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Six Tips To Make Your Food Budget Stretch

By B贸 | April 24th 2020

It's easy to get carried away in the supermarket and overspend. Our six tips should really help to make your food budget stretch.

If you need some tips on how to get more from your weekly shop and make your food budget stretch, these are our top suggestions:

  • Make a list
  • Get the basics
  • Meal plan
  • Cook in bulk
  • Bulk it out
  • Go veggie/vegan

For some sources of inspiration to perk up your weekly meals and how to meal plan read on.聽

Make a list and price compare

Know what you need and make a list. This will help you stay on track. If you know you're susceptible to offers or treats put 'one treat item' on your list. Make sure you also compare prices to get the best deal. There are lots of sites out there but Google Shopping is a good place to start if you want to find the cheapest price.聽

By preparing one or two large batches of a dish over the course of the week (think hearty stews, vegetable curries, healthy soups etc) you鈥檒l never be short of a good meal and have something in the freezer for the nights you can鈥檛 be bothered to cook

Get the basics

It鈥檚 worth investing in a basic range of herbs/spices/condiments/tinned food/dried goods if you don鈥檛 already have them. You鈥檒l have a feel for what you like and what will help you create the kinds of meals you enjoy eating. This means you鈥檒l always be able to throw something relatively tasty and cost-effective together.

Make a weekly or monthly meal plan聽

If you鈥檙e trying to eat on a new budget, one of the most important things you can do is plan your meals. If you want some inspiration there are a variety of bloggers who are excellent at this. You could check out recipes from Skintdad.co.uk or the excellent two-minute videos from TheBatchLady, for how to cook fast, freezable, healthy food. There鈥檚 also Jack Monroe, the bootstrap cook, for wholesome, nourishing thrifty food. She is also running a food surgery every day on twitter #Lockdownlarder where she鈥檚 helping people devise recipes based on the food they have at home, like leftover parsnips, old Christmas chutney and bags of potatoes.聽 The 拢1 meals from Miguel Barclay could also be a good source of inspo.

Cook in bulk

By preparing one or two large batches of a dish over the course of the week (think hearty stews, vegetable curries, healthy soups etc) you鈥檒l never be short of a good meal and have something in the freezer for the nights you can鈥檛 be bothered to cook. Another top tip is to store the dishes in small portions, that way you can control the portion size, stopping you returning to the pot for any unnecessary servings. If you buy meat in bulk, freeze it into the portion sizes you need too.

Bulk it out

Throw a can of beans or lentils into your Bolognese or chilli or bulk them out with grated carrot or potato. These are a great way of padding meat dishes out.聽

Eat more veggie or vegan

There are statistics to suggest that going vegetarian or vegan can save you money, and as long as you鈥檙e eating a nutritionally balanced diet, there can be some great health benefits as well. Even if you don鈥檛 quit meat entirely, reducing your intake can have a positive effect on your diet, energy levels and wallet.

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