A $3.49 Cheap, Easy and Healthy Meal

This post is not really about listing a range of cheap places to eat out. Rather it is one cheap and easy idea to help reduce the cost and time taken to prepare a meal at home.

I used to believe that eating out would be a cheaper and more convenient option when Hayley and I were older and our kids had moved out. It can take a long time to prepare meals and to make it interesting, you often need a diverse range of ingredients which can get expensive.

In Australia, Numbeo states that an inexpensive meal out costs $17 per person while a mid-range 3 course meal equates to an average price of $80.28.

[Source: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Australia]

To be honest, I could not find a definitive average meal price in my research. We know that eating out will always cost more. So based on this information I would say that IF we could find an easy meal for a third of the $17 price, it should be deemed as an ‘inexpensive’ at home meal. Agreed?

I have sometimes grabbed the odd Weight Watchers or Lean Cuisine Meal when they have been discounted.  At the time of writing those meals averaged between $6.26 to $7.36 ($AUD). I can’t say that the flavour has really rocked my world but they filled the gap and I am a person who is easily pleased.

I will say that I am a proud Aldi shopper and today I was ecstatic to find a 300g meal by Health and Vitality for $3.49. Not bad in the flavour department I must say and for the time poor person it is a 4 minute meal. What’s not to love?

Yes, the vegetables tend to be pea based. The chicken is minimal compared to the carbs. Still, considering all this, it is quite a healthy meal choice and great for people on the go. Let me know what you think or if you have found more cheaper and nutritious options out there?Health and Vitality Meal 1

Posted on July 13, 2015 in Groceries and Eating Out, Smart Money Blogs

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I LOVE budgeting! Why you ask? Having a clearly defined budget enables my family of six to live an empowered life. I work as part time teacher, I’m an investor, novice longboarder, man of faith and run Budget Brilliance with a view towards seeing people’s lives changed financially.

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