How to save money on groceries: Mum who cooks meals for $1.60 a serve shares top three dishes

How to save money on groceries: Mum who cooks meals for $1.60 a serve shares top three dishes
  • PublishedApril 12, 2024

‘Budget friendly, freezer friendly, family friendly.’

With the cost of living continuing to bite, the idea of feeding your family a decent meal for $10-$15 feels ever more out of reach.

But it’s a challenge Melbourne mum-of-four Brooke Schrempf-Dixon is still willing, and able, to meet.

The mum, who cooks for her family of six every day, often for $1.60 a serve, was catapulted into the spotlight when she started sharing her thrifty recipes online at @aussiemumcooks.

Many have gone viral and, with the hikes in supermarket prices, she says even more people have been visiting her page, looking for help.

“People are struggling more than ever,” the 32-year old says.

“It makes me want to keep going. How can I make cheaper versions of my meals?”

Many have gone viral and, with the hikes in supermarket prices, she says even more people have been visiting her page, looking for help.

“People are struggling more than ever,” the 32-year old says.

“It makes me want to keep going. How can I make cheaper versions of my meals?”

The first recipe is Brooke’s curried sausages, which has been viewed 125 million times.
The first recipe is Brooke’s curried sausages, which has been viewed 125 million times. Credit: TikTok

The first recipe is Schrempf-Dixon’s curried sausages, which has been viewed 125 million times.

To make this, she explains in her video, you need to fry off some sausages.

Removing these from the heat, add sliced onion.

Then add two heaped teaspoons of Keen’s Curry powder, some brown sugar and some flour.

Next, you’ll need some chicken stock and a vegetable of your choice. Schrempf-Dixon uses carrots.

Next, the fried sausages need slicing and adding back into the mixture.

Coconut milk or some cream helps to thicken the sauce and then the curry can be served with pasta or mash.

“These curried sausages are a classic for a reason,” says Schrempf-Dixon.

“They are budget friendly, they make in bulk and they freeze really well.”

Curried shepherd’s pie

Brooke’s second Keen’s curry powder recipe is a shepherd’s pie.
Brooke’s second Keen’s curry powder recipe is a shepherd’s pie. Credit: TikTok

Schrempf-Dixon’s second Keen’s curry powder recipe is a shepherd’s pie.

This is made like a traditional Shepherd’s pie but with the secret ingredient of the curry powder.

“Trust me this takes it to another level, you must try this,” Schrempf-Dixon says.

“This is so good for a budget meal.”

Curry pasta

Brooke’s final meal in this budget series is a curry pasta.
Brooke’s final meal in this budget series is a curry pasta. Credit: TikTok

Schrempf-Dixon’s final meal in this budget series is a curry pasta.

For this, she fries onion, capsicum and chicken with “as little or as much Keen’s curry powder as you like”.

She adds tomato puree, coconut cream and a sprinkle of cheese and mixes the pasta on top.

“This entire dish cost $15,” she says.

Delicious dishes

The comments on the recipes not only applaud the cost of the dishes, but talk about how delicious they are.

“Made this tonight, some of the best food I’ve ever made,” said one about the pasta.

“Thank you for sharing. It was so good we had to stop ourselves before eating the pan too,” joked another.

The shepherd’s pie video garnered a similar response.

“Omg I made it using your recipe and it was so good I started crying!” said one.

“Adore,” said another.

Brooke revealed how she managed to slash her weekly grocery bill by $200 — saving herself more than $10,000 a year on food.
Brooke revealed how she managed to slash her weekly grocery bill by $200 — saving herself more than $10,000 a year on food. Credit: Instagram

Previously speaking to 7Life, Schrempf-Dixon revealed how she managed to slash her weekly grocery bill by $200 — saving herself more than $10,000 a year on food.

The mum, who previously forked out between $300 and $400 in a single shop, now spends an average of $150 a week on groceries.

To keep costs down further and cut back on food wastage, she has been prepping a week’s worth of meals for as little as $60.

“I was a chronic over spender and would go in unprepared when shopping, ending up with large amounts of food and having no idea what to make every week,” Schrempf-Dixon told 7Life.

The mum has been making a week’s worth of delicious meals for just $10 each — costing the family of six just $1.60 per serve.
The mum has been making a week’s worth of delicious meals for just $10 each — costing the family of six just $1.60 per serve. Credit: Instagram

She has been making a week’s worth of delicious meals for just $10 each — costing the family of six just $1.60 per serve.

“I try to make the meals appealing and beyond the boring ‘tuna pasta’ when you think of $10 meals,” she said.

When planning the meals for the week ahead, Schrempf-Dixon starts by “shopping at home”.

“I will write out a list of everything I have in my freezer, fridge and pantry and build my weekly meals around this,” she said.

“This helps to keep my weekly shopping down.”

She said she only uses recipes with just a handful of ingredients.
She said she only uses recipes with just a handful of ingredients. Credit: Instagram

She said she only uses recipes with just a handful of ingredients.

“Avoiding recipes that exceed three to four additional ingredients than the staples I have at home helps keep the cost down dramatically,” she said

The mum also shops online and keeps an eye out for all the weekly specials — including half-price sales or markdowns.

“Shopping online helps to reduce overspending and only buying what I need,” she revealed.

And in another attempt to find simple and affordable recipes, she shifts her attention to social media.

“I love looking up budget-friendly recipes on TikTok and Facebook that use ingredients I already have at home,” she said.

“(I then) compile a list of recipes I want to make and work my way through the list.

“If I know what I’m making each day, it prevents me from unnecessarily spending on takeaway.”

SOURCE: 7NEWS

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