Food shopping only seems to get more expensive…

And, right now, when many families are dealing with furlough, redundancy or unemployment it can feel stressful.

But, one mum has shared her tips for snagging her weekly shop for one fifth of its usual price.

Karolina Foulger, 32, a mum of one and a genetic technologist working in an NHS lab, shared how she bagged her shop for just £12.

Karolina, who lives in Coventry, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : "I've been yellow sticker shopping from Tesco ever since I was pregnant."

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She continued: "One day I went to Tesco after work around 7:30 and I noticed that all the reduced food was really cheap.

“Soon after, I realised that the food that goes out of date on that day is reduced by 10% first thing in the morning or late the night before and kept in a specific reduced section place within the department, for example, all the fresh fruit and veg together, meats somewhere else and all fridge items together.

"Around 6:30 the staff take all the reduced food away, reduce it further and bring it out in trolleys around 7pm.

“Sometimes they would put them back in the reduced sections but most often they bring them out and leave in the middle of the store.”

Sometimes staff also discount freezer stock, but its only out for around 20 minutes before it’s taken away.

Karolina said that the bakery items, canned and packed goods all have their prices slashed too.

She added: “One day recently, I went to Tesco and as soon as I came in I saw a trolley in the middle, so I had a look and found all this great stuff.

“The new trolleys just kept coming so I had a chance to get a lot of cheap things.

"I paid around £12 and I got two Chicago Town pizzas for £2 each reduced from £4, some Haagen Dazs ice cream for £1.35 reduced from £4.50, two packets of grapes for around 20p each, two packs of raspberries, some McCain chips, a few packs of microwaveable veggies, two bags of potatoes, some sushi, sandwiches and much more!"

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Karolina said "My favourite find was two chickens for 50p each reduced from £5, and another crown of chicken for 30p.

"I paid £12 for the shop but I can imagine it would have come to around £50 to £60 pounds easily.”

Karolina said: “The two chickens were supposed to be £5 each, the pizzas were originally £4 each, and I got sandwiches, sushi, salmon crescents, filo and puff pastries which are all quite expensive.

"Going for yellow stickers saves me so much money, but having freezer space is essential otherwise you won't be able to make the most of it!

"Some things will last, but mostly I freeze them. You can freeze so many things… all the meats, most microwaveable meals that I get to have them for when I don't have time to cook, all the fruit including brown bananas (they are great in smoothies).”

You can even freeze some sandwiches as long as they don't have fresh veg like salad in them.

Karolina’s favourite thing to freeze is the bread.

She buys the packs on yellow sticker for around 10p and then defrosts each slice in the toaster when needed.

Karolina added: “My top tips for saving money and making the food last? Go yellow sticker shopping and use what you get smartly.

"That chicken I got I used to make a massive pot of chicken soup, using some of the veg I got as well.

"l then pulled the meat out of the soup and put it in the oven to roast and had enough meat for three days, putting the last bits in sandwiches.”

Karolina is from Poland, and back home she says that everyone picks what grows wild.

She said: “I am shocked that nobody picks the raspberries and the blackberries that grow all over the place.

“As long as you pick them somewhere rural and not close to the road you can get great fruit completely free.

“My freezer is full of blackberries I pick by the canal so they are nice and clean.”

Karolina also likes to pick up cheap or free food using the apps Too Good To Go and OLIO.

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