It’s so easy to overspend on food and end up wasting some. I do my best to avoid this – I don’t want to throw money in the bin! There is a lot of temptation in the supermarket when I am tired and hungry so I am planning all our meals and writing a list, which I stick to unless I see a huge bargain. I tend to shop straight after work, which isn’t the best time for a good yellow sticker bargain so can’t rely on them, but if I do spot something I change my meal plan to accommodate it.
I am using up what I have, which means eating up tins and packet pulses. These are a cheap form of protein and good for you too. I always have some tinned tuna and sardines in for the same reason. Some tinned veg is handy to have: tomatoes, obviously, but also potatoes, sweet corn and maybe mushrooms.
I buy frozen quite a lot. Vegetables tend to be cheaper this way and there is no waste. Frozen meat is also cheaper. We eat a lot of chicken as that is good value I find. Generally we are eating less meat though. I dig out my old vegetarian recipe books for inspiration. I might buy and use some cheaper meat like braising steak and put it in the slow cooker.
I am no chef but I can cook, so we don’t eat ready meals. However, I don’t object to the odd short cut as I work full time so usually have a jar of casserole sauce lurking. I have got these from Approved Food in the past massively reduced so will be checking their website over the weekend. If there is anything good I will ask DD1 if she wants to share an order and split the delivery charge.
I quite often batch cook things like soup, casseroles and pasta sauces for the freezer. These are great for a quick dinner if we get home late.
I also have eggs in for a quick omelette dinner or eggs on toast. Egg and chips is one of my favourite meals and so cheap!
So this is what I will continue to do to save money on the food bill. What about you? Are you trying to stick to a low food budget post Christmas?