A savvy mum reveals how she bulk buys to feed her family for a year

Thrifty mother who bulk buys reduced produce that’s close to its sell-by date reveals she saved £1,000 by snapping up enough meat to last her family a YEARand has five freezers to store it

  • Lindzi, 47, from Lincolnshire has been bargain hunting in supermarkets for years
  • She has five freezers and 10 slow cookers filled with fresh produce and meat
  • The thrifty shopper buys cheap festive food between Christmas and New Year
  • A savvy mum has shared her cut-price shopping tips after bulk buying so much reduced meat she has enough to feed her family-of-four for the rest of the year.

    Lindzi Bebbington-Colbourne, 47, saved more than £1,000 when she bought food close to its use by datebut the mum of three has five freezers to store her bargain buys that will last until next Kersfees.

    On Boxing day, she spent £200 on food worth more than £750, and again on New Year’s Eve to snap up £250 of produce for just £89.

    The police officer from Lincolnshire, has been buying reduced food for years and shares her tips online to help other families on a budget.

    Raised in a poor household, Lindzi said she knows the value of a bargain and the importance of not allowing food to go to waste.

    Lindzi Bebbington-Colbourne saves more than £1000 on her yearly food shop by bulk buying for her family-of-four. L-R Her children Poppi and Toby with Lindzi

    Lindzi Bebbington-Colbourne saves more than £1000 on her yearly food shop by bulk buying for her family-of-four. L-R Her children Poppi and Toby with Lindzi

    Some of the discounted food haul that Lindzi managed to get. She knows what it's like to go hungry after growing up in poverty, and always makes sure there's food in the house

    Some of the discounted food haul that Lindzi managed to get. She knows what it’s like to go hungry after growing up in poverty, and always makes sure there’s food in the house

    Lindzi bought chicken breasts, sausages, pasteie, cheese and meat filled pastries and said you can freeze almost everything

    Lindzi bought chicken breasts, sausages, pasteie, cheese and meat filled pastries and said you can freeze almost everything

    Lindzi said: ‘I know how it feels to be hungry as a child and I thank my childhood for my bargain hunting ethic.

    ‘I buy good quality food at reduced prices and freezing my shopping allows me to grab a bargain now and save money in the long run.

    ‘Saving money is a huge buzz for me and I love seeing other people getting bargains too.

    ‘The price of living has gone through the roof, so I like to encourage people to save where they canand you can save money on your food shopping.

    Lindzi describes saving money as a 'huge buzz' 'and she loves seeing other people getting bargains too

    Lindzi describes saving money as a ‘huge buzz‘and she loves seeing other people getting bargains too

    Lindzi's She said annual tradition on Boxing Day is to bulk buy reduced foods, this year she got turkey crowns that were half the original price, and then reduced by a further 50 persent

    Lindzi’s She said annual tradition on Boxing Day is to bulk buy reduced foods, this year she got turkey crowns that were half the original price, and then reduced by a further 50 per cent off again

    The mum has to be organised for her meats. She has a chest freezer for joints of meat, a tall upfront freezer for fish and separate drawers for sausage and chicken

    The mum has to be organised for her meats. She has a chest freezer for joints of meat, a tall upfront freezer for fish and separate drawers for sausage and chicken

    Lindzi went shopping twice between Christmas and New Year and got a stash of festive meats and treats.

    On Boxing day, she spent £200 and bought food originally costing more than £750, including individual turkeys to feed 16 mense.

    Sy het gese: ‘My annual tradition on Boxing Day is to bulk buy reduced foods.

    ‘Dit was 50 per cent off all chilled items, which should have been £323 and I paid £159.

    The mum will hunt for bargains late at night when reductions are more likely

    She will pick up all types of meat for less and then freeze it for later

    The Police officer buys chicken breasts, sausages, pasteie, cheese and meat filled pastries and said you can freeze almost everything

    ‘Then I bought four huge turkeys which were originally between £85 and £100 each.

    ‘The whole turkeys were £7.50 and the crowns were half the original price and then 50 per cent off again.

    ‘The turkeys should have been £441.95 but I got four turkeys and two crowns for £50.

    Lindzi also bought chicken breasts, sausages, pasteie, cheese and meat-filled pastries and said you can freeze almost everything.

    As well as meat, Lindzi buys fresh fruit and vegetables which she freezes so that she has all the ingredients needed to make curries, pies and casseroles

    As well as meat, Lindzi buys fresh fruit and vegetables which she freezes so that she has all the ingredients needed to make curries, pies and casseroles

    Lindzi regularly bags discounted fruit and vegetables which she freezes along with her meats, such as a bag of peppers for 45p

    Lindzi regularly bags discounted fruit and vegetables which she freezes along with her meats, such as a bag of peppers for 45p

    Sy het gese: ‘You can buy reduced fresh food too.

    ‘You can freeze fresh vegetables, melk, cheese and bread.

    ‘If it’s on its sell by date just put it in the freezer and I promise you it all tastes just as good as fresh.

    Lindzi also bagged free fruit and vegetables when a supermarket offered out of date items for nothing and another bulk buy shop on New Year’s Eve saw her buy £250 worth of reduced items for just £89.

    A tray of cut-price strawberry yogurts going out of date in January that Lindzi will make last by popping them in one of her five freezers

    A tray of cut-price strawberry yogurts going out of date in January that Lindzi will make last by popping them in one of her five freezers

    On Boxing day, she spent £200 and bought food originally costing more than £750, including individual turkeys to feed 16 mense.

    On Boxing day, she spent £200 and bought food originally costing more than £750, including individual turkeys to feed 16 mense.

    Lindzi's discounted food. During her Boxing Day shop she found 50 per cent off all chilled items, including chciken and ready meals, which should have been £323. Lindzi paid £159

    Lindzi’s discounted food. During her Boxing Day shop she found 50 per cent off all chilled items, including chciken and ready meals, which should have been £323. Lindzi paid £159

    The busy mum has three teenagers, Poppi 12, Tobias, 14 and Elise 20 and due to her demanding job, Linzi likes to batch cook and meal plan to help her hectic family life.

    Sy het gese: ‘I meal plan weekly because of work.

    ‘We love casseroles, curries and pies, we just chuck it all in.

    ‘Nothing gets wasted and it really does go a long way. I won’t need to buy meat until the end of the year.

    The mum uses all the main supermarkets, and says they all reduce items usually three times per day but the best reductions are at night

    The mum uses all the main supermarkets, and says they all reduce items usually three times per day but the best reductions are at night

    Lindzi with her daughter Poppi. Lindzi's food shopping will often get gifted to other friends and family too

    Lindzi with her daughter Poppi. Lindzi’s food shopping will often get gifted to other friends and family too

    Some of the discounted food haul that Lindzi managed to get. Lindzi's shopping is predicted to save her £1000 a year

    Some of the discounted food haul that Lindzi managed to get. Lindzi’s shopping is predicted to save her £1000 a year

    Lindzi will freeze meat such as chicken pieces and portions in on of her five chest freezers and use it throughout the year in casseroles, pies and stews

    Lindzi will freeze meat such as chicken pieces and portions in on of her five chest freezers and use it throughout the year in casseroles, pies and stews

    Lindzi bought four huge turkeys which were originally between £85 and £100 each. All together the turkeys should have been £441.95 but she got four turkeys and two crowns for £50

    Lindzi bought four huge turkeys which were originally between £85 and £100 each. All together the turkeys should have been £441.95 but she got four turkeys and two crowns for £50

    Lindzi has five freezers and 10 slow cookers, which she puts to good use.

    Sy het gese: ‘I have to be organised, I have a chest freezer for joints of meat, a tall upfront freezer for fish and separate drawers for sausage, chicken etc.

    Her bargain bulk buys means her weekly shopping bill is hugely reduced too.

    Sy het gese: ‘I spend around £50 a week to feed the four of us and my freezers are full to bursting.

    ‘I do little shops once a week for basics like milk. I can’t resist shopping for sticker bargains.

    ‘I use all the main supermarkets, they all reduce items usually three times per day but the best reductions are at night.

    ‘I also give loads away to family, friends and to food banks and local families.

    ‘I will help anyone. Nobody should be going hungry.

    ‘People used to be ashamed of getting a bargain but now it’s something to be proud of and I am proud to provide good quality food for a fraction of the cost for my family.

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