Tips to make it work
- Make a detailed shopping list, plan your meals for the week and check your cupboards before going to the supermarket. You'll spend less and it will save you the mental fatigue of figuring out what to cook each night.
- Set a budget and stick to it. How much do you want to spend on groceries, work lunches, cinema trips and coffees? Plan it out. It feels good to be in control!
- Use cash. You'll know exactly where you are and how much you have left and it places a natural limit on how much you have to spend.
- Try to reduce your food waste. Use leftovers for lunch or turn them into something tasty and different, such as a stir-fry or soup. Commit to using all the vegetables and fruit you bought and store them properly.
- Reduce the amount you spend on eating out. It's easy to make lunch using food from dinner the night before. When you are serving up, put out a food container and place an extra portion into it. It's no more work to toss in an extra piece of chicken or some vegetables to bulk up your meal.
- For many of my clients, a planned meal service like My Food Bag can ensure you are eating good-quality food at a fixed price and minimise your spend on eating out or takeaways.
- Plant a vege patch. Bought herbs and lettuces can be costly and go off quickly. A few key herbs and some greens won't take up much space in your garden or can be grown in containers on a deck.