Are Your Storing Food Correctly?
Have you ever considered that it’s not the shop’s fault that your berries don’t last? On average, UK households throw away roughly £70 of edible food every month simply because it has been stored incorrectly. Over the course of a year that’s a lot of money going straight in the bin!
Check the temperature of your fridge and freezer, and make sure all food is stored properly to keep it as fresh as possible – for example, ensure food is wrapped or packed airtight in the freezer to prevent freezer-burn.
Grow Your Own
Add fresh flavour to any dish with herbs such as mint, parsley, thyme, rosemary and basil that are all relatively easy to grow. You don’t even need a garden for this one – you can grow herbs in pots on your windowsill!
If you have a little more space, try growing some fruit and vegetables. Tomatoes, carrots, beetroot, lettuce, peppers, spring onions and plenty more can be grown in your garden. Some will even grow in pots if you only have limited space or a balcony!
Being able to pick your own veggies will really help keep costs down, and gives great satisfaction – plus, it’s a fun hands-on activity to do with kids.
Make Your Own
Set yourself a challenge to try making something you would usually buy. Most of us spend a lot of money buying products that could be made at home, for example soup, sauces, pizza dough, cakes, biscuits, and even your own bread!
Making your own soup, as an example, is a great way to get more veggies into the whole family, but it’s also much cheaper (and tastier!) than buying ready-made.
Other Ways to Save
And finally, one of the biggest expenses for families each week especially with babies is nappies, formula and baby food. However, we use cloth nappies, cloth wipes, my baby is breastfed and I make all her meals at home from scratch, in fact, I give her whatever we are having at all mealtimes minus the dressings, spices and salt.
If your family is following a strict budget and trying to save for a mortgage like us, it’s worth considering all of the above. You will be surprised how much you can actually save over the course of a year!