A New Year resolution to crack down on her spending saw mum-of-one Andrea Harte start 2020 with a plan - and it's already seen her save £120 on food bills.
Andrea, a beautician and sports therapist from Plymouth, decided 2020 was the year she would meal her meals - and cook them - in advance wherever possible.
"I started preparing the meals at the beginning of January," Andrea told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
"I started doing these meals as my partner and I both work full time so it can be tricky eating healthy meals with limited time."
And to get her started, she headed online for inspiration.
“I came across a page for batch cooking and I was inspired as a lot of people actually do it.”
It's fair to say it's working - with the time and money she spends in the kitchen already heavily reduced.
"I started making things like stew (without the potatoes and gravy, I add that once it’s defrosted), lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and pasta dishes, and I have also been cooking jacket potatoes and freezing them along with mash - this way I can come home and just reheat a nice meal that I have taken out in the morning to defrost."
And cooking in bulk has other benefits too.
“When cooking, I started adding a lot more veg like grated courgettes, carrots and lentils to bulk up my meals," Andrea said.
"Lentils are really good to bulk up meals as they absorb the taste of the food you're adding them to.
“Also, when I’m cooking a meal I try to cook more than one to save on gas, so while my lasagne is cooking, I’ll add in some jacket potatoes to save on time and money.
"Since doing this, my food shop has gone down a lot and I have started pricing up my meals to see how much money each meal has cost me so I know how much I can budget to a day.”
Cooking in bulk also means she can buy in bulk - dragging the cost of ingredients down as well as saving time and money in the kitchen.
“Meat meals do cost a bit more but I can cook a lasagne tea for as little as £1.45 per person and also pasta dishes for lunch for as little as 38p,” Andrea said.
"I started shopping online instead of going in store to buy as I won’t be tempted to buy things I don’t need or want just because they are on offer.
"I have saved about £30 a week and can feed all three of us for less than £30 a week on a food shop all because I have planned my meals and only buy the essentials."
"I would definitely recommend batch cooking because I have time to play with my daughter again, I have time to relax and I don’t have to think about what we’re going to have for tea or when we’re going to have our next healthy meal.
“If someone is looking to batch cook, I would recommend cooking in freezer bags and placing kitchen rolls between so they don’t get stuck together and you can separate easily - I use plastic tubs for some meals as I find it easier to reheat.
“A lot of people batch cook different flavoured soups to save time and money, which is a brilliant idea but my family aren’t really soup eaters unless they are poorly.
“I also bulk buy good deals with veg and meat as this can go a long way.
“I feel great pride after cooking as I know my family are going to get home-cooked meals that I have already made in advance.”
Here are some of Andrea’s recipes: