Start saving money on your food bill now
Did you know, in the UK we waste 7 million tonnes of food a year? That’s equivalent to 1 million elephants!
This food waste roughly costs the average family a whopping £60 a month…..That’s a full body massage, c’mon really!
Whats with all the waste?
- We don’t plan the shopping
- Buy too much food
- Don’t understand dates on packaging
- Let food go out of date
- Don’t measure portions, so we cook too much
- Don’t store food correctly
Top tips to reduce your food waste:
- Plan your meals
- Write a list
- If you buy too much food freeze it
- Never shop when you’re hungry!
- Keep track of what you throw away. Keep a rough total of the cost of each item you bin to find out how much money you waste
- Store food in the fridge correctly. Set the temperature to 5 °c
Another source of confusion when it comes to deciding whether or not to bin food are date labels. What do they mean? Let me explain.
BEST BEFORE – This means the food is best before this date but is still safe to eat afterwards. That slightly stale bread lurking in the cupboard is still good for toast!
USE BY – Food MUST be eaten by this date, even if it looks ok and smells fine. Food past this date is not safe. (If you barf its gross and its still waste!)
DISPLAY UNTIL – Ignore these they are just for the shop staff!
Even the smallest change to how you deal with food can have a significant impact on reducing the amount of food (money) we waste.
The simplest way to start saving money on your food bill is by planning your meals, writing a shopping list and sticking to it.
…True story 👇🏼
I absolutely loathe going food shopping. It really is one of my most mundane chores not to mention the amount of thinking it involves. If you have children like mine, you will totally get that!!
For me going to the supermarket without a list is absolute carnage. I wander around the store aimlessly picking up half the ingredients for a meal I won’t get round to making. Then I spend a fortune on junk and takeaways, consequently binning the contents of the fridge. I hate the fact I waste so much money and food, without even mentioning how unhealthy I feel.
I recently started writing lists on scraps of paper just like “normal” people! But shopping this way is so disorganised and takes too much time for my liking. Therefore, I created myself an organised list, categorising products, so I didn’t have to waste my time walking up and down the store a billion times.
It didn’t take me long to realise that I could just make a printable version that would save me having to rewrite all of my categories all the time. Plus it looks prettier too. Call me crazy, but it works. I’ve managed to cut my bill and time I spend in the supermarket in half, Excellent!
To sum it all up and save you some cash:
- Plan your meals carefully. Only buy ingredients that you need.
- Re-seal bags correctly, use food clips or store in containers
- Cook a large dish and then divide it into portions to freeze for another day
- Check your cupboards and fridge before shopping
- Combine ingredients from leftover meals, add some fresh ingredients and make a new one
- Buy fruit and veg loose so you can buy only what you need
- Separate packs of meat and fish into smaller quantities for the freezer so you just take out the amount you need
My next move is to tackle meal planning but for now, Oooossshh back ache 😉 !!