No one wants to spend more money than they have to. Well, the good news is there are loads of ways to save money on food and drink in the supermarket. Eating on a budget doesn't need to mean eating unhealthily, there are lots of ways to shop savvy and eat healthy. Check out the below tips to make every food aisle visit feel like a middle aisle bargain:
- Try buying value or basic range foods rather than brands.
- Frozen veg saves time and money, and can be very healthy as the vitamins are locked in! Try frozen veg like sliced peppers and mushrooms.
- Keep a look out for promotional deals on healthier foods. Be careful to not get sucked into buying too many foods like sweets, chocolate and biscuits which you don’t actually need as part of your food shopping.
- Check your cupboards and fridge before you go shopping so you know what you need to buy.
- Make a shopping list and stick to it. This means you won’t be tempted to buy any extras on impulse – just stay strong!
- Why not cook a meal in bulk with your flatmates and share the cost of the food shopping too? You savvy lot.
- Soup saves money – learning how to make soup from scratch is simple and full of nutrients. It could work out cheaper!
- Eat your leftovers for lunch. This can leave you more money to spend on things you enjoy.
- Don’t shop while you’re hungry – you’re more likely to plonk all sorts of quick bites in your basket.
- Don’t buy something if you know you’re not going to eat it. Why buy a whole bag of carrots if you know they’ll go to waste. Buy loose veggies instead, and you will save money and create less waste. You could even check out the ‘ugly veg’ section!
Healthy Affordable Snacks
If hunger strikes, and you can’t wait until your next meal, why not have a healthy nibble instead. The best thing is, tasty snacks don’t have to cost a lot at all, and can be great for your health.
Try these low-fat, low-cost snack ideas:
- Plain popcorn from kernels.
- Low fat natural yoghurt, you could add some fresh or tinned fruit to the top.
- Sugar free jelly.
- Frozen low fat, low sugar, fruit yoghurt iced lollies.
- Toasted pitta bread with peppers or cucumber and reduced-fat cheese spread.
- Wrap with ham and salad.
- Eggs or baked beans on toast.
- Raw or roasted vegetable sticks.
- Fruit kebabs.
- A whole piece of fruit e.g. apples, bananas, oranges
Eat Better, Feel Better
Need some inspiration? Try out the recipes below for a healthy alternative to some tasty classics!
Head back to the Food Standards Scotland campaign page for more information on food safety, healthy eating tips and more.