I followed Martin Lewis’ tips for moms and saved £12,000

A SAVVY mum has revealed how she’s fighting the cost of living crisis by selling on eBay and Facebook and buying yellow stickers.

Administrative Assistant Kerensa Robertson, 48, of Billericay, Essex, is a big fan of savings guru Martin Lewis.

Kerensa Robertson, 48, shared how she took advice from Martin Lewis

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Kerensa Robertson, 48, shared how she took advice from Martin LewisCredit: WARREN PAGE / McLELLAN
Just a few of the things this savvy mum has bought on offer from M&S

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Just a few of the things this savvy mum has bought on offer from M&SCredit: Catering

She took two of his top 15 money-saving tips to heart, and it paid off.

She’s made almost £12,000 selling unused clothes – a hack he recommends if you want to make money and eat like a queen on a budget thanks to yellow sticker shopping – something he said the people could try.

A must for bargain hunters, yellow stickers are placed on items near their sell-by date, which supermarkets drop in price.

Her finds are so successful she is now buying double the amount and giving them to her elderly neighbor and friends, feeding her daughter Delphi, 10, and her partner Matt, 52, luxury meals at around £2 a head.

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Kerensa explained to Fabulous: “I have a lot of respect for Martin Lewis and I always look at what he proposes.

“I realized I couldn’t afford days and pay the bills anymore. One day when I opened my closet, it hit me. I had so many clothes that I bought when I was pregnant that were barely used. Everything, even the maternity bras, were in great condition.”

Karensa listed everything on eBay and sold 50 items, raising £350 in a week. “There was a blue Next maternity dress that I bought for £40 and sold for £18 plus postage,” she said.

“Maternity tops I paid £25 for and sold for £14 and maternity bras I bought for £15 and sold for £6. This made me laugh, so I grabbed a bunch of other bras that didn’t fit anymore and listed them as well. They also made money.”

She added: “I have the taste buds of M&S with the budget of Aldi.

“I prefer the quality of M&S to supermarkets like Asda and Aldi, I think you can definitely taste the difference.

“I would say 90 per cent of my purchases are yellow badges, I only pay full price for milk and cheese.

“I’m interested in the more expensive things like the M&S reduced meats and dinners.

“Recently bought a rack of lamb which was supposed to be £12.47 and I paid £5.49 for it, a pork shoulder which was £10 reduced to £3.20 and a pork shank which was £9.85 , reduced to £3.68.

“I’m just one of those people who can bother to look.

“I just enjoy good food. When I want to buy something, I look for the best deals. It’s with everything I buy, from groceries to flights and sneakers.

“I will only buy items with yellow stickers, it helped me save a lot, which means my family and I can have happy holidays and make memories together.

“Life is for living, save where you can and continue to top up your savings, and then you can spend your money creating memories.”

“I never take a shopping list with me, I only buy what’s available that day, what’s on sale, I buy and I prefer this way of shopping.

“I’m not looking for the cheapest food, I’m looking for the best food at the best price.

“I bought some shrimp skewers which were originally £5 and I paid £1.40 plus some scallops with pink veal for just £1.84 when they should have been £5.

“We live lavishly for 70 percent of the price.”

Referring to her online sales, she explained how – with the help of daughter Delphi – she packed up to 50 parcels a week and sold everything from old shoes (including a pair she bought for £10 but sold for £67 had sold) to maternity bras .

“I used to throw all that stuff away, but I realized it was literally money in the bin,” she said.

“As the cost of living increases, thanks to rising energy bills and pricey essentials at the supermarket, I’m so glad I have this extra income.

“Having a great range of flavors helps all of us, and Delphi eats everything, so buying those kinds of foods isn’t a problem.

“I would recommend to anyone who wants to go bargain hunting to find out when their supermarket starts selling discounted items and be consistent at that time each week.”

Kerensa pictured with her daughter Dephi

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Kerensa pictured with her daughter DephiCredit: Catering
Kerensa made £57 selling these shoes

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Kerensa made £57 selling these shoesCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
Some of Kerensa's M&S transport

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Some of Kerensa’s M&S transportCredit: Catering
Kerensa's M&S receipt

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Kerensa’s M&S receiptCredit: Catering

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Jessica MacLeish

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