A MUM-OF-NINE has revealed how she manages to feed her family for £1.90 a person a day.
The stay-at-home mom, who lives in rural Canberra, New South Wales, Australia, shared how she’s kept a tight budget of just £630 a month to feed her entire family of 11, spending just £10.41. for dinner.
Claire Louise Hooker, 35, is a home writing and blogging teacher, and her husband Mark, 39, a civil service worker, are forced to travel more than 29 miles each time they shop, due to a lack of stores. in the rural town where her family lives.
“Budgets can go up and down when you factor in birthdays, as they run from October to May, but for food we always try and try to stay at £630 a,” says Claire. month.
“We have to bulk buy a lot of items like bread, and raw meat including chicken and beef, as we tend to go shopping every two weeks, so everything is stored for two weeks. my fridge freezer and two pantries.
“Roast dinners and slow cooker meals always go a long way and are some of the cheapest budget meals to make.
“We could buy two large chickens for £3.13 each, then all the other vegetables and condiments totaling £10.41 for Sunday Dinner for 11 people.
“Sometimes we even have leftovers.”
The couple, originally from Kent, UK, are the proud parents of 13-year-old Georgina; Charlotte, 12 years old; Frachesca, ten; Abigail, nine years old; twins Catherine and Elizabeth, eight years old; Rose, seven; Martina, five, and Michael, three.
Mealtime is quick and easy in the Hooker family, with everyone preparing, cooking and preparing the dishes, mealtimes usually take less than an hour to prepare.
She said: “Cross cereal breakfasts like Weetabix which we can get a couple of boxes a month for £5.30, or they’ll have a fruit salad.
“We get plenty of fruit from oranges, pears, bananas and mangoes, or whatever is in season that month, for around £21 a fortnight.
“Sometimes they’ll have toast for about 70p a loaf, we get about 28 a fortnight, or even pancakes.
“We actually have our own chickens, so if they want eggs for breakfast, they get it for free.
“Lunch is usually something quick like cheese or a ham sandwich and some fruit, costs around £5.30 per person, we all eat together and discuss the school day .
“Dinner usually consists of slow cooker meals, or we will have large family meals like lasagne for £4.50, or Bolognese pasta around £2.60 for a large pack of minced meat. and a pack of pasta dry for 30 minutes.
“I’ve found the best slow cooker meals to cook include pastas and curries, as well as meaty dishes like stews.
She added: “Sometimes we’ll make tacos on Tuesdays to mix things up a bit.
“Or we’ll go out to eat out every month for around £80 for all of us, but we don’t tend to put that in the budget.”
Claire finds some of the best bargains by searching for discounted food items that can be frozen, as well as shopping at the budget supermarket Aldi.
Not only is Claire frugal with her shopping habits, but she’s also sticking to a tight holiday budget, and planning outings as cheaply as possible.
“We try to go to the beach as much as we can, it’s a fun day out for all of us and it’s free,” she said.
“The town we live in has a lot of play areas for the kids, and during the summer we have set up a castle or a water slide for them to have fun.
“We spend an extra £550 for Christmas, and budget £30 for each child’s birthday, unless it’s an important birthday when they’re given a little more. ‘
CLAIRE FOOD & BUDGET STORE
2x 2kg family-sized lasagna: £10
500G Pack of Minced Meat/Pork/Chicken/Beef: £3 per pack, take two per meal for dinner as curry.
Picnic meals such as pancakes in the park: £16 (Not included in the monthly food budget)
Monthly restaurant meals: £80 (Not included in the monthly food budget)
Ham or cheese and fruit sandwich for lunch: £5
Two large chickens: £6 – served with frozen veggies and gravy on Sundays
Two packs of frozen pies: £2
14 bags of frozen mixed vegetables: £15
10 bags of frozen chips: 11 pounds
10 frozen broccoli and cauliflower: £6
2 bags of frozen fish flakes: £7
28 loaves of bread: £19
Fresh fruits include oranges, pears, bananas, apples and mangoes. Regardless of season and special: £30
Six packs of milk powder: £23
Drinks including coffee, tea and juice: £15
Snacks and snacks: £15
Cleaning products we make our own with vinegar and bleach as disinfectants: £3
Fast food like beans and pasta: £7
Curry powder and seasoning for sauces: £5
4kg cheese: £16
Cream of milk for sauce: £6
Noodles Twice a week: Cost only 79p a pack.
Cereals and breakfast items: £5
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