Our Frugal Lifestyle

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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Weekly Grocery Shopping

My weekly shop was way over my $100 budget by $37.51!! Ouch... but this is mainly due to purchasing 2 large boxes of cat food and 2 blocks of cheese for $40. Both items had a great special and even thought I don't need them for another week or two, they were worth getting ahead of time as they are saving me $15 in the long run.
This is $137.51; it doesn't look like much food once out of the bags.
I took time out to write my menu plan for the week. It's such a worthwhile exercise. When I don't write one because I'm time poor, I end up wasting time and feeling even more disorganised then before. It only takes me 30 minutes and it's a pleasant way to spend time (daydreaming about food).

These are the planned dinners this week for 2 adults and one 4 yr old child. And always enough for guests.

  • Sunday: Quiche Lorraine (plus an one extra to take to work for morning tea).
  • Monday: Spaghetti Bolognese.
  • Tuesday: Left over Bolognese mince sauce with vegetables.
  • Wednesday: A beef stroganoff type dish with veggies and spinach from the garden.
  • Thursday: Baked potatoes with cheese, sour cream, grated carrot, spinach and ham.
  • Friday: Left overs (gotta keep it out of landfill and save those pennies for the future).
  • Saturday: Baked fish (The Rambling Expat caught) with steamed vegetables.

I'll use the tin of tuna and one loaf of bread for my lunches. There's plenty of left over fruit from last week for my daily fruit at the office.

How about you? Saving those pennies? Is menu planning on your To Do list?


  1. Yes and no. There is just me, so once I cook something, I eat. I do cook four boneless, skinless chicken breasts and use them for meals--put in green salads, make sandwiches, put in a rice dish, eat with a bit of gravy and some vegetables. For breasts last for about five or more days for me and a meal for friend who helps me once a week, and a meal for him to take home.

  2. I do menu plan, but it's all in my head. I should probably write it down to make it easier for me to stick to!

  3. Gosh, was shocked how much your grocery bill was. I went onto a currency converter and had it work out how much your bill would be in British pounds and it was £90.39. That is so expensive for how much you bought. Prices are very high compared to the UK.

    I always menu plan. I think it saves money and it takes away the problem of "what shall we eat tonight?" It also saves time because you can shop for all the ingredients in one visit and just crack on with the meal when you get in from work because you will know what you have planned to make.

  4. And I do shop carefully. I look for the cheapest product for my dollar. I look for specials and purchase limited treats.

    It's very expensive here. When I was in France everything seemed so cheap - I went nuts buying lots of goodies such as cheese, nuts, sweets, more cheese....

  5. I do menu plan and have done to some degree for many years. I am much more disciplined now. There is only The Duke and I now and I generally do the plan on Saturday mornings so that I can work out exactly what we need and whether I do actually need to shop. I cook mostly from scratch, do not eat a lot of meat and try to use something from the garden for each meal. I have plenty of storage and have a stock of basic baking ingredients as well as canned goods.

    Thanks for the reminder - I will do a blog post about menu planning and a sample of our plan for a week.

    I have jsut found your blog and it is refreshing to find some Aussie blogs on frugality and sustainable living.

  6. I have to agree with the price difference here and overseas. I read some peoples blogs in the UK and their groceries seem super cheap. I wonder if its one of those economic things where products are subsidised?

  7. Thanks for the link on your blog Fairy. It's good to meet other Aussies. I think the frugal simple life hasn't caught on big here yet as it has in the UK and USA. I think the recession hit harder over there and so they are ahead of us in tightening the belts. Which is great as we can learn from some of their struggles and triumphs. And with many frugality ethos comes living greener and more sustainable. I've loving this change in my lifestyle.


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