If your main expense during lockdown is food bills, and the weekly shop seems to skyrocket, take a leaf out of this savvy mum’s book.
Cheryl Anderson, a mum-of-three from Huddersfield, decided to batch cook meals for her partner Darren’s elderly grandparents - and she managed to make 26 meals for just £20.
Cheryl, who works in homeless hostels for young people, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I decided to batch cook for Darren’s grandparents because I heard through his sister that his grandad was going to their local Tesco Express and buying ready meals.
"They are quite independent and active and used to have day trips to the markets and with Covid-19 they obviously haven’t been.”
The 39-year-old has been with Darren for seven years and has three children with her previous partner.
"My current partner's grandparents have never missed their birthday or Christmas and included them straight away - no questions, we all became part of their family,” Cheryl explained.
"His grandma is 83 and his grandad is 81 and still drives, so this lockdown is hard for them.
"I cook a lot for family gatherings and I wanted to make sure that they knew I valued them, so decided to make them some food they could freeze.”
Cheryl got all her ingredients for the batch cooking session from Aldi.
"I bought frozen chicken breasts, fresh mince, sausages and then ‘wonky’ veg that takes a bit more time to prepare, but is still decent quality," Cheryl told LatestDeals.co.uk.
She cooked up a feast and tubbed everything up in cheap containers she bought from Home Bargains: "I made shepherds pie, spaghetti bolognese, sausage and mash, stew and dumplings, chicken casserole and chicken curry.
And how did the grandparents react to the special food delivery?
Cheryl said: "They were very happy - my partner dropped them off and we stayed in the car and they both came to the front door to shout thank you.”
Cheryl’s advice for anyone looking to do the same is to plan and look at what’s on offer and what’s cheap, advising savvy shoppers to "buy the ‘wonky’ veg, it might take longer to prep, but it’s all good food”.
Cheryl, Darren and the three children are now in isolation after her youngest daughter started showing symptoms of Covid-19.
But the mum-of-three said shopping isn’t an issue though as she’s also got “lots of meals prepped and well stocked freezers.”
“Cheryl’s 26 meals for £20 is really inspiring and shows that as long as you plan meals carefully and shop for only the ingredients you need, you can feed the whole family for less.”
Cheryl's Aldi Shopping List
Total cost: £20.13
Cheryl also added herbs, spices and salt she already had in the kitchen.
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