Hungry Savers Series with Time and Pence

Hungry Savers Series with Time and Pence

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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


These are the questions asked:

Tell us about your blog

My name is Michelle and I blog at  I’m a work at home mom and love finding ways to make extra money and save money.  I share all this on my blog together with a little bit of my family life.

What supermarket do you prefer and why? 

Definitely Aldi.  I switched to Aldi a few years ago and practically halved our food bill.  I love the fact that there isn’t much choice so I go in, get what I need and get out, without being tempted by lots of extras that I really don’t need to buy.

3 money saving tips for the kitchen

  1. My first one would be to buy cheaper and supermarket own brands.  They mostly taste the same and remember you’re usually only paying for the colourful packaging and expensive advertising when you buy branded items.  (I used to work in advertising so I know how it works)!
  2. Secondly, do lots of batch cooking.  If you cook lots of meals at the same time, you’ll save on ingredients and energy bills too.
  3. And finally, write a shopping list each week.  That way you’ll never buy more than you actually need, keeping more money in your pocket and preventing unnecessary waste.

An expensive item you can’t live without in the kitchen and why?

Our dishwasher.  Simply because I hate washing up.  I’m very lucky that my husband tends to do most of the washing up when needed, but I find a dishwasher so handy.  It keeps the kitchen tidy too.

What is your favourite recipe?

My favourite recipe is a lentil soup recipe that I got off my sister-in-law.  It’s so simple but really tasty.  The only ingredients, are leeks or onions, carrots, celery and lentils.  Fry in oil then add water and seasoning and simmer for 15-20 minutes. I then blend it in my Magic Bullet and it’s done!

What is your favourite kitchen gadget? 

This has to be my Magic Bullet.  I use it for smoothies, soups, omelettes and more.  Couldn’t live without it.

Who or what inspired you to cook?

I’m not a massive cook but my 7 year old son was diagnosed with multiple allergies at the age of 8 months old.  This meant I needed to cook a lot of things from scratch for him and still do.  It’s also made me look at the ingredients in things and I like the fact that when I cook my own food, I can control what goes into it.  I don’t often follow recipes, I just make it up as I go along a lot of the time. Some turn out and some don’t!


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