A WOMAN who's worth £230,000 at 24 has revealed her money-saving food recipes and it's sure to save you time too.
Queenie Tan, from Sydney, preps lunch and dinners for a whole fortnight and it only costs her £34.40 (AUS $63).
The marketing manager spent $67 on the food shop and used a cashback credit card, by American Express, to save a further $4.
She made four meals to ensure she's not stuck always eating the same thing and says it's works out at between £1.60 ($3) and £2.20 ($4) per meal.
Speaking in her latest YouTube video, Queenie showed "how I try to save money" by meal prepping.
She tends to do all her cooking in one afternoon, to limit the mess and time spent.
Queenie made fried rice, Asian prawn pasta, pasta with pesto and a vegetarian lasagne.
She also offered her tips for getting the best deals.
How to make Queenie’s recipes
1. Fried rice
Ingredients: Two shallots, three garlic cloves, three eggs, spring onions, vegetable oil, frozen prawns, rice, tablespoon of sesame oil, tablespoon of soy sauce, tablespoon of Japanese mayonnaise, tablespoon of oyster sauce
Method: Cook a big bowl of rice the day before. Fry shallots and spring onions in oil. Add whisked eggs and minced garlic. Mix in your cooked rice. Fry the defrosted prawns separately and then add to the rice, with the dressing.
2. Asian prawn pasta
Ingredients: Frozen prawns, spaghetti, spring onions, garlic, vegetable oil, one tablespoon of sesame oil, one tablespoon of oyster sauce, one tablespoon of soy sauce
Method: Cook the defrosted prawns in vegetable oil. Add chopped garlic and spring onions. Add the dressing. Cook spaghetti in a separate pan and mix together.
3. Pesto pasta
Ingredients: Fresh basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, salt
Method: Blend basil, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and salt in a blender. Cook pasta separately and add to the mixture.
4. Vegetarian lasagne
Ingredients: 100g of butter, 100g of flour, full cream milk, three eggs, parmesan cheese, pasta sheets, vegan mince, mozzarella cheese
Method: Make Béchamel sauce by melting butter, adding flour and then milk, tiny bits at a time. Whisk together, wait until it starts bubble then take it off the heat. Add egg yolks & parmesan, mix together. Layer the sauce, then pasta sheets, then more sauce, then mince and then mozzarella on top. Put it in the oven at 200C for 30 minutes, covered with foil.
"You can try to save money by buying ingredients in bulk when things are on special (offer)," she said.
"I buy my soy milk from Amazon, because I found that whenever I buy it from Amazon and buy a little bit more than normal, I actually save about 20 per cent.
"I get $10 (£5.50) off my shopping every two months with my loyalty cards, which is roughly $60 (£33) per year that I'm saving."
Queenie does the bulk of her shopping online, then stocks up on basics like frozen veg in Aldi.
She adds: "You can buy French wine from Aldi for under $10.
"The quality of the wine isn't bad, but Aldi only chooses a couple of wines for their store so they are able to go directly to the winemakers and order really large quantities for a reduced price."
Queenie’s tips for food shopping on a budget
- Always write a list to stop you overspending on things you don't need
- Bulk in buy when cupboard essentials are on offer
- Use loyalty cards and a cashback credit card to save
- Check Amazon for food deals
- Stock up on basics like frozen veg in Aldi
- Cook your meals for the week or even fortnight in advance
Queenie has been actively saving since she was 19, after using audiobooks to educate her on the best way to invest her £2,700 ($5,000) cash.
Five years on, she has a net worth of £230,000 ($420,000) thanks to investments in property, stock and cryptocurrency, as well as her offset account, savings and superannuation.
Queenie previously revealed the four money mistakes you should stop making NOW.
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