A thrifty Aussie mum is saving $100 per fortnight with her genius meal prep hack.
Mums across the country have taken to Facebook to share how they approach their weekly meal planning and grocery shop. Meal-prepping is a popular method of both saving time and preventing unnecessary spending on takeaways, as you always have something ready to go.
One resourceful mother started creating her own meal-prep boxes, organising pre-portioned ingredients for her favourite simple weekday recipes into labelled fridge containers, in the style of meal kit services.
On Facebook, she described the process she goes through to make meals for her and her son using the food-prepping system, all while cutting down time wandering the supermarket for impulse buys and excess amounts:
"I meal plan for a fortnight (so repeat the same meals the second week) and buy double of everything", she wrote, "then split into boxes (I bought mine for half price at Woolworths) for each day".
She prepares, marinates and freezes all the meat in advance, ready to be defrosted and cooked, to prevent any waste. Also, any leftover dinners are perfect to take for lunch, which, again, saves her money on work-time takeaway meals.
She has dedicated the bottom drawer of her fridge to snacks for her son, such as fruit. This means that there is always something healthy and easy for him to grab when he's hungry.
"I just say those are his choices and he can get something himself," she said.
Cooking this way has been saving the Aussie mum $100 every two weeks on her groceries, and she only spends 30 minutes preparing each box.
Other people were inspired by the extremely organised mum, whose post was liked hundreds of times. "Goals! I need a bigger fridge though. Family of six with a smallish fridge here so I need to shop every few days," said one mum.
Another commenter wrote: “Excellent idea! Thank you for sharing."