BEFORE we were moms, we never thought twice about ordering a takeout when we didn’t feel like cooking or buying snacks in bulk just because they were on sale.
But we’re sure all parents will agree, nothing shocks you to spend smarter than having kids.
And one person who knows about this is Alison Said.
Speaking to 7News, the Australian mother-of-two explained how she used to spend £225 a week on food when she was childless – including £85 on takeaways.
But now that she’s a mom, the food blogger has drastically changed her habits with these simple habits, feeding the four of them for £5 a day.
Alison started labeling her groceries with best before dates – as it’s all too easy to miss the use by date in the supermarket.
And if it’s something homemade, she puts the date she made it there, too.
Sharing her tips on her Instagram page, the mum explained: “You can make spaghetti, lasagna or pasta casseroles with something like Bolognese sauce – you can reuse it for so many things.
“So if you keep it labeled you can see everything you have and it helps you rotate your meals.”
Mom also makes a point of buying ingredients in bulk that can be used in multiple dishes when they’re on sale.
Although the supermarket is the easiest place to do your big grocery shopping, Alison urged people not to forget their local resources, too.
She added: “Always shop seasonally because there are things that are in abundance and cheaper.”
But just because she’s perfected her grocery routine doesn’t mean Alison isn’t tempted by takeaways from time to time.
To make life a little easier during the week, the mother has a head start on Sundays when it comes to preparing meals.
Alison said: “Peeling and chopping your veggies ahead of time gives you fewer excuses to buy takeout during the week.
“Those who are organized are less tempted.”
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