There are loads of ways we can all spend less on our food. With a bit of planning and some savvy-shopping, it’s amazing what you can rustle up for very little.
Check out these sites for tips.
Here are our own top tips:
- Plan ahead. Write a shopping list and stick to it. Don’t be swayed by special offers for things that aren’t on your list
- Only buy what you’ll actually eat. Beware of buy one, get one free offers, as these encourage you to buy things you didn’t really need
- Buy own brand. These are usually cheaper and just as tasty and nutritious. This could save £1,500 a year on a £100 weekly shop
- Make your own! A homemade pasta sauce is easy to make and up to a third of the cost of a shop-bought one
- Cook a bit more for the evening so you can have leftovers for lunch. This works out cheaper than buying a sandwich every day. You could also freeze the extra food so you have a meal at hand
- Frozen veg can be cheaper than fresh veg, and keeps longer
- You’re also less likely to throw away unused veg if you keep it in the freezer
- Add more veg, beans or lentils to meat dishes like casseroles to make meals go further. They are cheap, healthy and filling!
- Freeze leftover bread while it’s still fresh – this is one of the most wasted household foods
- Buy cheaper cuts of meat, like braising steak, shin or shoulder. They’re still delicious and just need a slower cook
- Buy reduced price foods that are near their sell-by date and freeze them