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Healthy Mummy: How to save money and cut supermarket spending at Coles and Woolworths

Melbourne mum-of-two Kira saved more than $200

A group of Australian mums share how they reduced their food spending in 28 days by making small lifestyle changes.

The women, who are all part of the weight loss and health community, The Healthy Mummy, share their tips for helping others cut bills as the cost of living continues to rise.

From money cups to using Click and Collect and bulk meat transfers, these are frugal tips you can try to boost your savings and get back on track.

Melbourne mum-of-two Kira saved more than $200

Melbourne mum-of-two Kira saved more than $200

KIRA POLISHED – $207.70 SAVED

Melbourne mum-of-two Kira saved more than $200 after reviewing her family’s monthly expenses.

The main thing Kira changed was limiting takeout and cooking at home.

“Sometimes when we get hamburgers or Chinese, we can spend up to $70 on takeout,” she said.

“I also made more snacks at home for my husband and kids and bought less pre-packaged food and used the 7/11 app to lock in quantities when gas was at a good price.”

Kira cooked meals at home instead of taking them out: “If we have hamburgers or Chinese food, we can spend up to $70 on takeout,” she said.

Kira cooked meals at home instead of taking them out: “If we have hamburgers or Chinese food, we can spend up to $70 on takeout,” she said.

“I look through the Coles & Woolies catalog and buy what's on special from the catalogs each week with each purchase.  I also go to Aldi for some things (especially their frozen stuff. Dishwashing detergent etc.) because they can be very affordable,” she said

“I look through the Coles & Woolies catalog and buy what’s on special from the catalogs each week with each purchase. I also go to Aldi for some things (especially their frozen stuff. Dishwashing detergent etc.) because they can be very affordable,” she said

Kira also switched to house brand products, doing big top-up shops at Aldi and stocking up on regular household items when they were on special prices.

“I also shopped at the thrift store for clothes and was looking for a bargain,” she said.

“With the current rising cost of living, it is now more important than ever to pay attention to how we can save on food and also prevent waste.”

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What are Kira’s top financial tips?

1. Plan all your snacks and meals ahead of time and do your grocery shopping based on that

Buy only what you will need and use! If you do this, you will find that at the end of the week you are not throwing anything in the bin and there is much less waste

2. Use the freezer

If you have bananas that you won’t use in time (either make banana bread/muffins OR freeze them! Bananas freeze really well and can be added frozen to smoothies. Put the bread in the freezer before it hardens or goes stale and thaw when needed

Kira put the remaining savings in a jar for their family's upcoming vacation

Kira put the remaining savings in a jar for their family’s upcoming vacation

3. When your favorite items go on special, make sure you stock up

I often buy in bulk when my favorite is on special (like tuna, tea and coffee, laundry detergent) and I almost never have to pay full price for those items

4. Buy house brand products when available

Often the taste and quality are the same at a fraction of the price

5. Get creative with takeout and make it yourself at home

You can make a nice bowl of pasta, hamburger or even pizza quickly at home and save a lot of money

6. Limit processed and packaged foods

Often full of hidden sugars, and you can make something healthier and more nutritious at home for much less

7. Look in the catalogs

I look through the Coles & Woolies catalog and buy what’s on special each week with each purchase. I also go to Aldi for some things (especially their frozen stuff. Dishwashing liquid etc. as they can be very good)

NICOLE BRADSHAW – $106.55 SAVED

Mum-of-three Nicole from Victoria reviewed her family’s budget and finances this month and decided to cut costs both at home and in business.

They’ve swapped takeaway coffee for home brews, made smoothies for breakfast and made a big purchase each week using Click and Collect to avoid unplanned in-store spending.

Nicole also cut back on Kmart trips and shopped to compare things like insurance and TV subscriptions.

“I asked myself ‘do I want this or do I need this’ regularly and any coins we had at the end of the day went into the camping fund jar,” she said.

“We bought meat in bulk and froze it in 500g increments, we were clever with our meal planning, repeated meals and froze any leftovers after cooking in bulk,” she said.

“We bought meat in bulk and froze it in 500g increments, we were clever with our meal planning, repeated meals and froze any leftovers after cooking in bulk,” she said.

“We also bought meat in bulk and froze it in 500g increments, were smart about meal planning, repeated meals and froze any leftovers after cooking in bulk.

“I’m so excited to report that we saved $106.55, keeping in mind that we are a single income household and winter is the quietest time of year for my partner.”

What are Nicole’s top financial tips?

1. Create your own fakeaway

Get the kids involved on the weekends who will love choosing their own pizza toppings and getting their hands messy making the dough

2. Compare supermarket prices online

All the coins they had at the end of the day went into the camping fund jar

All the coins they had at the end of the day went into the camping fund jar

3. Place online orders

This really helps me stay focused and not spend unnecessarily on things we don’t really need. Every time you add to your cart, you can see how your purchases add up, so you can keep an overview

KRYSTAL NEDA POLES – $290 SAVED

Krystal, a mum-of-four from Coffs Harbour, said she had been hit hard by the rise in the cost of living, so she was on a mission to quickly reduce her family’s expenses.

“June/July was full of ups and downs and with petrol and food prices going up it was a bit of a struggle,” she said.

“I don’t usually track expenses. But as a mother of four children, I needed to have an overview of where the money was going.”

To help her stay on track with her savings goals, Krystal made it a goal to treat herself to a massage and facial with the money she saved by making these small changes.

To help her stay on track with her savings goals, Krystal made it a goal to treat herself to a massage and facial with the money she saved by making these small changes.

To help her stay on track with her savings goals, Krystal made it a goal to treat herself to a massage and facial with the money she saved by making these small changes.

Krystal used the Healthy Mummy app to keep track of her grocery spending and started walking instead of driving to save on gas and packing food for trips to the beach/park instead of buying it there.

Krystal also set aside at least 20 minutes a week to prepare family meals for the next seven days and shopped online only.

She also looked through catalogs to find the best specials at regular supermarkets and local grocers, and what time of night the groceries went on sale.

What are Krystal’s best money tips?

1. Set aside at least 20 minutes a week to prepare family meals

2. Online grocery shopping is great because you put in exactly what you need. This way you don’t spend unnecessarily

3. Catalogs are great. See what specials are on at your local grocer

4. Find out what time of night your local grocer sells their produce. Coles and Woolies do it a lot

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