EATING ON A BUDGET

When shopping on a budget, you must make sure not to trade off quality for price. Fresh foods are packed full of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) essential for general well being and health - processed foods however contain far less micronutrients with the addition of preservative and flavouring chemicals for extended shelf life and 'taste'.

Write a shopping list or use the one of from our shopping list page. Plan your meals in advance and buy the exact ingredients you need – No waste!

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LEARN TO COOK FROM SCRATCH

Avoiding takeaways and processed ready cook meals can save you a fortune, and they're packed with salt and sugar.

DON'T THROW ANYTHING AWAY AND USE TUPPERWARE

Plan all the ingredients (including fresh herbs) so they get used. You could make extra food with dinner and Tupperware your food to eat the following day or freeze to eat at a later date.

BUY FROZEN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Frozen fruit and vegetables are massively underrated. They have been flash frozen at source locking in the nutrition and provide a great addition to the freezer.

BUY BUDGET CUTS OF MEAT

If you want to eat meat buy budget cuts such as rump steak over filet steak, or turkey mince over steak mince. These may lack the style of premium cuts, but they can be just as tasty and contain lots of protein.

WORK TO A RECIPE

Consider the price of ingredients when making your recipes. Build a collection of budget foods that you enjoy cooking and eating.

BUY WHOLE CHICKENS

Some of the best-value meat in the supermarket is a whole chicken, which you can easily cut up into regular portions or cook whole, eat what you want, then refrigerate and use over the next couple of days. You can also turn chicken bones into an amazing tasting chicken stock.

CUT BACK ON FIZZY DRINKS AND SWEETS

Besides the extra cost of sugary treats, the sugar contained in each can of normal cola amounts to 10 tsp (35 grams).

BEWARE OF BOGOF OFFERS

(BUY ONE GET ONE FREE) It's not cheaper if you weren't planning on getting it in the first place. Check the sell-by dates and make sure you're planning to use the second free item.