The sisters save £500 a month on groceries with two simple cost-cutting tricks

Kate McCarthy and Angie Bond are saving around £500 a month in supermarkets. They use food waste apps Too Good To Go and Olio, and hunt for yellow sticker deals to keep costs down

Kate McCarthy and Angie Bond save around £500 a month together
Kate McCarthy and Angie Bond save around £500 a month together

Saving money at your grocery store is becoming more and more important as the cost of living increases.

If you’re looking to cut back on your spending, take inspiration from sisters Kate McCarthy and Angie Bond, who together save around £500 in supermarkets every month.

Kate, 41, spends around £40 a week to support her family of five and her sister Angie, 52, spends £30 to support a family of four, saving a combined £120 a week.

The two are looking for yellow stickers to keep costs down and are big fans of the food waste apps Too Good To Go and Olio.

Too Good To Go works with retailers like Greggs, Marks and Spencer and Costa, as well as smaller, independent stores, to sell ‘grab bags’ of groceries that would otherwise be thrown away at the end of the day.

Prices start at around £3 for a bag. The only downside is that you can’t choose what food you get as it depends on what’s available on the day.

The sisters look for yellow sticker deals to save money


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Olio is a free sharing app where people give away groceries and other household items to people who live nearby.

The idea is that everything listed on Olio is free since it’s given away so you don’t have to pay anything.

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Kate, who lives in Greenwich, London, said: “We never see it as a competition, it’s about supporting each other. We talk every day and send each other tips we see online or recipes.

“It all started with us just talking about healthy eating and how to live on a budget and still make good meals.

“From there, we both made efforts to save on groceries and help each other out.”

The sisters with one of their many food transports


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Kate says the sisters support each other in their cost-cutting mission


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Kate said the couple will use the extra money they save to pay for utility bills and other increased expenses.

“Everyone has had to change their way of life now that fuel prices have gone up and everything,” she said.

“Having a little bit of extra cash to put aside just gives us peace of mind.”

The two usually find the best deals at Tesco and Morrisons.

She said: “We go there and go to the reduced shelf because sometimes you can get stuff really cheap.

“There’s a lady down my street who gets loads of stuff she’s giving away on Olio.

“It’s also great for the planet because less food is wasted.”

The savvy sisters have also turned to batch cooking to save money and eat healthier.

Kate said: “When we get transports we freeze a lot of stuff.

“Batch cooking makes things so much easier because when you don’t feel like cooking you can just whip up something.

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

“You always have that support.”

The couple doesn’t limit themselves to food when it comes to yellow stickers.

Angie, who lives in Launceston, said: “Living in Cornwall I am very aware of the impact that plastic pollution can have on our oceans.

“I saw a bottle of Ocean Saver bathroom cleaner in Morrisons a few weeks ago that I picked up at the store. I could hardly believe my luck.

“We’ve also had Olio cookbooks before, which have been and they’re perfect for when you’re not sure what to do with something you’ve caught.”

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