Cheap Eats

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

Cheap Eats Champ 

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

As if my Spag Bol looks like this!

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

Pretend bacon is an ethnic condiment 

Desperately close to payday treat $12.00

Chicken chipees and a bottle of semi-fancy French bubbles from Aldi

Eating the entire box of Chicken Chipees is what childhood dreams are made of 

On the go unofficial winner for x1 $4.00

Maccas 3 for $3 small cheeseburger meal and add another sneaky cheese for $1

Ultimate Happy Meal 

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? 

Sneaky Cheese

ATTENTION: Sneaky Cheese Enthusiasts

I’m just going to cut to the chase here so there is no further confusion.

If you are excited about the return of the $2 Double Cheeseburger from McDonald’s (…as I was) then I’ve got some important information that you NEED to know.

When ordering your favourite food group, at any of the 900 locations Australia wide, please be very specific with your choice of words. If you say: ‘DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER’, you will be charged $4.65. BUT if you say the word: ‘McDOUBLE’, this will only cost you $2.


Why is there a price difference and as if anyone would pay $2.65 more?

Well, I did and here’s what I learnt.

The key difference between a Double Cheeseburger and a McDouble is that a Double Cheeseburger has 2 slices of cheese, a McDouble has only one.

Any Sneaky Cheese enthusiast will know that the cheese/meat ratio is integral to the quality of the cheeseburger. Regardless of which burger joint you go to, lack of cheese may result in: depression, anger and or mixed feelings about becoming a vegan.

At present McDonald’s is attempting a rebrand, launching a marketing campaign claiming to provide fine dining and being: ‘A little bit fancy’. There is nothing fine or fancy about disproportion of cheese! Especially because it’s not a delicate slice of cheese sourced from France or the wanky section of the supermarket. It’s that shit yellow, highly processed plastic cheese.

SNEAKY tactics to secure sales from ill informed cheeseburger consumers is unacceptable. As a Sneaky Cheese Enthusiast myself, I would hate for anyone else to suffer from this devastating misuse of jargon. The confusion between these ‘DOUBLE’ cheeseburger related products should be taken seriously. The situation has been escalated to a level, which not only endangers the public but also McDonald’s employees.

Personally I apologise to the kid behind the register who was subject to my outrage and witnessed my findings in relation to cheese/meat ratios.

To all Sneaky Cheese Enthusiasts please take note of this information, share accordingly and good luck.


This public service announcement is in no way intended to deter you from indulging in any of McDonald’s (and their affiliates) Sneaky Cheese products.

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