A mum who’s a whizz at tasty meals that won’t break the bank has shared how she rustles up meals that cost as little as 75p a head.
Alison Palmer, 48, set up a YouTube channel to show people how to cook ‘proper food’ – even when money is tight.
On Universal Credit living with her child and partner, Barry Preest, 42, Alison has had to come up with a number of hacks to make food go further – and create dinners that adults and kids alike will enjoy.
Some of her tips include opting for frozen and tinned veg, meal planning, and getting yellow sticker bargains as the end of the day.
Alison, from Lydney, Gloucestershire, said: ‘Nowadays a lot of recipes can be so complicated and use expensive ingredients, but they don’t have to be.
‘But when I Googled recipes for people on benefits, not much came up – so I decided to film my cooking to show that you can make lots of great meals cheaply.
‘As a child we didn’t have much money but I always saw my mother cooking wonderful meals from scratch and I have carried that forward in my own life.’
The mum explained that savvy shopping habits can slash food bills without sacrificing on taste.
She said: ‘It’s just about planning your meals and using the right ingredients – you especially shouldn’t be afraid to pick up tinned and frozen food because it can be just as good!’
Some of savvy Alison’s other top tips include buying and freezing discounted and soon to expire items, taking advantage of buy-one-get-one free deals, and planning meals so you never waste food.
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