I’m a mum and wanted to save some money on my food bill – I spent just £50 and fed my family of four for ELEVEN days

A mum is thrilled with Asda’s new ‘Just Essentials’ range, revealing she only spent £50 to feed her family of four for 11 days.

Kayleigh McKendry, 28, Airdrie, Scotland, recently visited the supermarket chain to try out the new range in hopes of cutting her weekly shopping bill.

Kayleigh fed her family, including 6-year-old Amellia and 18-month-old Aria, on a tight budget

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Kayleigh fed her family, including 6-year-old Amellia and 18-month-old Aria, on a tight budgetCredit: Catering
She used Asda's 'Just essentials' range to stock her fridge and cupboards for 11 days.

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She used Asda’s ‘Just essentials’ range to stock her fridge and cupboards for 11 days.Credit: Catering

The makeup artist and mom to Amellia, 6, and Aria, 18 months, managed to feed her family for up to 11 days on a variety of meals that included sausage stew and creamy chicken with bacon.

In total, the meal cost Kayleigh just £51, which has saved her £30 on her weekly groceries and she says the quality is “exactly the same”.

She said: “I bought a wide variety of food from Asda’s ‘Just Essentials’ range and in total the whole store cost me £51, including lunches and snacks too.

“Meals I’ve made so far include sausage casserole, honey mustard glazed pork, pizza and garlic bread, as well as soups like lentil potato and broccoli soup.

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“I calculated that all these meals cost less than five pounds for a family of four, so using the range of essentials, it cost me £16.20 and has fed my two children, my husband and myself for less than £ 20 this week, which is unbelievable!

“The meals are really simple and easy to prepare. I am very happy with the quality of the food in the ‘Just Essential’s’ range, but I have received some very negative comments about the quality on social media.

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“As someone who’s tried it, I can confirm that they taste exactly the same. Most people just comment how happy they are that I shared these meals so they can recreate them.”

Kayleigh and her husband Mark, 28, are constantly looking for ways to cut their grocery bill, including meal prepping and buying in bulk, as well as making sure they get pantry staples that can be used in a variety of ways. different dishes.

He added: “I try to make sure I get items like pasta and potatoes that can be used in many meals and are always under a pound to buy.

“Focusing on saving on those items means I can spend more on meat. I also cook meals every week, so when I go shopping, I only buy the things I really need for those meals.”

Kayleigh’s top tips for saving money

  • Testing the most basic ranges as the quality is still good.
  • Meal prep and only buy what you need for those meals
  • Avoid buying snacks and fruit bags. Buy what you need and create your own
  • Buy ingredients like potatoes and pasta that are cheap and can be used in many meals.
  • Bulk purchase of meat such as ground beef that can be used in a variety of ways

“For example, I buy a 750g package of ground beef that can be used for chili or spag bol, but I always have leftover ground beef and potatoes for my children’s lunches.

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“Also, for snacks, bags of fruit at Aldi for kids are 33p and about two for £1 at Asda, so instead of buying either, I buy a large watermelon and slice it up, so kids can eat it.” children have fruit snacks for days and for little money. .

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“Normally I would do my shopping at Aldi, but even my grocery bill went up there with inflation, so I decided to try this range out to check out a Facebook group I’m a part of.”

The smart mum saved £30 at her shop and said the food was

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Smart mum saved £30 at her shop and said the food was ‘the same’Credit: Catering
Kayleigh fed her family of four for 11 days on just £51

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Kayleigh fed her family of four for 11 days on just £51Credit: Catering