Thrifty mum cuts family food bill by £150 using these really simple tricks
Supermarket bills are one of the biggest weekly expenses for families – and most will know of the difficulty that comes with trying to stick to a budget.
But one woman has figured it all out – and she's slashed her monthly food bill from £220 to just £67.65.
Kayleigh Murray, 24, from Monmouthshire, decided to set herself and her partner Perry, 29, the challenge of completing a monthly food shop for under £100.
"My partner and I came up with the idea to set ourselves a challenge. As long as it was under £100 we would be happy, as previously we were spending on average £220 a month," Kayleigh said.
"We want to save money as we are planning a wedding and I need money to be able to get a car as I'm learning to drive."
To achieve their radical cost cutting ambition every month, Kayleigh creates extensive meal plans and shopping lists to be more organised and to cut the temptation of impulse buying.
"I just sat down and thought of different meal ideas with my partner," she told money-saving blog Latest Deals .
"We were eating a lot of processed food last year and I didn't want to eat like that anymore. I wanted to eat a bit healthier.
"I wanted to make meal plans and shopping lists to cut down costs and food waste and to maintain a healthier lifestyle."
Kayleigh also advocates shopping online to reduce temptation to buy deals you don't really need.
"We do our shopping online at Tesco and we find it much better than going into store as when we were going into the store we were picking up things we didn't actually need and wasting a lot of money.
"It's so easily done as you think 'look that's on offer', but online we only look for the stuff we need and we also opted for cheaper alternatives because at the end of the day everything is practically the same.
"I have such a passion for cooking – I love it when we have a bit of everything left and I just throw loads of stuff together and hope for the best, but it always turns out delicious. I can remember when we literally had no money and all we had was pasta and sauces and chorizo and cheese but it was one of the nicest meals we've had. My partner always says to me that I can make a meal out of anything and always make it tasty!
"My tips to people would be to shop online and make a meal plan first. Check what you already have in your cupboards and freezer as you will be surprised how many meals you can make out of the stuff you already have in.
"If you'd rather go into store, then take a list and stick to your list. Portion control your meals as well and stop buying junk food as we don't actually need it.
"My monthly food shop is under now £70 a month but with toiletries, washing products, dog food and cat food we spend just under £100 a month whereas before we were spending about £220!"
Plus, there's an added bonus of eating your own cooked food.
"I have lost three stone from eating healthier and walking," Kayleigh said.
Kayleigh now shares her recipes and meal plans on her own Facebook page called Cooking On A Low Budget, hoping to inspire others to be able to cut down the price of their monthly shop and to cook healthier recipes.
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