How this nutritionist feeds her family for $120 a week

If you’re anything like me, the weekly grocery shop fills you a strange combination of fear, dread and relief.

The (dreaded) weekly shop

Fear kicks in on those shopping trips that I need to bring my two sons with me. Dread occurs if I: a) leave my shopping list at home, b) buy double quantities of stuff I don’t really need and c) forget my shopping bags.

On the worst days, all three things collide at once. #Fun.

And relief? Well, getting through this pesky weekly routine means we will have food in the house and I will feel like I am a little bit ahead of the game again. 


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What’s in Susie’s trolley?

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Each week I am asked lots of questions about shopping, meal prep and the brands I recommend and buy each week. So here is my shopping trolley from today. Each week I get my staples from Aldi & try and spend about $100 then I duck to Wollies or Coles to get my meat/ protein and any extras I need. Today I spent $40 but that was for quite a lot of protein. As you can see my shop is mainly fresh fruit & veges, some snacks for the twins & some baking products. There is also cheese, some cheeky Hot X Buns (we ❤️ the brioche buns from Aldi) & some wholegrain Weetbix which I have been craving today. I def spend extra on the best quality proteins from @tassalsalmon @peppercorn.thegoodfoodco which I have both previously consulted too but I will say this is 100% authentic & I am not getting paid by any of these brands. So feel free to ask me any other questions you have…..#shopping #supermarkets #nutrition #nutritionist #diet #dietitian #mealprep #sundays #planning #dietitiansofinstagram

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When Susie Burrell shared a photo of her weekly shop, I jumped at the chance to peek inside her trolley.

Susie is a nutritionist, business owner and also the mum of three-year-old twin boys, Harry and Gus. In short, she’s just as busy as the rest of us.

She’s also very budget and health conscious and heads to both Aldi and Woolies to grab the bargains and freshest fruit and veggies she can get.

“Each week I am asked lots of questions about shopping, meal prep and the brands I recommend and buy each week,” Susie writes on Instagram alongside a picture of her trolley. “So here is my shopping trolley from today.”

Susie says she splits up her weekly shopping between supermarkets. “I get my staples from Aldi & try and spend about $100 then I duck to Woolies or Coles to get my meat/protein and any extras I need,” she tells followers. 

“Today I spent $40 but that was for quite a lot of protein. As you can see my shop is mainly fresh fruit & veg, some snacks for the twins & some baking products. There is also cheese, some cheeky Hot X Buns (we ❤️ the brioche buns from Aldi) & some wholegrain Weet-bix which I have been craving today.”

As for which brands she prefers, Susie says it’s worth splurging on good quality proteins. 

“I def spend extra on the best quality proteins from @tassalsalmon @peppercorn.thegoodfoodco which I have both previously consulted too but I will say this is 100% authentic & I am not getting paid by any of these brands.”

How Susie plans her family’s food week

As budgets go, $120 a week for a busy family of four (including hungry three-year-old twin boys) is pretty good value.

Susie said she shops Thursday to Thursday and the $120 covers dinners and lunches for everyone in the family.  

“A normal week is buying 3-4 proteins, plenty of fruit and vegetables, dairy snacks for 4-5 days plus some popcorn and cheese for the parents of course!”

“Generally my boys have toast for breakfast, leftovers or a sandwich for lunch and meat and vegetables for dinner. I keep things very simple especially during the week.”

Of course, the only question we are left with is where’s the sneaky chocolate stash for mum? 

But Susie laughs … “You didn’t get to see that bit of the trolley!”

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