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Food on a Budget

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Four lads make up "SortedFood" Their YouTube channel has a wealth of knowledge, information, recipes and cooking skills that will get your taste buds drooling.

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Cooking on a Bootstrap

Jack Monroe's Cooking on a Bootstrap. Jack became famous when she was unemployed publishing cheap recipes that she had devised to feed her and her son.

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Jamie's £1 Wonders

With the cost of food and energy on the rise, Jamie’s £1 Wonders is all about delicious recipes that won’t blow the budget, coming in at less than £1 a portion.

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Barry Lewis and Mrs Barry

A light hearted take on cooking and kitchen skills. The Barrys are nuts!! Passes the time nicely and makes you realise anyone can cook! This is the first of their kitchen hacks!
Thanks to the Folkards for this recommendation

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Cheap Family Recipes

Good food does not need to cost an arm and a leg, and frugality is not the same thing as deprivation

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Love Food, Hate Waste

To help you explore simple ways to save food, save money and save our planet.
Discover some simple hacks, tips and guidance to make the most of your food.
Every little thing you do, everyday, makes a huge difference.

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Ten Cheap Recipes from tins

Make the most of those tins you have in your storecupboard with these budget-friendly recipes. From zingy Mexican-style mackerel to smoky sweetcorn and chickpea burgers.

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Thrifty Lesley


There are 600+ recipes that you can use individually, or as part of a weekly meal plan.

Resources for Homes and Utilities

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Cosy Homes

Change your home from cold to cosy!

If you’re struggling with high heating bills or a cold home, take advantage of our Cold to Cosy Homes service – FREE for all eligible Cumbrian households.

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Stuff - given and received - free

Give and get stuff for free with Penrith and Eden District Freegle. Offer things you don't need, and ask for things you'd like. Don't just recycle - reuse with Freegle!

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Energy Savings Trust

Warm Home Hacks

Looking for ways to stay warm and save money on your energy bills this winter?

With typical energy bills almost doubling since this time last year, we’re here to help you stay warm, save energy and save money.*

Facebook Groups

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Buy it, Sell it, Swap it, Alston

Local group to Alston Moor for selling, buying and swapping stuff.

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Money Saving Expert

Founded by Martin Lewis dedicated to cutting your costs, finding deals, beating the system & fighting your corner.

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Feed Yourself for a £1 a day

A frugal cooking group with the aim of helping people cook frugally, shop frugally, and learn to cook where necessary.

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Cooking on a Budget UK

Members share all their favourite recipes and affordable meal ideas. Whether it's single meals or family of 10. We'd all love to see what great meal plans you come up with, whilst helping each other save a few pennies here and there

Please share this on Social Media, email it to someone or print it out.

Copyright: Alston Moor Foodbank 2014 - 2024. From the Community - for the Community

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Alston Moor Foodbank Resources