Recently I went on a couples trip with a group of close to mature mates and it was such a relief to learn we have all reached the point in our lives where we value Cheap Eats. No one was interested in spending our no longer disposable incomes on eating out or utilising the most used app for millenials who fall into the cashed up working professionals demographic – Uber Eats. Instead we all enthusiastically marched in to Aldi. We screamed across the aisles, the weekly specials and almost emailed France when we learnt cheese, not sourced from the South melbourne market, is more affordable than avocados.
Also, have you noticed there is the option to order Uber Eats while you’re in an Uber? This essentially allows you to be lazy on 2 occasions. Firstly your preferred mode of transport and secondly your preferred mode of food delivery. I can’t help but think that Uber are taking advantage of us millennials who fall into the cashed up working professionals demographic.
Now, as my friends and I stretch out into the realisation that a mortgage is still unachievable and perhaps I’ve missed the fertility boat and freezing my eggs is not an option, as they are too old to be frozen. Or that justifying whacking more items in my online shopping basket to get ‘FREE SHIPPING’ is the answer to financial security? It’s time I drastically change my lifestyle and spending habits before I end up living 80 kms from the CBD and becoming an Uber driver on the weekends!
Embracing this new hippie lifestyle has encouraged the boyfriend and I to take up a weekly ‘Cheap Eats’ competition. The aim is to make the cheapest dinner for the week, by carefully selecting ingredients from the supermarket or utilising what is already in the fridge.There are no rules about nutrition, how edible the meal is or how you source the produce. Scanning through avocados as tomatoes is not frowned upon and if you find a mouldy item in the back of the pantry claim that it’s penicillin and carry on! If you are the person to beat the record not only do you win the week but are awarded an all expenses paid trip to the 7/11 (*transfers not included).
The boyfriend is currently holding the Cheap Eats Champ title $9.60.
Cooked chook, Coles wholegrain wraps and almost off, on special, coleslaw
Close 2nd with the great Australian classic $10.50
Spag Bol – hope to Christ you have parmesan cheese in the fridge or you’re up for another $3.29
I got lucky with this one everything was on special $11.69
Mexican burger beef patties, charcoal brioche buns (absolutely on special $0.70 for 2) and Avo, tomato and any other ethnic related condiments on hand
Desperately close to payday treat $12.00
Chicken chipees and a bottle of semi-fancy French bubbles from Aldi
On the go unofficial winner for x1 $4.00
Maccas 3 for $3 small cheeseburger meal and add another sneaky cheese for $1
After a month of this new hippie lifestyle and healthy relationship competitiveness I’m still smashing toasted cheese sangas and agreeing only to social activities that require me to recycle an outfit or pretend I enjoy FREE community events.
How do other people reach financial adulting success? High wages, savings, investments, budgets..? And what does the future hold for me… meal prep?