Shopping budget

Use your leftovers

Before you scrape the dregs of tonight's dinner into the bin, stop to think about whether it could have a second lease of life.

Using up leftovers will help your weekly shop stretch further, and it doesn't haven't to mean eating the same meal two days running.

Shop in less obvious places

We all love the convenience of supermarket shopping - especially when we do it online and get it delivered right into the kitchen.

But if you're cooking on a budget, going shopping in person and checking out less obvious places, like your local Asian supermarket, will help make your money go further. Staples like spices and bulk packages of rice and noodles are much cheaper there than in the supermarket.

 Go shopping at the end of the day

'Budget cooking is about buying what's reduced or on offer,and if you go to the supermarket with your shopping list an hour before closing time, you'll be able to snap up the best bargains.

Food that's reached its use by date is heftily discounted at the end of the day, so it's a great time to snap up meat and fish in particular, which you can shove in the freezer until you need it.

 Stop throwing food out

Hands up if you're guilty of throwing away an embarrassing amount of unused food at the end of each week.

Past-its-best food may not look very appetising, but often still has life left in it if you know what to do with it. 'By using the chicken carcass from your roast dinner and some suspect bendy carrots, you can make a lovely soup, for example,

So get out of the habit of binning food that's looking a bit dodgy, and into the habit of thinking creatively about what could be done with it. 

Just don't eat anything blue and furry, okay?

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