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Mrs Ashley claims she can provide for the entire family for just £1 each per day
Jane Ashley, 47, from London, is able to to make her family's breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for a day – all for under a quid per person.
Her delicious frugal meal plans – which feature sumptuous dishes such as Fried Bean Tacos with guacamole and pomegranate salad and Thai Green curry – are all available for free on her website.
As well as featuring vegan and gluten-free recipes, Mrs Ashley has also shown how you can shop at more upmarket supermarket chains like Waitrose and still successfully feed a family for a pound-per-day.
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Graphic designer Mrs Ashley, who lives with her photographer husband and 19-year-old daughter, says: "You don't need fancy ingredients to cook good food.
"Before I started my blog, I could easily walk out of the supermarket with £150 worth of shopping – but I've learned to more frugal, less wasteful and still eat well.
"Hopefully my blog should offer something for everyone to help you to save money whether you're a poor student, struggling to feed a large family or even if you're just trying to save some funds towards a holiday"
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The mother-of-one said she used to spend £150 at the supermarket
A typical day consists of porridge for breakfast, leftover hot and sour chicken soup with homemade bread for lunch and a supper of chicken and mushroom pie with mashed potatoes, carrots and peas.
I've learned to more frugal, less wasteful and still eat well
To top it all off, there is a flapjack snack to satisfy any mid-afternoon peckishness
Mrs Ashley was inspired to try feeding her family on an extraordinarily tight budget after speaking to a friend who works at a local food bank and hearing about the struggles of people living on very little money.
Mrs Ashley is not a professional chef and has found ingenious ways to adapt recipes she finds online and in cookbooks so that they can feed everyone at a bargain price.
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And she has tried to make the recipes and shopping lists as easy as possible for others – as she and her partner work full-time.
Mrs Ashley – whose husband, Phil, 50 takes all the photographs for her blog – explains: "My husband and I work full time so we don't have a lot of time in the evening.
"I do as much prep work as possible for the weekends in terms of baking cakes and making curry pastes.
"And I've seen other recipes where people use half of a lemon or a quarter of an onion to create a meal for under £1 which is great.
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Mrs Ashley now runs a blog that teaches other to live more frugally
"But at the same time, supermarkets won't sell you a vegetable or fruit in that quantity.
"So in my guides, I've shown how you can use the rest of the ingredient for other meals to help you save money."
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JANE'S TOP TIPS FOR FRUGAL FEEDING
1. Always, always have a shopping list.
2. Check what you have run out of or need before you write your list. From Saturday to Friday, we write down what we are eating on what days and who will be working late or out so that we only buy what we need.
3. Never go shopping when you are hungry or hungover, you'll end up buying sweets and snacks!
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Jane recommends buying supermarket own brands and always writing a list
4. Check your prices, supermarkets are always putting prices up or down. If it's expensive that week don't get it. Swap it for something else and be flexible.
5. Buy supermarket own brands. I've taste tested lots of different ones and if cooked well you can't tell the difference. Why pay £2 for something that can cost 35p?
6. If you don't trust yourself to not overspend in the supermarket, then order online. That way you can't be tempted and you can see how much you are spending as you go along.
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