Ten top tips to cooking cheap meals
Cook from scratch
Home cooked meals are by far the cheapest option
On the face of it ready meals, may seem like the cheapest option but in reality they are little more than junk food with many of the original ingredients padded out with processed sugar, additives and vegetable oil.
Plan your week’s meals in advance
You can save lots of money by planning your meals
Keeping in mind the various foodstuffs you already have, sit down with the family and decide amongst yourselves, which dishes you would like to eat.
Buy in season
Why buying seasonal fruits and vegetables will save you dough
It’s very easy to forget that the majority of our fruits and vegetables are imported from far away seas. Buying home grow foods, cuts down on transportation costs which drives down the price.
Write a list and stick to it
Shopping lists are only useful if they are stuck to
With all your ingredients written down your next task is to stick to your shopping list avoiding common impulse buys like chocolate and sweets.
Make the most of vouchers, codes and deals
Save money on food vouchers
Hunt out those vouchers, codes and deals on things that you are already planning to buy.
Compare supermarket prices
Use handy iphone apps to compare supermarket prices
Before you get your coat compare supermarket prices online by using sites like mySupermarket.co.uk and CompareSupermarketPrices.co.uk
Never go shopping on an empty stomach
Don't go shopping hungrey
Hunger will cloud your judgment making it harder to steer clear of the doughnut display.
Don’t get fooled by those supermarket tricks
Supermarket tricks of the trade
Grocery shopping is big business; each year millions is spent researching new ways on how to seduces us to spend more on things we neither want nor need. You can save big by out foxing these marketers by knowing their tricks.
For example did you know that some supermarkets place a charity food bank or community notice board in the entrance to make you slow down your walking pace? They also like to keep the store ‘room temperature’ to optimize browsing habits.
Other things to keep in mind are value products, which are often produced on the same factory and even convoy belt as expensive branded goods.
These ‘basics’ are far cheaper than their snazzy counter parts and placed below eye level to take full advantage of the hurried shopper.
Cook in bulk and freeze extra portions
An economical time-saving solution is to cook in bulk and freeze the leftover portions
If you don’t already have some invest in a couple of air tight plastic food containers, or better still get them for free by using community groups like freegle and LetsAllShare.
Stop throwing away food
According to latest figures the average household is throwing away the equitant of six meals or 3kg of food away each and every week.
How can we stop throwing away food?
Save money by freezing left overs
Using the freezer can make a lot of savings. For instance a loaf of bread can be frozen and used when needed by defrosting in the microwave or use for toast.
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Last updated 14.07.2014