Follow these tips when shopping and cooking on a budget
Tip #1 - Shop seasonally
Look at our seasonal fruit and veg info sheets!
Tip #2 - Plan your meals
Sit down and write down what you want to eat for dinner for the week (left over for lunches?) and write down your grocery list. This will help you not turn to buy takeaway food when it comes 5 pm and you’re hungry.
Tip #3 - Take a list to the grocery store and include snacks on it!
" Before planning your weekly meals, go through your pantry, fridge, and freezer and make a “to use” list. Try to find recipes with these items. "
Tip #4 - Bulk cook and put in the fridge or freezer for future meals
Make a big batch of something like meat or lentil Bolognese, a chicken or tofu stew, or meat or veg burgers.
Tip #5 - Enjoy more vegetarian meals
Meat is expensive! Beans and lentils are nutritious and affordable alternatives.
Tip #6 - Plan meals around items in your pantry
Before planning your weekly meals, go through your pantry, fridge, and freezer and make a “to use” list. Try to find recipes with these items.
Tip #7 - Strategically plan your recipes
If you choose one recipe that uses half a head of cauliflower, choose another recipe for that week that also uses half a head of cauliflower
Tip #8 - Have a leftovers night or two
Tip #9 - Purchase bulk items and share them with a friend
Tip #10 - Be smart with sales
Look out for a sale for items that are on your list but don’t buy an item just because it’s on sale