Shopping tips to save money and waste less!
Shopping is often seen as a stressful experience but here at Love Food Hate waste we can (hopefully!) make it easier, less stressful and save you money!
What more could you ask for?
After having a week off shopping we made some real savings but having now been back to the supermarket my mind turned to making the whole experience easier...
- Check the cupboards, fridge and freezer before you go and make a list. I know it sounds dull but it makes the actual shopping trip so much easier - no trying to think if you've already got one, no trudging round looking at every single item - just turn up, get what you need, and head home!
- Make a meal plan - yes, I know you may now be thinking 'what an effort' but believe me, not having to think of meals in the supermarket and not getting home and finding out you have bought loads but nothing that could be turned into a meal makes it all worthwhile.
- Make the most of offers! Too many of us think in-store offers will only make us waste food but actually we can make some real savings - just get into the habit of checking first if you can use the other one. Does it say it's suitable for freezing - buy one, freeze one? Could you cook double and freeze half for another time? If it's a BOGOF could one of your family, friends or work colleagues make use of the extra one - buy one, share one? If you can't use it, don't take it but if in doubt when you get home pop onto this website and see what you could do with it
- Check out what's in season and therefore good on price. Food in season such as runner beans and blackberries at the moment, is often cheaper than other fruit and veg you might normally buy. Swap raspberries for blackberries in this weekends pudding or try runner beans instead of french beans for a change. If you get some really good prices try freezing a batch for the months ahead.
- When possible, substitute inexpensive sources of protein such as beans and eggs for more expensive meat, fish, or poultry. A great way to do this is in spag bol where lentils bulk the dish out but absorb the flavour of the meat. If you want to try cutting back on meat even more think about having a meat-free day a week - there are loads of new meat-free recipes on the website for you to enjoy such as various veg crumble, or smoky bean burritos or try our meat-free meal planner.
And never, ever go when hungry! My shopping bill always increases if I'm hungry (and usually with more of the unhealthy stuff too).
Try it this weekend...even just one of these simple actions could make a real difference to your budget. Why not share these ideas with friends and family and watch them save money too?