Sandra from Rhyl in Wales said it’s like going back in time to the 1950s when people, including their parents, were struggling to make ends meet after World War II. Although she never thought she would be “so poor” in retirement, she has shared the ways she saves to try to help others in a similar situation.
Since she can’t afford to use the oven too often, she only cooks once a week, but she does the whole week’s meals in one sitting.
She explained: “I only cook once a week, I fill the oven and then I spread it out among my plastic plates and freeze them, so I have most of the week’s food ready.
“If I’m boiling carrots and potatoes, I put them in the same pan and they make enough for two days, so I don’t have to turn the stove back on.
“You may think it’s a shame to live like this, but that doesn’t make sense.”
Sandra continued, “The only thing I can do is apply my knowledge to achieve those savings because even saving a pound in a week adds up and can make a difference in the end.”
“For me, I never had fancy things, so I’m used to it, but children should be able to be warm and well fed, but now some children are not missing out.
“I never thought I would be so poor in my old age.
“I’ve worked my whole life since I was 15, and sometimes it’s hard work not being able to use things around the house.”
The pensioner has some money-saving tips for others, including:
- Check discounts on municipal taxes
- Cook pizzas at home instead of buying them prepared
- Apply for help with veterinary costs from the RSPCA
- Cook all week in one go
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