How to save money on groceries for a large family: Mom of 10 stores at Aldi only

A busy mum-of-10 has revealed she is spending an average of just $320 a week to feed her family of 12 despite the rising cost of living.

To combat the rising cost of living, Sydney’s mother Elisabeth told FEMAIL that she only shops at Aldi fortnightly for groceries – and mass transport usually includes food , school snacks, fruits, vegetables, cleaning products and diapers.

“We try to get enough meat to last us a fortnight and freeze it and take it as we go. We don’t cook in bulk, but try to cook simple, hearty meals that will fill a lot of children,” the 42-year-old said.

Elisabeth said if she had to shop elsewhere, like Coles or Woolworths, she would easily spend $500 or more each week.

Sydney mum-of-ten Elizabeth (pictured, right with three children) only shops at Aldi to save money and spends an average of $320 a week on groceries

Regular items on the shopping list include up to 30 L of milk, several loaves of bread, rice, pasta, ground meat, sausages, fruits, vegetables, school snacks, cereals and yogurts

Regular items on the shopping list include up to 30 L of milk, several loaves of bread, rice, pasta, ground meat, sausages, fruits, vegetables, school snacks, cereals and yogurts

Elisabeth and her husband, who works in IT, together have ten children aged 2 to 17.

The couple always knew they wanted a big family as they both grew up in large households.

The usual items on the grocery list are ground meat, chicken, sometimes lamb, hamburgers, sausages, hot dogs, including fruits and vegetables, lots of grains, tomato paste, broth for sauces, cheese, salami, ham, spreads, cheese kranskys, yoghurts, pasta and rice.

Elisabeth avoids buying in bulk to keep food fresh.

“We drink about 27-30 liters of milk a week, lots of bread which we freeze and take as needed,” Elisabeth said.

“Some of our favorite foods are spaghetti, chicken pasta, tuna broccoli, tacos, nachos, burgers, and beef stroganoff.”

Sometimes, after the fortnightly shopping, Elisabeth may need to come back a second time to buy other essentials which may cost an extra $170.

Popular family dishes include pizza, spaghetti, chicken pasta, tuna broccoli, tacos, nachos, burgers, and beef stroganoff.  Elisabeth described dinner time as 'busy and noisy' with lots of things at the table every night

Popular family dishes include pizza, spaghetti, chicken pasta, tuna broccoli, tacos, nachos, burgers, and beef stroganoff. Elisabeth described dinner time as ‘busy and noisy’ with lots of things at the table every night

Elisabeth described dinnertime as “busy and noisy” with lots of things at the table every night.

Plates and bowls are placed in the middle of the table and then the food is served and distributed.

“There are also a lot of passages on the table – like salt, pepper, tomato sauce and water – whoever sits in the middle gets stuck with that job,” she said.

“We always have mealtime together around the table without television or other distractions.”

Elisabeth and her husband together have ten children aged 2 to 17

Elisabeth and her husband together have ten children aged 2 to 17

Due to inflation, the cost of food has risen dramatically, as have gas, rent and mortgage rates, but Elisabeth said she wasn't worried.

Due to inflation, the cost of food has risen dramatically, as have gas, rent and mortgage rates, but Elisabeth said she wasn’t worried.

Due to inflation, the cost of food has risen dramatically, as have gas, rents and mortgage rates, but Elisabeth said she wasn’t worried.

“I’m not worried as such, but we definitely notice it. We don’t own a home at the moment and with the cost of living so high, it doesn’t look like it will be within our reach for the foreseeable future,” she said.

When asked how others could save more on groceries, Elisabeth said to avoid ready meals and shop at Aldi.

“Buy enough to last your budget period so you don’t keep making short trips to stores. We find that it costs a lot more,” she said.

“Try cooking meals from scratch rather than buying ready-made meals – we find it usually works out cheaper.”

What causes inflation in 2022?

Inflation is on the rise around the world, with food and energy prices hitting record highs.

Factors contributing to inflation in 2022:

Demand and supply issues

Consequences of the war

Oil and gasoline prices

Source: World Economic Forum

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