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$150 Grocery Budget

Budgeting to feed a household of two or three adults? Or a family of three? $150 a week could be your ticket. Check out or recipe ideas and shopping lists. 

$150 food budget shopping list

Budgeting for a household of two or three adults? $150 a week could be your ticket.

A weekly food budget of $150 is just above the average for a two-person household, according to Stats NZ. Meanwhile, it’s a little below the average of $182.40 for a three-person household.

Simply put, $150 is a moderate budget for two people, but a conservative one for three. If you’re two adults and a kid, $150 may be just enough to enjoy a complete basic diet for the week.


How much food can I get for $150 a week?

It’s worth noting the University of Otago’s data suggests two adults should need to spend around $128.25 a week to maintain a complete basic diet. Meanwhile, three adults could require up to $192.37.

Depending on the number of people you’re feeding, you’ll either be able to get a little more than you need, or just enough with a few tips and tricks to make your money go further.

Here are a few tips to make $150 last the week:

Buy a range of meat and non-meat proteins

For $150, you’ll be able to buy a good mix of different proteins. If you’re feeding three people, adding red lentils and/or eggs to your shopping list is a great way to pad out every meal.

Both lentils and eggs are affordable, easy to prepare and full of protein. Eggs have the extra benefit of being a popular option for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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When you’re eating on such a tight grocery budget, your best bet is to plan your meals a week in advance and do plenty of meal prep. 

Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables

When salad veggies are in season, they’re a great option to add to your shopping list. You can often buy a good number of tomatoes and cucumbers, plus a couple bags of mesclun for easy salads throughout the week. Adding a side salad to every meal ensures there’s enough food for up to three adults, and you’re hitting your 5+ A Day.

In the colder seasons, go for broccoli, potatoes and pumpkin. These can all be cooked in a variety of ways to keep things interesting, from roasted to boiled and mashed.

Convenience foods and snacks

Especially if you’re only feeding two people, $150 a week is likely enough to introduce some convenience foods and snacks. This means you can grab one or two packets of biscuits or potato chips, and a bag of frozen potato roasters to make roast night even simpler.


Example $150 budget weekly shopping list

Whether you’re cooking for two or three, our $150 shopping list should provide enough food to get through the week. Print out this shopping list and bring it with you the next time you do your weekly food shop. Or, use it as a guide to build your own list.

*All prices are indicative only, and may vary according to seasonality, sales and demand. Product, price and limits may vary between store.

Download the $150 budget shopping list.

Looking for more ways to save?

Check out our tips on food budgeting or take a look at our other food budget guides.