How To Eat Well On A Budget
Most people will have discovered that the price of a weekly shop has soared over the past year, with soaring inflation and cost of living.
1. Prep and freeze
Prepping your meals in advance will not only save you money but make meal planning far easier, as well as planning on how to include all the essential food groups and nutrients. Simply double your portion sizes when cooking, and save the nectar portion for a future meal, or freeze it for a later date.
2. Go bargain hunting
The discounted and bargain section in your local supermarket is a great way of eating well for less. Items, usually close to their best-by date, are discounted and marked down. Just be sure to buy items that you will definitely eat, and check the best-by dates. You could freeze anything that is close to the best-by date but you don’t plan to eat immediately.
3. Shop at cheaper supermarkets
While there is not much difference in the price of branded items, lower-priced supermarkets such as Lidl or Aldi can provide some excellent substitutions for your branded favourites, and items such as fruit and veg taste the same wherever you shop. However, your bank balance will notice the difference!
4. Cook with tins
Tinned beans, chopped tomatoes, chickpeas and pulses are great sources of protein, fibre and B vitamins. They also count towards your five-a-day and are versatile enough to be used in an array of healthy dishes. They are also a cheap staple with a long best-by date, and a cupboard essential.
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