How much do you spend on groceries a week? After mortgage or rent, then perhaps childcare or private school fees, usually the weekly grocery bill will be your biggest expense. Feeding humans and making sure you have toilet paper and laundry powder is a costly (and very boring) business.
WHO: Family of six (that includes teens).
WHAT: They are trying to stick to a budget. But it’s hard.
We are trying to watch what we spend on groceries. Usually we spend around $375 on the big weekly grocery shop and then probably $150 at least during the week on top ups. We try to be careful with what we spend but also try to be healthy. We limit takeaway foods as best we can and cook as many meals at home as possible (often ahead of time on the weekend).
The big weekly grocery shop. For the first time we try Aldi. Husband gets stuck in the middle aisle and spends most of the shop exclaiming there are 45 inch TVs for about $400. WE ARE NOT HERE FOR TVS. WE ARE HERE TO SEE IF WE CAN REDUCE WEEKLY GROCERY BILL BY BEING SAVVY SHOPPERS. I tell him to put the paint brush holder down. We buy a lot of non-food items like toilet paper, laundry powder, dishwashing liquid etc. We buy some food items like Weetbix, rice crackers, nuts, oats, tinned tomatoes, butter, rice, school snacks. We don’t buy meat or veggies. Oh, and we Google the wine that won awards in a blind tasting and buy a few bottles of that at $8.99.
Later the same day we head to Woolworths and buy meat for the week (this Woolies has a butcher counter and we use that instead of the pre-packaged meats – it’s actually cheaper). We buy veggies for the meals we will cook this weekend and fruit for snacks. We also buy some items where we are wedded to a particular brand: eg almond butter, frozen berries, muesli, eggs, milk, rice paper wraps, ham, tampons.