WHEN you've got a family to feed and a strict budget to stick to, supermarket trips can resemble a military operation – but that doesn't mean we always stick to our shopping list.
One mum who knows a little something about this is Jade Kearney.
Earlier this week, the Queensland mum shared a photo of her packed trolley crammed full of everyday essentials and sweet treats which feeds her family-of-seven for a week.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the mum revealed that her weekly food shop actually costs MORE than their mortgage.
While Jade spends an average of £225 every week on food, the family's monthly mortgage repayments are £265.
She joked: "I should've agreed with my husband when he said three kids is enough."
I should've agreed with my husband when he said three kids is enough
The mum averages two hours in the supermarket every week and tries to cook meals from scratch each evening – including a vegetarian option for her 17-year-old daughter.
Urging other shoppers not to impulse buy products that are on offer, Jade said: "Look through weekly specials, if you need it, buy it. If you don't, leave it."
She added: "Thoroughly look through your pantry and fridge. Have your shopping list at hand. Write all the things you need.
"What are you running out of ? How long until you need more? Such as butter, do you have enough to last until next week or fortnight."
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What's more, other parents said their trolleys looked just like Jade's – and her post prompted them to share their own tips.
A mum-of-four sons wrote: "I'm pretty strict on the boys with snacks because I think that's what costs the most and what I have has to last them the week."
"I am about to have number five," another added. "They cost a small fortune in food but so worth it."
A third wrote: "This looks exactly like my trolley!"
For more food hacks, this mum shared what you should put in EVERY lunchbox to make sure it’s ‘healthy’.
And this money-saving mum revealed the clever supermarket trick that will make your veg MUCH cheaper.
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