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Woman shopped £137 in last three months with anti-shopping list

A customer has explained how she went on a £137 grocery run to Aldi last three months – using an anti-shopping list and batch cooking.

Liane Greenly, 38, decided to stock up as she faced an operation that could put her out of action for weeks.

Liane said shoulder surgery would make it harder for her to cook and shop – so she decided to stock up on power for Aldi.

And she went on the only £137 shopping trip during her three months, reports The echo.

Liane, from Lincoln, turned her purchases into everything from cottage pie to cardamom cookies to ensure she and her partner would have a home-cooked meal every night while she recovered from surgery , LatestDeals.co.uk reports.

Liana said: “I had booked an upcoming shoulder reconstruction surgery.

“With my partner working full time and doing a science degree on his days off, it was impossible for him to manage all of this, in addition to helping me, cooking and cleaning.

“So I made a list of our favorite foods, a list of ingredients and the bins needed to house them. Then I bought a chest freezer.

“Admittedly, I bought one that was too small – my math needs some work!

“I then did what my partner calls the ‘anti-shopping list’, where I checked off what I already had in my cupboards.

Liane Greenly has set up a £137 Aldi grocery store in the past three months

“I batch cooked the main meal item for our evening meal.

“Rice, pasta, vegetables and other accompaniments would be purchased and cooked as needed.

“Batch cooking was a necessity to help both of us as I faced three months of recovery. It turned out the operation was canceled so we are now using the meals.

“But as the operation is confirmed, I’ll do it all over again.”

Liane Greenly has set up a £137 Aldi grocery store in the past three months

Liane Greenly has set up a £137 Aldi grocery store in the past three months

Liane used the same ingredients for a number of different meals.

She said: “For example, spaghetti, lasagna and cottage pie are all similar down to the last ingredients.

“Some pasta sauces could be made in minutes, so I made them quickly during the lunch break.

“We froze everything. I even made raw frozen marinated fajita kits ready to thaw and fry.”

Liane added: “My current plan is to cook each batch every couple of months and restock the chest freezer.

“Batch cooking has easily saved us at least £30 a week on our food purchases!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.ukcomments: “I recently had my first child and have found batch cooking to be a lifesaver when you’re tired and don’t have much time to cook.

“It’s amazing how Liane has managed to make her £137 shop last for so long. Her cooking looks really delicious too!

“If you want to do the same, a quick Google search brings up millions of results for batch cooking recipes.

“All you need is freezer space, plastic bins, tasty ingredients and a bit of free time, and you too can be well on your way to success. batch cooking, saving you time, money and hassle!”