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Money-Saving Mum Reveals Secret To Cutting Food Shop From £60 To £30

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2nd November 2020, 11:59 AM
  • Kayleigh Fisher, 27, cut her weekly shop down from £60 to £30
  • After being made redundant, Kayleigh had to take more care with her weekly shop
  • She now shops at Aldi and Lidl and hunts for yellow sticker bargains

If the cost and stress of food shopping is making you feel anxious as we go into another lockdown, take a leaf out of this money-saving mum’s book.

Kayleigh Fisher, 27, a stay at home mum from Somerset, has revealed how yellow sticker shopping is her food budgeting saviour - especially at the end of the month before payday.

She reveals that yellow sticker shopping helps her save up to half on her food shop and has allowed her to cut down from spending £60 a week to just £30.

Kayleigh told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I'm always looking for ways to save money so I can do more things with my family. Yellow stickers are my saviours especially at the end of the month when money is tight.

"I'm pretty good at budgeting but there's always that one unexpected payment that causes us to be short. Also, with buying yellow stickers, I can put it in the freezer and save for those unexpected days.

“During lockdown I was made redundant from my work a a cleaner which impacted how much money I had to spend on food. My tip to others is to ask your local shop when they do reductions so that you can be there.

"I found Morrisons to have the best yellow stickers but if I don't go there I regularly shop at Aldi or Lidl as a £100 shop in Tesco or ASDA is about £60 in Aldi or Lidl.

“For example, one week I went in to get a week's worth of shopping which would have cost about £40 but I only spent £15 thanks to the yellow stickers, so I got a good saving of £25 that I can now put back for Christmas shopping!”

Kayleigh also recommends not getting overexcited by yellow stickers and then buying things you wouldn’t eat that end up in the bin.

She also says that making a meal plan avoids impulse buying in the supermarket and helps her plan her week.

"I would only buy food at a reduced price if I would normally buy it at full price,” she adds.

"Another tip I can give to others is to ask the local shop what times they would reduce items and to know where the reduced items are kept in the shop.

"I've only been really shopping for reduced items when I was made redundant as before it wasn't a regular thing. I make the food last by storing it in a deep freezer and also do a meal plan for the week.

“On Monday we have spaghetti bolognese, on Tuesday a curry of some sort, on Wednesday cottage pie, on Thursday meat and veg, on Friday something with chips, on Saturday pizza and on Sunday a roast dinner.

"When planning meals in advance it helps me save money so I don't buy unnecessary food, and helps me shop quicker to knowing what I'm already buying.

"So I will get a price list up and work out how much my shopping will cost. But if I see something I would normally buy with a yellow sticker I know I'm going to save that little bit more too.

"Plus, planning meals means the kids will know what they are getting for tea!

“You should also always shop around to find the cheapest things - I shop around Aldi and Lidl as I have found them to be much cheaper than the bigger named shops.”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Food shopping is always an expensive part of the week, but Kayleigh’s tips should help you save a huge amount on your shop.

“Instead of chucking things into your shopping basket, make a meal plan and stick to it. Shop at Lidl and Aldi and buy own-brand supermarket items rather than expensive names and you’ll soon notice the savings totting up!"

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