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We surveyed 2200+ mums and 71 per cent say it’s TOO EXPENSIVE to eat healthily

Here at The Healthy Mummy we are all about helping mums lose weight on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and tackle their health goals in family-friendly and budget-friendly ways.

So, we wanted to understand the importance of budget for families and how budget can have an affect on their health and weight loss goals. 

The Healthy Mummy UK surveyed more than 2,200 mums in The BIG BUDGET Survey

The Healthy Mummy UK‘s Big Budget Survey revealed that 71 per cent of surveyed mums think it is more expensive to eat healthily. 

More than half of the participating mums (63 per cent) say they spend less than £50 a week on groceries. 55 per cent of mums also try to knock out their grocery needs in one weekly shop. 

A majority of mums (40 per cent) have a household salary of between £20,000 and £40,000, and nearly 30 per cent have less than £50 to spend AFTER their weekly shop. 

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It’s no surprise nearly half of participating mums said they preferred to shop at grocery stores such as Aldi (50 per cent) compared to just 5 per cent that shopped at Waitrose.

However, 55 per cent of mums said EVEN WHEN they don’t have money for groceries, they still prefer NOT to use the likes of a credit card.  

Here’s a summary of more of the results from the survey:  

SHOPPING HABITS 

  • 46 per cent do NOT shop online for groceries
  • 45 per cent DO shop online.
  • 55 per cent of mums shop once a week. 46 per cent shop 2 or more times a week. Just 3 per cent shop every day.
  • 56 per cent of mums shop at Aldi compared to just 5 per cent who shop at Waitrose.

COST OF GROCERIES 

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  • 18 per cent spend less than £50 on groceries per week.
  • 63 per cent spend between £50 and £100 on groceries a week. Less than half a per cent spend more than £200 a week on groceries.

SAVINGS AFTER GROCERIES 

  • 29 per cent of mums have less than £50 to spend after their weekly shop.
  • 25 per cent of mums have less than £100 to spend after their weekly shop.
  • 28 per cent of mums have more than £150 to spend after their weekly shop.

UNDERSTANDING THE FAMILY BUDGET

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  • A majority of mums (nearly 40 per cent) said their household salary was between £20,000 and £40,000. 
  • 28 per cent said their household salary was less than £20,000. 
  • 10 per cent said their household salary was £60,000 or more. 
  • 42 per cent of mums work part time. 
  • 31 per cent of mums work full time. 
  • 24 per cent of mums consider themselves as stay at home mums. 
  • Nearly 60 per cent of mums try to make a monthly budget. 
  • 15 per cent of mums do not attempt to budget. 
  • 63 per cent of mums get paid at the end of the month. 

GENERAL SPENDING HABITS  

  • 55 per cent of mums say they never use credit cards, even when they don’t have money.
  • 28 per cent sometimes do. 
  • 71 per cent believe that eating healthily costs more.
  • Nearly 80 per cent of mums have takeaway once a week. 
  • Less than 30 per cent of mums have a gym membership. 

OTHER  

  • 80 per cent of mums always or sometimes meal prep to save money. Compared to just 20 per cent who do not. 
  • 33 per cent of mums say their toddler is the hardest person to cook for.
  • 26 per cent of women say their hubby is the hardest person to cook for. 

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