A mother-of-one from rural western Australia has revealed how she feeds her family-of-three and ‘frequent weekend guests’ for just $50 per week – and it comes down to doing one supermarket shop per month.
Liz Stevenson posted on Facebook where she shared a detailed breakdown of what she buys for her family for $50 as well as the meals she makes, and she also revealed some of her budget secrets including growing her own, bulk shopping and repeating meals.
‘I thought I would share how I feed my family and frequent weekend guests for $50 per week,’ Liz posted on Facebook.
A mother-of-one from rural western Australia has revealed how she feeds her family-of-three and ‘frequent weekend guests’ for just $50 per week – and it comes down to doing just one shop per month (pictured: Liz’s list for a month)
Liz Stevenson posted on Facebook where she shared a detailed breakdown of what she buys for her family for $50 as well as the meals she makes (one of her meals pictured)
What are Liz’s shopping secrets?
* Shop monthly instead of weekly to avoid temptation.
* Do ‘Click and Collect’ to save you from having to go into the supermarket.
* Do a meal plan for the month.
* Shop your pantry before you go to the supermarket.
* Bulk buy and freeze what you don’t use.
* Grow your own if you can, whether it’s herbs, fruit or vegetables.
* Repeat meals throughout the month.
* Use leftovers for lunch or pre-prepare lunches for the week.
‘I shop monthly, but twice a year it works out at five weeks as this last shop did.
‘I have posted a picture of my five-week shopping list, which came to just under $250.’
Liz said she feeds herself, her husband and their 17-year-old son with this strict budget, as well as countless guests.
She also doesn’t go to the supermarket very often because she lives 45km from the nearest Coles and Woolworths and there is no Aldi close by.
‘I do Click and Collect so I don’t step foot in to the supermarket, which means I don’t make any impulse buys and can see the total before I check out,’ she said.
Liz also swears by doing a meal plan for the month before she goes, as well as shopping from home before curating a menu and then bulk buying and freezing what she doesn’t immediately use.
Alongside these more conventional shopping secrets, the mum-of-one said she does a few other things that save her family valuable money.
‘We grow our own lamb, which is included in the twice-weekly meal plan (roasts, loin chops, diced four quarters and shanks) and also have a summer and winter vegetable garden and fruit trees,’ Liz said.
During July, she is harvesting broccoli, snow peas, kale, spinach, carrots cabbage and also grows herbs including basil, parsley, oregano and rosemary.
Liz said she saves valuable money by growing her own fruit and veg (pictured). At the moment, she is harvesting broccoli which she then uses in meals
‘We have six chickens each laying an egg a day, and so sell all of the excess eggs,’ Liz said.
The buys mum then repeats meals throughout the month and preserves as much of her home-grown food as much as possible.
This often includes tomato pasta sauce, pickled chilli, lemon rind and jams.
Liz said she has six chickens each laying an egg a day, so they keep some of them and sell others (left). They also have lambs, which she uses for roasts, loin chops, diced four quarters and shanks (right)
She said bulk buying ingredients and doing big cook ups for lunches before freezing items (pictured) really helps to keep costs down
‘The total includes dog food (supplemented with lamb off cuts), cleaning and toiletries,’ Liz said.
‘We brew our own beer and make our own cordial.’
She said she makes fresh dinners every day and then the family eat the leftovers for lunch.
The only fresh food she needs to top up across the month is milk, and occasionally potatoes.
‘It’s just a way of life now,’ she said.
‘You don’t get a lot of groceries for $50 per week, but it’s well and truly enough for us.’
What are the meals Liz makes in a typical month?
Home grown lamb chops, packet pasta and sauteed kale and broccoli
Roast chicken and veggies
Liz shared a detailed list of the meals she intends to make over the next month
Chicken and veggie pie
Sausages with home grown veggies
Spaghetti bolognese with home grown spinach
Creamy pasta with prawns, snow peas and broccoli
Baked beans on toast
Roast pork and veggies
Satay chicken with brocoli from scratch
Slow cooked herb and garlic lamb shanks
Pesto chicken drumsticks
Pumpkin and tuna pasta bake
Rogan Josh lamb curry
Corned silver side roast
Red curry salmon, caught last month and frozen with homegrown broccoli