Mom reveals easy changes including batch cooking saves £250 a month

Mother-of-two Lorraine Smith says she’s saving £250 a month by making simple lifestyle changes – and her frugal lifestyle means she’s been able to afford one new bed

Lorraine Smith Explains Her Money Saving Tips
Lorraine Smith Explains Her Money Saving Tips

The cost of living crisis That means millions of families across the UK are looking to cut spending on their supermarkets.

The estimated food bill is as much as £180 this year, according to consulting firm Kantar.

But one mother explained how she save £250 per month by making simple changes to her lifestyle – and her frugal lifestyle meant she was able to afford a new bed.

Lorraine Smith, 52, a mother of two from Berkshire, cooks her meals in batches, upcycles her bike furniture instead of buying new, and hunts designer goods in pound shops and boutiques charity.

The money saver shares her tips to help you if you’re struggling to make ends meet.

Lorraine likes to make all her food from scratch


She made cakes for her family by herself on her birthday


Lorraine said : “My savings started early last year.

“The reason I started saving was I needed a new bed and I didn’t have the money so I bought myself a savings tin to deal with.

“With each forklift, I put money in the tin instead of buying a new item. I’ve got a new bed and now I’m saving for a rainy day. ”

Lorraine says she cooks all of her family’s favorites in bulk to save money – including items like chicken curries, savory mince, pastries, lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and pizza.

She buys all her ingredients in larger packages and spends a day cooking.

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Just some of Lorraine’s craft supplies


“In the long run, with each dish, I save about £30 because I make enough to last a few months,” says Lorraine.

“For example, I cook a savory with peas, onions, and carrots for a shepherd’s pie, then in another pan I add chili and peppers for a bolognese pasta.

“With minced meat and vegetables, I get six servings of shepherd’s pie and six servings of bolognese pasta.

“I also started making my own jam because it tastes so much better than store bought.

“I use fruit from the yellow sticker section in my local store and I pick black raspberries and then I freeze them.

“I also make my own Chinese takeaway because it saves me more than £20 buying instead of ordering.

“I can say my batch cooking saves me around £150 a month on my shopping bills.”

One of Lorraine’s DIY projects


Lorraine says she saves around £250 a month


Other small tweaks Lorraine has made to save money include making your own Christmas cards using the free app and my printer.

When it comes to upgrades, the money-saving mom estimates she’s saved over £400 this year instead of buying brand new.

Lorraine also saves money on shopping by picking up DIY merchandise from her nearest pound store.

‘I just sanded things up, then painted them by hand or used spray paint from my local £1 shop,’ she says.

“A friend of mine is decorating her bedroom and has some old bedside equipment that is very old and worn out.

“I sanded them down and used the black spray from the £1 store. On the shelf, I re-coated it with glittery pink sticky vinyl from the £1 store.

“I had some left over so I used it to wrap two coasters. In total, it cost me £3 and saved my friend over £100 because she doesn’t need to buy new.

“A lot of the things that I ride my motorbike for very little when I’m bargain hunting in the pound shops and charity shops.

“I also make birthday cakes for the birthdays of the local elderly, and the morning coffee saves them money.

“All together, with all these monthly savings, I should have saved around £250.”

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