Looking for a way to cut down the cost of your food bill?
Well, one mum is here to share her stellar ideas – she even manages to feed her family for between £30 and £35 a week.
That’s for herself and three children aged 21, 18 and nine.
Annmarie Hodgeson, 39, a housekeeper from Meden Val, learned how to batch cook during lockdown.
She told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : "I started batch-cooking one month into lockdown due to my daughter wanting to just snack.
"I batch cook so my kids still get all the nutrition that they need daily."
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She added: “I’m a housekeeper at Centre Parcs so when I'm on my eight rota days, I get really tired.
“It’s a very demanding job and I don't want to spend two hours cooking different meals.
So, Annmarie batch cooks a while bunch of dishes and freezes them.
When the kids are hungry, they choose what they want to eat and re-heat it.
Annmarie said: “Lockdown hit us hard and we really struggled financially especially because of all the panic buyers.
"I had just changed jobs as lockdown hit so I didn't qualify for furlough pay.
“I did shopping for myself and my children and also for my mum and dad who were sent the 12-week letters.
“The only meat I could get was mince and sausages.”
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She continued: “When I batch cook I don't often use jar sauce. It's cheaper to buy chopped tomatoes for your base sauce and add herbs and seasoning.
“If I didn't start to do this method, we wouldn't have eaten well during the pandemic.”
Annmarie cut her food bill from £70 a week to just £30.
The mum added: “Mince can make a big variety of meals: homemade burgers, spaghetti bolognese, cottage pie, shepherd's pie, pasta bake with sausage or mince and chilli.
“BBQ pulled pork in the slow cooker is also really easy. When it's cooked, I put it in freezer bags in portions.
"I always label meals but they are never thrown away as I cook for two weeks at a time.”
Annmarie also makes “pit man’s soup” using half a bag of yellow split peas and a pack of cooking bacon for 90p.
She said: "I try to go to the supermarket at around 9.30am, especially Morrisons as you can get their best mince reduced to a quarter of the price.
"If you go to Morrisons at 9.30am, there are always good deals in the fridges. Tesco’s reduce down from 5.30pm and ASDA from 6pm…
"I do my batch cooking the same day that I buy my meat so it's not frozen twice.
“Chicken korma or tikka wraps are perfect for the following day with no re-heating required.
"I buy my containers from Amazon: a pack of 30 is £12.99 and smaller clear ones are £1 from Poundland for a pack of eight.”
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