Mum feeds family of 5 for £50 a week and shares her savvy shopping hacks – ‘It’s easy!’

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Gemma Brooks, 32 from Hertfordshire has three children, nine, five and two, and despite having a family of five to feed, she has managed to find some savvy ways to save money on a weekly food shop. In total, Gemma says she feeds her family for £50 a week.

“I don’t spend more than £50 a week for all of our shopping needs,” she revealed and said “it’s easy” if you plan the meals in advance.

Gemma does her food shop at Tesco, claiming it “works out cheaper” than visiting other supermarkets.

“I find the Food Warehouse good for keeping the ‘quick fix’ meals in the freezer,” she added.

“For example they do staples such as cooked meats, chips and fruit for £1 and under.”

If there is any money left over from her weekly budget, Gemma buys meat in bulk.

Unlike some savvy shoppers, Gemma “doesn’t rely on sticker deals”.

“You can’t guarantee when and what will be available so I work my budget around what prices actually are in the shop,” she explained. “If I find anything reduced I can swap it in.”

As for what she does if there are items in her fridge which are reaching their use by dates, Gemma said: “I will also try to put aside one morning a week to cook/bake everything to be placed into the freezer ready for a quick, hassle free meal another time.

“Almost anything can be frozen if you do it correctly and I hate waste so it works on both reducing food waste and keeping within my budget,” she remarked.

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

“All destined for the freezer for when I want to give the kids something more than cereal or toast for breakfast but don’t have the time.

“Also a good way to use up the leftover bananas and milk I had before shopping the next day,” Gemma continued.

A sample week of the dinner time meals Gemma and her family eat:

Saturday – Risotto

Sunday – Sausages, roast potatoes and vegetables

Monday – Cheese and onion pie, mash and beans

Tuesday – Gammon, potatoes and cabbage

Wednesday – Lasagne, garlic bread and salad

Thursday – Southern fried chicken, chips and cauliflower

Friday – Curry and rice

Speaking about the menu, Gemma said: “500g of risotto rice from Tesco is £1.75 but 1kg of a different variety is just 25p more.

“Buying a single portion of pre-made risotto costs £2.50 on average – I have all the other ingredients at home already so I only need to spend £2 to create a full meal for the whole family.

“I can pick up 14 pork sausages for £2 in Iceland, and I have potatoes and veggies in the freezer.

“As for the cheese and onion pie, I can pick up cheddar and eggs to make it from scratch – I already have onion, butter and flour to complete the recipe,” she revealed to

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