Don’t go hungry when money is tight. There are loads of ways we can all spend less on our food. With a bit of planning and savvy shopping it’s amazing what you can rustle up for very little.
Here are some inspiring people and websites with fantastic tips for eating well on a tight budget:
Jack Monroe, a single mum, shows on her website (http://agirlcalledjack.com/) how she feeds herself and her son for just £10 a week.
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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 and beware BOGOF offers that can encourage you to buy things you didn’t really need!
- Buy own brands – they’re usually cheaper and just as tasty and nutritious. This could save £1,500 a year on a family’s £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. Cheaper than shop sarnies! Or you can freeze the extra so you have a meal at hand when money is really tight or you don’t have time
- Frozen veg can be cheaper than fresh and keeps longer
- You’re also much less likely to be throwing unused veg away 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 cheaper and really healthy and filling too
- 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 really tasty and just need a slower cook
- Buy reduced price foods that are near their sell by date and freeze them