We are knowledgeable mothers – we cook in batch for three MONTHS for only £ 130 and make great deals for 3p

We are knowledgeable mothers – we cook in batch for three MONTHS for only £ 130 and make great deals for 3p

KIND MOTHERS have revealed their best tips for feeding the family on a budget, from batch cooking to spending just £ 130 a month, to finding great deals for as little as 3p.

With inflation expected to rise to 5 per cent in April next year, by the Bank of England, and interest rates remaining at a record low of 0.1 per cent, the supermarket is poised to become more expensive.

Gemma Brooks uses meal planning to ensure she never spends more than £ 50 at the weekly shop

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Gemma Brooks uses meal planning to ensure she never spends more than £ 50 at the weekly shopCredit: Gemma Brooks

But that does not mean you have to spend hundreds every week. These moms share their best tips for filling your trolley on a budget so you do not slip out of your pocket …

1. Batch-cook to spend £ 137 on three-month meals

An easy way to reduce your grocery consumption is to choose your meals wisely and batch prepare them using good deals from the yellow label department.

This tip comes with the added bonus of saving time during the week when you only need to microwave your meals.

Liane Greenly, 38, from Lincoln spent £ 137 on Aldi for a mega batch chef who kept her and her partner for three months.

She told LatestDeals.co.uk: “I made meals that were all similar in their basic ingredients and modified by the herbs.

“For example, spaghetti, lasagna and cottage pie are all the same until the last few ingredients. Batch cooking is easier than cooking every night.

“It saves money by making a large amount and freezing the rest down. And if you have a lazy day, you can get a homemade meal straight from the freezer and into the microwave – much cheaper than a takeaway and also healthier.”

2. Meal plan for £ 50 a week

She details everything on a whiteboard

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She details everything on a whiteboardCredit: Gemma Brooks

Careful planning of meals reduces expenses as you will not have to double your ingredients, look into a more expensive local supermarket or decide on a last minute takeaway.

To get started, scan your closets and make a meal plan. Then you can shop just the ingredients you are missing.

Gemma Brooks, 32 from Hertfordshire, said: “I spend no more than £ 50 a week on all our shopping needs.

“It’s easy if you plan your meals in advance – I write mine on a blackboard in the kitchen.

“If you plan and get creative, you can make the food stretch. I always know what meals I buy ingredients for in advance so I can find the cheapest options.”

Freeze for convenience

Buy frozen whenever you can to reduce costs. Fruits and vegetables as well as some meat and fish are much cheaper in the freezer. In addition, you do not waste food as it does not go off.

Gemma added: “Frozen salmon is great on a budget. A packet of frozen fillets costs me £ 3.30 in Tesco – buying similar quantities in the chilled section easily costs a few pounds more.”

Lauren Roddick, a 33-year-old elderly nurse from Glasgow, added: “I have two refrigerators with freezers, so I freeze most of my goods.

“In a Too Good To Go bag, I recently got passion fruit, so I took the pulp out and put it in ice cube trays and added them to cocktails, which was great.

“I always freeze my bread so I want to make sure it is cut into slices before it gets in the freezer.”

4. Follow the seasons for 3p cucumbers

Fruits and vegetables are much cheaper when in season. They will also taste better and that is better for the planet.

In the fall and winter months, you can go for peppers, pumpkins, apples, arugula, tomatoes, squash, cranberries and mushrooms to save money.

Laura Bailey, an NHS PA and mother-of-one from Leeds, said: “It’s important to have a good knowledge of food so you know what you can do with it.

“One summer I picked up several cucumbers for 3p each and lots of tomatoes. I made gazpacho and froze it in containers, which I then took to work, and got the perfect chilled soup (as it thaws during the day).

“Sometimes I just make any vegetable I have available, pour some herbs in with homemade broth and blend into a quick cheap hot soup in the winter.”

5. Grow your own for 5p

Growing vegetables and herbs in your garden is easier than you might think.

Kat Phoenix, 28, of Blaenau Gwent, shared how she started her vegetable crop on a budget.

She said: “Every three months or so, I get reduced potatoes, usually for 5-10p a packet. I put them in the back of the closet for a few weeks until they germinate, and then plant them.

“I started growing vegetables this way a few years ago and planted garlic that was not used in time and had started to germinate.

“Then I went on to experiment with sprouting potatoes and onions, which I started putting in plastic threats in the garden.

“The tips of leeks, spring onions, carrots and parsnips can be placed in soil of varying depths and continue to grow new products. Spring onions are especially useful as they can be placed on the windowsill in only a small amount of water.”

6. Coupons and cashback to get £ 28 food for £ 5.60

There are lots of coupon codes online that will help save money – if you are new to the store or spending over a certain amount.

Jo Bohm, 36, from the Isle of Wight, has two children aged nine and 12. She said: “I find discounts by going to money-saving sites for discount codes.

“It’s always worth checking to see if you can get your money back on a purchase from Quidco. By combining all these tricks, I’ve saved a lot of money over time.”

Adam Attew, a 32-year-old retail assistant from Stratford, London, uses a similar method.

He said: “I am a regular bargain hunter and have saved thousands with cashback apps like CheckoutSmart and ClickSnap on Quidco.

“I have picked up free food, drinks and supplies, and I also get regular discounts on clothes and household items.”

Leia Winch, a 37-year-old career counselor from Telford, added: ” When I plan to shop, I make use of Shopmium and CheckoutSmart apps whenever I can.

“For example, I got a draw for £ 5.67 instead of £ 28.30 using both of these and a cashback offer.

“I managed to pick up a box of Cheerios, a box of Shreddies, two boxes of Shredded Wheat, six boxes of Off The Eaten Path sticks, two Chocolate Hazelnut Graze bars, two Salted Caramel Graze bars and two cans of San Pellegrino for just over one femmer. “

7. Yellow sticker loves for 35p pork

The yellow sticker walkway includes greatly reduced food, which is about to become obsolete.

Karen Kirton loves a yellow sticker deal

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Karen Kirton loves a yellow sticker dealCredit: Karen Kirton
She trades in the afternoon to get a good bargain

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She trades in the afternoon to get a good bargainCredit: Karen Kirton

Karen Kirton, 59, a Newbury grand-of-fire, said: “I would usually shop at Sainsbury’s around 2pm on Wednesday or Thursday.

“Yellow stickers are put on for the first time that day, so not the best deal, but still cheaper than if I had shopped an hour earlier. I buy vegetables, meat and fish that I can put directly in the freezer when I get home . “

Abi Hallam, 29, from Gedling, Nottingham, added: “We usually go around noon.

“We then check back on the reduced sections before going to checkout. We have saved hundreds of pounds by buying discounted food.

“At Morrison’s I often manage to get the offer in. I got curry fillets reduced from £ 3 to 75p, topside beef reduced from £ 4.68 to 94p, fried pork reduced from £ 3.49 to 35p and fried turkey breast reduced from £ 2, 79 to 70p. “

Abi Hallam says that at.  6pm is the best time to bid on yellow stickers - and Morrisons is the best store

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Abi Hallam says that at. 6pm is the best time to bid on yellow stickers – and Morrisons is the best storeCredit: Abi Hallam
She showed her move to the latest offers

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She showed her move to the latest offersCredit: Abi Hallam

8. Shop around

By using a supermarket comparison tool before you go to the stores, you can find out where the best prices for the items on your shopping list are – and not be afraid to visit more than one store.

Emma Wild, 33, of Greater Manchester, said: “I generally rotate between Asda, Tesco, Aldi, Food Warehouse and occasionally Lidl or Sainsbury’s.

“I shop at Tesco a couple of times a month as I get my pet food from there – and the Clubcard discounts are fantastic, especially around Christmas.

“To my big store, I go to Aldi every week, as it tends to work cheaper. I like their own branded products – they are just as good as the bigger ones in my opinion.”

Greta Smith, a 27-year-old nutritionist and health coach from Birmingham, added: “I like to compare multiple stores until I find the best deal.

“Some of my best deals were frozen wild salmon from Aldi, where you get 550g of wild salmon fillets for just £ 3.99. You would pay around £ 12 for the same amount of fresh salmon fillets elsewhere.”

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