A savvy mum has shared how she can whip up five hearty meals for her young family by spending just £25 at Aldi.
Instagrammer Ashleigh regularly uploads photos of her money-saving shopping cart to help inspire other busy parents and her 69,000 followers.
The mum-of-one, also known as @Cardiff.Mum, was able to prepare nutritious meals including Parmesan-crusted Chicken Alfredo, Cajun Chicken Ciabattas and Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi, mirror reports.
Along with recipes, Ashleigh shares her top tips for optimizing your shopping.
These include buying a kilogram of chicken breasts and using them in a number of ways and using spices you might already have in the cupboard.
Followers took to the platform to thank Ashleigh for the meal inspiration, tagging friends and family in the meal ideas.
Lu Weston commented, “It’s amazing! I’m definitely going to try some of these recipes! Thank you!”
Carissa said: “Ooo need the recipes. Sick of spending £100 on food shops!”
However, Aldi was not the cheapest supermarket in February.
That price goes to rival Lidl, according to the latest analysis comparing the cost of an average shopping list.
The monthly price test by Which? compared the cost of 23 essentials, including own brands and items such as Hovis bread, over 28 days – to reveal the cheapest grocer that month.
He found that on average shoppers would have paid £24.21 at Lidl.
It beat rival discounter Aldi by just 62p.
Ashleigh’s £25 Aldi shopping list Ashleigh has created an Instagram highlight reel of all her recipes and ideas for shoppers to check out if they’re planning meals on a budget.
She has step-by-step instructions on how to create her family meals.
Her shopping list (below) excludes items you may already have in your kitchen, like butter and sugar.
- Beef burgers
- Fresh arugula
- piccolo tomatoes
- A bag of small potatoes
- Leftover Sourdough Ciabattas
- A packet of mushrooms
- Pre-rolled puff pastry
- fresh parsley
- Sour cream
- spicy chorizo
- A packet of peppers
- wheat tortillas
- Bag of passata
- A bag of frozen raw or king prawns
- A large package of chicken breasts
- A bag of mashed potatoes
- A can of black beans or any legumes you have
Last week The Mirror reported that shop prices were rising at the fastest rate in more than a decade as the cost of living crisis took hold.
And in a blow to already hammered household budgets, food prices are rising to near record highs.
Figures from the British Retail Consortium released today reveal retail price inflation rose from 1.5% in January to 1.8% last month – the highest since November 2011.
Food inflation remained unchanged at 2.7% in February, he added.
But non-food inflation jumped from 0.9% to 1.3%, driven by the cost of health, beauty and furniture products.
Separate data from calculators Kantar recorded an even faster rise in food prices, at 4.3%.
But grocery costs aren’t the only bills to rise.
Energy bills are also increasing. The average household on a variable rate tariff cannot pay more than £1,277 a year due to a cap set by regulator Ofgem.
However, this cap increases to £1,971 on April 1 and could increase further in October.
If that wasn’t enough, the cost of other goods also increases.
Annual food bills are rising by around £180 as the cost of living crisis continues to weigh on households.
Council tax bills will rise by around £100 in April due to soaring social care costs.
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