Personally, I think eating healthy shouldn’t cost a fortune. Well, many of you know in my Facebook group (Slimming World Eating on a Budget) that I certainly don’t pay much, that’s for sure. And with a handful of my top tips, hopefully you can create some delicious meals that doesn’t break the bank either.
- Buy Meat in Bulk.
If you’re a meat and two veg kind of family like us, we always buy job lots of meat to freeze for later. And by shopping at a meat market or opting for a Musclefood deal like this 69 Piece Summer Slimming Collection* or their humongous New Customer Offer I received last November, it’s usually much cheaper than a supermarket and lasts months! It’s all delivered with protective insulation and freezer packs; just make sure you’ve got plenty of freezer space and bags at the ready for portioning off.
- Cooking in Bulk.
By getting organised and cooking in bulk, you’re saving time and money on leccy bills. I find the easiest way to do this is to use a slow cooker so you can leave it to do its business and cook huge quantities. You’ll need plenty of storage tubs and freeze. Here’s all of my Slow Cooker Recipes to get you started.
- Don’t Be Shy Buying Reduced Section.
My fiance usually steps back while I rummage through the reduced veg et al. I’ve been on a budget myself since we bought our first do-er-upper house and this is a great way to save money. Usually, the later you shop, the cheaper things can be but you have to beat others to it. I see more cheap veg than anything else and they don’t need to look perfect for souping, stew making etc. Plus, some of my best creations have been made this way like my Leek, Apple & Cheddar Soup.
- Lentils and Other Pulses.
It doesn’t always have to be about meat. Pulses are perfect hunger suppressants. They’re filling, cheap and have a great shelf life. Here’s my Syn Free Red Lentil Curry or Syn Free Tuscan bean soup to see what I mean!
- Cook Things Before They Turn.
To avoid waist, it’s best to keep a regular check on the contents of your fridge and cupboards. I’ve been using my new Savisto 3 in 1 hand blender* for turning wilted veggies in to soup or blitzing stale bread in to breadcrumbs and freeze for later when I’m ready to make my KFC style chicken.
SW Eating on a Budget Facebook Group Member’s Tips:
- Bulk up mince meat with grated mushrooms or other veggies.
- Chip and parboil potatoes then portion in bags and freeze.
- Freeze leftovers and and add to a homemade sauce
- Opt for cheaper meat cuts such as chicken thighs over breast.
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*I am thankful for these PR samples which have helped us save money for other things. However, this still means that all opinions are honest and my own.