Budget Food for Big Bill Months
Are your pennies feeling the pinch after Christmas? If so, you’re not alone. We all have months where our finances are tighter than others. When we’re hit with a big bill month, making our food go the extra mile is an easy way to save money – and help the environment at the same time!
A new WRAP report on food waste found “£13 billion of edible food was needlessly thrown away from homes in 2015. The latest results show that 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted, which if prevented, would have the environmental benefit of taking one in four cars off the road.” We’ve compiled a list of food waste reduction and money saving tips to help you through this budget crunch month.
Reduce Food Waste, Save Money
Plan your meals
Meal planning is one of the most effective ways you can save on your food bills. Start by checking your fridge, freezer and store cupboard and ask yourself what you really need. Then, before you go shopping, think carefully about what you’re going to need for the week and write a list. That way you won’t shop for things you already have.
Get your partner, friends or the kids to help – ask them to share their favourite meals and what they’d like to have that week. Then you can work out a meal plan for the week, and make sure you have everything you need.
Get your portions right
Day after day we serve up basic staples like bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and quite often what we can’t eat ends up going straight in the bin. Are you getting your portions right? Use Love Food Hate Waste’s portion calculator as a handy way to measure just the right amount. For instance, a mug full of rice will serve four adults.
Store cupboard savvy
Try and keep your store cupboard and freezer well-stocked with a variety of canned, dried and frozen goods, rice, pulses, pastas and sauces that you know you, your partner and your family love to eat. With these you can always rustle up a decent meal or create a delicious dinner from leftovers.
Cook once, eat twice
Lots of dishes – like bolognese sauce, chilli, curry, soup, stew and more – can be cooked in large quantities and then put in the fridge for dinner in a couple of days or frozen to eat in a month. A great money saver if you’re busy, just don’t forget about it!
Turkey and Coconut Chickpea Curry – use up that leftover turkey from Christmas or add extra chickpeas for a vegetarian alternative.
Greek Cheese, Spinach and Ham Pie – do you have bits and bobs of cheese? Throw them all in here!
Mini Party Pizzas – get creative with all the small sauces and bits leftover in your fridge for toppings.
Fruit Bowl Buns – use up those wrinkly fruits instead of throwing them in the food waste caddy or on the compost heap.
Italian Mixed Bruschetta – save your stale bread for these delicious bites.
While January can be tough on the wallet, it doesn’t have to be on your taste buds! We hope you’ll give these tips and recipes a try. Let us know how you get on by posting photos or comments to our Facebook and Twitter feed.