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I don’t eat takeaway and I never give takeaway to my children. However, my husband is happy to take them to Maccas for an easy meal and often suggests we get thai or pizza so I can have the night off cooking. I don’t eat it because I don’t know what goes in to it, I don’t know how much fat or salt is in a pad thai or anything else, furthermore, I am pretty tight with our budget. I guess $40 takeaway (how much it costs to feed my family 2 adults, 4 kids), is a lot when I spend less than $10 for almost every meal I cook at home. We’re a family on one income, and this fortnight my hubby has spend $70 on takeaway already. He’s a sports teacher and is very physical, but I’m wondering how I can get it into my kids heads that takeaway food should be a very occasional food when my hubby is happy to have it a couple of times a week. Hmm…


Posted by solere04, 12th May 2013


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  • My partner also loves pizza for take-away but we don’t do it all the time!

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  • Hmmm, a dilemma. We only have takeaway if we’re away from home. To give me a night off cooking, hubby will have a go

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  • Can I suggest that you make a few home made pizzas and freeze them so they are ready to go. Cheaper, healthier and everyone wins.

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  • try to talk to him about the example that he is setting on many levels. food choice and wasting money. my hubby loves my cooking and prefers it over takeaway and $40 is cheap takeaway! it usually is a lot more expensive

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  • nice exellent

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  • Trick the family into a homemade healthier pizza, I make it with a base of minced meat instead of a dough using chopped onion & paprika mixed together & pressed into a baking dish & then top it with tomato paste, capsicum, mushrooms, red onion, black olives, diced bacon & sliced tomato, topped with cheese. Cover with foil & cook for 30 mins & remove foil & cook a further 15/20 mins until golden.

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  • I have a similar issue when my 4 year old goes to his fathers house. I eat clean, low calorie, and low sodium and lots of fruit vegetables and drink only water and 1-2 instant (at home) coffees. I don’t say my son can’t have treats but try to explain that our bodies need heavy food to grow and develop and if we eat too much of sweets or junk food our bodies don’t work as well as they could. His father eats only fast food and sweets and the difference in my son from being there a weekend it shocking to say the least. He comes back on a sugar high, is grumpy, tired, cheeky and it takes a few days to get him back to himself. So just his mood and behaviour is a huge indication of what junk food affects all of us.

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  • Maybe make it takeaway nigh once a week or fornight?

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  • Sometimes we eat takeaway meals too like pizza if on specials hihi…. because pizza is hubby favourite foods. I don’t mind because not often eat takeaway meals.

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  • Yea it is tricky… Takeaways are always kids’ favorite :(

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  • I know this is a really old question but I was wondering how you feed your family of six for under $10, good on you that’s awesome. I can’t seem to get anywhere near that. :)

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