Now that all the Easter eggs are out of sight (unless you’ve been angelically savoring each bite), I thought I’d share a few of my top frugal tips that I usually do to cut back on my shopping bills.
- Shop with Your Local Farmers and Farm Shops. I know it can be frightening walking down strange alleys to family run businesses that don’t have Tesco written on them, but you will get a better quality product by cutting the middle man out. I can usually pick up a 25kg sack of red potatoes for £6 with a huge selection of baked potato-sizes too. Trays of eggs can also be easy to find which I pick up 30 small ones for £1.80.
- Don’t Dismiss the Reduce Veg Aisle. It’s no secret that it’s best to go at night and you’d be surprised how often I pick up cheap surplus veg all year round. It’s the place I get much of my inspiration, particularly for hiding them in to my soup recipes. And it’s a great way to quickly up your culinary skills and learn what works and what doesn’t. Also, if you get stuck with recipes, I’m sure a quick search on my blog will give you a helping hand as I’m always trying to think of crafty ways to slip in masses of veg, like I did with my Syn Free Cherry Tomato Risotto.
- Use Your Freezer. Most things can be frozen, not just cheap meats. If we go back to number 3, I’ve cooked many cheap found veg to freeze and use for soup bases or frozen passata, cheeses, fresh herbs to use for later. It just requires a little bit of organisation and planning.
- Buying Meat in Bulk Saves You Money. I think most us would agree that this is one of the most expensive parts of shopping avoiding mainstream Supermarkets will help. I have a great Wholesale Meat Warehouse just a short drive away or similar offers at a Crawshaw Butchers. If you can’t find one within driving distance, then Muscle Food may be your answer and offer 5kg of chicken breasts for £25. All I do is just get some freezer bags and divide things in to portions per serving and defrost the night before.
- Opt for World Food Aisles for Dried Spices. Healthy recipes need great herbs to tickle the taste buds but if you go to the World Food aisles and not the regular spice section, you can buy bags of ground coriander, turmeric, chilli and so much more for half the price. I just reuse my spice jars, top them up and store the remaining away. It’s not as tidy having surplus stock, but it will pay off if you use them every day.
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