#Giveaway – Cookery Classes worth £200 #ImProving2014

Save Money – Learn to Cook:

It is that time of year isn’t it?  We all tend to overspend a bit at Christmas time and then January creeps in – bleak and miserable with the Christmas bills to pay.  Well, this particular giveaway, thanks to Debt Free Direct, is designed to help you make your money go further.  I don’t know if you have caught Jamie Oliver’s latest TV series ‘Jamie”s Money Saving Meals‘ but I think it’s spot on for how we all feel at this time of year.  On the last show he demonstrated how making your own pizza pie would give you pizza every week for a whole year, for the same cost as a weekly delivery for just a month – and he managed to make it look really easy too!  And of course with food that you cook yourself it’s easier to make sure you are eating healthy food, because you know exactly what you are adding.



For me that’s part of the reason why I cook my own 5:2 diet recipes.  I know I save money and I have more control about what I am eating – how much butter I use, whether or not I add sugar and what mix of ingredients I use.  Now, I was quite lucky I think.  My mother hated cooking so, when I was in my teens I started to take over making family meals.  Then when I went to university, I was part of a cooking collective – there were six of us in total – each cooking a two course meal one evening of the week (we had Saturdays off) for ourselves and the other five.  A great way to save money and learn how to cook.  But I know I was lucky – and since then I’ve done a lot of cookery classes.

Clams with pasta


Perhaps you could do with some help too.  Of course you can get some great tips online, like this article about how to eat healthy food.  You’ll find a lot more ideas about how to save money on the Making Money Go Further Blog too   But, for the ultimate fast track to learn to cook healthy food, how about joining in some of the cookery classes at Jamie Oliver’s own cookery schools and cafes.  There are three Recipease Centres, two in London and one in Brighton, each offering a range of courses and events.  The lovely people at Debt Free Direct are offering a £200 gift voucher which you can use for courses of your choice – from the extravagant ‘All Trussed up’ to events where your kids can learn to cook pizza, make home made pasta or even create their own chocolate truffles.  It’s up to you how you spend your voucher – but we hope it will help you save money in the long term!

So, all you need do now is to follow the Rafflecopter through and let me know how you’d use these cookery vouchers to help you save money.


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  1. This is a fantastic giveaway :) I’ve entered

  2. Fantastic giveaway! #UKbloggers

  3. I would save money by cooking meals that are healthy and delicious and made from fresh ingredients rather than ready meals that are processed nad expensive to buy.

  4. It would give me some creative ideas for cooking with inexpensive/budget ingredients

  5. Francesca Tuck says:

    I think it will give me some great ideas for different knock down meals which would be superb for me.

  6. Anna Ingram says:

    would help me know what to do with leftover ingredients from special recipes, hence not wasting anything.

  7. I won’t be buying anymore ready made meals which are not just expensive, they are also not very healthy at all.

  8. I hated cooking, too. I wish one of my kids had taken over that chore for me! This seems like a great raffle. Good luck to all the entrants.

  9. I live in the United States. Right now my emphasis is on caregiving so cooking classes are out for me for now. Nice that you are offering this giveaway, however.

  10. Anne KIAZ Brookes says:

    it would stop me buying expensive microwave meals.

  11. Fab prize . would love to win I would surprise my friends with a dinner party cooked by me

  12. it is indeed a great giveway to save money. good luck to all entrants

  13. I think learning to cook from a professional will always help someone to understand wastage better, as they have the knowledge to explain how to use the food more effectively!

  14. Tracey Belcher says:

    Taking control of my shopping list and cooking. Buying ingredients in the right quantity and then taking pride in cooking up good food

  15. emma falvi says:

    it would help me budget and knowing what is in my food

  16. Kelly Koya says:

    It would help me, as I could use it to educate my children in how to cook, so instead of buying a takeaway when I don’t feel like cooking – they can do it for me! 😀

  17. LINDSEY CLARK says:

    Ive never known how to cook so if I learned how to buy the right amounts for one and cook accordingly I would save from costly ready meals and waste from larger portions.

  18. i have trouble planning my weekly meal budget so would love to go to a course that can help! :)

  19. Katherine L says:

    Home cooked foods can be just as tasty or even tastier than eating out. Taking a lesson at Recipease would give me new skills and recipes to wow my family with at home :)

  20. It would allow me to use ingredients to their full potential and save on waste

  21. Great prize! I was watching an episode of Save With Jamie just last night and said so many times “that’s actually a good idea” as I need to really practice not wasting so much! I’d be so thrilled to be a part of this cooking class!! Thanks!

  22. i never have the time for classes but love to cook

  23. Angie Hoggett says:

    I’d love to learn how to use up leftovers more effectively

  24. richard southwell says:

    Any cooking knowledge gained will be put to good use – i like experimenting with odd combinations

  25. zena sutherland says:

    Love this comp

  26. Pam Gregory says:

    I’d save money by cooking from scratch and wasting less

  27. The thing I’d like to learn the most is how to eat healthy and saving money at the same time

  28. Help me to get creative with using things up out of the fridge and leftovers etc – they mainly go in the bin!

  29. Pauline Simpson says:

    Help me to find new ways of cooking vegitables

  30. Over time I am sure it would save lots of money, it would also make a great gifts for grown up kids leaving home.

  31. Samantha J says:

    It would give my ideas on how to make budget meals

  32. Wow, what a great giveaway and thoughtful too especially at this time of year! :-)

  33. klara cort says:

    we would be less ready-made meals and cook more from scracth

  34. Jane Morfett says:

    I would like to learn new ideas to make cooking fun using fresh vegetarian ingredients

  35. Liz ferguson says:

    It’s all in the planning .. So, I would say money with my new weekly menu plan.

  36. It would save me money by not having to buy ready meals.

  37. It would probably give me more creative ideas :-) x

  38. For sure that would lead to more ideas and more knowledge. Putting knowledge to use can really help a lot to save money.

  39. The vietnamese street food course would save money on takeaways

  40. would teach me a good dish rather than getting a take away

  41. Kathy Cakebread says:

    fab prize

  42. Emily OMara says:

    I was going to go on a cookery course anyway, this would save me money by me not having to pay for the course, and also I cook a lot of ready meals which can be expensive!

  43. Ronni Astroff says:

    I order too many takeaways…unhealthy and expensive. Cooking would be a better option.

  44. Clare Moloney says:

    This would help me with my new years resolution to cook more . Thanks

  45. Clifford Sherwood says:

    It would keep me out of the main supermarkets

  46. kellyjo walters says:

    budget cooking but still with great ingredients

  47. Planning meals would mean that there would be less weekly wastage and watching how the new recipes are made would instil a new confidence.

  48. Love the idea of being able to reuse my leftovers and make food in bulk!

  49. Ii would help me make delicious foods from my leftovers

  50. Mary Baldwin says:

    It would mean that I would stop going for the easy option and ordering takeaway rather than having the confidence to cook from scratch.

  51. Sarah Davies says:

    I could cook and freeze. The ready meals in my freezer would then be much cheaper!

  52. It would help me budget and plan meals more easily.

  53. claire WOODS says:

    It would help me to save money when cooking and not waste things.

  54. Deborah Torr says:

    I could make meals out of leftovers and make my own meals instead of buying them!

  55. Louise Hutchings says:

    Looks a great way to save money and learn to cook so tasty food

  56. Love it

  57. It would give me some new ideas so I wouldn’t look in the fridge and be bored and order takeout!

  58. christine shelley says:

    cheaper cuts of meat and pies

  59. Miriam OToole says:

    It would teach me some tasty recipes to stop me wanting takeaway!

  60. Tracey Quinn says:

    It would give me some good ideas for cooking with inexpensive ingredients

  61. Polly Bastow says:

    We’re already quite good at using up leftovers bu would love more ideas x

  62. Daisy Craydon says:

    It would teach me how to use most of the stuff that sits in my freezer!

  63. Angela Farrey says:

    Would love to learn new ideas I enjoy cooking from fresh ingredients and using garlic and lots of herbs

  64. jayne hall says:

    amazing prize
    i could buy cheaper foods

  65. My guilty pleasure is a curry takeaway, so I’d do the Indian Thali course so I could learn to cook it at home and save myself a fortune!

  66. This is a very smart post! Thank you for sharing! :-)

  67. It would give me ideas and save money.

  68. Louise Hart says:

    by giving me the confidence and inspiration to try new things

  69. As I am useless at cooking, if I wish to entertain people then I take them out for restaurant meals, which is very expensive and probably not very healthy! If I could learn to cook then I could entertain them myself by rustling up a dinner party and save lots of £££!

  70. LHidderley says:

    I could feed my family for less, and with less waste.

  71. I’d waste a lot less food, and wouldn’t spend as much on ready meals and takeaways

  72. Nrichard Lumbers says:

    i think it would make filleting and boning meat less wasteful.
    also i think learning to cook meat properly eg not over cook
    would be beneficial to flavor and the wallet

  73. I would so love to win this prize!!!

  74. caroline kelly says:

    I’m trying to plan weekly meals at the moment but this would help give me some more ideas

  75. Plan ahead and cook in bulk / freeze

  76. Fewer takeaways!

  77. Ben Audsley says:

    i would save money by learning how to cook leftovers and so i wouldnt throw so much food away !

  78. Jason Feighery says:

    I need this in my life!

  79. Colleen Thomas says:

    It would give me lots of new ideas and lots of great food

  80. I’ve always been a very thrifty cook, am known for it and am good at making things stretch when friends arrive, there is always very little food waste in this house and I cook just about everything from scratch but I would like to me more adventurous with fish, I use it but in safe well know dishes. We all love fish in this house and I would love to make more use of the bargains to be had in the supermarket and cook lovely fish dishes for a family.

  81. Paul Anthony Gallagher says:

    Would waste less food and make better use of leftovers

  82. Sarah-Jayne says:

    What a FANTASTIC prize … I regularly cook very mediocre food .. but it would be GREAT to have some proper lessons/advice! Fingers crossed.

  83. Rachel Griffiths says:

    What a great competition, I definitely need a few cooking lessons!

  84. Great prize!

  85. Sue Obrien says:

    By planning meals using seasonal fresh ingredients. I have also taken on an allotment so am excited to use my own produce too saving even more.

  86. We are really trying to find new ways to eat on a tighter budget but still really yummy. I think this course would help get me going in the right direction.

  87. james harland says:

    it would help me plan meals and even do big batches and freeze them

  88. Sarah James says:

    I would use the vouchers for knife skills and teh fileting classes, and then pasta making!

  89. Stefan Ingram says:

    I find it hard to find the best value ingredients for my cooking, so I think i could save money by going on this course

  90. debbie creasey says:

    I can’ t cook so eat a lot of ready meals, so hopefully learning to cook from scratch will save me money.

  91. Debbie Preston says:

    I hope it would make me confident to cook healthy family meals and stop buying takeaways and ready meals

  92. The classes would help me utilize all produce, meats and dairy better so that there would be less waste. Please it would just be enjoyable to learn new techniques and dishes.

  93. Tracey Gwynne says:

    I would learn to cook flavoursome meals from scratch rather than buy expensive and inferior takeaways and ready meals

  94. With cookery classes I feel I would be better at meal planning, budgeting for food and by cooking a few portions at a time save a lot of money in the long run.

  95. I’d hope to save money by learning how to cook from fresh ingredients, hopefully learn some basics like how to cook sauces – they always seem so expensive to buy!

  96. Megan Davies says:

    It would give me the boost I need

  97. Eat healthily and save money

  98. Emma Wolski says:

    I would be able to plan for the week! I work shifts and find it a struggle! I would be able to learn how to make batches and freeze more!

  99. Robby Price says:

    By planning meals I’ll save money

  100. Angela Morgan says:

    Easily save money by planning meals etc

  101. Awesome prize!

  102. Michael Clyma says:

    I could budget, yet still ensure that my family and i eat healthily

  103. Lucy Carter says:

    It would help me plan meals

  104. catherine short says:

    It would help me save money, as i could invite my friends round to sample my new recipes instead of going out to a restaurant. x

  105. Mike Martin says:

    save money by buying and cooking fresh food

  106. Sarah Cooper says:

    With a bigger repertoire of meals I could make I could meal plan much more efficiently and we would spend less on takeaways.

  107. Natalie White says:

    Buying fewer takeaways! :)

  108. Would love to widen my repertoire of curries and do the North Indian Thali course – would save a lot by not going out for a curry.

  109. dawn thompson says:

    Id like to learn how to choose cheaper ingrediants to make bulk meals

  110. I buy a lot of processed food because I am so busy with kids, work and blogging and this would make it lovely and easier xx

  111. Natalie Gillham says:

    It would help me save money as i would cook for so spend less on takeaways :)

  112. Daniel Stacey says:

    More eating in, less eating out

  113. donna jones says:

    it would help me save money

  114. I would spend less money on takeaways!

  115. Claire Nelson says:

    Sometimes I see things at the supermarket that are reduced on the fresh counters but have no idea how I could use them so I would feel more confident buying them.

  116. I am a terrible cook! This would really, really help!

  117. Sheri Darby says:

    Hopefully I cook more meals from scratch

  118. help me budget better

  119. Jenny barker says:

    Have really started to try and shop and cook fresh but only have a few things I’m any good at making the family like these if I had the confidence and skills to cook more really think I could save money on my shopping and have the family eating better would love for my kids to really start to enjoy dinner again :0)

  120. Wendy Tolhurst says:

    I would hope it would help me to stock up on essential cupboard items so that I can be more versatile with recipes and use food items I already have.

  121. catriona nation says:

    It would give me some new ideas in the kitchen

  122. Stuart bates says:

    Always glad to have help planning and budgeting. I’s far too easy to get into a routine of the same tried and trusted dishes!

  123. victoria thurgood says:

    i would waste less food by not cooking to much

  124. lisa faiway says:

    i would be able to use up all the raw ingredients in my fridge!

  125. Sarah Parker says:

    help me use all ingredients :)

  126. Roley Martin says:

    Fantastic competition! Fingers crossed and best of luck to everyone! xxx

  127. Frank Field says:

    Fab prize

  128. Frank Field says:

    Buy less

  129. What a lovely prize! It would really come in useful!

  130. Louise Groves says:

    I would love to do this, there is a cook inside me somewhere, I just have to find her :-)

  131. Karen Whittaker says:

    Learning how to make the most of every ingredient in different dishes for variety.

  132. Jeremy Andrews says:

    I think it will save me money as I often throw food away which goes off as I never worked out a good meal to go with it during the week.

  133. Jackie Rushton says:

    It would help me to budget as well as I could plan meals

  134. Katie Walden Hall says:

    Help me to budget better!

  135. james rowlands says:

    I think i could save by money by making the food go further and making more meals from it lee waste.

  136. trevor linvell says:

    I could save money by learning how to use leftovers rather then throwing them away

  137. Jenny Martin says:

    I would learn to use all of the ingredients I buy to the fullest extent!

  138. I would love this to help me save money x

  139. Melanie Burton says:

    I would love toe in this to learn how to cook easily, quickly and cheaply.

  140. Charlotte G says:

    I think it would inspire me to try new things and in time save on buying prepackaged meals as I would be cooking my own meals :)

  141. alison clark says:

    I’d like to go on a chocolate course as i love godiva chocolates but they are very pricy be good to learn how to make my own , however i love buying and trying new and good foods so i would probably end up spending more!!!

  142. More home cooking –> fewer ready meals –> less cash spent!

  143. Christina Cooke says:

    I’d save money purely because it’s cheaper to buy the individual ingredients for a meal than buying ready made meals!

  144. I would love to learn how to save some money:)

  145. Wendy Guy says:

    It would help me to eat healthier and to make eating a much more enjoyable activity.

  146. I would love to get back into cooking from scratch

  147. fiona butler says:

    any inspiration would be very gratefully accepted! Sounds like a great prize, thank you.

  148. Be less wasteful with food and use up leftovers.

  149. Cheryl Pearson says:

    i figure anything that could help me in the kitchen would be good!!

  150. I would save money on buying ready meals if I could cook/

  151. Naomi Buchan says:

    I love the idea of the chocolate truffle making, it would save a fortune at Xmas and Birthdays to make a box of treats myself. It would also hopefully make it a little bit more special for the person receiving them x

  152. Susan Oliver says:

    Hopefully I would learn how to cook some different foods other than my usual meat and two veg. If I could learn to make meals with just veg I would save heaps of money.xx

  153. janet brown says:

    Was lucky enough to be in Jamie oliver Money saving meals
    and now I have very little food waste now.Thanks to Jamie showing ways to use up food waste
    Brilliant series.

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