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16 October

Saving money on your food shop

We explore some tips and useful resources to help you save on your food shop.
Eat well for less

As part of #WorldFoodDay we are looking at how we can all spend less on our food. We all need to limit our consumption of foods that are high in salt, sugar and trans and saturated fats and make healthy eating and #ZeroHunger a part of our daily lives.

With a bit of planning and some savvy-shopping, it’s amazing what you can rustle up for very little.   

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

You can also check out these sites for tips. 

Love Food Hate Waste
The Resourceful Cook

Have you seen BBC's programme, Eat well for less? It explores great ways to save money on your food shop and to keep healthy. 

World Food Day



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