The $50 Weekly Shop – A Completely Honest Review
This past weekend I was at my local Big W store looking to pick up a copy of this book, which so many people have been raving about. Unfortunately, there wasn’t even ONE COPY available to purchase. So instead a grabbed a copy of this book, The $50 Weekly Shop by Jody Allen. The title sounded really intriguing and I wanted to find out more.
Is It Really Possible To Buy Weekly Groceries For A Family Of Four For Just $50?
Well apparently it is, according to Jody Allen, blogger at The Stay At Home Mum.
This was her story for four years when her family went from living on a double income to two babies in quick succession and only one income. After adding up all their expenses, they only had about $50 left over a week for food.
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Now I don’t know about you, but I think I would just panic! Well, at least initially! Jody Allen, instead found a way to make it work for her and her family!
In The $50 Weekly Shop, Allen shares the tips and recipes she used to save money on their weekly grocery shop while on a tight budget.
I love how the author is insistent and passionate that any person or family, can do similar.
Though she emphasises that the minimum budget amount would vary for your family, depending on the age and number of people in your household. For example; you may have a minimum grocery spend higher than $50 a week because you are feeding 3 growing teenage boys or buying for a family of 6.
Also, the weekly grocery budget as described in The $50 Weekly Shop is only talking about food!
What I liked about The $50 Weekly Shop
I liked that it has such a practical and inspiring message to help people feed their family on a tight budget.
I love a book that positively shouts, “Yes, you can do it!”
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I think that’s because the author, Jody Allen, herself chose to get creative and not give up, at a time when other families might turn to their credit cards.
I also really like how Allen in The $50 Weekly Shop, talks about your minimum grocery spend as a goal.
To be successful in reaching your goal, you don’t get there in one big move. Rather you break it down into manageable steps.
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If you are changing habits like buying takeaway several times a week, you are more likely to be successful, says Allen, by making small changes slowly.
“In the first week my goal was to spend $150 on groceries instead of $200. And to my surprise, it was pretty easy! … so the next week I aimed for $100. To be honest, that was a lot harder, but I was just so determined- there was no way we were going to lose the house!”
– Jody Allen, The $50 Weekly Shop
While each chapter in The $50 Weekly Shop contains lots of helpful tips and ideas for reducing your grocery spend, I would love to have seen an action plan included.
Currently, you read the book and then you need to work out how to apply the ideas to your own situation. I think, including a guide that leads you step by step through that process would have been really helpful. So here’s my summary of it!
The $50 Weekly Shop Plan Is For You If:
- You are living on a tight budget and need to cut back spending somehow.
- You feel your grocery spending has gotten out of control and you want to reduce it.
- You are facing extra bills or debt that needs paying off.
- You want to start or increase your emergency fund or MOJO Account, as Scott Pape, The Barefoot Investor, calls it.
- You just want to have some extra money to put towards a home deposit, a holiday or a car etc.
- AND you are willing to have an open mind to making it work. That means, being willing to try new foods, new ways of cooking and even building new habits.
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Thankfully, I am not in a season of needing to be extremely strict about my family’s grocery spend.
But I do love the idea and the challenge of reducing our weekly shopping a bit more and putting that money into our emergency fund account. I will let you know how that goes.
Interested in getting a copy of The $50 Weekly Shop for yourself?
Well let me introduce you to my favourite online book store, the Book Depository.
They even have the books you want when they are out of stock in your local store.
Yes I went home and bought myself a copy of The Barefoot Investor, online from the Book Depository.
Plus, there’s free shipping!