Module Number: 14 Budgeting
Plan ahead • Work out how much you’ve got to spend on food in a week. Be realistic. • Cooking your own food is cheaper than buying it ready prepared. • Check what cooking equipment you’ve got. • Plan your shopping before you go – make a shopping list.
Plan ahead • Try to buy only what you need – or you might throw food away. • Share the cost of large items with flatmates or friends. • Cooking in larger quantities can help money to go further. Why not cook together, or cook a larger portion and freeze a batch of food.
Buy basics and be smart • Look out for foods that have a long shelf-life, like pasta, rice and noodles. These can form the basis of lots of meals and are cheap to buy. • Go for different cuts of meat, e.g. chicken legs are cheaper than breast.
Buy basics and be smart • Get frozen vegetables so you can use what you want and store the rest. • Long life 100% fruit juice is cheaper than freshly squeezed. • It’s much cheaper to buy basic ingredients and make your own meals.
Price wise • Compare prices. • Your local greengrocer or market might have some special offers and bargains. • Buy supermarkets own brands and economy ranges, e.g. canned tomatoes, sweetcorn. • Shop seasonally – it is cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables grown in season around the UK.
5p off, 50% free!!! • Special offers are great, but don’t buy food just because it’s on offer – you might not use it. • Look out for 3 for 2, money off or x% extra deals. Check that you can store these for when you need them. • Keep your eyes peeled for offers late in the day, often supermarkets reduce their prices.
Cook, freeze, eat … • Cook from scratch – it will save you money. • Cook large quantities of some recipes and freeze batches for another time, e.g. chilli, stew, curry, lasagne, pasta dishes. • Make recipes go further by adding beans, pulses or seasonal vegetables to your cooking, e.g. Sheppard's pie, spaghetti bolognese, stir-fry, pie fillings.
Cook, freeze, eat … • Ensure that your meals are based on starchy foods, such as rice, pasta, potatoes and bread – these help you to have a balanced diet, plus are good value. • Grate cheese to make it go further. • Save leftovers for another meal – but make sure you store it properly.