As the cost of living soars, here are a few ways to eliminate waste in your kitchen and trim your supermarket bills.
Frugal shopping and cooking are very much on the menu this autumn. One way to ensure you spend less at the supermarket is to cut down on waste.
Figures from WRAP, the food waste charity, show that the average household throws away the equivalent of eight meals every week, at a cost of £730 a year for a family.
Jenna Brown, environmental health practitioner and owner of food safety business The Food Safety Mum, says food is often thrown away because it has not been used on time.
“Knowing how to handle leftovers safely can be the key to helping you reduce your food waste,” she says.
By shopping sensibly, planning and knowing how to preserve the food you buy, Ms Brown estimates that the average family of four could save £60 a month. Here’s how to get started.
Make meal plans
Knowing what you need to buy for your weekly meals can help to avoid buying too much at the supermarket, only for it to be thrown away later.
John Stirzaker, frugal shopping expert from coupon website NetVoucherCodes.co.uk, advises going shopping with a list.
“Knowing what you’re going to eat each day means you only buy what you need and don’t make wasteful, impulse purchases,” he says.
Supermarket Tesco’s website includes a meal planner tool to help you get started with weekly lists and preparation.