Mum's smart post-Christmas bulk-buying will help keep her family fed all year01/12/2022
A super-saver mum has shared her shopping tips after bulk-buying enough food to help feed her family for the rest of 2022.
Lindzi Bebbington-Colbourne saved more than £1,000 by buying groceries near the use-by date.
Not only has she got enough meat to see herself and her three kids through until Christmas, but she also buys enough to share with friends and family – and to donate to food banks.
How has Lindzi been able to stockpile so much food? With the help of five freezers.
The police officer from Lincolnshire has been shopping in the reduced section for years, explaining that she was raised in a poor household, so she knows how important it is to not let food go to waste.
The 47-year-old said: ‘I know how it feels to be hungry as a child and I thank my childhood for my bargain hunting ethic.
‘I buy good quality food at reduced prices and freezing my shopping allows me to grab a bargain now and save money in the long run.
‘Saving money is a huge buzz for me and I love seeing other people getting bargains too.
‘The price of living has gone through the roof, so I like to encourage people to save where they can – and you can save money on your food shopping.’
Lindzi went shopping twice between Christmas and New year and got a stash of festive meats and treats. On Boxing Day, she spent £200 and bought food originally costing more than £750, including individual turkeys to feed 16 people.
She said: ‘My annual tradition on Boxing Day is to bulk buy reduced foods.
‘It was 50% off all chilled items, which should have been £323 and I paid £159.
‘Then I bought four huge turkeys which were originally between £85 and £100 each.
‘The whole turkeys were £7.50 and the crowns were half the original price and then 50% off again.
‘They should have cost £441.95, but I got four turkeys and two crowns for £50.’
Lindzi, who said you can freeze almost everything, also bought chicken breasts, sausages, cheese, pies, and meat-filled pastries.
She said: ‘You can buy reduced fresh food too.
‘You can freeze fresh vegetables, milk, cheese and bread.
‘If it’s on its sell-by date just put it in the freezer and I promise you it all tastes just as good.’
Another shopping trip on New Year’s Eve saw Lindzi bag £250 worth of reduced items for just £89.
The mum has children Poppi, 12, Tobias, 14, and Elise, 20, and due to her demanding job, she likes to batch cook and meal plan.
‘We love casseroles, curries and pies, we just chuck it all in,’ she said.
‘Nothing gets wasted, and it really does go a long way. I won’t need to buy meat until the end of the year.’
Not only does Lindzi have five freezers, but she’s also got 10 slow cookers and her bulk-buying means her weekly shopping bill gets cut right down too.
She said: ‘I have to be organised. I have a chest freezer for joints of meat, a tall upfront freezer for fish and separate drawers for sausage, chicken etc.
‘I spend around £50 a week to feed the four of us and my freezers are full to bursting.
‘I do little shops once a week for basics like milk. I can’t resist shopping for sticker bargains.
‘I use all the main supermarkets – they all reduce items usually three times per day, but the best reductions are at night.
‘I also give loads away to family, friends and to food banks and local families.
‘I will help anyone. Nobody should be going hungry.
‘People used to be ashamed of getting a bargain, but now it’s something to be proud of, and I am proud to provide good quality food for a fraction of the cost for my family.’
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