If you're looking for a way to cut down your outgoings, a savvy mum might just have the answer.

Laura Williams, 30, a teaching assistant from the West Midlands has a three-year-old and another child on the way.

During lockdown, Laura downloaded the Too Good To Go app - a platform designed to combat food waste, reported Birmingham Live.

After having a scroll, she came across a Morrison’s "Magic Box" which she could buy for just £3.09.

Upon receiving it she was blown away with just how much food there was.

Laura told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "The Morrison's Magic Box was full of fresh fruit and vegetables that I reserved on the Too Good To Go app costing £3.09.

She used the Too Good To Go app

"I was blown away by the box! It was full to the brim with breads, cakes, fruit, vegetables and even cheese.

"The fruit is all fresh, the breads can be frozen and used as and when needed and the cakes are a nice treat. Added together they total over £35! I'm amazed by how much there is for £3.09.

There was a variety of items in the box

“In the box, there were three loaves of bread, two packs of bagels, crusty cobs, two packs of scones, gluten-free carrot cake, three punnets of strawberries, two tray of grapes, one tray of blueberries, four packs of nectarines, three wedges of cheese, one pack of mushrooms, two packs of broccoli and a bag of new potatoes.

"I also got another box last week. It saved me a lot as I think that the value of the box was easily £15, maybe even £18.

"I got Mediterranean vegetable trays, three pomegranates, five bags of apples, a stir fry kit and noodles, five bunches of spring onions, two bags of cauliflower and broccoli and five punnets of tomatoes.

From fruit and veg, to cakes and pasta sauces - there was everything she needed and more
Laura has ordered another box since then

"I was able to create meals such as tomato soup, pasta sauce, ratatouille and Chinese stir fry.

“It wasn’t hard to get the box - I just kept an eye on the app and reserved a box. I know that some find the boxes difficult to get but I think that’s because of their growing popularity and success in saving food- win win.

"I was over the moon with the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that I could use to make numerous meals and treats for my family.

She said it wasn't too hard to get her hands on a box

"It was a huge relief that I wasn’t having to go without to buy food, which has been happening during the lockdown."

But this isn't the only tip Laura has to offer money-saving families.

She added: "My tips for buying under lockdown is to buy only what is needed - and that meal planning is essential for saving money.

"Going to supermarkets and shops when they begin to reduce pricing for items expiring soon is also a big help.

Laura's top tip is to cook food in batches and freeze it for later

"I make food stretch during lockdown by batch cooking. I also freeze any leftovers or use them the next day for a different meal: for example, a roast chicken dinner can be used for fajitas the next day.

"Batch cooking saves me time as I’m able to pull a precooked meal out of the freezer when I am working from home. I know what the meals have - for example, less salt, sugar and preservatives - and I know my daughter will enjoy them.

She also suggests making a meal plan, and sticking to it

"I’d also advise only buying what you need for that week. Sit down with your family to write out a weekly meal plan and write a shopping list accordingly.

"It’s hard not to deviate from the list but as long as you remain in budget there should be room for treats."

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: "As an avid deal hunter, I’m always on the lookout for fantastic deals, and the Morrisons Magic Boxes are top of my list for excellent supermarket reductions!

"If you love the Too Good To Go app, check out OLIO, another app dedicated to fighting food waste that means you can pick up free food in your neighbourhood that would otherwise go to waste."