Want to save money on your food bills? One thing you must do for 2012

8 Jan

In the lead up to Christmas we were trying our best to cut down on our food shopping bills.  December is always going to be a big one no matter what you do! We discovered a really simple way to cut down on mounting food bills so I thought I would share this with you. Basically, all you need to do is plan your weekly menu before you shop.

Before we head to the supermarket we just make a note of what we are going to eat every night in the week.  I know it sounds really boring and organised but it does work. You can organise your meals around the ingredients that you already have available. So, for example have a look through the freezer and see what you already have, then buy ONLY what you need for those meals.  If you are really clever you can even make one meal last for 2 or 3 nights. 

Tonight we’ll be having Roast Chicken so tomorrow night we’ll have leftover roast chicken with baked potatoes and the night after that I will make a chicken and mushroom pie. Planning your meals like this is a good way to use up those ingredients that have been sitting around for a while and it definitely cuts down on waste.  We’ve reduced our shopping bills by a whopping 40%!

Do you have any other tips for reducing the amount of money we spend on food?

 

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5 Responses to “Want to save money on your food bills? One thing you must do for 2012”

  1. c bailey (@frugalfamily) January 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Thanks for linking up with the Thrifty Families Carnival x

  2. Kate Morris January 15, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    Agree the planning is essential but the other way to save money, particularly for meat eaters, is to shop at the right time. Supermarkets reduce the price on short date meat at particular times and you can pick up cheap stuff to freeze for future use. Tricks to make things go further? Pad it with ulses/ lentils, chop meat smaller so everyone gets more pieces, add extra veg or use a thickening agent like cornflour – that’s what the food companies do!

    • greenmumsblog January 16, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Thanks Kate for some more great ideas. We often bulk things out with more vegetables and pulses, you can make a wicked soup with just lentils, stock and a few old vegetables from the bottom of the fridge!

      • rationingrevisited February 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

        We’re using 1940’s rationing which cut our weekly shop down to £30 to £40 per week now. (fam of 5) We eat 2 (deck of card sized) portions of red meat per week and 5+ veggies with most meals (+ 1 fish night … rest usually veggie nights)
        I am a recent lentil convert…. we tried a change4life recipe for lentil and veg cobbler and it was beautiful…. cheap aswell. Should be able to cut down further tlater on in the year aswell as we’re going to dig our own ‘victory garden’

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