One thing you'll find is that we're big on eating thrifty and sustainably. This means cooking with seasonal veggies and choosing the unfashionable (but tasty!) cuts of meat that would otherwise be wasted.
The first shop - when you stock up on staples such as coconut oil, herbs and spices - can be more expensive. We choose our ingredients carefully to make sure you get the biggest nutrient boost for your buck and on average, ingredients for the meal plans cost around AUD$100 per week, per person (although this will vary depending on how well stocked your pantry is already and where you purchase your groceries). You can read some more info about the ingredients you'll be purchasing here.
Similar to the 8-Week Program, we do what we can to keep your groceries affordable. You should spend less than $16 each day per person to make all meals on the Reboot. You might find that you spend slightly less if you already have some of the common staples we use in your pantry.
Tips to keep your groceries affordable
Our meal plans are designed to fit in with your budget but we know that prices can vary depending on fluctuations in supply and their availability in your region. To help keep your groceries thrifty and affordable:
- Let the farmers markets become your best friend! Take advantage of fresh, seasonal produce at a cheaper price than the supermarkets.
- Become acquainted with your supermarket's "ugly" section and nab some bargains. Our recipes are flexible, so veggies can be swapped in and out as you need.
- Fill your freezer. Did you know your freezer is more energy efficient if it’s full (who knew?!) So, once you’ve visited the markets, stock up your freezer. Meat and fruit are best frozen raw, but we suggest par-cooking your veggies before you freeze them. Check out some more info here.
- Join your local bulk food store or food co-op and subscribe to their email list. Some bulk food stores have special days of the month where everything is reduced or discount for members every shop. A bonus is that they often allow you to buy in the quantities that you need, so there's no leftovers.
- Learn how to stock your fridge so your fruit and veggies stay fresh for as long as possible. If something is looking a little sad, swap the order of your meals around and make sure you use it!
- Do what you can to cut down on eating out and takeaway. We're definitely not saying we don't want you to have a social life, but be mindful of how often you're eating out and consider it a treat. The amount spent on a dinner in a restaurant can buy a lot of groceries!
- Connect with other members and 8-Week Program ambassadors in the community forums and share tips about how to keep costs down.
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