|Need to restock the fridge with frugal food for February|
I figure the first of February can mark the start of a whole new set of resolutions. Why should New Year’s Day have all the fun?
Last month, I did quite a lot of financial spring cleaning, checking if we could get better deals on our savings, current account, electricity bills and credit card (brief answer: yes).
So this month I’d like to focus on food, and eating more healthily for less money. Our food bills have crept up since I did the store cupboard challenge last June (summary post here).
During January, we spent just over £60 a week to feed our family of four, including assorted excitement for a children’s party. I actually feel quite pleased that this is less than the £67 a week before the storecupboard challenge. However, I reckon we could still eat well without paying so much.
Looking on the bright side, at least we now have a fair amount of storecupboard staples and assorted protein stashed in the freezer.
Generally, I aim to keep our food costs in check by cooking from raw ingredients as much as possible, rather than buying processed food.
If we’re going to cut our food bills further in February, these are the top 10 tips I’m hoping to follow:
1. Do a stock check, to find out what we already have in our cupboards, fridge & freezer. (Blog about stock checks here)
2. Search for recipes to use the food in the house
3. Plan our meals, rather than getting to 5pm and staring at the fridge.
4. Vary our meals with vegetarian options
5. Write shopping lists focused on the week ahead, rather than automatically restocking stuff
6. Use substitutes, like noodles if we’ve run out of rice
7. Buy mainly from the value ranges (don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!)
8. Check out cheaper options, such as frozen, tinned or seasonal food
9. Take advantage of offers, vouchers and reduced price items where possible
10. Minimise food waste by using up leftovers
Other than grabbing the odd bit of parsley from the garden, we won’t be living off home grown produce any time soon!
Anyone else up for cutting their food bills during February? What are your own top tips for eating healthily while spending less?