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Is it really possible to feed a family of 4 on $50 a week?

Is it really possible to feed a family of 4 on $50 a week?



Is it really possible to feed a family of on 4 for $50 a week?


Feeding a family can be expensive, I must admit I am one of those people who takes a list with me to the shops but still ends up adding things to the trolley that I didn't intend to purchase < damn those m&ms. > With the average Australian family spending $204 a week on groceries and $35 on takeaways, it certainly all adds up (very quickly!)

My family spends about $280 a week including cleaning products, toiletries etc for 2 adults and 2 children. I was curious and sceptical to see if we could survive on $50 a week so I decided to set myself the challenge.

I discussed it with hubby and we decided the challenge for us had to include the following:

  • Each day had to include fruit and veggies, can be in baked goods or added to meals etc.

  • We had to feel full and satisfied after each meal

  • Food had to be tasty < husband’s request – haha! >

  • We still had to feel like we had takeaway on Friday night

  • Plenty of snack foods


I had my task set out for me!

I sat down and worked out a detailed plan of what each main meal would consist of as this would use up most of our budget.

I came up with the following meals. Please remember they are not gourmet but they are still tasty.

  • Sausages and Roast Veggies  

  • Budget Curry Sausage Pasta

  • Budget Tuna Bake with Hidden Veggies  

  • Budget Shephard’s Pie

  • 5 Veggie Pasties (Friday Takeaway)

  • Budget Spaghetti

  • Pumpkin Soup and Cheese Toasties


I then worked out our lunchbox, morning tea and afternoon items.  

  • Budget Banana muffins

  • Veggie slice

  • Pizza scrolls

  • Pear and Apple Muffins

  • Weet-Bix Slice

  • Pikelets


Breakfast consisted of either Weet-Bix or toast and leftover Weetbix were used to make slices. Weekend breakfasts we had pikelets/pancakes one morning.

Lunches were leftovers or sandwiches, basic fruit, apples bananas pears and baked snacks.

Afternoon and morning tea either baked goods, veggie slice or pikelets.

I purchased cheese, mince and sausages on sale and at the end of the week we had 1/4 block cheese left, 8 sausages and some bread and milk left, mainly because the tuna bake made for a couple of meals.

It can be done. You can survive on the food and while it’s definitely not gourmet, it takes planning and organising but it can be done.

We get that this won't be for everyone, no one wants to live on sausages and mince (although plenty of struggling families do). We also understand that not every family is the same and some families consist of teenage boys that will eat you out of house and home. Whatever your situation, you can save money.  

This is perfect for a family if you are in a tight spot perhaps your car has broken down, you are struggling to get your credit card debt down or you really want to go on that overseas holiday then this is a sure way to save some quick money.

A few things I learnt along the way or would do differently:

  • Meat generally gets marked down on Sunday nights.

  • A lot of know name brands are fine and still taste great, although I would invest the extra dollar or two in frozen veggies as I found the home brand veggies mainly full of onion and ice water.

  • If something is rotten or not right when you cut it take it back Woolies have a great refund policy, and on this challenge every bit of food counts.

  • Use leftover food to create baking goods, for example if you have left over carrots make a carrot cake slice

  • I would add yoghurt to the list. Although my kids got some calcium through milk, I still like them to have a yoghurt. You can also buy the large tubs of Greek yogurt and use in cooking as well, like this 2 ingredient Pizza base!

  • You can save more by buying in bulk, and planning your meals a fortnight in advance.

  • Plan your following week’s shop by anything you have left over in fridge so nothing gets wasted.

  • Buy tin goods or pasta sauces when on sale.

  • Look at anything you throw out with a $$$ value to it. For example, if you throw out 3 rotten apples think that is $1, you will soon stop wasting food and thinking of ways to use it up.

  • Use the odd bunch or mark down section in your local supermarket.

  • You can save even more by going to fruit and veggie market.

  • Kids don't have to miss out. A movie night with a 99 cent bag of popcorn is still a great treat.

  • ALDI have great cake mixes for 79c, perfect to make if you have to take a plate of food somewhere.

  • You can save more money by getting together with a couple other families and buying meat and other goods in bulk. Costco is great for this.


My Verdict:

I will definitely be using the occasional $50 weekly shop in future. I worked out that for us even if we did one week on one week off that our yearly grocery bill would go from $14,560 to$9880 with a saving of $4680 not bad really!


Hubby’s Verdict:

Hubby said he found the food tasty but noticed it was less basic then normal. He also missed his weekly roast. Once I told him how much we would save by incorporating the $50 challenge into our lives for only 2 weeks of the month, a roast  suddenly didn't seem so important anymore :)

We would love to hear how you budget to feed your family. It can be a big or small family, basic or bulk cooking. If you have something that works for you, why not let us know so we can share with all the mums out there.

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Keeping kids Healthy On A Budget

Keeping kids Healthy On A Budget


Let’s be honest, areas with a high amount of ‘child traffic’ are usually breeding grounds for common illnesses. Schools, preschools, public pools, and parks, are all full of germs that children pick up easily. All it takes is one common cold to wipe out an entire cohort.

As a parent it can be tough trying to keep your children away from these risky environments, and medical care can be expensive. So here are 6 top tips for keeping kids healthy on a budget:

1. Draw up an allowance

Creating a budget or an allowance to put towards child expenses is always a good idea. There can be many costly items that crop up unexpectedly so it’s important that you closely monitor your expenses each month. In terms of budgeting for your child’s health, set aside a certain amount of money regularly for fees such as doctors’ appointments or prescription medications. This will save you the stress of dipping into your savings when an emergency arises.

2. Watch their diet

Fruit and vegetables can be expensive but they are a very important part of keeping your children’s diets nutritionally balanced. Feeding them nutrient-rich meals packed with antioxidants will help their immune systems fight off whatever bugs come their way. But there are smart ways to do this, for example, buying seasonal produce. Fruit, such as raspberries and blueberries, can be extremely expensive when it’s not the peak time of year. You’ll notice that around spring and summer the prices tend to drop on certain fruits because that’s when they’re more abundant. The same goes for most products that are grown in the ground. Buy the veggies that are in season, and you’ll save yourself stacks of money in the long run.

3. Map out meals

Planning meals ahead of time is one way to keep across what your kids eat. If you map out your meals on a weekend for the week ahead, you’ll be able to tally up costs and see where you can make sacrifices or switch products for alternatives that cost less. Taking your budget into account, you should be able to recognise which products you can buy in bulk. A lot of healthy meals don’t tend to be very expensive (such as a stir fry or casserole) when you cook in large batches.

4. Vaccinations

This is definitely something that is down to parental preference but you can prevent many diseases for free by getting your kids immunised against them and most vaccinations are government funded for kids under a certain age. The immune system of a child is usually a bit weaker than an adult’s so it’s a good idea to look into this because a) it’s usually free and b) can prevent a huge range of nasty illnesses such as whooping cough or influenza.

5. Cover your kids

Investing in health insurance can be a money saver in the long run, especially if your children happen to be prone to illnesses or accidents. Health insurance policies for families tend to be the best option when you have kids, as you can cover everyone under the same policy and receive the most benefits at once. It also means that if you all happen to get sick and are wiped out by the same illness, you should be covered for many of the treatments available. Even the simpler things such as physiotherapy or dental cover can help you later on.

6. Get them out and about!

Exercise is one of the best possible ways to not only keep children healthy and maintain their weight, but also to boost and regulate their metabolisms and endorphins. If kids have been kept inside for too long, they can get a little manic so the endorphins help them to be calmer and happier, as well as getting their blood pumping. Worth it!

Budgeting and keeping kids healthy at the same time doesn’t have to be scary. With just a few simple lifestyle changes, you can ensure your kids get a healthy upbringing, without breaking the bank. Enjoy!



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Easy Chicken And Sweet Potato Pie!

Easy Chicken And Sweet Potato Pie!

Who doesn’t love a pie? I made this by accident one day when in the mood for some pie (pretty much I wake up in this mood most mornings) I was scrounging around the pantry and kind of threw it together and it was AMAZING. Try it, and then you will make it again and again and again I promise! This also freezes really well, so double the ingredients and make two.


  • 500g of chicken thighs (diced)
  • 200g bacon (diced)
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 1 sliced onion,
  • 2-3 tablespoons of chicken gravox.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sage
  • 1 can if cream corn


  1. Brown onion and bacon
  2. Add chicken and cook until brown
  3. Add can of creamed corn
  4. Add diced sweet potato
  5. Add sage tablespoons of gravox
  6. Stir until combined
  7. Cook on low heat for 1 hour with the lid on
  8. Once mixture has cooled
  9. Spoon mixture into a pie dish and cover with one sheet of puff pastry
  10. Brush with some beaten egg and cook on 180 for 25 minutes.

Makes 2 pies 


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