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Meet the money-saving mum-of-four feeding her kids for just 76p per head

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 26/08/2019 Lottie Gibbons & James Rodger
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We're all looking for ways to cut our costs these days - especially as we head towards the end of summer.

With an eye on Christmas (it'll be here before you know it, folks), it's time to scrimp and save and make your pennies stretch further.

And, if you're struggling, one mum-of-four can serve as inspiration.

The thrifty mother has revealed how she manages to feed her children for just 76p-a-head.

Angela Webster gave up her full-time job in a supermarket and overhauled her shopping habits.

Despite being in a one-income family, the 41-year-old can cook up to 68 portions of food using a budget of £70 a week.

By doing a weekly supermarket shop to pick up staples including fruit and veg, the Liverpool Echo reports .

She pairs these items with lean meat from online retailer MuscleFood MuscleFood .

When Daisy was born, they made the decision to become a single-income house to help save money on childcare costs, but Angela set up a number of ‘side-hustles’ to top up their monthly income.

a person cooking in a kitchen preparing food: Angela cooks all her own meals © Angela Webster Angela cooks all her own meals

Setting up blog , along with making money through completing online surveys and focus groups, Angela began working towards ‘Savings goals’.

This sees all of the money Angela earns, along with any money left over from the weekly shopping budget being put into a pot which helps pay for holidays and house renovation.

With a budget of £70 a week, Angela plans her meals ahead, letting the children choose from a list of 14 meals, including staples such as spaghetti bolognese and shepherd’s pie.

Her thrifty shopping and culinary skills means that she’s able to cook up 17 different meals – 68 portions and leftovers – using £62 of musclefood.com meat.

a person standing in front of a box: Angela with her musclefood meat © Angela Webster Angela with her musclefood meat

Angela said: “I knew that when I gave up my job to look after the children, I would have to make some changes to the way we shop and spend our money. 

“The easiest way to save the pennies is to start with the grocery shop. I always plan meals a week in advance then write down a shopping list covering everything I need to buy, from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between.

“This means we won’t be swayed by deals or food we don’t need. We will sometimes travel further afield to a different supermarket if I see a really good deal advertised.

“I will also pre-prepare vegetables on a Sunday, and then freeze them for use throughout the week. This means that the time I spend cooking is reduced and I have everything I need for the day to day meals.

“The quality of musclefood meat was great and having the hamper arrive all at once really made me think about planning meals. I made dishes I wouldn’t have thought were possible on our budget.

“We do have a pay-day takeaway treat which we all always look forward too. Homemade pizzas are also a really great way to get everyone involved and feels like a treat.

“I’m really conscious about food waste and use apps which put me in contact with people in my local area who will take food off my hands which we won’t use.

“I also know that being so frugal with things like electricity is not only helping save money, but also helping the environment.”

These are some more of Angela’s money-saving tips:

Do a utilities check every six months

“We’ll check our utilities and bills every half a year.

"This means that we know which contracts are running out, and how much money we are spending.

"We will always switch our providers as this means we’re getting the most for our money.”

Charity shopping

“We will buy toys and books for the children from charity shops.

"Daisy and Jake know that other children have read them and didn’t need them anymore.

"We explain that the money we save from buying them brand new toys and books means we can have more days out together.”

Laundry

“Every cycle of a dryer is more electricity and therefore money used.

"By hanging washing outside it is being dried for free which is great.

"I also try and keep my washing loads down to two a week which again helps reduce electricity and water costs.”

Christmas

“Every July I write a full list of everyone I need to buy Christmas presents for and write an idea of a present beside their name.

"Whenever shops have a sale on, or I see something suitable I buy it and put it away.

" This means that I’m not buying presents in the Christmas rush, when some shops put their prices up.”

a bowl of food on a table: Angela stocks up on vegetables © Angela Webster Angela stocks up on vegetables

Angela's recipes

Chinese Pork Tenderloin with Stir Fry Veg and Noodles (serves four)

  • Musclefood Pork Loin flavoured with Chinese Five Spice £2.47
  • Egg Noodles 55p
  • Veg Stir Fry 95p
  • Mushrooms 67p
  • Oil 2p
  • Light Soy Sauce 5p

Total for four: £4.71

Per Head: £1.17

Carbonara (serves four)

  • Musclefood Low Fat Back Bacon Medallions £1.97
  • Spaghetti 23p
  • Milk 5p
  • Cheddar Cheese 52p
  • Medium Eggs 26p
  • Oil 2p

Total for four: £3.05

Per Head: 76p

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice (serves four)

  • Musclefood Chicken Breasts £4
  • Pineapple Chunks 69p
  • Cornflour 2p
  • Onions 26p
  • Soy Sauce 5p
  • Peppers 96p
  • Tomato Puree 2p
  • Garlic 5p
  • Rice 40p

Total for four: £6.45

Per Head: £1.61

Toad in the Hole with Carrots and Green Beans (serves four)

  • Musclefood Extra Lean Sausages £3
  • Plain Flour 8p
  • Medium Eggs 26p
  • Milk 22p
  • Oil 2p
  • Carrots 18p
  • Green Beans 77p

Total for four: £4.53

Per Head: £1.13

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