Savvy mum shares how she manages to feed family of four for just 62p per person

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Savvy mum shares how she manages to feed family of four for just 62p per person
Savvy mum shares how she manages to feed family of four for just 62p per person

Feeding your family can feel like an impossible task, and especially if you're a solo parent it can be even trickier. With the cost of food constantly rising as well as catering to fussy taste buds - it's no wonder parents are struggling to create nutritious but tasty meals for their little ones. If you are finding yourself struggling - you can take a leaf out of this thrifty mum's dinners, costing her just 62p per person.

Mum-of-three Jo Rourke, from Manchester, has an impressive online following, sharing how she makes mouth-watering family meals on a budget as she creates hearty comfort food meals as part of her budget series on feeding a family of four for under £2.50 - and shares how easy it is to do in her step-by-step videos.

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Savvy mum shares how she manages to feed family of four for just 62p per personHer tasty recipes have become popular online (mediadrumimages / @thismumcooks)

Showing how she can do it on a budget, she shares a video making a tasty-looking creamy chicken pie using a £1.28 pack of Waitrose chicken, 40p potatoes, 10p of carrots, 200ml of milk at 15p, and half an onion at 10p as well as using pantry staples such as cornflour, salt, pepper, and powdered stock that cost just a few pence per teaspoon.

Cooking in just 20 minutes, she demonstrates how quick and easy it is - and looks delicious when she dug her spoon in, as she explained: "Nobody is ever going to believe you pulled this off for just £2.50, this is one of my kids' favourites and one of mine too. You can make it in advance and store it in the fridge or freezer and just pull it out on one of those days when you really don't have time to cook."

Fans have been loving her cooking videos, as one user commented: "Who doesn't love a tummy-filling creamy chicken pie?" with another who took inspiration and said, "I've made this with bacon as well and it's amazing!"

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Initially joining TikTok as a way to monitor her daughter, she was surprised that her simple cooking videos were gaining lots of attention, as fans claim she's 'changed their lives'. "I have had a number of people contact me and tell me that my tips and advice have made a real difference to their lives as they have been struggling to feed their families and that is amazing. It is tough for our generation who have never felt a squeeze like this before," she added.

However, she has also had some backlash from parents who criticise her meals, commenting that 'kids don't eat vegetables' and asking 'what about food for kids?' with one going as far as asking 'are you living in the past darling?' to which she ignores and explained that she weaned her three children on to the same food as she had, advising new parents to just be patient with fussy eaters.

She explained: "It is difficult to change a child's diet if they are older. My children have always eaten the same food as me from the time of weaning obviously excluding foods until the appropriate age. Therefore they know no difference and we eat as a family.

"If people want to change their children's diet I would suggest a slow approach and get the children involved. Take them to the supermarket to see all the different fresh foods on offer, let them pick what they want to try and get them involved in the cooking process. Also, explain to them that we need to try a food up to 20 times to get used to its flavour."

Niamh Kirk

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