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If you want to save money, read these quick tips on doing so by stretching out meat meals. Groceries are rising and the cost of getting a nice steak or roast on the table is becoming pricey for many consumers. You can stretch out meals in a healthy way rather than adding bulk carbohydrates that don’t add any nutritional value to your diet. By making a few simple changes to the way you shop for groceries, you can actually achieve the win-win of feeding your family on the cheap while eating a healthy and balanced diet.

Here are a few ways to save money buying meat by stretching out meals

Save money by reducing your meat intake

Meat is one of the most expensive grocery items. If you cut meat out of your diet once or twice a week you can drastically reduce your grocery budget while enjoying more vegetables. Cutting back on meat makes you eat more vegetables to bulk up a meal. So in terms of eating healthy and cheap meals, choosing vegetarian options is a real win-win. Vegetarian meals are very tasty and you will start to love them and get used to them. If you are like me you will even look forward to them!

Save money each week by stretching out meat portions across more meals

Another great weight-loss and money win-win is to distribute meat in a meal more thinly. For example, instead of cooking up a big Spaghetti Bolognese that you might use across two nights, you can spread that meat sauce across four nights by using it on a pizza or in a pita wrap or subs melted with cheese. You could have the meat sauce on nachos.
You can also cut other cuts of meat up finely. For example, you can slice one steak up thinly and use it in two beef salads. This is also great for weight-loss and feeling lighter and more refreshed in the morning. The body only has to digest half a steak overnight rather than a whole one.

Stretch out meat with lentils, cooked rice, barley, uncooked oats, bran cereal or breadcrumbs

These ingredients are another great way to bulk up a meat sauce (or any other type of mince meat) without anyone noticing. Mix one of the above ingredients well with the raw meat and then cook it up as normal. The key to others not finding out your secret is to mix it well! Try to achieve no lumps, bumps or evidence of anything other than mince in that mix.
I have been putting lentils in Spaghetti Bolognese for the past six months and no-one in my family has ever noticed! This means you can purchase a 500g packet of mince instead of a 1kg packet and achieve the same result but spending only half the money! Lentils are also packed with nutrients and so you know the family are getting goodness out of the meal.

If you are looking for other great ways to bulk up meals or hide ingredients in food be sure to check out 50 Sneaky Ways to Hide Fruit and Veggies in Food.
Got great tips for hiding veggies in food? Share them here…

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Roast chicken is a great way to save. Picture this: It is 5.30pm, and if you are not using a menu planning system to organise dinner, you are probably fighting for a park at the supermarket. Perhaps you are on your way to ponder life in front of a convenient and warm roast chicken stand? Meanwhile, two-year-old Missy, who just lost her dummy under the banana stand, is randomly pulling packets of crackers off the shelves. And, Master seven-year-old is hanging off the end of the trolley pleading for a pre-dinner lollipop.
If you do grab the chicken while at the supermarket, I’ve got some great ideas to help you do something great with your purchase. Read on to discover quick tips for dealing with your warm chook.

Roast chicken: What should you do with the bird?

What should you do with this highly convenient bird now that you have it happily in your grasp? Surely, the family will notice if you deliver it to the dinner table again with peas, gravy and mash?
I prefer not to be plagued with these dinner dilemmas after a tiring day. I just want to make it home to the loving arms of a couch.

Here are my top five cheap, quick and wicked ways with a roast chicken

These will get you out of the supermarket and back on the couch before you can say ‘Glass of wine anyone? ”

  • Butter chicken curry: Add shredded chicken to a jar of butter chicken curry. Serve on rice.
  • Chicken pitas: Create a delicious warm chicken wrap using salad ingredients from the fridge and your favourite sauce or dressing.
  • Pizzas: Grab a packet of pita bread, add shredded chicken and your favourite toppings. Add BBQ sauce as a base.
  • Chicken stir-fry: Fry some veggies, add soy sauce, shredded chicken and serve on Hokkien noodles.
  • Creamy chicken crepes: Add chicken and veggies to a thick chicken soup. Serve in homemade crepes. Pour a little extra soup over the top of the crepes and add some grated cheese.

Done! Dinner is sorted!

If you want more ways to save by cooking recipes using a supermarket roast chicken be sure to check out FREEZER MEALS. which includes two cooked chooks in its planner. Save up to $400 each month on groceries.
Got great ideas for using up your bird? Leave them in comments below.

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If you love cooking in bulk, discover some great food shopping tips for cooking in bulk this weekend. Saving money on groceries and saving valuable time is easy if you plan ahead, purchase groceries in bulk and batch cook.

Bulk food shopping tips for this weekend

Meat & poultry

Buy meat in bulk and find wholesale suppliers in your area. Money saving meat purchases include budget mince, sausages and stewing meats. Purchase chicken fresh or frozen and try to get your chook for under $5.00. It is cheaper to buy a chicken, roast it and shred it for meals than it is to cook up fillets. Roast chicken is also delicious in a pasta or a soup! If you have to buy fillets buy them in a big pack at a wholesale poulterer.


Buy onions, potatoes, garlic, ginger and fresh herbs (for freezing) in bulk.

Kitchen Gear

Buy a big community size cling wrap and aluminum foil that will last you months! It is much cheaper to
buy products like this in bulk. I sit my cling wrap at the top end of a large bread board so it is easy to access when making the kids’ lunches.

Grocery Items

Items on your grocery list should include oils, oil sprays, sauces such as tomato sauce and soy sauce.

Herbs & Spices

Fill your spice rack and keep it well stocked with all the spices you require for the coming season and year. Also include beef, chicken and vegetable stock powder.

Milk & Bread

Buy long life milk and bread for the freezer. This will reduce unnecessary trips to the shops where you will likely spend $30 or more on items you were not planning to buy.

Canned Goods

Stock up on diced tomatoes, soups, chick peas, lentils and the like.

Freezer Items

Stock up on pastry, frozen peas, mixed vegetables, frozen corn and spinach.


Stock up on rice and pasta. If you keep your pantry well stocked you can save much time avoiding extra trips to the supermarket for groceries and more time in the kitchen cooking up beautiful bulk cooked meals for the family!
Hope you liked my bulk food shopping tips! Good luck with your next cooking adventure!

Can’t be bothered working it all out?

If you want a great resource for cooking in bulk and stocking your pantry check out Table Tucker or FREEZER MEALS cookbook. Table Tucker delivers annual, seasonal and monthly pantries for 52 weeks of budget dinners for the entire year! You will never have to write a pantry list ever again. Freezer Meals is a savvy bulk cooking system, which will save you up to $400 on your monthly grocery spend.

Got some great food shopping tips to share? Add them to comments below!

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Buy in bulk

by Penina

Buy Groceries In Bulk

Your time (which is money) and the petrol savings are what really make bulk buying worth it.

When you buy in bulk every month and season, Table Tucker reminds you to buy other non-food needs that might run out when you prefer they wouldn’t. 

Buying these items in bulk avoids extra trips to the shops where chocolate biscuits, bags of chips and other rash buys are there to tempt you. 

The list includes such items as toilet paper, laundry powder, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, razors and soap for example. 

While bulk-buy savings are great, your time (which is money) and the petrol savings are what really make bulk buying worth it. Petrol costs from all those extra trips amount to a large sum over the course of a year. See our Money Crunch pages in TT’s seasonal apps. 

There is nothing worse than having to go and buy toilet paper in the middle of watching your favourite show, is there? Or running out of toothpaste before an important morning meeting, causing you to spend more money on fresh mints on your way to work! The spending can just go on and on. 

Shop monthly at stores that specialise in bulk-buy items. 

Because the ingredients in Table Tucker are so basic, these bulk-buy stores should stock all that you need.
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Enjoy This Simple Pleasure

Excerpt: Table Tucker Cookbook: And take your time. There’s no rush. It’s Sunday…

Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to enjoy a cook-up. See Cooking & Kitchen Tips for some preparation ideas that save you time during the week. The Sunday cook-up is a great tradition. You’ve had a relaxing weekend and you can enjoy the pure pleasure of cooking. 

Scan the week ahead and suss out all the little jobs you can do ahead of time. 

Listen to some great music while you have your Sunday cook-up. Go on. Put on that apron. Pull out your mixing bowls and your time-worn wooden spoons. Swan about that kitchen of yours basking in the pleasure of cooking that previous generations have always had the time to enjoy.

Dream a little out that kitchen window. 

If you have a child, involve him or her. Give your child a job to do. My toddler loves to get up on a chair and wash the dishes for me. Yeah. Great! Train them young I say! I’m not complaining. He usually ends with dishes in the bath, but that’s fine. 

Have fun. Enjoy a glass of wine. 

Fancy a little Michael Bublé with that wine perhaps?

Most of all, enjoy the sheer pleasure of an afternoon in the kitchen.
An excerpt from Table Tucker coobkook
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