Budget-obsessed mum explains how she feeds family-of-three for £5 a day

A woman has revealed how she feeds her family of three for less than a fiver per day.

Chelsey Batterbee, 26, provides meals and snacks for herself, her partner and their seven-year-old son for just £4.67.

The Welsh mum, who runs her own crafting business, has plenty of top tips and ideas for keeping her family well fed and nourished for under £5 a day.

Her budget even includes all toiletries and a weekly 'fakeaway' – a supermarket-bought takeaway.

Speaking to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk, Chelsey explained: “My partner Keal and I had our son Shaylon at 18 and moved into our first family home when he was three-months-old.

"At the time, it was just my partner who worked while I looked after our son. It was very difficult, and I struggled a lot with budgeting.

"Sometimes, as long as Shaylon had enough, Keal and I would go without. It was a case of us grabbing a piece of toast or fruit and that would be it."

However, over time Chelsey has perfected the best ways to budget when it comes to food shopping.

"As time passed, I got better at managing the food budget by learning some simple tips and tricks," she said.

"Shaylon is now seven, and I’m budget obsessed. I feel if I haven’t got myself a good deal with the shopping then I have failed, so I simply don’t let that happen."

It seems the trick to saving is to plan meals in advance.

"A typical week’s dinner menu starts with lasagna with garlic bread. Usually there are leftovers, so there’s enough for the following day’s lunch or dinner," Chelsey admitted.

"On other days I may make a chicken korma or a lentil dahl, a pasta bake that provides leftovers for lunch for my partner to take to work, sausages and mash with vegetables, an omelette with a side salad, and seasoned chicken with rice and pitta bread."

Chelsey cooks from scratch five nights a week and has two 'grab what you can' nights.

"I love to cook. I'm not against using jars of sauces, but I feel as if using ingredients to cook from scratch is so much cheaper."

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When it comes to the shopping, Chelsey starts with a monthly bulk shop, which she dedicates £25 to.

"With this, I will usually get a large sack of potatoes, vegetables and meats," she revealed.

"I'm particular about the quality of a selection of the foods we eat. I always get five percent fat beef or lamb mince, for instance, and sausages have to be of a certain quality, yet still on budget.

"I buy the majority of our meats from Tesco, or the butchers that are local to us who deliver to the door. I then separate it into portions per meal, ready to freeze."

Next comes the fortnightly Tesco shop, which is kept to £60 and not a penny over.

She said: "I look at my meal plan and how I can buy certain ingredients that suit more than one dish.

"Beef mince, for instance, can be used to make chilli, bolognese, or homemade burgers for our 'fakeaway' night.

"The Tesco shop also helps with keeping on top of items like stock cubes, tinned tomatoes for sauce bases, and pasta.

"I buy lots of frozen vegetables and fresh veg too, which I will prepare and freeze. I also buy our bread and milk there."

She continued: "I've spent so many years budgeting that it just comes naturally to me now.

"It doesn’t matter if our income goes up or down. I stick to the same method of shopping, as I know it works. We are all healthy and get a good balance of everything we need."

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