Extreme Savers: Woman reveals she 'forages' for her food
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In the series, Martin Lewis has met with Britons who have gone to extreme lengths to save money. Tonight, one family shared the unconventional way they slash the cost of supermarket groceries.
Regularly visiting supermarkets is something we all need to do, but buying groceries does not come cheap.
While many retailers will constantly update offers in stores to help Britons save, food can be one of the biggest expenses of a family.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be a simple way to cut the cost of fresh produce.
One family has taken that a step further as they source most of their own meals.
Mum Yuki explained she lives a “rich life” by foraging food for her family.
Yuki, 48, from Surrey, stated she will avoid visiting supermarkets as much as possible.
“My passion is you don’t have to spend a lot to eat really well and live like a King,” she said.
Martin added that Yuki would save money by foraging around in the local area for food she could turn into family meals.
She focused on items such as nettles, herbs and nuts.
Dandelions, wild garlic, elderflower and berries are also foods she picked up in the countryside for free.
“When I was growing up my mum used to spot wild herbs,” she continued.
“Since I’ve moved to Surrey I’ve got more friends who are foragers.”
She added it is ok to do this if it’s a public area as long as the products are not being used for commercial use.
However, Yuki offered a warning for anyone hoping to try this themselves.
“You need to 100 percent know what you’re picking,” she added.
“It can be really dangerous if you have a lookalike.”
Also, Yuki stressed the importance of only taking a little bit or it could stop the products from growing again.
She added: “If you want the same patch here next year, you don’t take it all.”
As well as reaping the benefits of the countryside around her, she also grows items for free in her garden.
If there are some produce she still needs, she will often trade what she has foraged for foods from her neighbours.
“I think I could probably go through a week without having to go to the supermarket for my shop,” Yuki added.
The family go to the supermarket as little as possible for essentials that cannot be foraged near her such as milk and eggs.
“I basically spend about £20 a week, and the rest of it I get from the garden and forest,” she concluded.
Over a year, Yuki calculated savings of a few hundred pounds.
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