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Welcome to my Hungry Savers Series, every single week I’m going to be bringing you another fantastic blogger, one whos as passionate about food and saving money in the kitchen as I am! I’ve asked them a series of questions that they’ve answered honestly. You can check out the 7 responses below and if you fancy checking them out click here! If you’re a blogger and want to take part in the Hungry Savers Series, then please get in touch. This weeks instalment is from Ruth Makes Money.
These are the questions asked:
Tell us about your blog
I blog at RuthMakesMoney.com about genuine ways to make money online, including eBay reselling, freelance writing, and matched betting. I quit my job over seven years ago to become self-employed, and it’s basically the resource that I wish I had myself along the journey! Whether someone wants to earn a little extra to pay off a credit card, or ditch the 9-5 for good, I love showing them what’s possible and how they can make that happen.
What supermarket do you prefer and why?
I’ve always had a big soft spot for M&S! I love the Dine In For 2 offer they do, and it’s a great occasional treat that we look forward to. It can definitely be healthier than a takeaway, and it’s good value for money too, especially considering that you get a bottle of wine thrown in. That said, for our main shop, I’m favouring Aldi these days. It’s much cheaper than the other big names, and I particularly love the fresh meat counters.
3 money saving tips for the kitchen
- Planning your meals in advance for the week is pretty common advice, and doing that definitely saves me money and cuts down on waste. I’ve learned though to add a little flexibility into your planning so it doesn’t feel too restrictive. So for example, I usually have a selection of vegetables, rice, and microwavable jacket potatoes in the freezer so I can swap side dishes around without any hassle.
- Download apps like Shopmium and CheckoutSmart to get access to great freebies in supermarkets. There’s also a load of discounts available on those apps, but avoid falling into the trap of buying something just because it’s on offer. It’s not a bargain if you won’t use it!
- Shop your own kitchen cupboards before you next go shopping, and see what you can get creative with. I did this just last week, and I managed to put together about five different lunches without spending a single extra penny.
An expensive item you can’t live without in the kitchen and why?
I love my ActiFry. I’d fancied one for ages but I delayed buying one because they’re pretty pricy, and I worried it would end up being one of those things that you chuck in the cupboard and never use. It gets used at least a few times every week though, and we absolutely love the Slimming World chips!
What is your favourite recipe?
Definitely the Nigella Lawson corned beef pie recipe that I use! It’s probably not a good bet when you’re trying to make healthier choices, but it’s amazing comfort food. We have it with the Slimming World chips or mash.
Aside from that though, I wouldn’t say I have a favourite, and I love trying out new recipes. A few years ago I challenged myself to make a new recipe once a month for a full year, and I amazed myself by actually sticking to it! It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut in the kitchen, so forcing yourself to try new things can really shake up your routines
What is your favourite kitchen gadget?
I love a good kitchen gadget, but in reality, they so rarely get used. The ActiFry is probably the only one that’s been worth the money!
Who or what inspired you to cook?
I love cooking, and for me, it’s my favourite way to switch off from work and relax at the end of a long day. Friday evenings are my favourite, because I’ll often choose something that takes a little more time or just feels a bit more special, pour a glass of wine, turn on the radio, and get down to cooking. That always gets me out of work mode, and looking forward to the weekend.
Come back soon and check out the next instalment of the Hungry Savers Series.
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