Win £50 Sainsbury’s vouchers

Sainsbury's Live Well For LessTo celebrate their Live Well For Less app on Facebook, where Sainsbury’s want to hear all about your tips for living on a budget they’ve given me £50 Sainsbury’s vouchers to giveaway, one each to two lucky Feeding Boys readers – that should help with the weekly shop!

I tested out living on £50 worth of food from Sainsbury’s last year >>you can read all about my experiences here. I wasn’t a fan of all the meal ideas, but it did encourage me to try even more of the excellent Basics range along with some fab cheap family friendly recipes.

So if you have lots of tips for coping on a small amount of dosh and fancy being in with a chance of nabbing yourself £50 to spend at Sainbury’s, you’ve come to the right place…


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  1. paula burnside says:

    I always check out all the different supermarket offers online before I do my shopping. Almost all of my shopping is on offer, It saves me a fortune.

  2. Kara Harrison says:

    Make use of the library for work and pleasure. What better way to spend a rainy afternoon whilst keeping costs down.

  3. Becky willoughby says:

    Skip brands and buy own brands or basics :-)

  4. Barrie Phillips says:

    I use a price comparison site online,

  5. Barrie Phillips says:

    Liked followed tweeted commented etc etc

  6. Kara Guppy says:

    Do a meal plan and stick to it. I do this and try and cook fresh every meal and we’ve noticed it has really saved money.
    I’ve just started growing my own herbs and spices too so looking forward to some fan tasting meals soon too

  7. Lucy Pasifull says:

    I said ditch the gym and go and play games at the park

  8. Jonathan says:

    Live well for less by taking advantage of half price special offers.
    Also, items get reduced towards the end of the day if they are about to go out of date.

  9. Araminta Brown says:

    Adventure trail on The Downs, Bristol

    The Downs in Bristol hides a wealth of exercise equipment made from logs and other natural materials. I love to take the kids up there to hunt for wildlife and tire themselves out on the keep-fit gear!

  10. Araminta Brown says:

    I’ve subscribed to your blog via RSS. I feed two boys and a chef (!) so I love to check your posts!

  11. Susie Clayton says:

    I talked about picking my own blackberries in Autumn, and what I use them for. The ultimate free food in my opinion!

  12. Tracy Nixon says:

    The perfect live well for less day out!

    Taking the kids along the beach!
    Nothing more exhilarating than the salty sea air!

  13. Tracy Nixon says:

    I follow via Google Reader x

  14. iain maciver says:

    buy shops cheapies

  15. Rainie Bish says:

    Waste less
    I plan to only go shopping with a list having worked out first what we need (not so much just buy random items) and use up leftovers

  16. Gemma Turner says:

    Check sites like hot deals and money saving expert for bargains and must haves!

  17. Gemma Turner says:

    Followed via google reader :))

  18. EMMA WALTERS says:

    follow via email :)

  19. Ani Costa says:

    I budget my food shopping and cut down on treats.
    With alot of people complaining nowadays that buying healthy food is more expensive that junk food I find this NOT the case!I’ve started budgeting and cutting down on the amount of treats I buy and lo!Better for my wallet,and my waistline 😉

  20. Jan Bailey says:

    Make use of BOGOF offers on perishables only when you know you can/will use them. Being seduced by “good value” offers is no good if you end up wasting stuff.

  21. Danielle Vedmore says:

    When shopping online do a search for promo codes for that site (it only takes a second) to get a discount or sometimes free p&p. It all adds up! xoxo

  22. Danielle Vedmore says:


  23. Don’t throw away bubble wrap, useful to insulate plants in winter!

  24. Kirsty Fox says:

    I am subscribed va Google Reader

  25. I put “Enjoy some sunshine and go to a local country park”

  26. Pop Pop Poppping snacks!! Instead of buying expensive snacks, especiially if your on a diet yourself – buy a pack of popcorn kernals and some mixed spice. You only need a tea spoon of olive oil to get them popping, with a sprinkle of warm cinnamon spice they are an ideal low fat inexpensive treat!

  27. angela sandhu says:

    make a list of meals for the week before going shopping

  28. Kathleen marsden says:

    If you have a water meter collect the water run from your tap before the hot water comes into a glass or bottle and feed plants etc with it

  29. Andrew Petrie says:

    followed on My Yahoo

  30. Maya Russell says:

    Get out and hula hoop!

  31. Alice Boardman says:

    Always take a pack lunch on a family day out…

  32. Maya Russell says:

    Added to Google Reader (M. Russell)

  33. Ste Appleton says:

    My kids love a picnic – turns a day out at the park into a special occasion

  34. Ste Appleton says:

    following via RSS feed :O)

  35. When shopping make a list & stick to it

  36. Joanne Davis says:

    Before you shop eat. it stops you from impulse buying.

  37. try to use the basic range of ready meals

  38. I use my slow cooker to cook anything from bolognaise, curry to casseroles and stews. Cook enough for at least 2 meals. One for today and one for the freezer. You can defrost and reheat quickly for days when you’re busy keeping healthy!

  39. Anthony Harrington says:

    I check every week what Sainsbury has on offer and then buy treats like chocolates and expensive items, I must say Sainsbury has come out on tops for offers for a long time. I have saved a lot making use of there offers.

  40. Michelle says:

    I buy cheaper cuts of meat, basics if available, and slow cook with garden grown herbs and vegetables.

  41. Michelle says:

    I already subscribe via email.

  42. Lorraine Johnson says:

    Make use of all the free days out available

    We spend many days out for free, it just takes a little research, there are parks, museums, galleries & family events taking place all the time. Make time to find out about them & enjoy lots of family days out that cost next to nothing!

  43. Lorraine Johnson says:

    Subscribed to on RSS

  44. Paul Dawson says:

    Cook for yourself rather then buy pre-made.

  45. FionaLynne Edwards says:

    I love walking through the woods with my family.

  46. Heather Haigh says:

    Foraging for bilberries on the moor. Lovely day out and free food.

  47. Heather Haigh says:

    Subscribed on google reader

  48. I stick to Sainsbury’s own brands to save money

  49. Stephanie Boulton says:

    Take a walk along the canal. visit the abbey and have a picnic.

  50. Stephanie Boulton says:

    I’m subscribed with Google Reader

  51. Jay Scales says:

    Instead of paying to vbisit a Stately Home and going in the Cafe, we take a picnic to the local park – although we do splash out on an ice-cream!

  52. Susan Ellams says:

    I put doing an easter egg hunt around the garden with the kids, To save money travelling to an organised one.

  53. Julie Kenny says:

    I always take picnics on our family days out – saves us a fortune x

  54. Kelly smith says:

    i love going on country walks and taking picnics :)

  55. Team up with a friend & their child to make the most of family discounts

  56. Melanie Hunt says:

    i hardly even buy branded items now. i think if peole just try the basic range , they would be very suprised with the taste. saves a fortune

  57. Make a shopping list to prevent food wastage.

  58. I follow by GFC

  59. Pack up an easy picnic! Make your own sandwiches, cheese on sticks, rings of sliced apple (sprinkled with lemon juice!) and pack it up to take to the park or the beach! Saves a fortune on expensive days out and is lots of fun!

  60. Martina says:

    Buying fewer bottles of wine and growing our own vegetables.

  61. Staying in and making a lush meal together with Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

  62. I’ve subscribed with google reader x

  63. pippa saunders says:

    Toasting bread on toasting forks on our open fire at home with a selection of homemade jams and maramlades to choose from – such a lovely satisfying supper and lovely family time all sitting on the rug having a picnic

  64. Arabella Bazley says:

    I said creativity with leftovers was an adventure not a chore and you are probably more creative in the kitchen using up what is in the fridge before restocking that buying so much you don’t try. xxx

  65. Jane Willis says:

    raw or cooked, outer leaves of cabbage and lettuce, even pea pods, can be chopped up and cooked in it to make delicious soup. The only “new” ingredient you need to add is an onion and a little oil to fry it in. Everything else is free.

  66. Hilda Hazel Wright says:

    I put a comment on there about the big salad bowls I make that are cheap and healthy!

  67. Hilda Hazel Wright says:

    I’m already a subscriber to your blog 😉

  68. Georgina Ball says:

    To grow my own fruit and veg!

  69. Hazel Rea says:

    Have a cinema night at home – comfy chairs in a row, popcorn and chocolate – and a DVD.

  70. Hazel Rea says:

    Already follow the blog.

  71. Search the internet for discount codes/offers


  72. Farhana Haque says:

    Go to the parks around our house more often

  73. Farhana Haque says:

    I’m following via MyYahoo Feed

  74. Isabelle Smith says:

    I would not eat out as much and cook some really healthly meals

  75. Laura Carroll says:

    I suggested curling up and watching a new TV programme with your partner and getting to know the characters together :)

  76. Laura Carroll says:

    Subscribed by RSS google reader x

  77. Definitely getting in the habit of freezing leftovers.

    I always make too much and waste a lot by forgetting to freeze so am trying to make it a habit now .

  78. A Brownlee says:

    I would buy supermarket own brands rather than big brands

  79. A Brownlee says:

    I have followed on the RSS feed

  80. kelly bourton says:

    money saving expert is great site for saving money

  81. Solange says:

    I take picnics

  82. have a picnic down the park- the kids love it and its a cheap day out

  83. subscribed to your blog

  84. sarah birkett says:

    Make the internet your friend. Use MSE for advice on everything, and quidco

  85. Beverley says:

    Whenever I make a pie, stew, dinner etc, I make an extra portion and freeze it. It only costs pennies more to do this and the freezer is full of my very own microwaveable meals!

  86. Lynette Lawson says:

    Fab blog!

  87. Lynne OConnor says:

    Many companies have special offers and discounts on Twitter and Facebook so always check these sites before making any trips, eating out or making purchases

  88. Lynne OConnor says:

    Subscribe via Google Reader

  89. laura stewart says:

    liked on facebook

  90. Emma Howard says:

    My son and I love packing up a picnic and taking it to our local park, costs us virutally nothing!

  91. Michael Clarke says:

    liked shared

  92. Cristina McDowall says:

    I said check out what the council has to offer in free events

  93. Jennifer Dyson says:

    Take the children to the park for some free fun in the sun whilst giving them some much needed exercise!

  94. Jennifer Dyson says:

    Subscribed to RSS

  95. Melanie says:

    I like it!

  96. Claire Louise Jones says:

    I would shop for the best offers. Use my slow cooker so I have more time to spend with the family, rather than spending a long time in the kitchen!

  97. “I rarely buy expensive cakes these days. I bake my own they are cheaper and much healthier. I make batch loads and freeze them to save even more money. All meals are made from scratch too cutting down on calories and saturated fat to keep us healthy and avoid obesity.”

  98. to enjpy the countryside a lot more

  99. following via google reader

  100. Caroline says:

    Save excess food packaging for craft days with the kids when it’s foul outside.

  101. Only buy what your going to use.

  102. Cheryll H says:

    Get an allotment! Sowing seeds, watering and watching them grow is GREAT for kids to learn about food. They can have their own patch where they can grow their own too :) When it comes to picking time you won’t have any problems geting them to eat the produce either :)

    ps. I had already posted this in another blog but wasn’t sure if I could leave a seperate comment :)

  103. Cheryll H says:

    Subscribed in Google Reader :)

  104. Emma Bradshaw says:

    Plan meals and stick to it – no cheating!

  105. Kelly padwick says:

    We play free guessing games using household items, like guess the taste, texture, object etc

  106. Jane Townson says:

    A picnic in the local park.

  107. Jane Townson says:

    Added to google reader.

  108. Make more time for long walks in the country side.

  109. Katie Simmonds says:

    Done everything including subscribing via RSS

  110. kelly mitchell says:

    me and my two children keep a lot of animals so have started growing our own produce to help keep food costs down for both us and the animals xx

  111. sue willshee says:

    Have a couple of days where the family eat home made vegetarian meals. Not only is it healthy to cut down on meats but buying veg is much cheaper too. Also, if you can encourage the family to get involved veggie growing competitions you’ll have fun and cut costs even further.

  112. sue willshee says:

    have subscribed via google reader

  113. Gillian Holmes says:

    Save the planet by cooking your bacon and eggs in your halogen cooker.

    Subscribed in Google Reader

  114. JOHN MEAD says:

    I compare my food shop on camparison websites! However, I wont shop for every single item we want and look at the offers as by shopping around can add up your petrol cost which makes the experience expensive and defeats the object of saviing money!

  115. We plan our menu on a Saturday before shopping, and buy only what we need, and anything left over from the night before, I take for lunches. If there are special deals on – we include that in our shop and FREEZE and include it in our menu plan for the following week.

  116. nicci cowdell-murray says:

    have done all rafflecoptor entries @chanson2010 / nicci jane cowdell-murray

  117. I think I have to learn to economise more, will definitely be buying the basics range to cut costs.

  118. Ali Thorpe says:

    Living Well for less – Walking the dog on a sunny evening, a chilly afternoon or a fresh morning! It costs nothing, keeps you in touch with nature and your surroundings, is fun as a family and relaxing alone, plus it keeps you fit … and the dog will love you for it! All free x

  119. I buy the basics to save money

  120. Philip Boyle says:

    Walk more , drive less . Use a fuel system cleaner for your car and save upto 15% fuel.

  121. Jacquie Bennett says:

    get off the bus a stop earlier to save money and improve my health
    good luck all !

  122. Natasha Gandy says:

    Make a flask each morning so I don’t need to keep boiling the kettle !! Saves a fortune in electric :)

  123. zoe hargreaves says:

    make more than intended then separate into portions and freeze, perfect for lunch at the office or when your eating alone as families can get pretty hetic x

    and sucrisbed by google xx

  124. helen rosbotham says:

    Meal planning make a menu for the week then shop for what you need then your less likely to have impulse buys or expensive last minute meals

  125. olivia kirby says:

    I talked about buying a Family Annual pass for the National Trust; we pay around £90 per year for the 5 of us and visit our local one around 20 times per year, having picnics, walks, nature trails and play in the adventure play area.


  126. olivia kirby says:

    added to google reader as olivia kirby

  127. Sheri Darby says:

    Country walk
    Doesn’t even matter if you live in the city, there are large parks, rivers to explore and and just good healthy fun

  128. Katherine Coldicott says:

    We always write a list for food shopping, but we let the children choose 1 item each that’s not on the list (within a price range of course). Actually this has had the result of them becoming quite savvy including looking out for coupons.

  129. Sean Hubbard-Read says:

    I want to win a PARKED DVD! @musicnewsweb

  130. Sean Hubbard-Read says:

    I love Sainbury’s

  131. Paula Phillips says:

    I’ll switch from branded goods to the basic/value items.

  132. Nicky Warren says:

    Pay for all your petrol and groceries etc. on a Cashback credit card and they make sure you pay it off every month. You will only be buying the items you would have to anyway but you earn money back each time you spend! We earn an extra £300-£400 per year by doing this.

  133. G Ryding says:

    Baisc items are generally good value.

  134. Emma Dunn says:

    wow a fantastic comp and would really keep the costs low this month!

  135. Samantha Ripley says:

    Walk everywhere

  136. Samantha Ripley says:

    subscribed in goggle reader

  137. Carrie Brimmell says:

    Taking my little boy for a day out to our local woodland. Climbing trees, looking for squirrels and rabbits nd finding leaves to take home for leaf rubbings. It’s his favourite place to go and it doesn’t cost us a thing.

  138. Elizabeth Williams says:

    Spending time with my family is what i said on the app

  139. Ursula Bingham says:

    When cooking dinner make an extra portion or two and freeze the spare ones so you can enjoy home-cooked food on evenings when you’re too busy or rushed to cook.

  140. Sarah Louise J says:

    Make bigger meals and make them last 2 days :)

  141. Sarah Louise J says:

    Following on google reader

  142. Susanne Temlett says:

    Use less washing powder – it’s better for the environment and your wallet!
    Read the packet and only use the amount of washing powder it states – you’ll be surprised how much further it goes!

  143. Susanne Temlett says:

    Following on Google

  144. Buying a few less bottles of wine and growing our own vegetables.

  145. Julie Thomas says:

    Just subscribed to your blog via google+

  146. Sheila Reeves says:

    Walking through the bluebells
    The woods near us have lovely displays of bluebells that are a “not to be missed” freebie – beautiful!

  147. Karen Lowe says:

    Always collect and sign up for free vouchers as you can save a fortune. Fresh seasonal fruit and veg not only tastes nicer but is much cheaper. If you want stuff out of season try frozen veg-that way you only measure out exactly what you need.

  148. katherine grieve says:

    by always shopping with a shopping list

  149. Angela Green says:

    buy shop brands
    use a shopping list
    online shopping – will avoid you making impulse shopping buys and if you just stick to your list shoould save you not only the cost of your petrol but saves you the time you would have spent browsing too!!

  150. Tracy Costello says:

    Cancel the gym and chase my son round the park

  151. Lou Chambers says:

    Take a picnic to your local park

  152. Lou Chambers says:

    Added you to my Yahoo reader.

  153. Kim Carberry says:

    Visit the local park with a picnic….Loads of fun & Free!

  154. Pauline Dring says:

    my tip for spending less in the supermarket is take a 2 year old shopping, you probably won’t want to look at unnecessary items. The shopping trip is quicker and cheaper.

  155. antonia j richardson says:

    i walk round all the supermarkets in my town to look up offers

  156. antonia j richardson says:

    i think ive Subscribe to on RSS

  157. joanna smith says:

    make your own sauces using tinned tomatoes and herbs/spices… much cheaper, always tastier and a lot lot healthier!

  158. Lorna Totton says:

    Would be writing out a shopping list and sticking to it.

  159. Sandy Hill says:

    get out for a walk – fresh air & exercise for free!

  160. Janine Atkin says:

    i said id take the family to the park and we’d play football, walk the dog and eat the yummiest sandwiches

  161. Sandy Hill says:

    I have subscribed using Google REader

  162. Hannah Whitling says:

    I put that i enjoy walking my dog as much as i can and for as long as i can each time. Walking with her makes it more fun, gets me going further whilst enjoying and having fun at the same time.

  163. Meat left over from Sunday lunch for some sandwiches? Cold quiche? Add these to some fruit and head off into the countryside for a cheap family day out. Perfect for a leftover picnic party!

  164. Emily Hutchinson says:

    I suggested clubbing together with friends to buy in bulk to save money

  165. Charlotte Jones says:

    Lots of long walk through the local woods :)

  166. Phil Reeves says:

    Local Nature reserves
    Check out your local wildlife spots – our nearest bird reserve has wonderful facilities – and a great cafe, which doesn’t cost the earth

  167. always cook two portions of one meal and freeze half for when you don’t have time or inclimation to cook


  168. yvonne clark says:

    i suggested exercising for free
    I would make full use of the wonderful scenery and countryside that is here on my doorstep with lots of cycle rides and walks along our lovely cycle path that takes us to our local and lovely country park

  169. Becky Downey says:

    Reading a library book in a patch of sunshine with my 4-year-old

  170. lucy clark says:

    Ive said walking to the gym with my friend and having our chat there instead of over a bottle of wine – getting fit and not consuming so much alcohol :)

  171. Maria Knight says:

    Be uber thrifty…….vintage and making do!

  172. Karen Dixon says:

    Buy store brand rather then big brand names

  173. I will cook lots of meals with the leftovers and freeze them

  174. I have subscribed using google reader

  175. Angie Hoggett says:

    Why not have a baking day with your leftovers, make pies, quiches, casseroles and freeze them so that you have plenty of meals in hand

  176. Angie Hoggett says:

    following on google reader

  177. Joanna Sawka says:

    Never buy anything more than you have on your shopping list

  178. Antonia Rookley says:

    Plan meals and stick to it!

  179. Joanna Orr says:

    By Planning your menu for the week, you’ll be more organised and buy less food and have less wastage

  180. Joanna Orr says:

    Following on Google Reader

  181. Lyn Bosomworth says:

    I use a price comparison site online