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Event and Recipe Tips
Eating within our Means
Eating within our Means
Australia is one country that has been able to produce a substantial quantity of local Fruits & Vegetables. We have been blessed with home grown Tomatoes, Bananas, Potatoes, Lettuce, Herbs and more. During recent times we have experienced the cost of living increasing, including our food items. For some this may mean having to cut back on fresh foods or meat for day to day living. For others planning special events such as weddings; planning for a more cost effective method of catering.
Let’s face it, we all need to eat. During my university days I didn’t understand the importance of daily healthy eating and simply shopped to my budget. This may have included things like instant noodles mixed with vegetables, or $2 hot chips if this was all I had. This may simply have been a progressive stage in life; however it is becoming more common for people and families to live this way.
Have you ever had to plan a weeks’ worth of dinners, or catering for 100 guests and not really understood the overall costing involved? Well you certainly aren’t alone! While planning meals at home is completely different than having catering provided for you, it can give you a starting point of realistic pricing.
With a basic meal plan, make a few enquiries with your local shops or catering business. This will give you an idea of the cost to feed a family for one week. If you are looking to cater for a function, enquiring online with catering companies will allow you to see the dramatic cost difference for similar menus, simply due to food and staffing costs.
While many food providers try and be cost effective, the standard and level of service will always vary causing pricing to vary. There is great produce out there that can be provided without blowing your weekly or monthly budget. With planning and understanding your needs you will be able to understand if you are getting value for money, or are simply living outside your means with food costs.
Great food doesn’t always mean big price tags, companies including Sunshine Coast Caterers can provide beautiful food and service without blowing your budget.