Eat Well On A Budget

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When it comes to saving on your food shopping bill, there are lots of ways you can get the most for your money

Plan ahead

  • Create a shopping list and stick to it. Prepare meals that use the same ingredients to reduce the size of your list
  • Avoid shopping on an empty stomach as you are more likely to buy more

Consider supermarket 'own brands'

  • Supermarket ‘own-brands’ often taste the same as their branded counterpart, but are cheaper

Buy in bulk if you can

  • Buying foods in bulk can help you save money
  • Stock up on tinned and dried foods that have a long shelf-life when on special offer

Reduce convenience foods

  • Buying foods in their ‘original’ state will save you money
  • Buy a block of cheese and grate it yourself
  • Peel and chop vegetables and fruit yourself

Reduce waste

  • Plan out your meals so all your ingredients get used. Freeze any leftovers in freezer bags or plastic containers
  • Use foods that go off quicker such as fresh fish and meat earlier in the week
  • Gather all leftover vegetables at the end of the week and transform it into a tasty soup. Add the vegetables and some stock to a pan (cook until tender if using raw veg), then blend in a food processor until smooth
  • Always check the use-by-date to get the product that will stay fresh the longest

Go veggie

  • Have a meat-free day once or twice a week. Replace meat with beans, peas or lentils. These are cheap to buy and are very nutritious
  • Add beans, peas or lentils in place of meat in dishes such as curries and casseroles

Cook from scratch

  • When possible cook meals from scratch rather than buying ready-made meals, take-aways or convenience food
  • Buy foods in their 'original' state rather than items like pre-packed chopped vegetables or fruit and grated cheese

Beware of offers

  • Special discounts such as 'half price' or 'buy one get one free' can offer good value but always take a second look. It is only good value if you actually need the item

Shop later in the day

  • Fresh foods are often reduced in price in the supermarket later in the day

Useful resources

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Nutrition scanner
Use this calculator to check your body mass index (BMI) and find out if you are a healthy weight. Or, use it to check your child's BMI centile.