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Mother-of-two reveals how she feeds her family of four on yellow-sticker items for just £20 per week

A discount-savvy mother has shared how she manages to feed her family of four for just £20 per week.

Mother-of-two Natalie Robson, 33, from Devizes, Wiltshire, revealed she used to spend up to £70 on her weekly food bill for her family-of-four until she started shopping for yellow-stickered items.

Now, she makes dramatic savings on her food shopping by snapping up bargains on discounted items - buying minced meat for 65p, bags of potatoes for 10p and eggs for as little as 5p.

The supermarket cashier only buys reduced goods, making savings of up to £50 per week on food and household items. 

Mother-of-two Natalie Robson, 33, from Devizes, Wiltshire (pictured with her son, Ethan, seven) has shared how she manages to feed her family of four for just £20 per week 

She revealed she uses her new-found savings to splash out more on day trips and toys for her kids Ethan, seven and Elizabeth, four, who both have autism.

Natalie said: 'I couldn't imagine paying full price for an item now. Everything I buy is reduced such as bread, potatoes, vegetables and meat.

'Meat is usually the most expensive thing on the plate but I can get five per cent fat minced meat for 65p, a whole chicken for £1.20 and pork chops for as little as 60p.'

The supermarket cashier revealed she used to spend up to £70 on her weekly food bill until she started shopping for yellow-stickered items

Now, she makes dramatic savings of up to £50 a week on her food shopping by snapping up bargains on discounted items

Natalie said she only buys reduced goods in the supermarke - buying minced meat for 65p, bags of potatoes for 10p and eggs for as little as 5p

 A haul of frozen food for Christmas cost Natalie just £10.25 for a turkey joint, gammon, a king prawn ring and luxury roast potatoes 

NATALIE'S £20 WEEKLY SHOPPING BILL

Apples - 15p a bag

5OOG 5% Fat mince meat - 65P

Potatoes - 5-10p a bag

Sandwich meats - 10-30p

Eggs - 5-50p

2 kilos fresh chicken breast - £5

Whole chicken - £1.25

Pork chops - 90p

Organic brown rice - 35p a pack x4

Washing powder - Persil liquid tabs - £2 each

Pack of pears - 10p x 2

Kwis - 5p

Sirloin steak - 65p x 5

Oven pizza - £1.30 x 2

Pressed ox tongue - 33p x 4

Chicken kievs - 90p x2

Fruit pots - 70p

Total - £20.27

She shared tips on how to store the yellow-sticker items properly in order to make them last longer, because they are often set to expire on the day she buys them.

She said: 'As soon as I get home, I put most things in the freezer. I always take vegetables out of the plastic bag because they tend to sweat and go off quicker.

'I get bags of potatoes for 10p and then store them into a cotton bag in the cupboard.

'Everything lasts a lot longer when you know how to store it properly.'

Natalie said she tends to shop in the evening at 7pm to ensure the yellow sticker sales are on.

She admits it is a 'luck of the draw' because the shelves are often wiped however, she still usually gets bags of apples for 15p and eggs for as little as 5p.

The most she will ever spend is £5 on 2kgs of chicken which lasts for a 'long time' when frozen.

She said: 'I think some people feel ashamed of going yellow sticker shopping, whilst others snap up the deals like myself.

'I cut wherever I can as it means I can do more for the kids. As long as you are feeding your family it doesn't matter how much you pay.

'I think people get scared of the date on the packet but it doesn't mean it's off as soon as it's that date.

'You just have to use your common sense - if it smells funny, then it's probably off.

'But if it's frozen straight away it will last a few more months.'

She revealed she uses her new-found savings to splash out more on day trips and toys for her kids Ethan, seven and Elizabeth, four, who both have autism

Natalie revealed how she buys household cleaning products on sale too, she has snapped up Ariel liquid tabs for £2 each which are usually over £5 a box

Natalie said she uses the £40 savings to take her children on days out and treat them to new things.

She said: 'As my children are both autistic, they have different needs.

'So the money saved makes all the difference as I can buy Elizabeth sensory toys to keep her interactive and Ethan clothes as he goes through a lot of them.

'I am the only one who works in our household as my partner has a chronic lung condition.'

And she doesn't just keep her eyes on the bargains in the food aisle, Natalie revealed how she buys household cleaning products on sale too.

She said: 'I've got enough washing detergent to last me all year as I managed to get Ariel liquid tabs for £2 each. They are usually over £5 a box.'

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