So, we did a post recently which entailed our budget breakdown. One of the budget costs involved our grocery bill for our family of five. We were inundated with questions about the cost of our bill - being $280 per week. Some were asking how we keep our bill so affordable and others were gobsmacked at how expensive it was - every family is different. I've noticed our recent grocery shopping has come down to about $230 due to the access of the big chain supermarkets and being back on the east coast and in more populated areas. So I thought I'd do a blog about our groceries and what in particular we feed our family. It's actually a really great questions and FYI we love answering all of your questions and are only to happy to help. So keep them coming!
Now, we eat pretty darn well, very healthy (chocolate's healthy yeah?). It's important to us to have a balance of good foods and give our three kids all the proper nutrition they need. I'm no expert, but I just want them fuelled with the good stuff! They sleep well, their behaviour is great (most of the time) and they have plenty of energy, so food is key to a happy healthy child. Our kids don't cope real well on preservatives and sugar so I try to give them very little of this.
One of the common questions we are asked is what exactly do we eat while travelling. So, here is a little breakdown for you.
Breakfast - Porridge (quick oats cost $1.10 for 750g bag - bargain and keeps tummy's full).
Eggs on toast,
Baked beans on toast,
Lunch - Vegemite/ham and cheese Sandwiches,
Chicken & Salad Wraps,
Tuna on Rice Cakes
Bec & Justin -
Steak (rump) and vege,
Fish (caught) and salad,
Tuna Bake (costs $11.30 to make and feeds 3 kids for FIVE meals. Amen!) See recipe below!
Fish and salad,
Snags/chicken and vege,
Ravioli and vege,
Tuna and brown rice (weird eh!),
LOADS of fruit - watermelon, grapes, apples, bananas and mandarins as a staple,
Peanut butter cruskits,
Bec & Justin -
Coffee (pod machine)
So this is run of the mill meals for us in a week. We love to sneak in some chocolate or ice-cream and biscuits with our cuppa. To spice it up with have a bit of variety we cook up a curry or delicious pasta dish every now and then.
One thing we are grateful for is the size of our fridge and freezer. This hands down is the best way to keep costs down as you aren't visiting the supermarket every day to stock up. We prefer to buy our meat in bulk and will typically purchase a whole rump for $9.99kg, cut it up, pop into sandwich bags and freeze. Same goes with chicken breast, which you can just about buy everywhere in the country for under $9.99kg. We have an engel fridge freezer in our car also, which aids in the storage of meat and meals we've frozen.
Buy meat in bulk if you have the room to store.
Freeze kids meals, very handy to pull out of the freezer and microwave after a day exploring. It soon stops those 'hangry' kids and has them fed in no time!
Check out the local butchers for a great meat deal.
Peraration! If you have lunches and snacks prepared, then you wont have that urge to pull in Macca's drive thru to grab a meal. It's expensive and is guaranteed to make your guts feel a bit OFF afterwards (but it tastes so good at the time)! Do try to pull over at a rest stop or park to feed your family. Vegemite saga's are a hit with our three kids and they also don't hurt your wallet. Cha-Ching!
Well I hope this helps with your grocery purchase and meals while travelling Australia. Please let us know if you have any other questions or you'd like more information. Also happy to get together another meal prep vid.
Happy eating :)