IN the UK we love pottering about in our gardens, but few of us go to the lengths of this green-fingered savvy mum to cut the cost of her weekly food bill.
Money blogger Kayleigh Hughes from PromotionalCodes.org.uk spends her spare time picking fruit from a nearby blackberry bush as well making trips to find other fruit that she can forage.
The bargain-mad mum who managed to throw the wedding of her dreams for less than 짙500, also suggests growing your own food or even raising livestock as a way to cut bills.
She said: ?쏥rowing your own fruit and veg and partaking in a spot of foraging can, in the long run, save you a fortune.
?쏧t?셲 not an easy and quick process but if you put in the work it won?셳 be long before you?셱e reaping the benefits.??/p>
Here are her top tips on growing your own food and finding fruit via foraging:
Do you have a talent for foraging fruit
Kayleigh?셲 freezer is bursting with blackberries from her garden. She even found some in her local Tesco Express car park which were growing over the fence.
She said: ?쏧 now have quite a few bags of blackberries in my freezer ready to use up.??/p>
She tells us that there are lots of websites out there that will tell you any known fruit bushes and trees near you, so it?셲 worth taking a look.
Unless you know what you?셱e looking for, then don?셳 pick it
As well as foraging for berries, Kayleigh also picks mushrooms in her home town.
She said: ?쏧 am by no means an expert in mushroom foraging and I couldn?셳 tell the difference between a poisonous one from a safe one, but there are people out there that you can learn from if you want to.??/p>
It can be very rewarding to go out and hunt for mushrooms, but make sure you?셱e armed to the teeth with information before going out as it can be rather dangerous.
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Get in line for an allotment – but the wait might be rather long
Although allotments aren?셳 cheap, they are one of the best ways to grow your own fruit and veg.
Kayleigh said: ?쏮y dad had one for many years when I was younger and I loved going down at the weekends to help plant, build and pick what was ready.??/p>
However, she did tell us that allotments can be pricey and there are often long waiting lists for spaces.
Kayleigh reckons that the feeling and immense sense of pride you get from seeing your first successful crop is priceless.
She said: ?쏮y dad used to grow potatoes, sweetcorn, onions, carrots, leeks and tomatoes to name a few.
?쏶ome were successful and some not so, but you learn after each time and you try again in the next season.??/p>
Are you allowed to keep chickens?
If you do manage to bag yourself an allotment, it?셲 worth checking the rules to see if you can keep chickens.
Kalyeigh has been collecting free eggs from chickens for years, once asking for a fancy new chicken house for “her girls” for her birthday rather than getting a pair of designer boots.
She said: ?쏧 would get at least six eggs every day, and the fact I knew where they had come from and how happy the hens were made the eggs taste so much better.??/p>
Grow your own from home
Not everyone has access to an allotment – or even a garden. This doesn?셳 mean that you can?셳 grow your own food and veg.
Kayleigh has taken inspiration from TV presenter and food writer Nigel Slater who grows a lot of veg in pots. She believes you can learn a lot from the famous cook if you do some research.
She said: ?쏽ou can even grow potatoes in a big black bin filled with compost.
?쏧 say get out there and see what you can forage, but please be careful and only pick fruit and veg that you know.
?쏶ee what you can grow yourself too and even consider getting a group of chickens – they can really change your life for the better.??/p>
Do you grow your own food? Email: Charlotte.Burns@The-Sun.co.uk