A Melbourne mother has shared her tips on how to create meals for just $1 a serve.
The average Australian shopper is spending $149 on groceries each week and wasting more than $1,000 a year on food that ends up in the bin.
But frugal mother Penina Petersen, from Frankston in Melbourne, thinks she has cracked the kitchen code.
Ms Petersen’s first tip is to make sure you are going into the supermarket armed with a plan.
“If you don’t organise, you’re going go to the supermarket and do what most Australians do and that is randomly throw food into trolleys,” she told Seven News.
Ms Petersen has shared her secrets on how to get meals down to $1 a serve for a family-of-four through launching her new ‘Dollar Dinner’ website.
“This is just a step-by-step guide with one grocery list, one shopping trip and one session once a month to cook up to 28 meals,” she said.
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The website includes cookbooks with recipes such as country chicken pie, meatlovers pizza and chilli con carne.
Ms Peterson’s system also eliminates the problem of finding space in your fridge or freezer to keep your bulk-bought items and pre-packaged foods.
Instead she says you are only freezing the most time-demanding elements, which can be used for assembly on the night you eat them.