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Mum saves up for dream wedding with yellow sticker shopping


Clare Greaves is saving up every penny she can towards her wedding (Picture: Caters News)

A savvy-shopper is making the most of yellow sticker items to cut back on the cost of food, all so she can have her dream wedding.

Mum-of-two, Clare Greaves, 37, from Leeds, is a bride-to-be who has been slashing costs to have her dream day next year with partner Nick.

She’s been using yellow sticker food bargains so that she can set aside more cash.

Before she got smart about her food shop, she used to spend over £150 each week for her family.

Now, with her thrifty mindset, she’s cut this by over half, saving more than £70 each week.

The wedding has spurred on her urge to save money, as she said she used to be bad with her finances.

She said: ‘I kind of stumbled across yellow sticker shopping by accident.

‘One evening after I put the kids to bed I went to the supermarkets to grabs some bits.

‘This is when I spotted the yellow labelled products, so I just kept going back for more and looking for other bargains I could pick up.

‘Once I started getting discounts and realised how much money I was saving, I didn’t want to pay full price for things.’

The couple hope to tie the knot next year (Picture: Caters News)

She navigates yellow label shopping over two supermarket visits each week, then has a third shop specifically for fresh produce. She makes sure to check out different supermarkets, too, rather than just sticking to her regular.

The savings have stacked up, as she estimates the couple have saved around £4,000 in the last year alone.

Clare said: ‘By doing the yellow sticker shopping we have been able to boost our savings and set aside more money for our wedding next year.

‘In the past year I would say we have saved around £4,000 for the wedding thanks to yellow sticker shopping.

‘With the savings we have made on food we have been able to pay the deposit for the venue and the registrar.

‘We will also be able to use the money towards bridesmaid’s dresses, other essential outfits, flowers and decorations.

‘By the end of the year, we will have fully paid for the wedding.’

Clare often plans ahead when yellow sticker shopping, as she said she stocks up when she see good deals on meat items.

Hunting out bargains has allowed (Picture: Caters News)

‘It is useful to buy in bulk to shove in the freezer, as well as batch cooking meals because you are creating extra portions and will be even further reducing the price of the up and coming weeks.

‘For example, I usually buy the big packs of reduced mince which costs around 40p, and I cook it up into batches and freeze it. It ends up costing pennies,’ she explained.

As a family, their meals typically cost less than £1 per portion.

She shared a tip for savvier shopping: ‘One of my top tips for reducing the price of your food shop is knowing what you already have in your house before you go shopping.

‘By doing this I know what I don’t need to buy. There is no need to waste money and by things for no reason.

‘It’s not a bargain if you end up throwing it away.’

This Chinese fakeaway cost just £3.24 for three people (Picture: Caters News)

One of Clare’s biggest savings was during Christmas last year, when she came home with £127 worth of shopping for just £7.

The family had enough food to last them for two weeks.

To make food costs even cheaper, she’s started growing her own food as well.

‘We have also recently got an allotment where we plan to grow our own vegetables now the better weather is coming in, so this will increase our savings even more,’ she said.

Clare’s savviness doesn’t stop at her food shopping though, as she’s already bagged some bargains for the wedding day.

In her haul, she’s bought two dresses and a pair of shoes, looking to outlets like eBay.

‘I purchased one for £50 that should have cost £1,500 and the other one cost be £50 but should have been £500.

‘My wedding shoes were also a bargain. I bought them from eBay for £25, but they should have been £255.

‘It’s all about keeping your eye out and making sure you know what you want so you don’t splurge on unnecessary things.’



Clare’s yellow sticker bargain meals

Chicken and gammon pasta bake

Total cost: £3.33 / five portions cost 66p per portion

  • Pasta – 20p
  • Jar sauce – 54p
  • Gammon – £1
  • Chicken – £1.38
  • Mozzarella – 11p
  • Greens – 10p

Pulled chicken chilli

Total cost: £1.34 / eight portions cost 16p per portion

  • Chicken – 24p
  • Onion – 5p
  • Canned tomatoes – 25p
  • Canned mixed chilli beans – 30p
  • Small can sweetcorn – 25p
  • Packet chilli con carne mix – free
  • Corridor – free
  • Chilli – 5p
  • Rice – 20p

Chicken en croute with potato gratin and green beans

Total cost: £1.37 / two portions cost 69p per portion

  • Reduced price chicken en croute – 85p
  • Potato gratin – 28p
  • Green beans – 24p

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