A THRIFTY mum who was redundant has shared her shopping hack which allowed her to cut her weekly shopping bill in half.
Kayleigh Fisher was among the thousands of Brits who lost their job due to the coronavirus pandemic, so she had to tighten the purse strings.
Mum Kayleigh Fisher was made redundant from her job as a cleaner over lockdown Credit: latestdeals.co.uk
She told LatestDeals.co.uk: “During lockdown I was made redundant from my work as a cleaner which impacted how much money I had to spend on food.”
The mum would usually spend £60 a week at Tesco or Asda on food for her and her family, but now she spends just £30.
Kayleigh says she never rarely shopped for yellow sticker food before the pandemic, but now called it her ‘saviour’.
She added: “I’ve only been really shopping for reduced items when I was made redundant as before it wasn’t a regular thing.”
Kayleigh, from Somerset, now scours the supermarket shelves for reduced items, and shared her tips to make sure you get the best selection.
The mum said: “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.
Yellow stickers are my saviours especially at the end of the month when money is tight
“Also, with buying yellow stickers, I can put it in the freezer and save for those unexpected days.”
Kayleigh claims Morrisons is the best shop to hunt down a bargain, and often heads there to find some deals.
She said: “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!
She now scours supermarkets for yellow sticker deals, saying Morrisons is the best Credit: latestdeals.co.uk
The mum said she’d usually spend £60 on a weekly shop for her family, so had to look for ways to reduce itCredit: latestdeals.co.uk
“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.”
But she urged people not to stock up simply because something is on offer, and only buy food you’d use.
She said: “I would only buy food at a reduced price if I would normally buy it at full price.
“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.”
She also shared her weekly meal planner, adding it’s a great way to use up everything you’ve got, ensuring nothing goes to waste.
The mum said: “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.
Kayleigh said freezing food and making a meal planner were good ways to make food go further Credit: latestdeals.co.uk
“I make the food last by storing it in a deep freezer and also do a meal plan for the week.
“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!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, added: “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!”
And this mum-of-16 shows what it takes to feed a huge family as she picks up a ‘small’ shop of 4kg of chicken & 21 pints of milk.