Sydney mum-of-seven wows with budget grocery haul to make dinners and school lunches for a fortnight

Mom-of-seven impresses hundreds by spending less than $250 on two-week dinners and school lunches for her large family: ‘You’re my idol’

  • Sydney, a mother of seven, buys $246 worth of groceries
  • She shared her two week dinner plan

A money-conscious mom has amazed hundreds of people after sharing how she spent less than $250 on her bi-weekly grocery shopping for her family of nine.

The mother-of-seven’s $246 groceries from Aldi and Woolworths are good for 12 dinners and a “bunch of school snacks.”

She said she is doing her best to provide her family with “healthy” meals that will keep everyone’s “belly fuller longer” amid the ever-increasing cost of living.

The Sydney shopper shared her two-week meal plan that includes dinners like “super green” spaghetti, homemade pizzas, crispy drumsticks and sausage rolls.

While a year ago she said the items would have cost only $175, many parents were impressed by her budgeting efforts and said they would spend the same amount on food that would only last their smaller families for a week.

A Sydney mother has shared how she bought two weeks’ worth of dinners and school lunches for her family of nine for less than $300 from Aldi and Woolworths for less than $300

“So we are a family of nine, two adults, two teenage girls (19 and 13) four boys (11, nine, six and four) and an almost four month old who will start mash next week,” she explained. in a after to the Mums on a Budget Facebook group.

The mom spent $264 at Aldi and bought a few items from the Macro band, as well as Devondale Milk and a cake mix pack from Woolworths.

“Just a year ago it would have been about $175. This is good for 12 dinners and a lot of school snacks,” she said.

‘Normally I also buy about three to four packs of winter vegetables at Aldi, but they are sold out. I also normally go to Hunter and Gather to buy all our fresh fruits and vegetables. We buy milk when needed.’

The frugal mom added that money is “obviously tight” as she is currently on maternity leave.

“We try to stick to foods that are healthy and keep our bellies full longer. If I can hide vegetables in it, that’s a bonus,” she said.

Mom of seven’s two-week dinner plan with $246 worth of groceries

Week one

Monday: Super green spaghetti

Tuesday: Fish fingers – children, Basa – adults

Wednesday: Roasted drumsticks with vegetables

Thursday: Vegetarian spaghetti with pork

Friday: Homemade pizza night

Saturday: Sausage rolls with hidden vegetables

Sunday: Stuffed Sausages

Week two

Monday: Super green spaghetti with pork

Tuesday: Chicken wraps with linseed

Wednesday: Crispy drumsticks with vegetables

Thursday: Vegetarian spaghetti

Friday: Homemade pizza night

Saturday: Stuffed Sausages

Sunday: Irish stew

The impressive shop makes the mom a two-week dinner, including roasted veggie drumsticks, hidden veggie sausage rolls, stuffed sausages, flaxseed chicken wraps, and Irish stew.

She will also make “super green spaghetti” for two diners that are packed with hidden veggies.

The mom said she got the vegan recipe from a food blogger Plant you and it’s a hit with the family.

She also shared her school lunch ideas and said she normally wraps her kids in a hummus, cheese and ham wrap.

On Sundays, mom makes a batch of “filling” snacks, including sweet potato brownies, oat brownies, applesauce muffins, homemade gummies, vegemite and cheese rolls, and lemon and almond flour cake.

“One (child) gets a bag of cucumber and carrot, two with strawberries, blueberries and a sliced ​​pear in between, another takes a banana,” she said.

“Sometimes I buy the popcorn and make them a batch every week. I just made them little fruit jellies for school to test.”

Dozens of group members applauded the mom’s “amazing” money-saving efforts, with one calling her “the literal budget queen.”

“$246 is still a great price for so many people — you should be proud,” said one woman, and a second added, “And for two weeks!” We are only a family of five and we are well over that for a week!!!’.

‘Wow. I spend more than that for my family of five (plus two dogs and two guinea pigs) for a week and you feed a family of nine for that price for two weeks?…You’re my idol,’ agreed another.

“That’s a well-planned store. Good on you for making it work for so many people for that price,” a fourth wrote.

RECIPE: Super Green Spaghetti


  • 53g whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 cups kale, destemmed
  • 150 g frozen spinach, slightly thawed, or 4 cups fresh
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight or cooked for 10 minutes
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 cup pasta water


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the kale, spinach and garlic. Blanch for about 4 minutes until bright green.
  2. Use a slotted spoon or colander to transfer the greens and garlic to a blender jar. Add spaghetti to remaining pot of boiling water and cook according to package directions, reserving 1 1/2 cups pasta water.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients including the salt, lemon juice, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast flakes and the reserved pasta water to the blender. Combine until a smooth sauce forms.
  4. Pour the sauce into a saucepan with the cooked pasta and more pasta water to thin if needed. Cover the spaghetti and serve, with more crushed sunflower seeds, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper as desired.

Source: Plant you