Frugal Food


I know that food prices are constantly rising and there is a lot of angst about the price of fruit and vegetables.  We recently discovered a fruit barn not too far from us and we are very happy with the prices and quality.

I went and bought some fruit and vegetables this afternoon.  Here is what I selected.

1kg carrots
7 nectarines
6 potatoes
5 bananas
1 head of broccoli
1 knob of Australian garlic
6 apples
1 lebanese cucumber

This cost me $11.40.  I would like to know if anyone could honestly construe that as expensive.

On the way home I stopped to fill the car with fuel.  While I was waiting in the queue to pay I noticed the sign above the ice-cream freezer cabinet.  “Magnum Temptation $4.00”  My bag of fruit and vegetables was cheaper than 3 of these fancy ice-creams!  I know which I would rather have.

How do you manage your food budget?

6 thoughts on “Frugal Food

    • Sounds like you have it all sorted. I wish I could grow more but full-time work and the dreadful weather are precluding that at the moment.

  1. Your post today came to mind when I was putting my lunch together this afternoon. I made a sald but suddenly didn’t have any dressing. I almost ran out to the canteen at work but buying something didn’t seem like such a sensible idea anymore. I used the leftover sauce from the homemade lo mein that I had for my main dish. Instant asian salad dressing! Using every little bit helps us keep our food bills low.

    • Using every bit is certainly the way to go. I am trying to minimise the number of different sauces, dressings etc by using them for multiple purposes. Your idea is perfect – I will remember that, thank you.

  2. It is wonderful that you have an outlet like that to go to. We have a local market every Saturday where i can buy pumpkins for 1 to 2 dollars depending on the size. I ran out and need more for a recipe mid week, paid 2.00 for a quarter of a pumpkin, and i know it didn’t come from the farmer next door either!

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