Frugal food: A recipe for saving money as you fill your tummy

Category B-Tox saving, spending

Food – wonderful stuff, isn’t it? If only paying for it was as pleasurable. Well, to help you take our B-Tox Challenge, we’ve come up with a few foodie-friendly tips. By making a few simple changes like these, your savings could soon add up to more than small change.

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Fatten up your savings with DIY lunches

Lots of us buy lunch during the working week. An expensive habit, according to Vouchercloud, which reckons you’d save around £1,288 a year if you made your own packed lunch.

Wake up and make some coffee

Why pay over the odds to see your name misspelt on a non-recyclable cup? Taking your own morning coffee to work could save you around £650 over a year (based on buying a £2.50 coffee over 260 working days). Let’s hear it for the Daily Grind.

Write a shopping list

And stick to it. That way you won’t double up on stuff you already have and you won’t keep popping little treats in your basket as you go round. A little bit of self-discipline here could save you up to £200 a year, says the Money Advice Service.

Never shop on an empty stomach

Nearly 60% of shoppers say they buy more food when they’re hungry, according to Money Advice Service. So fill your tummy, not your trolley.

“Your favourite takeaway dish – just home-made. Healthier and way cheaper, but will it taste anything like the real thing?”

Make friends with your freezer

The average UK household wastes £700 of perfectly edible food a year. By cooking meals in bulk and freezing them, buying frozen veg, and freezing food before it goes off, you’ll waste less, save more. Find out more from WRAP, the waste and recycling people.

Chop your own carrots

Come on now, no-one’s too busy to chop their own fruit and veg. When you get the supermarkets to do it for you, the Mail Online has worked out it can cost you 3 times as much. And the food spoils quicker, too.

Be a cuppa-talist

Come to an arrangement with your favourite café. You bring your own reusable cup, they take a few pence off the cost of your drink. The Money Saving Expert recommends this cunning plan to save you money while you save the planet. Money Saving Expert recommends this cunning plan to save you money while you save the planet.

Be more shelf-aware

In supermarkets, the most expensive items tend to be at eye-level. The Sun Online has noticed you’ll often find the same products on the top and bottom shelves marked at 50% less. Also, check the price per 100g - buying items in bulk is usually better value.

Stop shopping

Sounds radical, but we’re only talking one week in every month. Instead of doing your weekly shop, try using up food in your freezer and store cupboards. You’d be amazed how much you could save. See more tips at Love Food Hate Waste.

Embrace the Fakeaway

Your favourite takeaway dish – just home-made. Healthier and way cheaper, but will it taste anything like the real thing? Follow the recipes at BBC Food and it just might.

Stand by your bag

Plastic bags will take over the planet if we let them. Stick with a trusty, reusable shopping bag rather than forking out yet another 5p at the check-out. This could save you nearly £7 a year, says the Telegraph online.

Give meat the chop now and then

Don’t be put off by cries of “squirrel food”. Going veggie isn’t about nut cutlets these days – there’s a riot of colours and flavours to experiment with. It’s healthy and moneytreeman reckons you could save over £200 in a year simply by going meat-free two days a week.

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