A liker on my ThermoFun facebook page was wanting to hear from those who are on a tight budget and if owning a Thermomix saved people money.
I decided to collate the responses to share, as all too often I hear people say “I don’t know if I could justify spending $2000 on a kitchen machine”.
Not really, but I do notice we usually have left overs from Thermomix meals, so lunches are much nicer. It's the time saving that makes such a big difference for me.
I personally have found that it was not cheaper as I was making all these recipes I saw so forever at the shops buying ingredients. I do find that the health benefits outweigh it though as you are preservative free cooking and can control salt, sugar and oil levels of meals.
We have gone from $400 per week to $120!
The first shop was expensive to buy all the new things but now my costs are cut ridiculously! I shop for four of us, all meals and snacks for $100-120 a week including nappies, wipes and formula! Before I was spending up to and over $200. Another bonus is you eat so much more fresh foods and so much less processed things meaning your family is healthier and you can't put a price on that!!
For me it is the little things - not buying grated cheeses - so much easier in a block! Making dips, baby food, cakes, pizza dough etc. being able to whip something up quickly out of very little in the pantry.
My shopping habits haven’t changed much as I have always cooked mostly from scratch but for our family of 2 adults and 2 children under 4, we spend on average about $100 per week total on groceries. Sometimes I don't need to do a big shop at all just milk and fruit/Veg. My biggest saving has been on butter. I get 2L cream for $7 and get around 1.3kg butter from that plus buttermilk - I love that saving!
It has saved us heaps. We go to the market and buy heaps of fresh fruit and veg and I make a heap of stuff with whatever I can buy for a bargain.
The first few shops it seems more expensive but once you stock your cupboards with whole foods and ingredients you see how cheaper it is.
Before I got a thermi I had a $200 p/week for food, petrol and activities. I struggled with this amount. Now after about 6 months of getting my pantry, baking gear and herb garden sorted, I get to the end of the week with at least $30-50 left in my wallet!
Once you have a basic thermie pantry and some budget chicken pieces in the freezer, you can whip up amazingly inexpensive delicious meals.
Pizza dough and 1 litre of yoghurt for $2!
I'm not on a budget but you will definitely save money, if you are making meals for the whole family, you & kids it's so worth it. You will be surprised how many awesome meals you can make that are easy and tasty.
The biggest savings are maybe not the money but the opportunity for healthier eating all round. Even taking into consideration the "sometimes" food, it's still cheaper and healthier to make your own cakes and biscuits etc.
It hasn't been a big money saver for me because I've always been a "from scratch" kind of cook. It's saved me tons of time though.
I got my thermomix on interest free which works out to be $40 a week. I save at least that on groceries and I still don’t think I am using it to its full potential.
$300 down to $150-$200!
We're on a tight budget and yes the first couple of shops can be a little higher whilst you stock up on your bulk basics and learn how to convert your shopping habits but after that I noticed a dramatic drop in the cost of feeding a family of 5. I've gone from shopping once a week and still nipping to the shops to going to the market once a week for fresh veggies and Aldi every other week to grab a few things.
Making my own 2 litres of yoghurt for just the price of the milk alone has paid for my thermo over 5 years! The transformation in our eating is the major thing. Mr Coles and Mr Woolies get almost none of our food money now as everything we eat comes from the fresh food at the green grocer and the local farm butcher and hens.
The yoghurt making alone saves me about $10 a week!
I find that I am wasting a lot less.
I use to spend $600 / fn on groceries, since thermie spending half of that!
We were upwards of $200 before a week now between about $130 - $180 ish. mostly fresh fruit, veggies, and meat etc no more processed food. But definitely big on time saving and allowing us to eat healthier.
TM enables an easy to stick to predictable budget. If you have last minute guests double the veg and steam in varoma.
We eat take-away maybe once a month if that now, we used to have it once a week before Thermomix. Can't go wrong with an easy 20 min one "pot" meal!!
I have found our shopping has gotten smaller. Less crappy foods, more whole foods. I bought pasta sauce the other day in a bottle (we were in a rush for time) and it was gross. Much better to make your own, heaps tastier! Making cheesy vegemite scrolls costs maybe $1 for about 6/7, where to buy them it's about $3 each! I'm loving that everything is a lot cheaper, but like everyone said, it does cost a bit to stock up initially, but I was on a tight budget so just got a few things each week.
I have noticed savings in time more than anything, time I don't have to go down specific isles in the supermarket so that saves me money but avoiding the sauces and condiment aisle have saved us heaps. We aren't throwing so much away, meaning I shop less and I am doing more with what I have than ever before.
I don't buy half as many tin goods as I used too.
I think it depends on what you are cooking. I must admit, I spend more but only because I love experimenting, baking, trying paleo foods and going more organic. But for meals and breads, definitely saves me money.
Baby and toddler food has saved me a fortune and happy no additives to little miss approx $50-$60 a week saved. Make our own spreadable butter, approx $6 a week saved. Own soups frozen in portions, saves $2-3 per tin. Grated cheese, dips, coleslaw saves me heaps etc. Shopping down from $350 to $180 a week!
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