Tips to save money on your food bill and avoid waste

07/11/13

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We throw away about six meals a week according to research by a recycling group.

The publicly-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) says this costs British homes about £60 a month.

It's thought buying too much, serving large portions and confusion over food labelling are the main causes.

The foods most commonly thrown out were basics such as bread, milk and potatoes. It's thought 86 million chickens are wasted every year.

Here are some tips to help you save money.

SHOPPING FOR FOOD

  • Check what is in the cupboard, fridge and freezer before going shopping.
  • Write a list, take it to the shops and stick to it.
  • Plan meals in advance, use a planner.
Food waste

USE BY DATES

  • Check the dates on food regularly and use foods with the shortest date first.
  • Freeze foods you will not get round to eating in time.
  • You can freeze food right up to 24 hours before the use by date.
  • "Use by" dates are about food safety - you should never eat food after this date.
  • "Best before" dates are about quality, foods will be at their best before these dates, but they are safe to eat after the date.
Woman in supermarket

STORING FOOD

  • Store your food correctly to keep it fresh for longer.
  • Apples go in the fridge, potatoes in a cool dark place.
  • Store bread in the cupboard but not the fridge, although you can freeze it.
  • You can freeze milk, cheese and fruit instead of throwing it away.
  • Get your portions just right using a
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  • portion tool.
Apples

LEFTOVERS

  • Be creative with using up leftovers (most leftovers will keep for two days in the fridge well wrapped, apart from rice), use for lunch the next day.
  • If your cucumber goes a bit limp, chop off the end and stand in cold water, it will soon perk up.
  • Wrap fresh foods well or store in air-tight containers once opened.
  • Check out
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  • for great ideas to use up any extra food.

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