A SUPER frugal mom shared her sticker shopping tip online after buying so much reduced meat she had enough to feed her family of four for the rest of the year.
Lindzi Bebbington-Colbourne has saved more than £1,000 on food that’s nearing its expiration date – but the mother of three has FIVE freezers and the bargain will last her family until next Christmas.
The police officer from Lincolnshire has been buying discount groceries for years and shares her tips to help other families stay on budget.
The 47-year-old explains that she grew up in a poor household so she knows the value of a bargain and the importance of not letting food go to waste.
“I knew what it felt like to be hungry as a child, and I thank my childhood for my brand-hunting ethic,” says Lindzi.
“I buy good quality food at reduced prices, and freezing my shopping allows me to get a bargain now and save money in the long run.
“Saving money is a big hit for me and I love seeing other people get bargains too.
“The cost of living has gone up too much, so I want to encourage people to save where they can – and you can save money on your grocery shopping.”
Lindzi went shopping twice between Christmas and New Year and bought a range of festive meats and treats.
On Boxing Day, she spent £200 and bought food that initially cost more than £750, including individual turkeys to feed 16 people.
“My annual tradition on boxing day is to buy large quantities of reduced food,” she said.
“It was 50% off all chilled items, it should have been £323 and I paid £159.
“Then I bought four huge turkeys with an initial price of between £85 and £100 each.
“The whole turkey is £7.50 and the crown is half the original price and then 50% off again.
“The turkey should have been £441.95 but I got four turkeys and two crowns for £50.”
Lindzi also buys chicken breasts, sausages, pies, cheeses and meatloaf and says you can freeze almost anything.
“You can also buy reduced fresh food,” she says.
“You can freeze fresh vegetables, milk, cheese and bread.
“If it’s sold by date just put it in the freezer and I promise you it all tastes as good as fresh.”
Lindzi also bundles free fruit and veg and another New Year’s Eve bulk shopping outlet saw her buy £250 off items for just £89.
The busy mom has three teenagers, 12-year-old Poppi, 14-year-old Tobias, and 20-year-old Elise.
She said: “I plan my meals every week because of work.
“We love casseroles, curries and pies, we just love to eat.
“Nothing is wasted and it really goes a long way. I won’t need to buy meat until the end of the year.”
Lindzi has 5 freezers and 10 slow cookers, which are put to good use.
“I have to be organized,” she says, “I have a freezer for meat, a tall front freezer for fish and separate drawers for sausages, chicken, etc.”
Buying in bulk means her weekly shopping bill is also significantly reduced.
She said: “I spend about £50 a week feeding the four of us and my freezer is full to the point of exploding.
“I open a small shop once a week for basic things like milk. I can’t resist shopping for cheap.
“I use all the major supermarkets, they all drop items usually three times per day but the best discounts are at night.
“I also give a lot to family and friends and to food banks and local families.
“I will help anyone. No one should be hungry.
“People used to be embarrassed to get a bargain but now it’s something to be proud of and I take pride in providing good quality food at a fraction of the cost for my family.”
https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8192349/saved-1k-filling-five-freezers-food-next-christmas/ I’ve saved £1k by filling FIVE freezers with bargains and got enough meat to feed my family until next Christmas