How to shop and M&S for just £30 a WEEK: Savvy mum reveals she feeds her family the retailer’s high-end meals for as little as 75p a head by picking up yellow sticker products
- Kerensa Robertson, from Essex, enjoys yellow sticker shopping at M&S
- The savvy mum can eat lavishly without breaking the bank by finding bargains
- She claims hunting down the best discounts gives her a real dopamine buzz
- She saves 70 per cent off food, spending approximately £25 to £30 per week
A savvy mum eats well for less by yellow sticker shopping at Marks and Spencer’s supermarket.
Kerensa Robertson, 48, an admin assistant from Billericay, Essex, knows exactly how she can eat lavishly without breaking the bank.
Heading to her local Marks and Spencer’s twice a week to find the bargains, mum-of-one Kerensa, claims hunting down the best discounts gives her a real dopamine buzz.
Her finds are so successful, she now buys double the amount she needs and gives the excess away to her elderly neighbour and friends as well as feeding daughter Delphi, 10, and partner, Matt, 52, luxurious meals for approximately £2 per head.
Kerensa Robertson, 48, an admin assistant from Billericay, Essex, eats well for less by yellow sticker shopping at Marks and Spencer’s supermarket
The savvy mum knows exactly how she can eat lavishly without breaking the bank by heading to her local M&S twice a week to find the bargains including a stuffed pork shoulder joint for just £3.34 and roast potatos for £2.18, gravy for 25p, carrots for 74p and braiased cabbage for 70p
Kerensa, claims hunting down the best discounts gives her a real dopamine buzz. She even managed to find a pork steak that was reduced to £2.68 from £7.23 and prawn skewers for just £1.40
Kerensa explained: ‘I have the taste buds of M&S with the budget of Aldi.
‘I prefer the quality of M&S as opposed to supermarkets such as Asda and Aldi, I think you can taste the difference for sure.
‘I would say 90 per cent of my shopping is yellow sticker, I only pay full price for milk and cheese.
How Kerensa feeds her family for as little as 75p per head with M&S bargains
4x bagels – 49p
Honey smoked salmon – £1.48
Cream cheese – 10p per serving
Total = £2.27/75p per head
Pork leg joint
£3.68 does 6 meals over 2 nights
Ready made roaster – £2
Honey and orange glazed carrots 0.74p
Red braised cabbage with apple 0.70p
Total = £7.37/£2.24 per head
Fish and veg with rice
Two trout fillets £2.50
Roasted vegetables – 90P
Total – £3.98/£1.32 per head
Pork buns with new potatoes
Slow cooked Texan pork – £3.51
Brioche buns – 43p
Spinach – 50p
Half a pack of Coleslaw – £1.00 [50p]
New potatoes – £1.10
Total = £6.04/£2.01 per head
‘I am interested in the more expensive things such as the M&S reduced meat and dinners.
‘Recently I bought a rack of lamb that was meant to be £12.47 and I paid £5.49 for it, a pork shoulder joint that was £10 reduced to £3.20 and a pork leg joint that was £9.85 reduced to £3.68.
‘I’m just one of those people who can be bothered to look.
‘I just enjoy good food. If I am going to buy something, I will hunt down the best offers. It is with everything I purchase from food to flights and trainers.
Kerensa joked she has the ‘taste buds of M&S with the budget of Aldi’ but she prefers the quality of M&S food over the budget supermarkets even getting rich cheeses for just 44p
Her finds are so successful, she now buys double the amount and gives it to her elderly neighbour and friends as well as feeding daughter Delphi, 10, (pictured) and partner, Matt, 52, luxurious meals for approximately £2 per head
The mum said 90 per cent of her shopping is yellow sticker and she makes a massive saving of over 70 per cent for example these raspberry jellies that were reduced from £3 to 75p
She revealed recently she bought a rack of lamb that was meant to be £12.47 and she paid £5.49 for it, a pork shoulder joint that was £10 reduced to £3.20 and a pork leg joint that was £9.85 reduced to £3.68
She said she never takes a shopping list with her and she will just buy what is there on the day as she prefers this way of shopping. Only spending £16. 59 for 16 items on this trip
‘I will only buy yellow sticker items, it has helped me save a lot, meaning my family and I can go on nice holidays and make memories together.
‘Life is for living, save where you can and keep topping up your savings and then you can spend your money on making memories.’
‘I never take a shopping list with me I will just buy what is there on the day, whatever is reduced I will buy and I prefer this way of shopping.
‘I’m not looking for the cheapest food, I am looking for the best quality food at the best price.
‘I picked up some prawn skewers that were originally £5 and I paid £1.40 as well as some rose veal breaded scallops for just £1.84 when they should have been £5.
She said she’s not looking for the cheapest food, she is looking for the best quality food at the best price including this rack of lamb that was reduced from £12.47 to only £5.49
When she picks her daughter up from school they go straight to M&S as she knows they do their reductions at 3:45pm and she can pick up items such as these sausages for just £1.44, a crackling leg joint for dinner for just £3.58
Kerensa said she ‘lives lavishly’ for 70 per cent off the price of food, spending approximately £25 to £30 per week in the supermarket
‘We live lavishly for 70 per cent off the price.
‘We’re all foodies, we love good food and that’s why I love Marks and Spencer’s.’
Kerensa spends approximately £25 to £30 per week in the supermarket.
Kerensa adds: ‘When I pick Delphi, ten, up from school we go straight to M&S. I know they do their reductions at 3:45 so we go after school.
‘Delphi will go around the shop herself with a basket and pick up what she likes the look of that is reduced and then we will go through it together.
‘I always avoid going at weekends, I will go between Monday and Friday twice a week, and if there isn’t anything good on the day I will get whatever is there such as any salad or veg and use something from my freezer, but I will go in and do a haul if it’s there.
Delphi will go around the shop herself with a basket and pick up what she likes the look of that is reduced such as bagels for just 49p
‘I do put a lot in my freezer, so I sometimes have a couple of weeks off when the freezer is full.
‘Some items aren’t the best bargains, but the quality is there.
‘We will eat smoked trout, salmon terrine and prawns with fresh bread, honey smoked salmon bagels, Turkish style kebabs for dinner with new potatoes, it is always good quality food.
‘I share it with my neighbour, I will pick things up for her that I know she will like. I picked up four packs of sausages for £1.44 each and gave two to her.
‘Meals I cook always vary, I got three Pad Thai meals for 98p each that were meant to be £4.50 each and two packs of 20 buffalo wings for £1..48 each which made our dinners very cheap.
‘I get such a buzz out of finding these deals it’s great.
‘It helps we all have a great taste pallet, and Delphi will eat anything so buying food like this isn’t an issue.
‘For anyone who wants to hunt out the bargains, I would recommend finding out what time their supermarket starts their reduced items and be consistent each week going at that time.’
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