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Coles shopper makes four meals for under $10: ‘Love this’

The Coles haul cost less than $10 and made enough for four serves.

A composite image of TikToker Kara Ashley holding a Coles bag and the chicken meal she cooked for under $10.

With the rising cost of living, Aussies are looking for savvy ways to save on the weekly grocery shop, and an Aussie has revealed her secret to making her dollar go further.

TikToker Kara Ashley made a delicious creamy tomato chicken pasta to feed four people with her Coles haul for a measly $9.84.

This is what she bought:

  • 1 carrot - $0.34

  • 1 tin crushed tomatoes with basil and oregano - $1.30

  • 400g chicken breast - $4.40

  • 500g bag of Coles homebrand pasta - $1

  • Light thickened cream - $2.80

She was able to make the healthy chicken pasta dish, with just 425 calories per serve, for the grand total.

“You’ll have heaps of pasta left over for another meal too,” Ashley said.

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Users sang her praises in the comments for the savvy shop that delivered the delicious meal.

“I love this meal! I always add spinach, which I know makes it over $10 but still really cheap,” one user said.

“This looks so good! And if you can’t have meat/dairy, you can swap it for tofu and coconut cream (still under $10),” another commented.

“I made this for my meal prep this week and I’m obsessed,” another user said.

Grocery costs soar

The helpful video comes as many Aussies are struggling with grocery bills going through the roof.

Over the past couple of years, the percentage of Australians listing the top four expenses as creating financial stress – housing, groceries, petrol and energy – has increased.

However, groceries have experienced the most dramatic surge, according to Finder’s cost of living report.

While only around 20 per cent of households nominating groceries as a cause of financial stress a few years ago, that figure has risen steadily through the years.

By March 2023, it had increased to 43 per cent, nudging ahead of the 42 per cent of Australians who cited housing costs as their most stressful expense.

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