Budget Eats – Eating well doesn’t have to cost a fortune – and with our budget recipes and money saving tips you can save even more money. The average household spends around £83.60 a week on food according to the latest report from the Office of National Statistics. As a nation we also throw away over £19 billion worth of food each year!
Whether you are on a tight budget or you just want to shave some money off your weekly shop, we hope you will find lots of hints and tips in our budget eats category to maximise your savings. Remember also to check our vouchers and coupons section and freebies for the latest special offers.
Eating Well On A Budget
A recent experiment by the Daily Mail proved that it was possible to feed a family of 4 on a budget of £40 a week. This is around half the cost that the average family would spend. Whilst the diets the families chose probably weren’t the healthiest in the world it proved that living on £10 per week per person was in fact doable.
Despite what nutritionists may say, healthy food is in fact more expensive than junk food. A Cambridge University study found that on average a healthy diet costs three times as much as a poor one. White carbs such as white bread, noodles and pasta products are some of the cheapest foods around yet have very little nutritional value. So do you have to forgo health in order to eat on a budget? The answer is most definitely no.
Shopping Smart On A Budget
The secret to eating healthily on a budget is smart shopping and planning. It does take a lot more effort than just throwing items into a supermarket trolley. Planning meals in advance will help cut your costs as will shopping at the end of the day or at the weekend when supermarkets are likely to reduce a lot of their fresh produce. A baked potato topped with low fat cottage cheese makes a healthy and very filling snack.
Check out the inspirational blogger Jack Monroe and her tips on how to eat on a budget including her famous 10p carrot and cumin burger recipe which is absolutely delicious. Also check out our tips on how you can cut your supermarket spend.