‘Try it’ Mum claims a family of four can save £60 a week on food

Money saving tips: Man shares one simple trick to save cash

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The average weekly grocery bill for a family of four in the UK is £108 according to Nimblefins, yet a young mum from Cardiff claims families can eat well for much less. Ashleigh Mogford, who has an Instagram page called Cardiff Mum with 284,000 followers, says her family have tried Aldi’s new frozen meal plan which costs just over £40 a week and it was “a huge eye opener”.

Aldi launched a new family meal plan to help feed a family of four for £40 a week which could help households make big savings. 

Devised with TV nutritionist Lily Soutter, the meal plan shows how people can eat healthily and more affordably by making the most of frozen food and shopping at Aldi.

It couldn’t come at a better time as millions of Britons are currently making cutbacks on their food shop to try and survive the cost of living crisis, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Cardiff Mum Ashleigh spoke to Express.co.uk about how her and her family have tried it and it could be a game-changer for other people looking to save money on their food shop.

The blogger, who is mum to a three-year-old, step-mum to a nine-year-old and has a baby on the way, said she is quite savvy when it comes to saving money but hadn’t really tried frozen food before.

She said: “I didn’t realise how good it was and how it easily fits into my style of cooking.

“No-one would ever know the difference – my family didn’t – and frozen fruit and veg have more nutrients than fresh.

“I really love the fact that there is less waste and although I only spend £50 a week on my food shop I know many others spend £100 plus.”

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The 30-year-old mum said she would definitely recommend the meal plan which could be a lifeline for struggling Britons.

“It’s amazing for families who are struggling – I found it to be a huge eye opener when it comes to frozen food.

“If you follow the meal plan to the letter you will get your five fruit and veg a day, which made me realise I don’t always get that much in, but it’s great because it’s written by a nutritionist.

“Everyone in the family loved it – it’s really good for kids and is so simple to follow.”

Ashleigh, who used to be a secondary school teacher, said her followers come to her for her own budget recipes as well as her reviews of days out, baby groups and mini breaks.

Like many others up and down the country, the blogger is cutting back on lots of things as the cost of living crisis has become “a huge worry”.

She said: “It has definitely made us think about our spending more, we’re more conscious about what we spend our money on and are a lot less wasteful with everything.

“We always look for and use the cheapest option now.”

While people used to think frozen food was less healthy, times are changing.

The thrifty blogger added: “First of all, frozen foods are a lot cheaper with bigger portions. You can make the same standard of meals using frozen foods too, sometimes better.

“Especially fruit and veg, lots of people think they lose their nutrients when frozen but in fact they’re sometimes better for you as they are usually washed and frozen within an hour of being picked which locks in the goodness.

“Frozen foods are a really good option for bringing the cost of your food shop down massively – try it.”

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