A BARGAIN-MAD mum has proudly showed off her son’s free Tesco meal – but people are fuming.
Savvy shopper Ellie Thirlaway explained that she paid £3.25 for a coffee in Tesco, and got her one-year-old son a meal for free with her purchase.
This summer holiday, the chain are offering parents a free, tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner for their little one.
Parents must spend a minimum of 60p on any adult food or drink purchase, and must show their Clubcard at the till, to claim a free kids’ meal worth up to £3.50.
The offer is available this summer, on weekdays only.
Posting on Facebook in the private group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group, which has 2.3 million members, Ellie shared a picture of her coffee and her son’s free meal.
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She said: “Tesco kids eat free with any adult purchase.
“£3.25 for the coffee [and the] kids meal was free.
“Ideal for when you’re out and about. I wasn’t hungry so I just got the bairn some food.
“Adult spend can be as little as 60p.”
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Thanks to Tesco, Ellie’s son got two sausages, baked beans, chips and an apple juice, all for free.
But Ellie’s post has quickly garnered a lot of attention online. It was shared on social media just 21 hours ago, but has already racked up 2,700 likes and 288 comments.
Social media users were left divided – while some thought it was great that it was a free meal, others were quick to point out the grease from the sausages, the small size of the portion and their shock at the price of the coffee.
One person said: “Shame about the amount of grease from the sausages.”
In response, Ellie confirmed: “My little one wasn’t bothered.”
Another added: “Think the bairn needs more food.”
To this, Ellie clapped back: “He’s 1, he didn’t eat it all.”
A third commented: “My son was horrified at the amount you get, he won't shut up about it. Seven chips, two spoons [of] beans and two sausages, I'll still be starving, he says haha.”
Whilst one bargain hunter shared: “Wow £3.25 for a cup of coffee I think I'd rather make my own when I got home, that's b****y expensive.”
In response to the haters, Ellie later added: “I’ve turned off comments. Lots of people are unhappy with the price of coffee or the grease on the sausages.
“This kid's meal was FREE and filled up my child. Saved me cooking at home after shopping.
“I enjoyed my coffee (yes, £3.25 I could have chosen a cheaper option if I wanted).
“Like Tesco says, every little helps!
“Beggars can’t be choosers.”
In response to Ellie, many social media users rallied together to praise the free kids’ meal.
One user wrote: “Moan about the serving dishes, moan about portion size, moan about grease in sausages. It is FREE for children!!
“Some families will be glad of this, others won't and the others that wont well don't go to Tesco.
“Leave it for the ones who are grateful for some help in this horrible time we are trying to survive in!”
Whilst someone else chimed in: “These comments prove that people will always have something to moan about.
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“It's free food that massively helps families, especially those struggling financially. Tesco didn't have to do this. I think it's great.”
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