Eating well on a low budget

It’s not always easy to eat well on a low income, but there are ways you can get the most out of your food spend.

  • When you are planning your weekly meals, writing a shopping list and keeping to it can help you avoid going over your budget. It is useful to use a self-scanner to keep track of the costs when you are shopping.

  • Go to supermarkets known for value-for-money, and look for specials. While the local dairy or service station can be easier to get to, be aware that you may be paying more than you would at a supermarket.

  • Reduce the amount of convenience, processed and snack foods you buy as these cost more than fresh foods.

  • Local weekend fruit and vegetable markets usually have cheaper produce.

  • Supermarkets own brands are often cheaper than branded products.

  • Compare prices by looking at the price per 100grams or litre.


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Make your food go further

  • Make more at dinner to have for lunch the next day.

  • Add cooked dried peas and beans (chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, split peas) to a dish to make them go further, especially curries, casseroles and stews, along with more vegetables.

  • Slow cookers are a great time and money saver, as you can use them to slow cook cheaper cuts of meat. 

  • Freeze leftovers and any surplus produce from your garden.

  • Adapted from ‘Affordable eats’ (2019)

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