Looking to get savvy with your shopping as the cost-of-living crisis takes hold? One Aussie mum has gone viral after showing off her shopping and cooking hacks.
Popular TikToker Brooke Schrempf-Dixon, or Aussie Mum Cooks, delighted her followers by creating six meals for her family-of-four for under $60.
After completing her shop, the total came to $59.14 but she was using peanut butter and rice that she already had at home - though she said with those included, the bill would still come to just over $63.
With all the groceries done, the content creator shared her meal plan for the week which included:
BBQ chicken sliders
Red Thai curry
“My son is going through a phase at the moment where he only eats rice, so three of those dishes will be rice dishes, but you can substitute them.” Schrempf-Dixon said.
“As soon as I get home I always separate out my fish and my meat and write out my meal plan. We don’t always have [the meals] in that particular order but it’s a really good visual to see what we have for the week.”
The mum-of-two is sharing the recipes for the meals she will create on her TikTok as the week progresses.
Grocery bills soaring
The $10 meal challenge has taken off on TikTok as the cost-of-living crisis has seen Aussie households feeling the pinch.
Over the past couple of years, the percentage of Australians listing the top four expenses as creating financial stress – housing, groceries, petrol and energy – has increased.
However, groceries have experienced the most dramatic surge, according to Finder’s cost of living report.
While only around 20 per cent of households nominated groceries as a cause of financial stress a few years ago, that figure has risen steadily through the years.
By March 2023, it had increased to 43 per cent, nudging ahead of the 42 per cent of Australians who cited housing costs as their most stressful expense.