To be honest, I am a bit of a bargain addict. I love the thrill and the challenge!
Ever since becoming a single mum, I have been trying my best to bring some budgeting balance into my grocery shopping – buying in bulk, sticking to a budget and bargain shopping without giving up on the quality of food we are eating. This is so that we have room for an occasional meal out, a holiday or fun times with friends.
I am also trying my best to show constraint to say no to “stuff” just because it’s a bargain…
Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning Resources
Th guys from the $5 Meal Plan have some great resources (i.e. meal plans) for standard and special diets. The best thing about meal planning is the savings you get from buying only what you need and wasting less food. Plus, of course, it takes the guesswork out of the mid-week meals.
Speaking of which, I have recently tried a dinner grocery box delivery and absolutely loved it! It provided us with the exact ingredients (and matching recipes) for three easy and quick to prepare meals in a week where I was stuck for time and the fridge was semi-bare. We chose the veggie box as I thought I could always have the option of adding some meat to it if I chose. You can save $35 off your first Hello Fresh box delivery here.
The Wholesome Cook Shopping List is your perfect Australian fridge, pantry and freezer product guide showcasing the best wholefood products on offer. It is $15 but you can get it for free if you’ve purchased The Wholesome Cook print book) or save 30% off for subscribing to my newsletter here.
Other Online Shopping Resources
Honey is a Chrome browser extension that automatically (YES!) searches the web for discount codes and applies those codes – if available – to your shopping cart, choosing the best code for your cart! It does not always find current codes, sure, but it has saved me a lot of money without me having to think about it or trawl through those pesky coupon websites and try codes out manually. You can join Honey for free which is amazing!
I absolutely LOVE iHerb for all natural supplements, skincare and more
Books I’ve loved reading
Whole Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell
The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer MD
Any of the books by Michael Pollan
The Diet Myth by Tim Spector
The Chemistry of Connection by Patrick Holford
Loads of Bargain Tips in The Wholesome Cook Cookbook
Apart from being the go-to guide for anyone pursuing a creative approach to food and a healthy balanced lifestyle, the book is loaded with tips on buying organic on a budget, using leftovers, using your freezer to its full potential and shopping seasonally (which saves money too).
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