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Five ways to keep your body and bank account healthy once JobKeeper ends!

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Five ways to keep your body and bank account healthy once JobKeeper ends!

As we start to head back to our pre COVID lives of standing in pubs and dancing in clubs, there's certainly lots to be excited about. But for many young Aussies living on JobKeeper, it's a time of uncertainty and change.

On Sunday 28 March the JobKeeper payment is set to end, which may see some lose out on hours and even employment. So to help you get through this (dare we say unprecedented) time, we've got some tips to keep you and your bank account healthy.

Shop on a budget

While your bank account may be a bit tight right now, it doesn’t mean you have to go without! We have a range of recipes that won’t break the bank, and are sure to hit the spot.

Take a look at our breakfast, lunch and dinner options that are all under $3 per serve.

You can also check out our food budget challenge, which includes 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners for an average of $55 a week over two weeks.

Skip the takeaway and 'fakeaway' your meal instead

Do you have a bad habit of buying out a lot? Well… 46% of full time students do too, so you’re not alone!

We’ve already proved that takeaway isn’t always the fastest option, so if you’re feeling in the mood for some, why not make yourself a ‘fakeaway’ meal instead.

We post a Friday Fakeaway meal each week on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages so keep an eye out there for some inspiration.

Minimise food waste

Every year, each Australian wastes around 300kg of food - that’s the same as six adult Kangaroos, and in total is enough to fill 13,000 Olympic sized swimming pools!

Food waste usually happens when we buy too much, cook too much or don’t store our food correctly.

By making a few simple changes at home, you can cut down on your food waste, eat well and save money. For inspiration, take a look at our blog post on minimising food waste!

Use your leftovers

And on that note, to get the most out of your weekly shop make sure you use your leftovers!

Take a look at our blog post for some fun ideas for using up all those odds and ends.

Stick to affordable alternatives

Did you know fresh, frozen or canned fruit and veg can all be healthy choices?

If your budget doesn’t give you much room for a heap of fresh fruit and veg, why not look at the canned or frozen alternatives that are available at your local supermarket?

Check out our blog post for tips on how to choose the healthiest options.

Helpful resources

  • If you're a Uni student, chat to your Student Union about ways they can help you through this time.
  • To find out how JobKeeper will impact you, take a look at the ATO's website.
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