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5 ways you can save money on your food bill…

February 11th 2015
By: Melanie

Most of us will still be trying to catch up on our finances after spending too much money over the festive season and one of the main family expenses each week is the weekly shopping; so we checked out the LoveFoodHateWaste website which is packed full of money saving ideas such as their 5 sure fire ways to save money on your food bills. With the main emphasis being that if you are organised you will save on food which will in turn save on your finances.

Here is their 5-point guide on how to save money on your food bills:

1. Get familiar with the contents of your fridge – keep an eye on the ‘use by’ dates, and when you go shopping, move the new products to the back and bring the older products to the front. They say that the food we are most likely to throw out are meat, fish and ready meals, so check the dates and if there is something close to the use by date, then place it in your freezer.

Place as many items in your freezer as you can after shopping, breaking up big items such as trays of chicken and putting them in portion sized freezer bags.

2. Keep your store cupboard well stocked with your dinner staples, such as canned, dried and packet foods ready to add to your meals. They state: ‘use your storecupboard to create meals from leftovers. Any spare fresh tomatoes could be added to some canned ones to make a great topping for pizza. Rice would turn leftover chicken and wrinkly peppers into a delicious summer salad. Add a tin of lentils to your minced meat to make it stretch further.’

3. Try not to buy too many carbohydrates such as bread, as this is one of the main items we throw away each year. Even cooked carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes and pasta end up in the bin, as we often cook too much, so use their portion calculator http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/portions/everyday

4. Use up your leftovers – they suggest roasting a whole chicken on a Sunday then using the leftovers in a curry, or risotto. You can also make a great stock from left over whole chicken.  

5. Plan your meals; you will save so much money and food by careful planning.
For more information on how to save food and money please visit their website @http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/
 
Source:LoveFoodHateWaste