Inside Britain’s biggest families with 31 children and £300-a-week food bills

Watching the total at the ­supermarket till creep up and up can be a fraught moment for anyone – but imagine if you had to budget for a super-sized brood?

One of Britain’s biggest families, the Sullivans, spend around four times the average family spend of £80 on their weekly food shop.

A conveyor belt of birthdays must also be planned, along with huge energy bills and clothes for growing children.

As for holidays, sleep or an empty washing basket? Forget about it.

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Nicole and Joseph Sutton and their 11 children are on a food budget of up to £200-a-week, Ben and Zoe Sullivan and their 11 offspring spend £300, while Fran and Layden Seymour and their brood of nine have no limit.

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The couple and their 11 children live in Lossiemouth, Scotland. “Life in a big family is fun, but pretty crazy and noisy,” says Eva.

Charlotte agrees: “It’s never too quiet. That’s a bad thing if it’s quiet, it means one of the little ones has escaped or something.”

With an income of around £600 a week, they spend £300 a week on food.

“It’s like a Travelodge,” says Ben, glancing at 15 boxes of cereal. “The milk we get through, we need our own cow!” says 42-year-old Zoe.

She adds: “There are things that we don’t do. We don’t really have holidays.”

The couple save all year for Christmas, budgeting for £3,000 (three times the average family spend). “Seeing their faces is magical,” says Zoe, who would like another baby.

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