Mom left with just $33 in her bank account, sharing the store with 11 items that fed her family of three for a WEEK — and the meal plan they enjoyed

  • A savvy shopper managed to feed her small family for a week on just $33
  • Mom was left with less than $35 for the store of the week after an expensive meal
  • She challenged herself to stay within budget and carefully planned the week’s meals
  • Melbourne’s mom bought just 11 items from Coles for just $33.55
  • She made five meals with the cheap groceries and the stuff that was already in the pantry

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A frugal mom who found she only had $33 left for her weekly grocery store has revealed how she fed her family and the exact meals she planned.

The Melbourne shopper, who lives with her husband and their child, planned meals for a week using bits and pieces she already had in her pantry and a carefully planned shopping list of just 11 items to feed her partner and baby.

In a Facebook budget group post, she said the family was only left with $33 for their weekly store, which normally costs about $150, and decided to challenge herself to stick to a strict budget.

A frugal mom who found she only had $33 left for her weekly grocery store has revealed how she fed her family and the exact meals she planned

A frugal mom who found she only had $33 left for her weekly grocery store has revealed how she fed her family and the exact meals she planned

She had written a meal plan for the week that cost the regular $150, but “threw it in the trash and started over” to make the $33 limit work.

‘We have started a separate food-only bank account to ensure that we stick to our weekly budget. On Sunday, we went out for a fancy celebratory lunch, leaving us $33 for our weekly food store,” she wrote.

‘We decided to take on the challenge to see if we could stick to our budget. We planned our meals at home, checked the prices of things before going to the shops, and we’re happy to say it worked!!’

The mom-of-one said she planned for porridge and smoothies or breakfast, tuna sandwiches for lunches, curry, fried rice and spaghetti bolognese, and a variety of snacks, including avocado crackers, vegemite toasties, and popcorn.

She went to her local Coles in Collingwood and picked up just 11 items, including milk, tuna, oats, chicken breast, and eggs, and nothing cost more than $8.

She went to her local Coles in Collingwood and picked up only 11 items including milk, tuna, oats, chicken breast and eggs, and nothing cost more than $8

She went to her local Coles in Collingwood and picked up only 11 items including milk, tuna, oats, chicken breast and eggs, and nothing cost more than $8

She went to her local Coles in Collingwood and picked up only 11 items including milk, tuna, oats, chicken breast and eggs, and nothing cost more than $8

She said it wasn’t your usual weekly store because of the tight budget, used a lot of things that were already in the pantry and freezer and didn’t end up on the staples.

“This is not a question of a weekly budget, but to show that you can have a weird week by using what you have and devoting the time to monitoring and planning,” the saver wrote.

Mom’s Budget $33 Weekly Shopping List

$3.00 – Coles tuna in brine

$1.00 – Coles corn kernels

$4.50 – Coles Whole Milk 3L

$1.33 – Paul’s Smarter Milk 3L

$4.90 – Coles free range eggs 700 g

$1.65 – Coles Rolled Oats 900g

$7.01 – Chicken breast fillets

$3.76 – Bananas at $4.50 per kilo

$1.10 – Brown onions for $3 per kilo

$2.80 – a bunch of spring onions

$2.50 – White sandwich bread

= $33.55

“This week will probably be a little less meat and veggies for us than usual, but that’s okay for a one-off week,” she added.

She said each dinner would provide enough leftovers for two more meals and because they breastfeed and use cloth diapers and wipes, her son costs $0 a week on groceries.

Hundreds were impressed by the smart moms squeezing efforts with someone who said she was an “inspiration.”

‘This shows that it is possible. If everyone would do something like this once a month and build on it gradually, think about the savings. I know it’s not for everyone, but think about it,” said one woman.

‘Awesome!!! You motivated me!!! Plus, the idea of ​​a separate food bank account is brilliant!!! I can’t believe I never thought of doing this. Thanks for sharing,’ exclaimed another.

‘It was brilliant! For us, it covers shopping and going out, coffee etc. So it’s an incentive if we eat at home/be smart more, then there’s money left over for eating out,” the mother replied, adding that they also use their weekly Uber Eats have given up.

Others offered their own money-saving tricks that they used amid the rising cost of living.

‘It is very doable. I did a $50 shop this week with a lactose/egg intolerant kid and a picky teen,” said one mom.

“We have fruit salad for lunch, toasties, sushi, spaghetti, snags, fries, veggies and roast, Marylands with veggies and gravy. They also have yogurt and other things, we also have cake mixes etc. It’s all about mindset.’

“Plan your spring onions as soon as you get home. Do not put them in the refrigerator. They will continue to grow and you can cut if you want. Very hardy plant!’ another recommended.

What meals did the frugal mom make for the week with just $33?

Breakfast:

Porridge with oats, milk, honey, cinnamon and banana

Smoothies with banana, oats, cocoa, peanut butter and milk

Lunch – two servings:

Tuna sandwiches (canned tuna, canned corn, spring onion, mayonnaise and cheese)

Dinner/lunch leftovers – three servings each:

Japanese curry (package Japanese curry, chicken, carrot, potato, rice)

Dinner/lunch leftovers – three servings each:

Fried rice (rice, eggs, frozen vegetables, frozen sausages, soy sauce)

Serving dinner one each:

Spaghetti Bolognese – frozen sauce with pasta

Snacks:

All kinds of things off the shelf: avocado on salada crackers, Vegemite toasties, granola bars and popcorn

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