Mum of six says she has been called ‘poor’ by strangers for cooking £ 1 meals for her family


A mother of six says she has been criticized by strangers for cooking £ 1 meals for her family.

While some feel she chooses the cheaper options because she’s “poor,” mom Kayleigh Baldwin says she likes to get a good deal and be savvy with the department store.

The housekeeper and her head husband Kevin, both 34, insist they don’t have financial hardship, but run their household living on a budget – including buying yellow stickers, coupons and looking for deals to feed their six children.

Most of the meals they cook cost no more than £ 1 per person and Kayleigh says she and Kevin “work extremely hard” to put food on 16-year-old Jamie’s table; Rhys, 15; summer, 13; Riley, nine years old; Félicité, five years old; and Siena, three.

Kayleigh said: “There is an old stigma around large families. People just assume that you are poor and cannot afford to take care of all the children.

Kayleigh’s husband Kevin with their children Jamie, Rhys, Summer, Riley, Felicity and Sienna

“I love showing people online that we’re like a family with two kids. The trolls have already commented saying “it’s so horrible to be poor” and having pity on our children.

“But I have no idea why they’re thinking this – just because I have a budget doesn’t mean we’re in trouble. It means I still have money in the pot.”

Each meal ranges from £ 71p to £ 1.08 per person and Kayleigh knows exactly what time to go to the supermarkets to make sure she can get the best deals.

“It’s a budget issue with a large family – we need to keep spending under control,” she said.

“I’m very organized and always write seven meals and watch the weather before a grocery store.

“I like to do my weekly grocery store in Asda on Monday mornings because they cut down on the meat because they close early on Sunday. Or Aldi at 7 p.m. because it’s 75% off.

“Saving money on groceries doesn’t mean kids skip it, because I always make sure there is plenty of fruit and veg so they get a balanced diet.

“I’m probably saving around £ 160 a month on discounted items, which can be really helpful when you have six kids who all have hobbies.

“But we work hard and manage a budget while being smart about the money so the kids never miss a thing.”

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Their weekly grocery store costs £ 140 per week, which comes to £ 17.50 each.

The purchases include meats, yogurts, vegetables, fruits and sweets.

She said: “Some people may argue that I could shop for a lot less, but I wouldn’t want my kids to eat unhealthy foods.

“I bulk buy and cook healthy meals such as lasagna which cost 77 pence a head or a roast pork dinner for £ 1.03.

“The most expensive meal I cook is probably the fajitas because we need extra sides for the family – it comes down to 1.08.

“I think labeling large families as poor is an old stigma that needs to be changed.”

Kayleigh documents her grocery shopping on their family YouTube called Life of the Baldwins.

Five examples of her meals for £ 1 or less

Roast pork dinner
pork £ 5
Carrots 40p
Potatoes £ 1
Broccoli 50p
Parsnip 40p
Swedish 50p
Stuffing 50p
£ 8.30 in total
Total per head – £ 1.03

Chicken £ 5
Peppers 80p
Onion 10p
Mushrooms 50p.
Envelopes £ 1.60
70p sour cream
Total £ 8.70
Total per head – £ 1.08

Quorn pasta
Quorn £ 3
Pasta 80p
Passata x2 60p
Canned tomatoes 30p
Onion 10p
Pepper 40p
Mushrooms 50p
Spices from the cupboard
Total £ 5.70
Total per head – 71p

Chop £ 4
Lasagna sheets 50p
Onion 10p
Mushrooms 50p
Zucchini 50p
Passata 60p
Herbs and spices from the cupboard, homemade white sauce
Total £ 6.20
Total per head – 0.77p

Breaded Chicken Wraps
Aldi breaded chicken steaks x3 packs € 3.75
Iceberg lettuce 50p
Cucumber 50p
Tomatoes 50p
Coleslaw 70p
Body wraps £ 1.40
Total £ 7.35
Total per head – 91p


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