A SINGLE mum-of-four has shared the shopping trick she swears by to save her time and money every month.
Charlene regularly shares money-saving tips on her Mummy Budgets social media pages, and took to TikTok to explain how she makes her grocery shopping as cheap as possible.
“Spent £190 on everything and top up weekly around £15, so much easier and cheaper buying monthly!”
Charlene added that she bakes and cooks from scratch as much as possible, so gets three dozen eggs to last her for four weeks.
“Got so much for my money, Aldi is definitely the cheapest at the moment,” she said.
She picked up “loads of chicken, mince and salmon” – especially the latter as it was “on offer for £3.49 this week”.
Charlene also got enough food to do packed lunches for her kids for the month.
And to make meals as flavourful as possible, she loves her “garlic, onions and ginger”.
But she admitted that all the bits she picked up in Aldi took her a staggering two hours to put away.
She puts as much as possible in her freezer to ensure it doesn’t go off before she does her next shop.
And when everything is finally put away, it’s “time for a cuppa”.
“Doing the monthly food shop as a single mum of four,” Charlene captioned the video.
“How do you deal with dates though?” one person commented on the clip.
“I’ve tried monthly and everything’s out of date a week later!”
“I freeze the meat and fish and I do a weekly top up of about £15 for bread milk fresh fruit and veg,” Charlene replied.
“Howwww?! I spent nearly £180+ every 2 weeks with 3 kids,” another said.
“Shopping is rinsinggg me.”
“I meal plan everything takes a lot of my time tbf,” Charlene responded.
“I do a £15 a week top up also.”
“I’m like £150-£200 a week on food and that’s me cooking from scratch, no jars or anything,” a third commented.
“I think my lot eat too much!”
“Yeah I was spending a lot before I literally have to meal plan for the month to spend this amount and do £15 top up a week,” Charlene said.
“How do you stop your kids snacking relentlessly?” someone else questioned.
“Constant battle here and we 2 weeks shops for this reason! Tried everything!”
“They are really fussy eaters 2 of them have asd so they snack on fruit a lot and that’s what they are into,” Charlene replied.
“I have to top up for fruit weekly.”
And she buys so much that it takes her two hours to put it all away[/caption]