Savvy sisters save £500 a month by yellow-sticker shopping and batch-cooking

Savvy sisters save £500 a month by yellow-sticker shopping and batch-cooking

05/07/2022

Keen to save some money on your weekly food shop?

Take note from sister Kate McCarthy, 41, and Angie Bond, 52 – they are masters of the art of bargain food-buying.

Kate spends around £40 a week to feed her family of five, while Angie feeds her family of four for just £30 – and the sisters reckon they save £120 a week between them.

So, how do they do it?

It’s all thanks to hunting down yellow-sticker items, as well as using apps like Olio and Too Good To Go.

Although they live apart, with Kate in Greenwich, London and Angie in Launceston, Cornwall, they’re always quick to compare deals and share tips and tricks.

Kate said: ‘We never see it as a competition, it’s about supporting each other.

‘We speak every day and send each other tips that we see online, or recipes.

‘It all started because we were just talking about healthy eating, and how you can live on a budget and still make good meals.

‘From there we both started making an effort to save on food shops and help each other!”

Saving on food shops has become more important as the cost of living increases.

Kate said: ‘We can use the extra money you save to go towards electric bills, or anything you need.

‘Everyone’s had to change the way they’re living now that fuel prices and everything have gone up.

‘Having a bit of extra money to set aside just gives us peace of mind.’

The pair usually find the best deals in Tesco and Morrisons, and make sure to go regularly to spot the best discounted items.

‘We head there and go to the reduced shelf, because sometimes you can get stuff really cheap,’ Kate explained.

‘There’s a lady on my road who gets loads of stuff that she gives away on Olio.

‘It’s also great for the planet because there’s less food going to waste.’

Another key part of their savvy saving? Batch cooking.

This not only allows them to save money, but also time – and helps the sisters to eat more healthily.

‘When we get hauls we freeze a lot of stuff,’ Kate noted.

‘Batch cooking makes things so much easier, because when you aren’t feeling up to cooking you can just whip something out.

‘I have fibromyalgia, and Angie had arthritis, so some days are better than others, and when I have more energy I can make a huge batch to freeze and use on bad days.

‘You’ve always got that back-up.’

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