We’re frugal mothers who batch cook for three months for £130 and shop for 3p bargains.
SAVVY mothers have revealed their best tips for feeding the family on a budget, including batch cooking to save £130 per month and finding bargains for as little as 3p.
The Bank of England expects inflation to rise to 5% in April, while interest rates remain at a record low of 0.1 percent. This means that grocery shopping will become more expensive.
This does not, however, imply that you must spend hundreds of dollars each week.
These moms share their best tips for stocking your grocery cart on a budget so you don’t go broke…
One simple way to save money at the grocery store is to plan ahead of time and batch cook your meals using bargains from the yellow sticker section.
This tip also saves you time during the week because you’ll only have to microwave your meals.
Liane Greenly, 38, of Lincoln, paid £137 at Aldi for a three-month supply of a mega batch cook.
“I made meals that were all similar in their base ingredients and altered by the herbs,” she told LatestDeals.co.uk.
“Spaghetti, lasagne, and cottage pie, for example, are all similar until the last few ingredients.
Cooking in bulk is more convenient than cooking every night.
“By making a large batch and freezing the rest, it saves money.
If you’re having a lazy day, a home cooked meal straight from the freezer and into the microwave is much cheaper and healthier than a takeaway.”
Meal planning saves money because you won’t have to double up on ingredients, go to a more expensive local supermarket, or order takeout on the spur of the moment.
To begin, go through your kitchen cabinets and make a meal plan.
Then you can go shopping for exactly what you’re missing.
“I spend no more than £50 a week for all of our shopping needs,” Gemma Brooks, 32, from Hertfordshire, said.
“It’s simple if you plan your meals ahead of time; I keep track of mine on a kitchen whiteboard.”
“You can stretch food if you plan ahead and get creative.
I always plan ahead of time which meals I’ll be making so I can find the best deals.”
To keep costs down, buy frozen whenever possible.
The freezer aisle has much cheaper fruits and vegetables, as well as some meat and fish.
You also won’t waste food because it won’t spoil.
“Frozen salmon is great on a budget,” Gemma added.
In Tesco, a pack of frozen fillets costs £3.30; buying similar quantities in the chilled section easily costs a…
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