Lorna:
Hi, I’m Lorna and I’m a 39yr old mother of 3 and step mother of 1. My kids are 21, 20 and 9 and my step daughter is 14. My eldest 2 are students, one still at home and one home in the holidays and weekends. I was a young mum with very limited cooking experience and struggled when it came to providing a healthy balanced diet on a budget! Over the years I’ve had quite a few disasters but through listening to advice wherever I could get it and shopping around a lot I am now a fairly accomplished cook! There is very little waste in my house as I bulk out meals, use up leftovers, shop around and bake all our treats! I got involved with FYF as I see so many young families struggling in the current economy and I want to help them to feed their families healthy home cooked food on a limited budget xx Lorna xx

Claire:
Hi, I am a single Mum to a 12 year old daughter and a young cat.  During my time as a Mother I have been on benefits and have also lived off student loans.  I know how to budget.  It has always been a skill I have had, even during times I have worked two jobs and money wasn’t a problem, I was still frugal.  I think it is a skill that can be learnt and hopefully I can pass some tips onto our lovely followers.  As for cooking, I am no chef but I do love cooking and eating and always have.  I read cook books for pleasure and seem quite good at imagining different flavours together.  I was renowned in cooking lessons in school for taking a recipe and completely changing it, often with cheaper or in season ingredients.  Claire

Eve:
Hi I’m Eve at 53 I’m the Scottish mammy of the group. Glasgow born and proud. Mother of 3 (youngest 26 :o) is Autistic.Trained as a Nurse and have had many jobs over the years mainly in catering /hospitality. Trained Barista also. I’m what I would call a “plain cook” stews,mince,soups …hearty dishes that fill your belly, but I love a curry too and like most Scots, I have a sweet tooth. I got involved in FYF through helping friends budget and rethink their ideas of what they could use instead of throwing it away. I really hope to show folk that ready meals can be done cheaper and tastier at home. I admire all the admins so much as they face every day with a challenge and rise to it with gumption. I`m a canny saver and love a bargain and to share it with my friends. Slainte

Dee:
My name is Dee, I’m 37 and live with my partner and 6 children (4 of them now adults). I am a parent-carer to a disabled child requiring round the clock nursing care.
I was in my 30s before I began home cooking, largely due to finance. It is something I have become passionate about because I have witnessed the financial impact and health benefits to my family.

Nutritious home cooking doesn’t have to be expensive, and it is my aim to show others how they too can feed their families on an excruciatingly tight budget, and still love cooking.

Penny:
Hi, I’m Penny I’m a mum of 4 and nanny to 8. My partner had to medically retire and I had to give up work to become a full time carer. Eating well on a budget has become second nature. I’ve always enjoyed cooking but it’s so easy to become a lazy cook when you don’t have to think about the pennies. I like to think about what we’re eating not just because of the costs but for health reasons. We often don’t realise how many additives are in the food we regularly eat, cooking from scratch means I’m in control of what we both eat. I say both, often on a weekend we have the children and grandchildren visiting so dinner could need to stretch to 6. Or is it just nanny`s baking they love ?

Lisa:
Hi, I’m Lisa I’m 44 and live with my partner. A few years ago I was made redundant at work. I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but I had to learn to budget & live frugally quick smart!

Learning the basics of cookery is important! Once you know how to cook from scratch you will definitely save money. Call me cheap, but I’d much rather keep my pennies than hand them over to the supermarket for something I could make myself, and lets face it homemade meals are always nicer than convenience food & take aways.

Dawn:
Hi my name is Dawn I am 34 and born n bred in Gateshead. I have a 9yr daughter and a 37yr hubby/big kid and i am 37 weeks pregnant with a little boy. We now live in Co Durham in a Mining village.

I was brought up with my great Granny’s Be-Ro book and a slap across head if I suggested buying ready made. I love to cook.

I really started when daughter was born and refused to pay the price of jars of baby food. I make everything from scratch (however if a packet/jar is 20p or less I will store one for emg) and cos of that no two dishes taste the same. I have been at both ends of a budget and now I am at the lower end. I WILL walk around town to check prices. I have all the apps on my phone to price check and in my mind I have a price limit per item I will pay.

I am a lvl2 chef and have done a few nutrition courses. I have lost 8st in 3yrs and managed to maintain (within 1st) for last year. I hope to bring tips on baby food and healthy eating all within a budget.

Kazz:
Hi I’m Kazz I’m a separated mum of 3 from Leicester. I’ve been on my own for nearly 4 years now and it’s been a struggle.

I know what it’s like to have nothing and really have to work hard to make ends meet. My children have always been my priority.

I’ve been cooking since I was about 12 and my kids reckon I can make a great meal from nothing.
I’m not working at the moment due to a health condition and this has seriously impacted the amount of money I have and I’m sure that’s not going to get better anytime soon!

Adele:
Hi, Im Adele Im a mum of two grown lads and a wife to my wonderful hubby Andrew and Nanni to my gorgeous 4 yr old granddaughter Echo, Im 50 yrs old and have been cooking since I was 10, until I met Andrew I brought my boys up alone and have to save money where I could… and also giving the boys a health diet too.
I love cooking and baking and adding little twists to dishes… such as apple sauce to mash,served with roast pork… I have always lived on a tight budget…and always look for bargains.