Shop Smart, Eat Well

Shop Smart, Eat Well Learn how to save money on groceries. Learn how I manage to stick to $150 per fortnight for my famil I spend $150 per fortnight on ALL of my groceries. But how?

I've grocery shopped like this all of my adult life. What am I doing differently? How can I only spend this much? Surely I can't be eating healthy? We eat extremely healthy. We enjoy a wide variety of foods, eat from the 5 food groups. I ensure my family's health is first and foremost looked after. I have enough money for meat, toiletries, other grocery items, laundry supplies. Everything! It's no

thing new really. This is the exact same way my mother shopped and cooked for us and my grandmothers and many generations before them. It's also how restaurants shop for supplies. You're only ever topping up what you need for the meals your family likes to eat. Join the Shop Smart, Eat Well Facebook group to see the exact meals we eat every night and join many other women who are already shopping and eating the Shop Smart, Eat Well way.

Am I right?
29/09/2023

Am I right?

My answer is in the comments.
24/09/2023

My answer is in the comments.

I know times are tough but this gave me a chuckle.
03/09/2023

I know times are tough but this gave me a chuckle.

ARE YOU AN ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPER?Do you love it? I do! Not only is it convenient I find it really saves me a lot of mon...
28/08/2023

ARE YOU AN ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPER?

Do you love it? I do! Not only is it convenient I find it really saves me a lot of money compared to going into the supermarket. I've been an online shopper for years now but wanted to share my 7 ways online grocery shopping will save you money.

Check out the link in my comments.

20/07/2023

Save money on takeaway? Stock up your freezer with leftovers. You should see the wonderful meals being had from our members of the Shop Smart, Eat Well group.

My life
18/06/2023

My life

Why aren’t all the stores the same!? Like every Coles seems to be different!

How good are scones?If you've got self raising flour, butter and milk, you've got fresh scones straight out of the oven ...
11/06/2023

How good are scones?

If you've got self raising flour, butter and milk, you've got fresh scones straight out of the oven in less than 30 minutes.

If you've got flour, cream and lemonade, you've got scones.

If you've got leftover mashed pumpkin, dates, sultanas, choc chips, other dried fruit, even cheese and or ham for a savoury option, you've got scones.

Cheap, filling, uses up leftovers, cost effective. Good for breakfast, snacks, lunch, picnics and to serve with soup or a stew to make the meal more filling.

Check the link in the comments for a couple different recipes.

04/02/2023
Christmas tip  # 36
02/12/2022

Christmas tip # 36

Anybody else?
29/11/2022

Anybody else?

becoming minimalist
29/11/2022

becoming minimalist

NO MEAL PLAN THIS WEEK AND HERE'S WHYI started meal planning a couple weeks ago in an effort to get everyone in my famil...
23/11/2022

NO MEAL PLAN THIS WEEK AND HERE'S WHY

I started meal planning a couple weeks ago in an effort to get everyone in my family on board with what night's each of us cooked and what we had to cook. As someone who's never 'meal planned', I realised AGAIN why I don't.

My meal planning efforts extend to either the night before or the morning of to plan what we're having for dinner. I have found this to be the same way my mother did it and my grandmothers did it and how we all save money on groceries.

Instead of planning what we're having for the week and going out to buy the ingredients, I always top up with the ingredients I need to make the dishes I know my family will eat AND I know they will get variety because there's a million ways to skin a cat, right?

Sorry about the cat pun but there's a million ways to prepare chicken, a carb and vegetables. There's a million ways to prepare beef mince, a carb and vegetables. There's a million ways to prepare eggs etc etc.

Meal planning, ie writing out what we were going to have for the week and then sticking to it is impossible for me and my family. For one it puts so much pressure on us to eat that meal when we may not feel like it. (Am I right? You plan this meal a few days beforehand and something comes up. It's hot, it's cold, you're tired, you had a big lunch etc etc.)

Knowing that I can cook anything from my family's 'menu' on any night of the week is such a great feeling. My grocery list always just contains those same ingredients I buy fortnight to fortnight with a budget of only $150. This includes things like toilet paper, detergents, toiletries etc etc. All grocery items.

If meal planning as YOU know it works for you and you can save money on groceries, WELL DONE! If you're still struggling to save money with these ever increasing prices, I highly suggest you check out the Shop Smart, Eat Well program.

You can find out all about it here.
https://www.domesblissity.com/shop-smart-eat-well-program/

If I get around to it, I'd rather show you what we DID eat for the week. Stay tuned.

What if you could grocery shop, spend very little money, create an amazing variety of meals for your family that you know they eat and not waste any food? Sound good? The Shop Smart, Eat&…

MENU PLAN FOR THE WEEK AHEADThe menu plan for last week didn't go according to plan. One of the main reasons I don't nor...
13/11/2022

MENU PLAN FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

The menu plan for last week didn't go according to plan. One of the main reasons I don't normally menu plan. The only reason I'm sharing a very 'loose' plan here is to share with my family what we're having each night so they'll know what to cook.

We've shared the workload as far as dinner goes so everyone takes a turn or at least can help get dinner on. The meals are easy to prepare and don't take much time.

MEAL PLAN FOR WEEK BEGINNING 7 NOV 2022So, as you know, I don't meal plan as the norm. I always have the food available ...
06/11/2022

MEAL PLAN FOR WEEK BEGINNING 7 NOV 2022

So, as you know, I don't meal plan as the norm. I always have the food available to make the meals I know my family will eat. That's the Shop Smart, Eat Well method.

I don't meal plan first then go shopping. My grocery shopping consists of just 'topping up' which is why my grocery budget is only $150 per fortnight for 3 adults (and was for 2 adults and 2 children). It hasn't changed for many years.

So, to give you an idea of what we eat, I'm sharing my 'loose' menu plan for the week. It's more for my family's info so they know what they're cooking on their night.

It's the second week of my grocery fortnight so even though the fridge may look bare, we're still going to be eating well. Groceries will be bought this weekend and everything topped up.

Oh and our weekends are a little bit all over the place with my son working his part time job. We might have a late lunch then not have a meal at night. Just whatever we feel like. There's always plenty of food.

By the way, if you'd like some delicious food inspo why not join the Shop Smart Eat Well Facebook group. Everyone posts in there what they have for dinner every night. Always plenty of food for thought!

KEY LIME CHEESECAKE BARSThere's nothing key lime about these cheesecake bars. It's just what I decided to call them. As ...
05/11/2022

KEY LIME CHEESECAKE BARS

There's nothing key lime about these cheesecake bars. It's just what I decided to call them. As usual, using stuff up.

I finally got to the end of the stash of Marie type biscuits I was given earlier this year. About 8 packets I think. I made a few things I just don't make on a regular basis anymore and I didn't go to a lot of expense buying ingredients to come up with different ways to use them, other than eating them as is.

These bars came about by the last packet of lime jelly I had in the pantry. I did buy a 500gm tub of cottage cheese with my last grocery order because I knew this was coming.

I didn't have whipping cream to pipe but there was some tinned cream in the fridge.

So if you remember a packet of jelly made up with half the water mixed through a 500gm of cottage cheese that's been whipped or blitzed and you've got the start of a delicious no bake cheesecake. Just add cream and fresh fruit to decorate a top you favourite biscuit base.

CAN YOU SAY 'NO' OR IS THERE ANOTHER WAY?Each to their own with these things but this is my opinion when it comes to sav...
30/10/2022

CAN YOU SAY 'NO' OR IS THERE ANOTHER WAY?

Each to their own with these things but this is my opinion when it comes to saving money, especially when it comes to grocery shopping.

Today is Halloween. Now I'm on the wrong side of 50 so 'back in my day' there was no such thing as 'celebrating' Halloween. All I knew about Halloween growing up was the Charlie Brown Pumpkin Patch movie.

Come to my kid's day and you can't escape it. They had Halloween themed dances at school, they wanted to go trick or treating and they got just as excited about kids coming to our house to pick up treats.

When you're on a budget, it's hard to stretch yourself to cover the added expenses of costumes, school dances, and extra treats for children trick or treating.

I always made the kid's costumes (and in my opinion they were as dodgy as all hell but the kids thought they looked amazing). I would bag up popcorn and mix through a bag of M&M's, marshmallows to make it go a bit further to give to trick or treaters. No big bags of packaged treats.

One year we had a small afternoon tea with a few school friends and I made all the food in a Halloween theme. Now my children are in their late teens it's no longer even thought of but I can easily say 'no' to decorating my house and spending a huge amount of money on those things.

The same goes for Melbourne Cup on Tuesday. I went to my fair share of the horse races here in Brisbane on Melbourne Cup day and my fair share of luncheons. I'm not so much into it these days. The last thing I remember going to was at my local club or the day my soon to be 18 yo daughter was a week out of turning 1 year old and my Mum served chicken and salad while we watched the race.

You can say no. You don't have to go along with the crowd and spend up big at these events. I really don't know how Halloween became so big here in Australia. The world has got smaller with social media and the internet, that's for sure.

But my message is, stick to your budget and don't feel bad if you can't afford to do what everyone else is doing.

NO BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKEYou'll remember the large quantity of Marie biscuits I'd been given for free. (You can scro...
30/10/2022

NO BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

You'll remember the large quantity of Marie biscuits I'd been given for free. (You can scroll back through my previous posts and/or photos and see what slices and desserts I made with them.

I've got a couple packets left and wanted to use up stuff so came up with this super easy Strawberry Cheesecake.

This was made with a 500gm tub of cottage cheese whipped until smooth and mixed with a made up strawberry jelly (using less water). I piped cream on top and decorated with fresh strawberries that I'd bought with the groceries that week.

I've got another one planned which I might make next weekend so stay tuned.

✅ Online grocery order placed✅ Collect Sunday morning✅ Loose menu plan written (I had Tuna Mornay on the list last Thurs...
28/10/2022

✅ Online grocery order placed
✅ Collect Sunday morning
✅ Loose menu plan written (I had Tuna Mornay on the list last Thursday and we were too full to eat it so it's there again.)
✅ All will be confirmed in the Shop Smart, Eat Well Facebook group along with the other members when we all share what we're having for dinner each night for inspiration.

Come join us.
Shop Smart, Eat Well Facebook Group

SHOPPING LIST OR MENU PLAN FIRST?Any of you who know me know I'm not a menu planner. It's not like I don't think about w...
28/10/2022

SHOPPING LIST OR MENU PLAN FIRST?

Any of you who know me know I'm not a menu planner. It's not like I don't think about what's for dinner. I'm thinking about food 24/7! I've just always found it easier to think about what's for dinner either the night before or that morning, especially since having children. My children are nearing their late teens and it's got even busier now with part time jobs and extra curricular activities.

So I've started 'menu planning', that is writing down what we're having for the week so everyone knows 'what page we're all on' as far as who's turn it is to cook etc but my method of writing the shopping list will always come first. This is the Shop Smart, Eat Well method.

It's about keeping on hand the ingredients for the meal you know your family are going to eat, just like a restaurant. (You can find out more about that here: https://www.domesblissity.com/shop-smart-eat-well-program/ ).

So, as I sit here pondering what's on the menu for next week, I've already placed my grocery order for the next 2 weeks online. The total came to $149.75 less $10 for Everyday Rewards points (from Woolworths) so $139.75 for the 2 weeks. That only leaves me $10.25 for a top up in the second week so not much. If I go over this fortnight, so be it. It won't be by much because it's usually only salad ingredients, bread, milk or dog food.

Which one are you? Shopping list first or menu plan?

WHEN YOU STUMBLE UPON A HELLO FRESH RECIPE & ALREADY HAVE THE INGREDIENTSThis post isn't to boast. I've just never been ...
26/10/2022

WHEN YOU STUMBLE UPON A HELLO FRESH RECIPE & ALREADY HAVE THE INGREDIENTS

This post isn't to boast. I've just never been interested in meal delivery companies like Hello Fresh, Dinnerly etc but for some it might be convenient and you can afford it.

I've never had to worry because of the way I've shopped and always had an abundance of food.

I've been meal planning these last 2 weeks. Not something I normally do because I plan what we're having for dinner either the night before or that morning. With my son cooking a lot more and my husband wanting to cook more too, I thought it was better to plan ahead so we all know what we're having and who's cooking what.

When I was thinking about what my son could cook on his usual Wednesday night, I googled "beef mince couscous" and up came a Hello Fresh recipe which you can order with their meal service.

I checked my pantry and realised I had nearly all or near enough of the ingredients already.

* beef mince in the freezer
* pearl couscous instead of regular couscous which I'd bought to try as one of our carb options a couple weeks ago
* 1 tbs tomato paste from the freezer
* chicken stock powder from the pantry
* Moroccan spice blend
* last 2 mini cucumbers and about 6 cherry tomatoes chopped with the last of a 'sleeve' of coriander
* an inch piece of feta cheese I had in the freezer from many months ago which I knew would come in handy at some time
* homebrand balsamic salad dressing (although I didn't even need that)

Talk about a tasty meal. It's another one my son can add to his repertoire. He knows an Italian (Spaghetti Bolognese), Mexican (Mexican poke bowl or Chilli Con Carne) and now Moroccan recipe using just simple beef mince.

How about you? Can you make do with what you have on hand (or substitute)? Here's a post I wrote a while ago about Hello Fresh.

https://www.domesblissity.com/hello-fresh-is-it-really-worth-it/

Breakfast sorted for next week. Weetbix & Date muffins (which is really a loaf recipe). Means I don't have to run to sho...
23/10/2022

Breakfast sorted for next week. Weetbix & Date muffins (which is really a loaf recipe). Means I don't have to run to shops for my usual breakfast options. Just wait until next weekends usual fortnightly shop to top up. It's good to know I've always got pantry staples on hand.

Here is the recipe from Frugal and Thriving

https://www.frugalandthriving.com.au/date-loaf/

MEAL PLAN - WEEK BEGINNING OCT 24, 2022I'm not a meal planner. Up to a certain degree. I always buy and keep on hand the...
22/10/2022

MEAL PLAN - WEEK BEGINNING OCT 24, 2022

I'm not a meal planner. Up to a certain degree. I always buy and keep on hand the food that I need to create the meals I know my family eats. If I was an Indian food only household, that's all of the ingredients I'd keep. If I was a Mexican food only household, that's all of the ingredients I'd keep. But my family has a few favourite dishes from different cultures so I keep basic spices that can be used across all cuisines and just change up the fruit, veg and protein according to the season and what's cheapest.

So, for the last couple of week's I've been writing what we're having on a whiteboard and sticking it to the fridge as life has got busy. My son works, we have nightly activities and so everyone knows who's cooking what and on what night, I'm writing it down.

I have been sharing what we eat every night in the Shop Smart, Eat Well FB group for the last couple of years but I've planned ahead slightly.

So for this week, this is the second week of my fortnightly shop so stocks are low on everything. Besides a few salad ingredients for lunches, and maybe some bread rolls for Friday night's burgers, this is what we're having using what I have.

NOTES:
* The pumpkin gnocchi keeps in the pantry for weeks. It's available from Coles or Woolies for less than $3 and is delicious.
* The sausages are a caramelised onion flavour and a better quality sausage so they were about $7.50 for 8 small, thicker sausages.
* The Moroccan Beef Mince is a Hello Fresh recipe.
* Rice for the tuna mornay is already cooked and in the freezer, ready to be defrosted for an easy, quick dinner.
* The Saturday night dinner could be eggs with bacon, on bread, toasted sandwiches or whatever else needs using up.
* Groceries will be collected Sunday morning so I'm fresh and ready to go for the week ahead.

Stay tuned for next week's menu plan next Sunday. (And don't be surprised by the lack of variety. My family are easy pleased and like the same dishes. Not every night mind you but why reinvent the wheel if they already like meals that I cook.)

22/10/2022

Some Christmas baking inspo.

ONE NIGHT WITHOUT ALL THE NUTRIENTS ISN'T GOING TO KILL YOUI've had a busy week this week, in particular Monday, Tuesday...
14/10/2022

ONE NIGHT WITHOUT ALL THE NUTRIENTS ISN'T GOING TO KILL YOU

I've had a busy week this week, in particular Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights and I can see how easy it is for those who work to decide "bu**er it, let's get takeaway". I didn't. I persevered with cooking and I'm glad I did.

Not only did I save money on buying dinner. I didn't waste any of the food I had bought in my last shop and we ate a lot better than we would had I bought it.

I don't know about you but I'm getting a bit peeved with buying food out. It's such a rip off for what it is. I know cafes and restaurants have to absorb price increases too but at least give us something a little decent.

That's why, even on those tough nights when you don't feel like cooking, eat the food you already have in your house.

Now I'm not saying to make sure it's nutritionally balanced every single night, especially those busy, tough nights. Your body will get the nutrients it needs from the food you give it but be sure to fill you body with nutrient dense food when you can.

I can remember as a child not having too many takeaway food options. We had toast, eggs on toast, toasted sandwiches, tinned soup, baked beans on toast or whatever else mum had in the pantry or fridge. We never had a weight problem as kids and ate really well every other chance we had.

No doubt my Mum had busy days and nights too but she made do and we all survived.

Mine would be coke and cheeseburgers
13/10/2022

Mine would be coke and cheeseburgers

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