Are you sick and tired of wasting money on food? Have a read of our clever kitchen cutbacks below to see how you can make savings on your food bill this autumn…
First things first, always write a list before you go shopping – and stick to it.
Don’t go out and splash out. Instead of eating fast food or expensive pre-packaged dinner, invest time into preparing meals and snacks for the week ahead. Being organised saves you lots of money.
Make your meals in bulk. The next time you make a chilli, a casserole or Bolognese sauce make 5 batches and put 4 in the freezer. This will help you when you are in need of a quick family meal and it stops you from buying junk when you are in a hurry. If you don’t have much space, it might be worth investing in more freezer room to save you money in the long run. Preparing a few meals at once also allows you to buy the ingredients in bulk so you are making additional savings.
Use the materials you have in the cupboards and the fridge as a starting point for your meal planning. Do some research to see if you have any left overs that you can recycle into tasty new dishes.
Make your own when you can. It is a lot cheaper and healthier to cook at home – as you know exactly what is going into your food. Buy a new cookbook or find one online and get adventurous with some new recipes. You can even get others involved for some fun with family and friends!
Changing your eating and drinking habits will save you money. Get into the routine of eating a healthy breakfast to fill you up for the day. This will stop you wanting to buy big, expensive lunches later in the day. Eating less meat can save you money. Swap the meat for beans and pulses for a filling, protein-rich dish.
Drink more water! It is so important and has huge health and financial benefits, as you will stay fuller for longer. Buy a bottle that you can use for refilling tap water to stay hydrated for free.
Happy eating and drinking!