How Western Sydney mum of 11 feeds her kids on a budget


Getting the family organised for dinner can be a challenge, so spare a thought for one Western Sydney household with 11 kids.

The McIntyres go through 45 litres of milk, 11 loaves of bread, five jumbo boxes of cereal a few kilos of meat and several roast chooks every week, making them experts at stretching the family budget.

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“We shop at Woolworths but we also shop at a store that’s local called Abcoe, where I buy the large Vegemites and peanut butters … we buy the three kilo cans of the baked beans,” Heather McIntyre told Sunrise.

The McIntyre’s grocery list. Credit: Sunrise

The McIntyres chop and change their weekly shop based on price hikes.

“Cereal has gone up a lot and, of course, meat.

“Things like bananas the price always fluctuates all the time, and things like broccoli, I noticed because they’re things we buy them all the time,” she said.

Shaun White meets Heather McIntyre. Credit: Sunrise

And as for milk?

“It used to be $3 for three litres and now it’s $4.50.”

But milk can’t be dropped from the weekly list.

The family buys some items in bulk. Credit: Sunrise

“It’s for cooking purposes as well – if you’re making a white sauce for your meal or you’re doing a salmon and pasta, you use milk in that sauce with the corn flour, so you’re using more milk,” Heather explained.

It’s a winning recipe for this family, where every dollar counts.

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