Try something you’ve not done before- not only can you save money, food can be more enjoyable and healthier too.
- Slow cooker – £22 from Argos 10p/hour. Recipes from BBC Food
- Batch cook – cook more than you need, box and freeze the rest for another day.
- Fortnightly menus – easier to budget and plan ahead
- Recipes – only buy the ingredients you know you’ll need
- Shopping list – only buy what’s on your list.
- Be a savvy shopper – we have a growing network of Food Pantries across the Midlands – pay just a few pounds for your groceries yourlocalpantry.co.uk
- Meals for £1 per person from Good to Know
- Creative cheap meals from Jack Monroe
- Free Food – not as difficult as you might think.
- Share more and cut food waste from Olio
- Cook everything in the Oven – cheaper than using the oven, hob and microwave to cook all your ingredients.
- Cook from scratch – Processed foods are more expensive and contain too much sugar and salt.
- Tin of passata or chopped tomatoes instead of a Dolmio jar. Better for you as less sugar and salt.
- Fakeaway not Takeaway – some tips from Asda
- Involve the kids – chop vegetables, mixing, tasting – enjoy it more when contributed.
- Snacks – a small handful of frozen peas straight from the freezer. A kids favourite.
- Fridge Freezer –
- full is more efficient than empty. Bottles of water can help fill empty shelves
- Organised – know where everything is so it’s easier to find then the door won’t be open for long.
- keep the door closed. fridge freezers cycle off and on to maintain the temperature. So only open the door when need to retrieve an item.
- Don’t turn the fridge freezer off at the wall overnight. Turning it off forces it to work harder to get to the correct temperature. Plus increased risk of food poisoning.
- Temperature of the fridge should be between 3 and 5C degrees
- Freezer temperature should be -18C
https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk/ – Government website of support for household bills including utilities help, discounts, supermarket offers
https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en# – meals on a budget
https://cookingonabootstrap.com/ – Jack Monroe’s guide to cooking on a budget