‘It’s easy!’ says the mother who feeds her family of five for £50 per week.

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‘It’s easy!’ says the mother who feeds her family of five for £50 per week.

AS FOOD PRICES INCREASE, NOW IS THE TIME TO BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR SHOPPING, and one mother has shared her weekly shopping routine.

Gemma Brooks, 32, from Hertfordshire, has three children aged nine, five, and two, and despite feeding a family of five, she has managed to save money on a weekly grocery shop.

Gemma claims she spends £50 per week feeding her family.

“I don’t spend more than £50 a week on all of our shopping needs,” she revealed, adding that planning meals ahead of time makes it “easy.”

Gemma claims that shopping at Tesco is “cheaper” than shopping at other supermarkets.

“I like to keep ‘quick fix’ meals in the freezer at the Food Warehouse,” she added.

“They sell staples like cooked meats, chips, and fruit for £1 and under, for example.”

Gemma buys meat in bulk if she has any leftover money from her weekly budget.

Gemma “doesn’t rely on sticker deals,” unlike some shrewd shoppers.

“Because you never know when or what will be available,” she explained, “I base my budget on what the prices are in the shop.”

“I can swap it in if I find something cheaper.”

“I will also try to set aside one morning a week to cookbake everything to be placed into the freezer ready for a quick, hassle-free meal another time,” Gemma said about what she does if she has items in her fridge that are approaching their use-by dates.

“Almost anything can be frozen if done correctly, and I despise waste, so it helps me reduce food waste while also staying within my budget,” she explained.

“I focused on food prep the other morning and made a banana and cinnamon loaf, fruit and nut breakfast bars, and pancakes.

“They’re all going into the freezer for when I don’t have time to make something other than cereal or toast for breakfast.”

“It’s also a good way to use up the leftover bananas and milk I had before going grocery shopping the next day,” Gemma added.

Gemma and her family eat the following dinners on a typical week:

Risotto for Saturday

Sausages, roast potatoes, and vegetables for Sunday dinner.

Monday: Cheese and onion pie with mashed potatoes and beans

Tuesday’s menu includes gammon, potatoes, and other vegetables.

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