If you are looking for some easy ways to save money around the home then one simple solution is to look at reducing food waste. Food waste is increasing in the U.K. and, as food can be a large part of your weekly budget, reducing food waste is great for both your finances and for the environment. With supermarkets on hand 24 hours a day, it’s all too easy to throw away your leftovers, but with a bit of thought and planning, you can make the most of your shopping and you’ll be amazed at just how much money you can save.
By sitting down on a regular basis to plan your meals, you can make the most of the food that you purchase. Ensuring that you use up everything you have in the cupboards will really help with reducing food waste. Firstly check what you already have in stock and use that as a basis for your weekly meals so that you don’t end up spending money on food you already have. Then think about how many meals you can get out of the food you plan to buy. For example, a chicken for a Sunday roast could mean leftover meat for sandwiches on Monday – and you could use the bones to make a tasty stock for a soup on Tuesday! Meal planning can revolutionise your life and your food finances.
Pick the right time to go shopping
If you go shopping when you are tired or hungry then you could be tempted to purchase food that you don’t really need and that ends up never getting used. This means that you often end up spending more than you had planned to. An easy way to encourage reducing food waste in your family is to go shopping straight after a meal so that you only purchase exactly what is on your list.
Alternative ways of using up food
If you have food that is out of date or not edible then don’t worry as there are a number of other uses that you could find for it! You can create some great kids crafts from dried pasta shapes and cereal that’s past it’s sell by date can be used to make a bird feeder to attract nature into your garden. Eggshells can be used as an environmentally friendly substitute for slug pellets and if you have pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs, they will happily munch away on fruit and veg that might be past it’s best for human consumption. There are loads of really inventive ways to use up leftover food and to help with reducing your food waste.
Reducing food waste should be a priority for every family and it should really help out with reducing your shopping bills too. However, if you find you are still struggling to afford to feed the family, one of our short-term loans can tide you over until your budget is back on track. Get in touch to find out more about our loans and how they can work for you.
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