Get your free eBook valued at $40

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER TODAY & GET A FREE CORE WORKOUT PLANNER EBOOK- VALUED AT $39.95!

How to eat well-Even when the budget is tight!

How to eat well-Even when the budget is tight!

I think it is safe to say we have all felt that sinking feeling after doing the groceries on an empty stomach, getting to the cash register and forking out your life savings for a weeks groceries!? 

So what are some tips to help ensure that you can get the most for your money?

-Meal Plan your week

By knowing what recipes you are making for the week ahead you can plan what ingredients you need to buy, when you may need to get fresh meat etc for meals later in the week and how much. It will also assist you in time management, knowing you are having a certain dish that can be slow cooked for the day, meaning little or no meal prep after work is a true blessing after a long day. 

The other benefit of meal planning? You can utilise meals from the dinner before for your lunch the next day- i.e. Roast chicken on Sunday night may be a perfect left over for mountain bread wraps with salad for school lunches. Or, perhaps even on Tuesday night you may have Spaghetti Bolognese with Zucchini pasta, and re use the left over sauce to make an eggplant lasagne on Wednesday night? Two meals in long meal prep! 

-Shop online for your pantry goods

The main grocery chain stores offer a home delivery service, direct to your door at a time convenient to you. It is easier to see specials, all of the categories are broken down so you can search for what you need super quickly. I also find it cheaper as it stops you from impulse buying anything that isn't on your list for the week ahead. 

-Buy in season

Probably one of my biggest tips- in season! Strawberries can be up to $9 a punnet when not in season vs in season $2!!! By knowing what is in season you will not only be saving money, but also buying fresh produce.

-Farmers Markets

It is becoming more common to shop at the farmers market and I know that up here on the Gold Coast we have 4 local produce markets to choose from, and one farmer direct produce to purchase from. When buying from the farmers direct you ensure it is locally grown, usually it is cheaper and is certainly fresh! 

-Buy your meat and non perishables in bulk when on sale

When buying in bulk for your meat, I find the best thing to do is to divide it into smaller weights, around 200g, writing the date purchased, and weight on the bag. I also find it helps to keep a list on the fridge/freezer door of what we actually have in there, so we don't double buy and waste food. 

For the non perishables, if you are after tins of tomatoes (ensure no sugar/salt is added) or chickpeas etc- shop around. Sometimes bulk buy places have the items you're after half the price and can last a year in the pantry saving you big bucks. 

-Cook your meals in bulk 

Once cooked, portion and freeze with the date in the meal. It will help you for convenience and also for your budget! 

-Reuse your leftovers from the night before for lunch and even dinner the next night. 

As mentioned above, this is such a great way to save money- here are a few meals we 'take two' at:

Salmon fillets > Salmon Patties 

Spaghetti Bol Sauce > Lasange 

Roast Chicken > Quinoa Chicken Risotto 

Roast Vegetables > Into a salad, risotto, soup- anything! 

Slow cooked meats > Wraps/'burgers' (we use mushroom bases or rye)

-Only drink water 

Sodas, juices and other drinks are super expensive, so save money by only drinking water!

 

By implementing these changes into your weekly shopping, you can be assured that you and your family can live on a budget- without sacrificing taste or health! 

 

Back to Articles


Sign up for
Tips, Recipes
& More

Success Stories*

  • Alisha
    Alisha I absolutely love following your journey, reading your articles and following your clean eating advice!
    Natalja
    Natalja Even whilst travelling, i maintained my lean body by following your guidelines!
    Melissa
    Melissa Over 18 kilos down from the clean eating plan!
    Rachelle
    Rachelle Incredible results, following the clean eating guidelines & total body transformation guide!
  • Jessica
    Jessica The meals are delicious, I'm never hungry and I can make it for my husband as well so i'm not cooking two different things! It is a well rounded program that fits easily into any lifestyle and can be made to work with your unique situation.
    Katie
    Katie 17 kilos already down thanks to the clean eating guidelines!
    Meg
    Meg I wanted to begin by thanking you for being such an inspiration and passing on your knowledge the way you do.
    Chloe
    Chloe WHAT A DIFFERENCE IN NOT ONLY THE VISUAL EFFECTS BUT IN MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT AND DAY TO DAY LIFE. ITS BEEN WONDERFUL WORKING HARD FOR THESE RESULTS! 24KGS DOWN! AND HONESTLY I DON'T CARE WHAT MY SCALES TELLS ME. I'M MORE INTERESTED IN HOW IT'S AFFECTING MY LIFE!
  • Natalie
    Natalie 4 weeks in!
    Annon
    Annon 3 Month Progress, Thanks to Sophie for the inspiration and support! Here's to leaner living!
    Hannah
    Hannah 17 kilos down in 6 months!
    Chantelle
    Chantelle Chantelle has lost 8kgs already, only 2 weeks into her custom ongoing post baby plan!
  • Bailey
    Bailey Only 4 weeks into the diet plan- the results speak for themselves!
    Leah
    Leah I'm feeling like a different person. I'm feeling like I used to feel. I'm losing baby weight fasting than ever too! My progress photos amaze me. So thank you! Thank you for a program that really is a lifestyle change. A program that changed my family life for the better and made me a happier, healthier mumma for my beautiful children!
    Kate
    Kate THE BOD program is not a diet. It sets you up with the tools to continue on after you finish the 12 weeks.This has now become my lifestyle. I love the way I live now and I love the knowledge I have gained from this program especially dietary wise so I can give my kids the best start to life. The recipes, the workouts, the hints and tips... at no stage did I ever get bored or go off track.
    Farnoush
    Farnoush The left picture is on 80 kg The right one 58kg It is unbelievable what you can do if you just believe and just do it and stay focus.
  • Megan
    Megan
    Kristy Potts
    Kristy Potts 50 kilos down in a year! Thank you for bringing out eat clean, live lean. I have been cooking and preparing my meals from it since i purchased it months ago, its fantastic.
    Chelsea
    Chelsea Amazing results from a track and field athlete!!
    Sammi
    Sammi Wow.Wow.Wow šŸ˜ By far the best part of any coaches job. The results, the hard work and the dedication that is so clearly shown here. šŸ˜µ Sammi had her little girl 2 weeks before the twins were born, and like me suffered with haemorrhaging at 8 weeks pp too. (This is really hard to deal with along with a newborn, surgery and recovery!) However after 4 weeks on my #tbtprogram check out her incredible results. I am so so proud and happy to have helped in some way! šŸ™ Way to go mama!!! šŸ˜†www.sophieguidolin.com.au/eshop
  • Hannah
    Hannah 17 Kilos lighter, in 6 Months!!!
    Olivia
    Olivia
    Katelyne Borg
    Katelyne Borg Just wanted to show you how far I have come in such a short time!
    Sam
    Sam The clean eating diet plan, is also for males wanting to tone, build muscle and lose body fat!
  • Sam
    Sam Your books inspire me immensely and you are a true idol.
    Emma
    Emma Clean eating & handwork really do pay off!!
    Danika
    Danika "Feeling so much healthier and loving exercise now, I started clean eating thanks to Sophie Guidolin!"
    Joanne
    Joanne Check out this progress in only 12 WEEKS!!!
  • Annon
    Annon Following the protocols of Sophie Guidolin's Meal Plans & Training programs have seen the AMAZING results below!
    Katie
    Katie Incredible results 7 kilos down in 8 weeks!
    Reney
    Reney "Incredible transformation from following Sophie's guidelines!"
    Stacee
    Stacee still a fair way to go but 2 years of clean eating & exercise :) never felt better :)

*These are testimonials from satisfied clients. Results can not be guaranteed and results may vary from person to person.

Have a question?
Check out my FAQs