Eat well for less

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Cost can sometimes be discouraging when trying to make healthier choices in your life.

But eating healthily doesn’t have to cost more! We look at ways you can save, eat well and feel great.

Write a shopping list

The best way to avoid impulse buying and spending more than you need to is by writing a list. Prepare a weekly meal plan, listing all your meals and snacks and take into consideration what you may already have. Stick to that list.

Also, try not to shop when you are hungry. Studies have found that people who go to the supermarket when hungry are more likely to spend more on unhealthy, sugary snacks.

Don’t waste

According to NHS Choices, the average family with children will waste almost £60 of perfectly edible food each month. Be prepared and plan your meals. Be strict, buy only what you’re going to eat and if you have a meal planned, don’t impulsively decide to go out or order in.

Lunch leftovers

Cooking extra portions at dinnertime is a great way to save time, money and have a healthy lunch prepared the next day. Any extra portions can be frozen and eaten at another time.

Trade down

According to Money Saving Expert, families could reduce their shopping bills by 30% by simply buying cheaper brands. That is the potential saving of over £1,500 a year on the average £100 weekly shop!

Cook from scratch

A study from Public Health England revealed that one in every six meals is eaten out of home. Hot food takeaways tend to be high in fat and salt and low in fibre. Cutting back on eating out could save you up to £800 each year. Preparing and cooking meals at home is generally cheaper than eating out and it can be a lot more beneficial to your waistline!

Shop during happy hour

Many supermarkets will discount fresh produce toward the end of the day. With longer opening hours this can be difficult, but getting to know your local shops will give you an idea of the best times to shop. Time it right and head to the “reduced to clear” isles, just remember to check the use-by dates.

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Ellen Hoggard

Written by Ellen Hoggard

Ellen is the Content Manager for Memiah and writer for Nutritionist Resource and Happiful magazine.
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