Feeding children on a budget

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Who says you can’t feed a family on a budget?  We thought if we’re encouraging people to have children, then maybe we should also share some tips on how to feed them without breaking the bank. 

One of our popular New Zealand current affairs discussion shows recently did this inspiring article on how to feed a family of nine with NZ$10 in style, and with leftovers to spare.  The mother interviewed has nine well dressed and happy looking children and is pregnant with her tenth, so is certainly doing her bit to turn around our low fertility rates!  Surprisingly she didn't look at all run off her feet (although I have no doubt that at times she is!), and the family sat down to a very civilised dinner.  The pasta cabonara she made included bacon, cheese, cream and mushrooms, so didn’t scrimp on flavour.

Some of her top tips?: Buy in bulk – especially when you see bargains; buy home brands; and use fruit and vegetable shops instead of the supermarket.  She was very organised and had consciously planned and pre-priced a range of healthy meals that she regularly makes – something I bet not many of us do. 

Additionally, the family wastes nothing.  On this point, it was telling listening to the presenters talking about how much food they themselves waste.  Food that they bought but didn’t eat in time, half an apple that someone lost interest in, a packet that’s almost, but not quite, empty.  As many argue, we talk about there not being enough food in the world, but actually waste an awful lot in the West.  If you want to see the recipe, or the family, you can go to their Facebook page here.

Might William and Kate see the article and be encouraged to have more darling babies of their own? (Congratulations to the Royal couple on their first, and we excitedly await the announcement of his name!).  Please feel free to share your own budgeting, nutrition and household management tips, as I'm sure all families would find them useful.  This mother certainly seems to manage her household very professionally. 

MORE ON THESE TOPICS | Budgeting, Food wastage, New Zealand

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