Mum-of-16 shows what 'just popping to the shops for bread and milk' looks like for them in a new eye-popping photo

A MUM-of-16 has revealed what “just popping to the shops for bread and milk” looks like in a new jaw-dropping photo. 

Jeni Bonell and husband Ray, from Queensland in Australia, are proud parents to nine sons and seven daughters, aged between six and 31.

Jeni, 51, revealed she often does a whopping supermarket shop at the start of the week, which usually costs AU$450 (£251).

Sometimes these supplies only last the super-size family half the week, and Jeni is forced to return to the shops to stock up on essentials like bread and milk. 

Her latest “quick shop” was six bottles of 3L milk, three loaves of sliced bread and an array of fresh fruits and vegetables.

She also bought 2kg carrots, four punnets of strawberries, two punnets of blueberries, 1kg grapes, 400g of cherries, 600g of tomatoes, 4kg potatoes, two salad kits, a punnet of peaches and a bag of apricots. 


The mini haul cost $132.67 (£73), and Jeni said on Facebook: “When you just need milk, bread and some fruit and vegetables.”

Often the family gets through 50 litres of milk each week, but Jeni said they are trying to cut down on dairy.

The busy mum explained: “We're trying to pull back on milk for a little bit just for budget sake so [I bought] six three-litre bottles, and we're trying to get by with just 12 three-litre of bottles per week.”

Many people were shocked on Facebook, with one saying: “You don't need to join a gym. So much weight training going on, lifting the milk jugs.”

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She previously shared that often she will do a whopping shop to stockpile for her family, instead of just buying goods for that week. 

Her top tips for keeping costs down are buying homebrand products and buying meat and fresh produce in bulk.

She said on YouTube: “So I tend to buy up whatever we need to make meals for that week to add to our supplies or if I have something that I find that's on special or half-price or it's a great bargain, then I will buy up on that product and we will stockpile it.

“We've bought certain ingredients to go with certain meals that we are going to make this week – and the rest of it is basically we are just filling the cupboards back up to what fits in the pantry.”



She also revealed how she makes spaghetti for her family’s dinner.

To cater for the large brood, she needs 1.5 kilos of homebrand spaghetti, 1.5 kilos of lean beef mince with 700 grams of homebrand pasta sauce and 500 grams of mushrooms.

Jeni and Ray have 16 kids: Jesse, Brooke, Claire, Natalie, Karl, Samuel, Cameron, Sabrina, Tim, Brandon, Eve, Nate, Rachel, Eric, Damian and Katelyn.

The family regularly share insights into their hectic life on Instagram and YouTube, with Jeni saying she’s ‘blessed’ to have so many kids.

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Meanwhile Jeni showed off her tower of 44 cereal boxes as she insists there’s ‘nothing wrong’ with a little stockpiling.

And she started Christmas shopping in July & gets gifts on credit to make sure she can afford them all.

Plus a thrifty mum shares easy meal planner which has saved her family-of-five £360 a month on food.

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