Concerned by the rising cost of living, Martin Lewis and his Money Saving Expert (MSE) team asked their social media followers for their best tips to help Brits who are struggling
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Martin Lewis fans have been sharing tips on how struggling families can slash the cost of family meals.
Martin Lewis and his Money Saving Expert (MSE) team asked social media followers for their best tips to help people who are suffering amid the cost-of-living crisis.
The team has compiled the Cost of Living Survival Guide to help Brits weather the price hikes, Hull Live reports.
Families are expected to feel the sting this month as energy bills and National Insurance are increased.
Council tax, fuel prices and food are also going up, leading to more people feeling the pinch.
Introducing his team’s tips, Martin Lewis wrote: “For some there is sadly no route to cut expenditure below income; that fix will need political intervention.
“For others, we need a collective endeavour, to work together to take financial pressures off where we can. And that is partly behind this guide.”
He explained the team had received thousands of replies from people with clever ideas about how to cut household expenditure.
Martin described the response – which included more than 2,200 replies to his tweet alone – as “overwhelming and uplifting”.
One of the tips was to invest in a slow cooker to batch cook meals for all the family. They are available from Asda for as little as £12.
The Money Saving Expert team said batch cooking creates less food waste and reduces the likelihood of spending extra cash on takeaways.
One follower said they are ‘saving a fortune’ by using theirs more and more.
Sharron Quaile wrote: “A chef was on TV recently telling us all to get a slow cooker, as it costs 23p to cook a meal overnight. Made a cracking chilli the other night, gave my neighbor a portion (she lives on her own) and there’s one portion in the freezer.”
A user under the name of Living in Hope wrote: “I’m using my slow cooker more and more these days to batch cook delicious soups, curries, stews etc then I freeze it in recycled takeaway containers. Saves a fortune all round.”
They added it did not cost much to invest in. “It’s a standard sized one, only cost me about £20 – very simple, no whistles or bells, but does the job,” they wrote.
The MSE guide also says that using a microwave is generally cheaper than an oven. It states a jacket potato would be more than 25 per cent cheaper to cook in the microwave rather than the oven.