Feeding hungry kids can sometimes feel like an endless (and expensive) task but this mum has figured out how to give her children delicious meals for under £1 per person.
Angels Webster started to change the way she shopped when she gave up work to look after her two youngest kids, Daisy, seven and Jake, five.
Now relying on one wage from her husband Chris, she knew she needed to cut the household budget.
Now she does one weekly shop to buy staples, bulk buys her meat, prepares a meal plan and uses up leftovers so she can cook up 68 meals for under £70.
Angela, 41, 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 wont be swayed by deals or food we dont need. We will sometimes travel further afield to a different supermarket if I see a really good deal advertised.
Angela made the decision to give up her job after Daisy was born so the family could save on childcare costs.
As well as cutting back, Angela set up a number of side-hustles to top up their monthly income.
She set up a blog called adventuresinwebsterland.com, along with making money through completing online surveys and focus groups.
All of the money Angela earns, along with any money left over from the weekly shopping budget is put into a pot which helps pay for holidays and house renovation.
Now she plans a list of meals and lets the children choose from a list of 14 meals, including staples such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Shepherds Pie.
Her thrifty shopping and culinary skills means that shes able to cook up 17 different meals – 68 portions and leftovers – using £62 of musclefood.com meat.
Angela added: I will 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 wouldnt 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.
Im 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 wont use.
I also know that being so frugal with things like electricity is not only helping save money, but also helping the environment.
Angela's money saving recipes
Chinese Pork Tenderloin with Stir Fry Veg and Noodles (serves four)
Musclefood Pork Loin flRead More – Source