January is over but purse strings can still be a bit tight at this time of the year. So we’ve put together some tips on how to shop well for your health without it costing a small fortune:
- Shopping lists are your friend – make a list and keep to it
- Online shopping – normally websites have an option to save your usual items which can help stop the additional extras getting ‘added to cart’.
- Don’t go shopping when you are hungry – eat a small snack if it isn’t time for a planned meal but it could save you a few extras finding their way into your trolley
- Carefully select deals – It’s all very well stocking up on BOGOF toilet paper, you know you’ll use it. But if those great deals are getting you to buy something you never use it isn’t really saving you money. It can also increase portion sizes or how often something is eaten.
- Protein can be cheap. Meat can be expensive. Some cheaper protein options include beans, eggs, and lentils. And are also healthier options to have on a regular basis. Save the expensive options for less frequent cooking like the Sunday roast.
- Use frozen fruit and veg. It keeps well and can give you the freedom to have more options available when you prepare meals. This can make getting closer to your 5-a-day easier.
- Buy seasonal produce. It is more likely that foods in season will be in good supply so will be cheaper. Some fruit and veg in season right now are carrots, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, swede, apples, beetroot and pears.
For more ideas have a look at https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/eatwellspendless.pdf (This is currently being updated so look out for a new version coming soon to the BDA food facts page!)