Food is the biggest expense after accommodation. Everyone has to eat.
And while you could fill libraries with the books and articles written on mortgages and home ownership, tucker seems to be a taboo topic to tackle. So what can families do to keep the kids from literally eating them out of house and home?
It's a question that dairy farmer Lyn Webster was forced to confront six years ago. Teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, she began a lifestyle overhaul that included slashing her food expenses to the bare minimum. Now firmly back on her feet, she published her experiences and advice in Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce earlier in the year.
With her help, we've put together a 10-part list for keeping the family budget from being chewed up by grocery bills.
To see all her tips, scroll through the gallery above.
Written by Richard Meadows. First appeared on Stuff.co.nz.