1. Don’t go shopping feeling hungry. You’ll buy all sorts of foods and
end up throwing half of them away.
2. Shop in some of the discounters like Lidl and Aldi but buy specific
things that you like there. Then go on to your preferred supermarket.
But do check the price on stock items like flour or stock cubes
because some things end up being cheaper in your usual store.
3. Look out for half price offers in Lidl on all fruit and vegetables.
4. A good time to shop is in the evening; each major store discounts
fresh products at certain times. Work out when your preferred
supermarket starts their discounting:
When you have broccoli or cauliflower do you cut off the stalks and throw
them out? Why not boil up with an onion, some leek and celery and liquidize
to make a soup?
If you’ve cooked too much cauliflower make simple batter from flour, curry
powder and water, dip the cauliflower in and fry in hot oil for a side or even a
Warm leftover carrots in the microwave or in boiling water and drain then mix
in butter or a little oil with cumin.
If you have leftover chicken then shred it with a fork, mix with leftover noodles
and a bit of plum sauce and use to fill a wrap for lunch.
If you have a small amount of Sunday roast left like potatoes, veg and gravy,
liquidize everything together to make a tasty soup.
5. Use farmers’ markets and local markets. See here for details on the
markets in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
6. Buy things like meat and fish in bulk if you can afford it, and make
them into dishes like soup or stews and freeze them.
If you have left over vegetables, add a can of chick peas and make a curry by
frying everything in oil with some curry powder and onion.