There are plenty of opportunities to save money when feeding yourself and your family. The key elements are: Pay less for your food; Use less energy when cooking it.
Read on for the tips!
- Avoid pre-made, processed food. It’s more expensive than homemade – and is more unhealthy.
- Buy food in bulk and freeze.
- Make bulk batches of food, and bag and freeze the extra portions. This saves time in the week, and costs less per portion in terms of ingredients and energy.
- Keep your freezer and fridge full. It’s actually cheaper to run a full freezer than an empty one.
- Reheat food in a microwave where possible – it uses less energy that a hob or cooker.
- Entertain your friends and family at home, rather than in restaurants or pubs. You’ll pay less for food, and a lot less for drink!
- Buy food in season. It’ll be cheaper, will normally have travelled less distance to get to you, and will taste better. You can see what foods are in season in the UK at Eat The Seasons.
- Use a slow cooker – they use less energy than a hob or oven, and they make it easy to cook large batches. Amazon sell slow cookers from under £20.
- Only boil as much water as you need. If you’re making two mugs of tea, just measure two mugs of water into the kettle.
- Don’t buy bottled water. Water filter jugs work well and are much cheaper (especially if you change the filter every couple of months, rather than every month). Amazon have Britta filter jugs for under a tenner. An even cheaper way is to simply put a jug of tap water into the fridge – the colder the drink, the less you taste.
Any more tips you can recommend? Leave a comment and let us know!
(Image from ms.Tea on Flickr)