'Get Over Yourself': Mum Attacked After Buying Lunch Box Snacks For Entire School Term
Lunchbox snacks can easily cost you a small fortune so mum Kia Bradford Oswald shared her budgeting hack in order to be helpful.
Posting in the Aldi Mums Facebook group, Kia shared her back to school shop which cost her $288 and would see her through most if not all of the school term, minus perishables such as fruits, cheese, yogurt or custard.
"Before anyone gets mad about it my kids do NOT get everything everyday and they get plenty of fruit and a sandwich as well as junk," she wrote along with two photos of her shopping haul.
Speaking to 10 daily, Kia said she began using the lunchbox hack last term and decided to try it out after doing a bulk meat shop at the butcher.
"I save roughly $80 a fortnight of my shopping by purchasing in bulk but over all I’m shopping less so buying less random stuff which probably saves me heaps!" she said.
Kia also posted a photo of her highly organised snack shelf, explaining the system she uses to arrange her kids' lunchboxes.
"I stack it all and alternate snacks each day. They get three to four bars a cheese dip a rope or gummy shapes and a pack of chips or cookies," she wrote.
"They also get two to three pieces of fruit, a container of chopped up cucumber and a sandwich daily."
Kia said her kids, while they used to be tempted, no longer help themselves to the shelf now.
"My kids keeping out of it, it was a lot of time telling them to keep of mummy’s cupboard. They’ve learned that they can’t touch it now," she told 10 daily.
Whilst many mums in the women-only group were impressed by Kia's organisation, others attacked her for including processes snacks in her packed lunchboxes.
"Nice but mine won't be having processed stuff", tutted one group member.
Kia responded to the comment with: "Hun I couldn’t care less what your kids do or don’t have. My kids have this in their lunch I’m not going to deprive my kids of snacks just because your kids aren’t having it."
Please keep your comments to yourself if you have nothing nice to say.
Other group members also found the comment unnecessary and came to Kia's defense following the mum shaming.
"Mine will have trucks loads of the sh*t," wrote one, with another adding: "I'm with you on that."
"Love everything is processed unless you get it right of the cow or fruit tree it’s self," replied a third.
Kia later amended her post, stating that she doesn't need negative comments about processed food.
"My children get two to three pieces of fruit, a sandwich and cut up cucumbers in their lunch boxes every single day. My kids don’t just eat junk and I make sure to feed them veggies in six to seven dinners weekly," she wrote.
"I am not going to sit here and let people criticise my parenting because I allow my children to eat processed foods. If you have nothing nice to say regarding my choices please scroll on and keep your opinions to yourself thanks."
Speaking to 10 daily about the criticism, Kia said she feels frustrated by other people feeling the need to tell her how to parent.
"Especially because they don’t know the circumstances around my children’s diet and extra curricular activities," she said.
"As a mother I make choices for my children that I feel is right for them and personally I don’t think that anyone has the right to tell someone else how to raise their kids."
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but they definitely don’t need to be nasty about it.
On mum shaming as a whole, Kia said it is far too common and that as a society, we are too quick to judge others for their choices.
"It has nothing to do with us, people should be building each other up not knocking each other down and unfortunately social media provides a perfect place for people to criticise without repercussions," she told 10 daily.
"I do not believe that people would act like this in public or face to face, a lot of keyboard warriors out there wouldn’t have the guts to say these things to someone’s face."
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