Mum slammed for feeding child rubbish after posting Asda fakeaway

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A woman has been slammed online after she posted photos of the “fakeaway” meal she made for her child.

The mum was impressed by how much she saved by using Asda’s Just Essentials Range rather than buying a takeaway for her daughter, and she took to social media to show off the results.

Posting on a budget Facebook page, Leigh Rubidge explained how the cheese and tomato pizza and garlic bread from the budget range, alongside mozzarella sticks, had cost her £2.23—a huge saving on what she would have usually spent if she ordered a takeaway, reports The Manchester Evening News.

She wrote: “Another Asda yellow label success!

“To replace takeaways for my family, I decided to try a fakeaway.

“Instead of spending £20 plus on an ordered meal, I spent £2.23.

“Instead of waiting 30 minutes plus for delivery, it took 12 minutes to cook.”

And it was a big hit with her six-year-old.

Leigh added: “Review from fussy child – ‘I don’t ever want to order again. Can we have this every night.’

“Really glad I tried it; it’s a big money saver!”

However, rather than being praised for her money-saving idea, she was criticised by other parents who slammed the meal, many describing it as “rubbish”.

Leigh said: “I had a lot of comments saying it was unhealthy and that children should not eat this.

“Some did bother me as I created the post to promote a cheaper alternative to a one off treat and was treated like this is the type of food I feed my child every night. Which is untrue.”

She was also accused of working for Asda by “promoting” its products in this way.

Not everyone was critical though, and others did jump to Leigh’s defence, with one even praising her idea as “insanely great”.

“What a very sad world we live in,” said one. “So many judgemental people. There’s nothing wrong with this food every now and again. I personally don’t mind these frozen pizzas. I’m a chef and cook but christ, we need an easy life some days.

“Why don’t we all be a bit nicer. Everyone is struggling.”

Another added: “Sheesh so many judgemental people, if your cupboards are full and you’re eating then that’s all that matters, my kids were brought up on ‘colour coordinates’ because that’s all we could afford, but no one ever went without a meal!

“They are all adults with their own children and all very healthy, so just back off the people that are trying their best to feed their families. Judgemental and rude.”

The Just Essentials range, a rebrand of Smart Price, launched earlier this year and hit the headlines when its bright yellow packaging was criticised by some shoppers, who said it stands out too much and acts as a “poverty market” in people’s baskets and trolleys.

Despite that, demand for the products has been huge, so much so that Asda has now put a temporary limit on how many shoppers can buy, restricting them to no more than three of each item

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