Great food on a budget (Picture: Caters)
A busy mum has shared how she spent just £50 to feed her family-of-four for 11 days, doing so by purchasing Asda’s new ‘Just Essentials’ range.
Kayleigh McKendry, 28, Airdrie, Scotland, recently moved to the popular supermarket chain to try the new range and cut her weekly shopping bill.
The make-up artist, who is mum to Amellia, 6, and Aria, 18 months, managed to feed her family for up to 11 days with a range of different meals, including sausage casserole and creamy chicken and bacon.
It cost Kayleigh £51 in total and she managed to cut £30 off her usual spend. Plus, she says the quality of the range is ‘exactly the same’ as any other brand.
‘I bought a big range of food from Asda’s ‘Just Essentials’ range and in total the whole shop cost me £51 including lunches and snacks too,’ she says.
‘The meals I’ve made so far include sausage casserole, honey and mustard glazed-pork, pizza and garlic bread, as well as soups such as lentil soup and potato and broccoli.’
The family are loving the new range. (Picture: Caters News Agency)
Kayleigh continues: ‘I’ve worked out all these meals cost under a fiver for a family of four, so using the essentials range, it’s cost me £16.20 and has fed my two kids and my husband and I for under £20 this week, which is amazing!
‘The meals are really simple and easy to make. I’m so happy with the quality of the food from the ‘Just Essential’s’ range but on social media I’ve had some really negative comments about the quality.
‘As someone who’s tried it, I can confirm they taste exactly the same. Most people just comment on how happy they are I’ve shared these meals so they can recreate them.’
Some of the meals they family enjoy (Picture: Caters)
Kayleigh and her husband Mark, 28, are always looking for new ways to cut their shopping expenses. They are fans of meal prepping and bulk-buying and make sure cupboard staples are always on hand.
‘I try to make sure I get items like pasta and potatoes which can be used in so many meals and are always under a pound to buy,’ Kayleigh adds.
‘Focusing on saving on those items means I can spend more on meat. I also meal prep every week so when I go shopping, I only buy the things I actually need for those meals.
‘For example, I’ll buy a 750g pack of mince which can be used for chilli or spag bol but then I always have some left over for mince and potatoes for my kids’ lunches.
A simple meal (Picture: Caters)
‘Also, for snacks, fruit bags in Aldi for kids are 33p and around two for £1 in Asda, so instead of buying either, I get a large watermelon and cut it up, so the kids have fruit snacks for days and for cheap.
‘I’d normally do my shop in Aldi but even my food bill has increased in there with inflation, so I decided to try this range to review for a Facebook group I’m a part of.’
Asda’s Just Essentials range includes budget basics, from packs of teabags for 31p to cartons of orange juice priced at 99p.
It’s proven so popular that some shoppers have claimed the shelves are bare of the yellow-packed items – and Kayleigh’s story proves why.
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