A mother-of-one has told how she cooked five full family meals spending just £25 at Aldi, helping families weather the cost of living crisis that is driving up many household bills
A mum has shared how she cooked five family meals spending just £25 on Aldi .
Instagrammer Ashleigh, also known as @Cardiff.Mum, uploads photos of her Aldi shopping cart to help other busy parents with meal ideas.
The mother-of-one works as a geography teacher and her posts have earned her 69,800 followers on Instagram.
Tens of thousands of people have liked her latest shopping post in which Ashleigh shows off her £25 trolley and the meals she made with the goods.
Among them were Parmesan-crusted Chicken Alfredo, Cajun Chicken Ciabattas, Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi, and Pulled Chicken and Chorizo Quesadillas.
Along with recipes, Ashleigh shares her top tips for optimizing your shopping.
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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 the prize 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 essential goods of which own brands and items such as 28 Day Hovis Bread – 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 created a Instagram highlight reel of all her recipes and ideas for shoppers to check out if they are meal planning 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
- Pickled 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 store prices were rising at the fastest rate for more than a decade as the Cost of life crisis bites.
And in a blow to already hammered household budgets, food prices are rising to near record highs.
British Retail Consortium figures released today reveal that the in-store 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 ceiling is at £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 increase by around £180 as the cost of living crisis continues to weigh on households.
Municipal tax bills will increase around £100 in April because of the skyrocketing cost of social care.