I love eating, I mean seriously love it. I am passionate about eating good quality, healthy food. I fully believe that “we are what we eat”, and that if I fill my body with processed rubbish it will end with me feeling rubbish.
Unfortunately when I visit my local supermarket it seems like cheaper food is usually processed rubbish. So what do you do if you are on a budget but you want to eat good quality, unprocessed food ? Why read my guide of course, here’s five tips for good food on a budget.
1. Cook from scratch: Often if you cook a dish from scratch rather than relying on pre-prepared foods it works out a lot cheaper. For example my pizza recipe here costs about £2 per pizza. An equivalent pre-made pizza would be nearer to £4. Don’t worry about expensive recipe books to guide you either, the internet is awash with recipes for most dishes for absolutely nothing.
2. Buy fruit and veg locally; I have started using my local fruit and veg shop and was surprised at how reasonable the prices were. I reckon I saved at least £2 on my veggies and since I walked I also saved the petrol. Ditto bakers, butchers, fishmongers. As an added bonus you will be keeping your local shops afloat which is good for the soul.
3. Use your leftovers; I almost never throw away food, find a use for your leftovers and your money stretches further. Again if you are unsure of what to do then hit the internet for ideas.
4.Meal plan: I plan my weekday meals, leaving the weekend to be a bit more spontaneous (boy I know how to live right). I scan my cupboards and make a meal plan based around what I already have and then I only have to buy what’s needed. I firmly believe meal planning is the single most effective way to save money on your weekly food bill.
5.Grow your own; Growing vegetables is satisfying and economical. You can grow enough lettuce for a summers worth of salads for a little more than one bag of pre washed salad leaves. You don’t even need a garden , as vegetables can even be grown in a window box.
I am so with you on the meal planning aspects of saving money. when I do I am better prepared and o ly buy what I need. I still may run out of essentials like milk or bread it fruit but I have the necessities for my family main meals.
Great tips as always xx
I always think it is awful that the stuff that is good for you is so much more expensive. One of my lifes ‘bear bugs’.
We love fresh fruit, salad and veg but that is where a lot of my budget goes on. Farm shops are really good to save a bit of money especially on things like free range eggs. etc. We have a lovely veg shop but sadly it is a lot more pricier than the supermarkets so…
Grow my own that my next step I think, needs bigger garden and to move house sooner!!!! x
Yes it makes no sense at all that the government spends so much on encouraging healthy eating whilst the supermarkets push overly processed rubbish. Growing your own is so much fun and so satisfying, give it a go.