Savvy mum cooks gourmet meals using only yellow sticker buys

One woman is using the reduced to clear aisle to make gourmet meals and has saved a load of money in the process.

Four years ago, Sarah Whelan, 37, from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester decided to stock up her fridge and feed her family with yellow sticker food.

Since then, she has managed to save thousands.

After the birth of her son, Lucas, two, Sarah started dieting but found the meals bland and boring. To spice things up, she started experimenting and now enjoys meals like Moroccan venison meatballs.

To keep things healthy, Sarah chooses high protein, low carb food, and to her delight, these items are available in the reduced section.

‘Some of the meals include salmon mac and cheese, Moroccan venison meatballs with parmesan air fried aubergine, Greek prawns and steak, beef Sunday roast, lamb koftas, chicken Sunday roast, steak chicken and beef tacos, lamb tagine and Chinese pork cabbage rolls,’ Sarah explained.

‘I have always had a great passion for cooking. However, after the birth of my son I started dieting and I found the food a bit boring and bland so I decided to start experimenting with different foods.

‘Mostly high in protein and lower in carbs, I use reduced carb pasta which incidentally was also reduced. I find the better quality the ingredients, the better quality of the dish.

‘I made these high quality, low fat meals that we could have on the go rather than ready meals and it paid off. I managed to lose six stone in 18 months!’

As she has been shopping this way for years, Sarah has serious expertise when it comes to yellow sticker produce.

‘Recently, I got two Tesco finest corn fed full chickens, they should have been around £15 each but I got them for half price,’ she said.

‘I also got multiple bags of prepped broccoli for 40p a bag. The whole shop cost £56 but should’ve been worth of £100.

‘I have saved thousands shopping this way, I couldn’t even estimate how much.

‘I have bought my meat this way for years. It’s a great way to make sure you’re getting good quality meat at a much lower cost and all you need to do is freeze it.’

Now Sarah is sharing her top tips for others who want to shop this way.

Sarah’s shopping tips

  • Get to know your local supermarket, where the reduced section is and when is the best time to go.
  • Get creative with your cooking. Be open to whatever you might find on the shelf and work with that.
  • Be realistic about use by dates. It is pretty obvious if veg is gone off but otherwise, be open minded. Remember, you can freeze the majority of fruit too.
  • If you’re a Tesco shopper, visit the store on Thursdays mid-afternoon as their food generally expires then before they restock for the weekend shoppers.
  • Aldi and Lidl are where Sarah gets her veg from, she finds the quality is better and the lifespan of their veg is much better too.

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