How to save money on food

Whether cooking up culinary delights or making sandwiches for the poor, almost everyone wants to save money on food.

Food is on everyone’s mind during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown – especially how to go about slashing the food bill while still being able to eat well. Here are a few ideas that may help:

Save the scraps

Did you know that you can grow vegetables from scraps and seeds from many common store-bought vegetables?


Save the seeds of that gem squash and don’t chuck the stalk of lettuce – you can plant them and grow your own vegetables.

Put other food scraps – like potato peels and eggshells – to use by starting a compost heap so you can make compost for your veggie garden.

Meal plan for zero waste

Meal planning and prepping for the week not only saves you time, but it can also help reduce waste by taking into account food leftovers and how to incorporate them into the next meal.

Look for alternatives

If ever there was a time to look for cheaper alternatives and budget-friendly recipes, now is the time. We have an awesome budget-recipe section to inspire you, which you can find by clicking here.

The Internet is also full of clever and cheaper food alternatives. For example, I stopped drinking dairy a few years ago, but coconut or almond milk is increasingly difficult during lockdown and it’s expensive.

I did some research and learnt that I could make oat milk by mixing oats with water and straining. It’s a much cheaper option and, because one can reuse the oat pulp in porridge, nothing is wasted.

So go on, use this time at home to find cheaper alternatives, plan your meals and start a small veggie garden. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy trying new recipes or gardening and how it helps your budget.

Monique Warner – All4Women

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