The mum who spends just $100 per week on groceries for her family of three has revealed how they still manage to eat delicious meals on a tight budget.
Clare Reilly, 30, from Portarlington, south of Melbourne in Victoria budgets for her family over a two-week period told Daily Mail Australia she never goes over her $200 grocery budget.
That money buys the family’s meat, vegetables, nappies for their two-year-old and cleaning products as well as all toiletries except for their toilet paper.
Clare splits her shopping day into four destinations, spending $80 at Aldi, $10 at Woolworths, $80 at her local butcher and $30 at her local farmer’s market.
First she goes to Aldi where she spends, on average, $80.
‘I get my staples like dried foods and canned foods,’ she said.
She goes to Woolworths to ‘pick up anything I couldn’t find in Aldi’.
She then heads to the butcher, where she favours the cheap cuts and usually cooks them slowly to make them tender.
‘I spend $80 at the butcher for the whole fortnight. Everything we get there goes straight to the freezer and I defrost it as I need it.’
Her last $30 is spent at the farmer’s market where she buys all of her fruit and vegetables.
‘I am pretty lucky to have such an affordable market near home,’ she said.
Clare told Daily Mail Australia the family ‘doesn’t miss out on anything’.
‘We love what we eat – if it didn’t work for us we wouldn’t keep doing it.’
WHERE DOES SHE SHOP?
Clare puts one day aside for shopping each fortnight – Thursday because that is the day following pay day.
She goes to the Supermarkets first and usually spends $80 between Aldi and Woolworths. This includes shampoo, conditioner and detergents.
Then she goes to the butcher where she spends, on average, another $80.
She buys budget cuts of meat to make her money go further.
Fruit and Vegetables
Seasonal produce is purchased from the local farmer’s market. Clare spends $30 here and gets a fortnight’s worth of farm fresh good.
She has chickens for eggs as well as a small vegetable garden at home.
She doesn’t waste anything and if she can’t eat it she gives it to her five chickens who produce upwards of six eggs every day.
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