A couple who spend £365 a week on their family of ‘fussy’ eaters have been slammed by TV viewers.
Parents Jen and Bec, from Bridgend in Wales, left viewers perplexed after revealing on last night’s episode of BBC show Eat Well For Less? how much they spend on food every week.
The couple say they end up making five separate meals every single night because of their fussy children, Lucy, 10, Jack, eight, and Dylan, five.
And they left host Gregg Wallace gobsmacked when they told him they hadn’t all eaten the same meal in three years.
A&E nurse Jen said her kids all ask for different dinners, and the fuss has made her fall out of love with cooking.
She and Bec both work shifts, and said to keep the peace at home and avoid “arguments”, she gives in to her children’s request for individual meals.
Step-mum Bec, who works as a supervisor, said on the programme: “Dinner time is like battle time. Sometimes I feel like we need to put the war paint on.”
And Jen added: “I can’t remember the last time we all ate the same meal at the same time. The meal times of making everybody something different is ridiculous and I think I’ve got myself into a rut and I can’t get myself out of it.”
Jen admitted she often relies on ordering takeaways and buying convenience food to cope with catering for her family, and Gregg was horrified as he watched them spend hundreds in a supermarket and shop without a list.
“That’s over £19,000 a year,” he pointed out to the parents.
The couple admitted they often end up throwing food away after buying in fresh stuff and not getting round to using it.
Gregg, with the help of greengrocer Chris Bavin, came up with a plan for the family, aiming to get them on a healthier diet, cut down the amount of waste and save them money.
They managed to cut the weekly food bill down to £138 a week, saving the couple a whopping £7,200 a year.
Viewers couldn’t get their heads around how much the couple used to spend.
One said: “No matter how many times I watch “Eat Well For Less?” on BBC, my mind is always blown at how much people actually spend on their weekly shop.
“Couple on this week’s spend £19,000 a year on food alone!!!”
Another commented: “Watching Eat Well For Less on BBC and saw that one family of 5 spends over £250 per week… on food… insanity. Full of sweets, sugar and barely anything healthy. We spend £30 at Aldi for two people!”
Another blasted: “Those kids on Eat Well For Less… spoilt little brats… parents take control. Starving kids around the world… teach them the values of life ffs”
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