A 16-year-old supermom has given us an inside look at what it’s like to order takeout Friday night when you’re part of ‘Australia’s largest family’.
Jeni Bonell and her husband Ray, from Queensland, have a super-sized family of nine sons and seven daughters, between the ages of six and 31.
The 51-year-old mom — who normally spends an average of $450 on groceries each week — treated her family to Hungry Jacks to celebrate her son’s 10th birthday.
She shared a sweet photo of birthday boy Damian sitting down to four big family meals, including eight beef-grilled Whoppers, eight cheeseburgers, 40 chicken nuggets, 16 fries, and 16 soft drinks.
Despite the huge order, the meal came to just $131.80.
A supermom of 16 has given an inside look at what it’s like to order takeout Friday night when you’re part of ‘Australia’s biggest family’
The parents of sixteen have nine sons and seven daughters, aged between six and 31
“Mom definitely feels all the feelings about all her babies growing up… He loves the little bit of takeout for his birthday dinner,” she wrote on Instagram.
In her post, she boldly wrote “feeding a crowd.”
Her post comes just four months after the mother shared a photo showing what it’s like to “go to the store for bread and milk.”
She usually runs a large grocery store at the beginning of the week to stock up on supplies, fresh meat, fruits and vegetables and spends an average of $450.
But the supply would only last the family for half a week. And so, halfway through the week, she returned to the store to pick up essential items such as milk, bread, and fresh produce.
Earlier this year, the mother shared a photo that shows what it’s like to ‘go to the store for bread and milk’
From one of her midweek stores, she picked up six 3-litre bottles of milk, three loaves of bread and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The catch included 2kg of carrots, four punnets of strawberries, two punnets of blueberries, 1kg of grapes, 400g of cherries, 600g of grape tomatoes, 4kg of potatoes, two salad packs, a punnet of peaches and a bag of apricots.
“If you just need milk, bread and some fruits and vegetables,” she wrote on Facebook, alongside a huge amount of groceries from her “quick shop.”
Her grocery bill came to an estimated total of $132.67.
Dozens of people were amazed by her store, with one joke: ‘You don’t have to go to a gym. There is so much training with weights, lifting the milk jugs.’
Father of 16 Ray Bonell (pictured during his recent shop) has given an inside look at what it’s really like to run a ‘small’ grocery for his growing family
The electrician’s father was tasked with collecting essential items such as milk, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, while his wife stayed at home to recover from surgery
Earlier this year, Ray, her electrician, was given the job of picking up groceries while she was recovering at home from surgery to remove a tumor on her kidney after her cancer returned a second time.
With the help of his daughter Eve, the couple bought 10 boxes of cereal, 15 liters of milk, four loaves of bread, 40 popsicle sticks and an array of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Their grocery package totaled $195.66.
“As you all know, my wife Jen is recovering from major surgery and it looks like it’s Dad’s turn to run the errands,” Ray said in the latest. Youtube video.
“Jen usually keeps the freezer well stocked, so we need to get some basics like bread, milk, fruits and vegetables.”
Jeni (left) usually does the weekly grocery shopping, but she is currently recovering at home after surgery to remove a tumor after her cancer returned a second time
After returning home, the couple revealed what they had bought for the family.
“We’ve got some cereal, so two boxes of cereal, three boxes of rice cakes, two boxes of omega-3 variety, three boxes of fruit rings, and Sultana Bran,” Eve said.
Ray then joked that “a few extra things had fallen into the cart,” including two boxes of Cheezels, chips, Samboy, flavored milk, and Arnott’s biscuits.
“This definitely looks like a father’s shop,” he said.
Other items they bought included sliced ham, fruit salads, shredded cheese, four boxes of banana and chocolate ice cream sticks, and five 3-liter bottles of milk.
“We also have some fresh fruits and vegetables, consisting of oranges, lettuce, grapes, mushrooms, tomatoes, apples, pears and fresh bananas,” Ray said.
“And the most important thing is that we still have some toilet paper.”
With the help of his daughter Eve, the couple bought 10 boxes of cereal, 15 liters of milk, four loaves of bread, 40 popsicle sticks and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Jeni usually runs the huge weekly shop where she ends up with two to three shopping carts filled to the brim with groceries (photo Mrs. Bonell in one of her many stores)
Ray described the groceries as “just a little shop.”
‘I’m not quite fit to go shopping. I’m glad Jen always does it,” he said, to which his daughter Eve replied, “I think Mom might be better off running the errands.”
To keep costs down each week, the mom previously said she always buys private label items, stocks products at half price, and buys fresh meat and fresh produce in bulk.
“So I tend to buy everything we need to make meals for that week to add to our supplies or if I have something that I think is special price or half price, or it’s a great buy, then I’ll buy that product and we’ll stock it,” she said.
“We’ve bought certain ingredients to go with certain meals we’ll be making this week — and the rest is really just stocking up the cupboards to what will fit in the pantry.”
Normally the family would drink 50 liters of milk a week, but Ms Bonell said last year they are trying to cut back on dairy.
“We’re trying to withdraw a little milk, just for the budget, so [I bought] six three-litre bottles and we’re trying to get by on just twelve three-litre bottles a week,” she says. This means that the family currently drinks 36 liters of milk per week.
What’s typically in Bonell’s weekly shopping trolley?
- 4 kg potatoes
- 2 kg carrots
- 2 kg royal gala apples
- 500 g white mushrooms
- 2 x bags of grapes
- Thai style salad set
- Crispy noodle coleslaw kit
- 400 g green beans
- 1,5 kg house brand spaghetti
- 700g private label pasta sauce
- 3 x 12 white dinner rolls
- 3 x cheese and back rolls
- 4 cans of corn kernels
- 2 cans apricot nectarnec
- 500g private label peanut butter
- Ham leg under 1kg
- 2 x 250 g champagne ham on the bone
- 2 x 80 grams roast beef
- 10L water
- 4 x 700g house brand bread slices
- 24 rolls of toilet paper
- 18 hot dog buns
- Vegemite 280g
- 6 x bottles of 3L milk
- 125g Salmon and lobster spread
- 245g private label cream cheese
- 250g house brand mustard
- 120g house brand roast meat gravy
- Nescafe instant cappuccino
- Nescafe instant latte
- 500g light tasty grated cheese
- 250 grams Parmesan cheese Mil Lel
- 2 kg house brand vanilla yogurt
- 600 ml thickened cream
- 3 x 12-pack Yoplait yogurt
- 12-pack Paul chocolate mousse
- 6 x dozens of cage-free eggs
- 3 x Ritz dips
- 1 kg short-cut bacon
- 4 x house brand cornflakes
- 2 x Uncle Toby’s cereals
- 3 x bottles of house brand lemonade
- 24-pack Anzac cookies
- 750 ml house brand canola oil
- 400g private label canola oil spray
- 4 x 1L Cottee’s syrup