I'm a nurse and couldn't afford a girl's trip with mates until I cut my food shop in half & saved hundreds, here's how | The Sun

A SAVVY nurse halved her weekly food bill by shopping in the reduced to clear section… and she saved enough to fund a girls’ trip.

Tamsin Henderson, 35, Ashington, Northumberland, decided to yellow sticker shop for her and partner Philip, 45, earlier this year after noticing the sharp rise in grocery prices.

This busy nurse uses Asda’s reduced to clear section as well as purchasing items from their Just Essentials range.

Shopping this way has saved Tamsin hundreds of pounds, enabling her to use the money for a hard-earned trip to the Lake District with pals.

She said: "I used to just do one big shop which was costing me around £50 per week but now my shop is no more than £25 – I've literally halved my shopping bill!

"Using the money I saved from shopping like this I decided to head to the Lake District with the girls for a well-deserved break and we had such a great time.

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"I started yellow sticker shopping earlier this year when I noticed how expensive food was getting and I thought it was a really easy method of balancing out costs.

"I normally try to get meat products because you can freeze them for later use, but I also buy meat because it has some of the biggest reductions in price.

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"Recently I managed to pick up a massive pack of five per cent fat mince which is great as we try to eat healthy where we can. It was half price and mince can be used in so many different meals.

"Another great saving was a big pack of pork chops. There was around six in the pack, and they only cost me 90p which is amazing, and I froze to use at a later date.

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"When there's vegetables on offer, I'd buy them for myself if I was going to use them the same day, however, I’ll also by the reduced veg for my guinea pig to eat too.

"Another great saving I've managed to get a few times is reduced bread, costing me 10p only. Like meat, you can freeze bread to use later too.

"All these deals are stuff I'd look to buy whether reduced or not, but we've also tried new stuff shopping in this section, like mozzarella balls with garlic pesto dressing for 30p – they were so tasty!

"I'd like to add it's not always just food in the reduce sections. There's makeup, shampoo, laundry stuff so you save on a range of products shopping this way too."

Tamsin doesn't just shop in the reduced to clear section to make her money go further, she also uses the essential ranges and the Too Good To Go app as well.

She added: "I mainly shop in Asda but I try to visit Iceland when they have the slimming world meals reduced in price to stock up on those.

"As well as buying reduced food, when I'm in Asda, I'll also buy from the Just Essentials range they've just launched as the quality is great and the microwave meals are only 90p!

"That's great for me when I don't have chance in my schedule to cook and just want something quick and easy.

"Likewise, the Too Good To Go app is such a great saver as well and the bags only cost £3.

"I recently got one from Morrisons which had wraps, bagels, veg, organic fruit and more in."

Tamsin has now revealed her tips for others looking to save money where they can in the current cost-of-living-crisis.

She added: "Make sure you just get what you need, and don't buy for the sake of it.

"It can feel frustrating at first but eventually you get into a pattern of shopping more and spending less.

"If you shop at Asda, I'd recommend going at around 6pm or 7pm for the reduced to clear food to get the best deals.

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"I'm going to carry on saving like this and hopefully go on another trip away with the girls.

“Maybe my partner if he's lucky!"

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