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Couple saves £100 a week by hunting for food and making homemade booze

A couple are foraging for all of their meals and living off the land to cope with the cost-of-living crisis.

Jim and Kat Parum say they are saving around £100 a week by making foods that are either home grown or gathered from local woods.

They’ve both swapped out the supermarket shop in favour of more natural offerings, including foraging their whole Christmas day feast, complete with homemade booze from wild fruit.

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Jim says he’s been foraging all his life and learnt from his grandmother who used to pick mushrooms and berries. He introduced this lifestyle to Kat and now the couple make three course meals just from home grown foods.

With the current economic crisis, the couple have decided to live completely off the land, spending just £5 a month on cupboard staples such as pasta, reports the Mirror.

Jim Parums foraging
The couple say they save £100 a week

In 2019, Jim quit his hospitality job to forage full-time and now teaches other people how to enjoy nature’s larder. As food prices rocket and people look to save money, the demand for his Forage Box courses has gone through the roof.

Dad-of-two Jim said: “With a little bit of guidance, that expensive supermarket shop can be drastically reduced. We save hundreds each year by throwing away the idea of a weekly food shop.

“My family and I rarely visit our local Tesco as we have everything we need in our garden or outside. No food is wasted, we use what we need and recycle and compost our leftovers.”

Jim Parums foraging
Jim Parum's learnt to forage from his grandmother, who used to pick mushrooms and berries

Jim, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, spends most mornings harvesting fungi, berries and plants, before eating homemade jam with freshly baked bread.

A typical lunch will include a variety of fruits harvested from their garden while dinners will change with the season. Some have even included birds left behind from pheasant shoots.

Jim, whose three-year-old daughter can already distinguish mushrooms by their spots, added: “Our whole family are foodies and have discovered some of the tastiest combinations found outside.”

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