How to get delicious meals on a tight budget

August 28th, 2014 - Posted by in Blog, Saving Money

Eating on tight budget

Preparing and eating delicious and nutritious meals on a budget can seem like an impossible task. Many of us are forced to snack on cheap and unhealthy options because it can seem as if the healthier alternatives are so much more expensive – until now that is!

Thankfully, it is easier than you think to enjoy great meals without a huge price tag. Check out these healthy budget recipes and take a look at the tips below to find out how.

Planning ahead is important

Plan the meals you intend to have for the week ahead and write a weekly shopping list to ensure you don’t buy more than you need. This will not only ensure you save some much needed time by being organised but it was also mean that you don’t splurge money on unnecessary items and will only buy what you need. Supermarkets such as Tesco offer a great online meal planner which help you plan your weekly shop and daily meals.

Look for ways to minimise waste

It is sometimes off putting to buy fresh fruit and vegetables with short sell buy dates because it can mean that lots of food is wasted if you don’t manage to eat it all quickly enough. A good alternative is to buy frozen vegetables.

Despite a bad rep, frozen vegetables can actually be a very nutritious option. Vegetables start to lose their nutritional value the moment they are picked, but by freezing them it locks in many of these nutrients and means they might actually be healthier than you realised.

Another good frozen option to minimise waste is McCain Jacket Potatoes. Jacket potatoes are a great cheap eat and can be filled with endless yummy fillings. The best thing about these frozen varieties is that it only takes five minutes which means you don’t have to wait for an hour for your spud to be ready.

Be wise to supermarket tricks

Supermarkets naturally want you to buy the more expensive options and so place these items at eye level with cheaper options below. However the cheaper options are often just as good (just without the expensive packaging) so it’s worth giving them a try and seeing if you and your family can taste the difference.

On the other hand, supermarkets reduce items that have reached or are fast approaching their ‘sell by date’ in order to minimise their losses. These items are still safe to eat until they reach their ‘use by date’ and so can be a great, cheap option if you plan to use them that evening.

Alternatively, if the products are freeze-able (such as fresh meat, bread or pre-made meals) then you can always buy them at a reduced price and freeze them for later consumption. Most foods are safe to consume within three months of freezing so this method gives you plenty of time to tuck in!

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