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‘How I saved thousands switching to Aldi and Lidl’ – one dad shares his frugal food tips

35-year-old father of three Joseph Seager might be thrifty – but even he found himself opting for convenience during lockdown, shopping at Asda and Tesco where he could get the family’s shop delivered to their door. But it wasn’t until he started to see his shopping cost upwards of £100 a week, that he realised it was time for a change. Now Joseph buys almost the same food shop from Aldi and Lidl and he’s nearly £2,000 richer.

As well as swapping supermarkets, the Lancashire dad has swapped well known brands for their lesser known alternatives and has been amazed at how much extra money he has in his pocket.

Instead of spending £100 a week on food, it’s now closer to £60 and the kids haven’t even noticed!

“Why spend £2 on Tomato Ketchup when you can buy it for £65p?” he said. “The kids haven’t even noticed! As long as food is on the table they’re not that bothered.”

It’s obviously worth doing – the money he’s saved will pay for a family trip to Legoland as well a few family trips away in their campervan too.

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Although people know they can save a lot of money by switching supermarkets, it can be easier to stick with what they know.

Joseph added: “It’s easier to stick with the same shop you’re used to, going up and down the same aisles, picking the products that you always have.

Getting out of that mindset will open us up to more affordable supermarket own brands and cheaper options, which, in many cases, are pretty much the same.”

But it’s not just about switching supermarkets for cheaper ones, another way Joseph and his wife save a fortune is by planning their meals in advance.

“We tend to type out what we’re having during the week, print it out and stick it on the inside of a cupboard door,” he explained.

“We can then get things out of the freezer should we need to or set the slow cooker going first thing in the morning.”

The thrifty family also make their food go further by sticking to portion sizes and making more meals out of the leftovers.

“Roast chicken leftovers will go into a pie and soup and sandwiches,” Joseph said. “The kids get plenty of fruit and veg and are willing to try new things too. I fully expect the amount we spend to go up as the children get older.”

Not only has Joseph saved £2,080 a year on food but he’s also saved over £3,000 a year on household bills and cancelling his subscriptions.

In addition he has some handy hints for making savings before Christmas like cutting down on takeaways and putting the money saved straight in a present fund.

People could also switch energy companies especially now that bills are set to rise significantly over the festive season.

With less than 100 days to go until the big day, there’s no better time to start making savings.


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