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21 Food Waste Recycling Facts That Will Help You Save Money

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Here are 21 food waste recycling facts that will help you save money by Laura at Savings4SavvyMums.co.uk #Budgeting #SavingMoney #FamilyMoneySaving #MoneySaving #MealPlans

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We all want to keep our food waste down, especially as on average households in the UK throw an estimated £470 of food each year, most of it still edible.

Think of it this way, that’s an extra £39 a month in your pocket!

It’s certainly easier said than done though. If you have young children that are going through a beige stage then it’s not easy to cook one meal for the whole family.

Food Waste Facts

Have you ever thought about how much food you really throw away? Here’s 5 food waste facts that are going to blow your mind and kick start your recycling journey: (Facts from https://www.recyclingbins.co.uk/recycling-facts/)

1. The UK as a whole throws away around £13 billion pounds of food
2. 1.4 million untouched bananas are thrown away every single day
3. More than a million untouched yogurts are thrown away every day
4. Over 19 million slices of bread get chucked every day
5. 600,000 whole uncooked eggs get binned every day

These are shocking facts but there are loads of ways you can save yourself money while recycling more. Throwing away edible food isn’t just a waste of money. Instead of being recycled it’s sent to landfills where it rots and produces methane gases which in turn is one contributing factor in our climate changing.

All these facts may seem a bit overwhelming but if we all do our part than not only can we all save our families money but we can also help save our planet too!

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Here’s 21 food waste recycling facts that will help you save money as a family.

1. Meal planning really reduces waste.

Write down what you’re going to eat as a family, include every meal and make your shopping list from that. If you have no idea how to start meal planning, we talk you through it step by step here.

Remember to check your cupboards, freezer and fridge before you write your list. Try and incorporate one meal that you can make from what you already have a week.

2. Storing our food right can help keep it fresh for longer.

Many of us are unsure where to put our meats in the fridge or which fruit and vegetables are okay in the cupboard.

Premature ripening is a big reason why most of us throw away perfectly good food.

Did you know that garlic, potatoes, bananas and onions don’t need to be kept in the fridge? They love being at room temperature.

Foods like tomatoes, peaches and bananas produce gases that can lead to other food ripening more quickly. Try to keep them separate to reduce waste.

3. Use what you have

In our parents day, this was called preserving.

Before dumping your food ask yourself if you can turn it into something else?

Could you dry it out? Apples make great crisps! Could it be pickled or canned to spare it from the bin? Freeze everything. As long as you use it within three months you’ve not only saved it from a land fill but you’ve also saved yourself money. It’s a win win!

Preserving is a great fun activity to do with the kids! Why not turn carrots into pickle or your ripe bananas into a cake? Here’s our top ways to use bananas as a family.

4. Buy wonky

We’re all slowly catching up with the idea of buying wonky vegetables. Regardless of its look, all vegetables and fruit hold nutritious value.

Buying imperfect produce is not only cheaper but saves on waste too.

5. Keep your fridge as empty as possible

If you shop weekly already then you probably see an empty fridge by the end of the week anyway. Shopping this way not only means that you have less waste it also means that the food you do put in is being refrigerated probably.

If you do need to pack it in, have a system. Keep anything that has a short date near the front so you remember to use it. We use the first in, first out method.

So when you buy something with a short date or a couple of the same item, make sure the shorter date is at the front so you can grab it easily. This means that older food gets eaten first and not wasted.

6. Use your leftovers

Having leftovers is one thing but actually using them in something else.

Once called, put your leftovers into an airtight container and label with the date it went in.

When you come to meal plan, try and have one day that week using a leftover meal from the fridge or freezer. Not only does it save you money but it saves the bin too!

7. Eat the skin

Many of us remove the skin on meats, fruit and vegetables before we cook with it. There’s really no need.

Just chop the vegetables and chuck them into the pan, especially if you’re cooking a stew or a spaghetti bolognese.

If the kids want the skin off their fruit, fine, chuck the skin with some frozen fruit into a smoothie.

Many outer layers of produce offer us a huge amount of nutrients and antioxidants.

8. Eat the whole egg

Many recipes call for one or the other. Using half in one recipe and half in another can save on waste. You could even use the yolk as a face mask!

9. Save the seeds

A lot of us deseed fruit or vegetables and throw them away. Eating the seeds from pumpkins, for example, can give you and the family a boost in magnesium.

Instead of chucking them in the bin, wash then dry them and put a little olive oil and salt into an oven pan and roast them. This works well with butternut squash or acorns as well.

10. Everything can be blended

Kale stems? Peels? Ends? You name it you can add it. All these make a delicious shake for the family. Add a tiny bit of water if needed to loosen it up and it’s ready. No waste and a colourful snack full of goodness.

11. Make your own stock

If you have a leftover carcass from Sunday lunch then use it to make your own homemade stock. We shimmer ours in a huge pan and break off any loose bones. The smell is incredible. You can then use it for whatever you need.

We also use our carcass for soups. Have a look here at our huge list of turkey leftover recipes including turkey carcass soup. Most of these would work with chicken too.

12. Add peels to water

Bored of the same taste? Then shake it up with your peels. Citrus fruits work the best and really give your water a tang.

13. Keep serving sizes in check

Serving small not only helps your waistline but also helps the environment too. Anything leftover can be kept.

14. Your freezer is your friend

Everything can be frozen. Milk, leftover meals, bread, you name it. Just remember to label it and use it.

Many us of freeze food and then forget to use it within three months so it gets chucked away. Remember to check your freezer once a week before you go shopping and try to incorporate one freezer meal.

15. Know your dates

Sell by is for stores a reminds them when to take a product off the shelf. Best by is the suggested date that it’s eaten by.

Common sense is key here. We have a post about what to look out for when it comes to food dates here.

16. Compost

This is the best way to reuse anything that you need to throw away. Composting turns food waste into food for plants.

If you don’t have room for a compost patch, then most councils offer a food waste collection service. They give you a little box to fill with compostable caddy liners that means you can recycle food waste.

17. Pack a lunch

Have loads of leftovers in the fridge? The why not take them for lunch? Not only will it save you money but also saves your carbon footprint.

We have a huge list of budget lunch ideas here.

18. Food pool

Food pooling means sharing your food with your neighbours. This not only reduces waste but gives you the feel-good feeling as well.

Here’s more on food pooling and how it works as a family.

19. Cook from scratch

Cooking from scratch means that you can chuck anything and everything in. Got a pepper going off? Chuck it in. Have beans that need using? Then use them.

Go crazy and be inventive. Use up whatever might go to waste.

Here’s our list of budget meal plans that can give you and your family some meal inspiration.

20. Treat yourself

Most fruit and vegetables can be used on your body.

Think cucumbers, avocado, and lemons. Sit down and relax for 5 minutes with a natural face mask.

21. Think outside the box

Reducing your waste means you can save money too.

Making small changes as a family can help make positive changes to reducing our waste.

None of these tips should cost you money. Challenge yourself and your kids to use up anything you are about to bin. It’s fun!

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Check the offers on the apps first, purchase the item, upload your receipt and get your money back. It’s a win win as long as you use the item and recycle or reuse anything you don’t eat.

Using a free app like Plum* can really help keep your finances in order. It can help you track your in goings* and outgoings and start to but a bit away when you can afford it.

Meal Plan every week before you shop. You can make your own weekly meal plan or download my meal plans and shopping lists for free from the Resource Vault. These will help you save money which hopefully means you can afford to recycle.

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I really hope that some of these food waste tips have helped you and have encouraged you to save money while recycling more.

Laura x

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  1. These are great tips, I often freeze leftovers to use another day and also check reduced sections

  2. For over forty years I have always frozen leftovers and I bulk prepare such as making a pie I will make 8 and freeze 7. Saves loads on energy as the oven can cope with 4 pies cooking at once.

  3. If there are any leftovers I incorporate them in the next lunch or evening meal to minimise waste and be more creative with recipes.

  4. I like your tips they are very inspiring. I also grow some veg and forage for fruits and nuts.

  5. great tips – I always plan my meals for the week and only shop for items on this list

  6. Good ideas. I already batch cook and freeze, and freeze leftovers. Will definitely use some of the other ideas!

  7. To get the most out of a whole chicken, I do a roast one day and use the rest in a quiche

  8. Great tips – I buy in bulk and batch cook to freeze. It’s cheaper and handy too x

  9. Our grand-daughter’s favourite meal is my chicken pasta.
    Basically it’s (SmartPrice / Value) penne cooked in the stock form boiling up the chicken carcass. Much of the liquid evaporates or is absorbed, along with the flavour, by the pasta,
    Sometimes we add a tin of sweetcorn, but it’s delicious as it is.

  10. I try hard to not waste anything, I use the freezer a lot, make soups with leftovers. I grow quite a lot of my own fruit and veg and preserve some of that too, in jams and chutneys

  11. I’ve got quite good at cooking just the right amount in the first place, so there’s not that odd half portion or two potatoes left (if anyone is still starving there’s always toast, etc!). I’ve also learned what to do with things that are in danger of going off – from how to prep lots of different veg for the freezer to knocking up a quick banana loaf or similar.

  12. When we ‘run out of food’ I insist on not doing a big shop and we make meals from things in the cupboard and freezer, it’s amazing what you can concoct from ‘nothing’!

  13. I plan my meals for the week ahead and buy products that won’t go out of date before I’m due to eat them. It requires a bit more planning but I never throw food away and don’t impulse buy.

  14. We are old school look smell taste if its ok eat it

  15. We do most of the above especially meal plan and using the freezer well

  16. we meal plan, freeze leftovers, and use coupons in supermarkets when there is an offer x

  17. I put any leftover veg in a cottage pie, volunteering for a foodbank makes you very concious of waste as we see so much waste from supermarkets

  18. Thanks for the competition! We cook from scratch as much as possible, we freeze leftovers and pre-chopped stuff as well to save time, I’m slowly introducing menus for the week, I always bring my shopping list when buying groceries otherwise I order online so I’m not tempted by offers and deals in the shops (compulsive buy is terrible)
    We don’t have the possibility to compost yet but I’m looking into bringing our compostable stuff to a community garden.. Work in progress!

  19. Always shop a week in advance and only cook what I know will eaten at each meal to avoid waste.

  20. We like to plan meals for the week in advance so when I do the grocery shopping I can pick up what we need and can set a budget to avoid over spending. I usually look through the cupboards and the fridge/freezer weekly to see what we have already such as for dinners or snacks.

  21. Always think up ways to use up leftovers in inventive meals

  22. Every few days I check what I have left and plan the next couple of days meals with that, so nothing gets wasted, also will freeze if I won’t be using it straight away

  23. Shop little and often to reduce the amount we buy.

  24. Such a useful blog post I really will be implementing these tips in my day to day life thank you so much. I think it will help me save money in the long run and prevent me from feeling guilty about throwing things out 🙂

  25. I always plan our meals carefully and always make sure there is room in the freezer to freeze a portion if I’ve made too much.

  26. Fab ideas. I shove the entire leftovers from Sunday lunch in the slow cooker to make stew. If we don’t fancy it the next day it goes in the freezer in individual portions and we use them as homemade ready meals for days we are short of time or can’t be bothered cooking.

  27. I always cook more than needed and freeze meals for another day to save time. Buy food when there is a deal

  28. Lots of great tips. I’m pretty good with leftovers, and often freeze left over veg and make soup at a later date

  29. Thanks for the tips! I waste least food when I plan meals, stick to a shopping list, and then check my fridge regularly to use up the leftovers.

  30. I shop at my local market for fruit and veg. By using my basket I avoid all plastic and paper bags.

  31. every week i meal plan and shop online so i buy just what i need, no impulse buying

  32. We half meal plan as in not every day. All left overs are frozen to be used again and the Sunday roast is doubled to freeze the extras

  33. I cook soup every weekend which lasts a few days and my husband cooks a mince based dish on Sunday to eat over two days. I’d definitely like to do more meal planning. It’s a pity we have a little freezer box!

  34. Great tips, I always make soups out of leftover veg so nothing is wasted

  35. cooking potatoes and veg that are going to soon go out of date and freeze them

  36. Some great tips & ideas from this post- brilliant competition

  37. I check what is in the cupboards before I go shopping, meal plan and stick to the shopping list.

  38. We always plan meals in advance and only buy what we need, anything that can be freezed is put in the freezer

  39. I always write 7 meals a week down and have a board in my kitchen with what we are having on certain days of the week! That way we don’t overspend when we are at the supermarket 🙂

  40. We always make more mince then we need and make a chilli or a lasagne for next dinner

  41. I’m not a great believer in sell by / use by dates. I tend to rely on taste, look and smell and none of us have ever experienced upset stomachs etc. I also meal plan, batch cook and freeze and find shopping online stops impulse buys.

  42. I bulk cook and so when I do mince for cottage pie, I’ll do double or triple and freeze it for making lasagne or adding things in to make chilli. I shop online to ensure I stick to budget and don’t buy things I don’t need just because I fancy it. I meal plan too which cuts down on waste as everything I buy gets used up. Thanks for this competition, prize is fantastic!

  43. I tend to plan meals every week so we don’t really have left overs if i’m being honest

  44. I bulk buy multi-buy items and batch cook and freeze, I do this for lunches too.
    I don’t shop when hungry as that makes me buy things I fancy and often too much so it gets wasted.
    I make soups and stocks to use up leftover veg.

  45. We always write a shopping list and stick to it and don’t buy anything that we know we will not use.

  46. I have a meal plan every week. I have a stock pot going every day, I buy whole chickens from the butcher and use the bones and inside bits in my stock pot and the fat and aspic I use in cooking. I also buy beef bones from the butcher and after roasting them they go in the stock pot and the fat goes in the fridge, no need to buy lard.

  47. We always do a meal plan before shopping, that way every ingredient gets used. I also try to think of things to do with food before it gets thrown.

  48. I only buy what we need and what we eat. I cook exactly the right amount of food that we’ll eat at meal times so there are no leftovers.

  49. I use leftovers to turn into another meal. I rarely peel vegetables so don’t have waste from peel. I use roast cauliflower leaves to make a crispy cauliflower snack using oil, spices, pepper and salt.

  50. I meal plan so there is less waste and I freeze leftovers.

  51. If there are leftovers in my home (usually not!), I like to make them into a soup or casserole. Absolutely no reason to waste food-great tips x

  52. I meal plan and batch cook it helps me save quite a bit of money and I throw away a lot less food

  53. I have started meal planning and it’s working really well so far, I like knowing what meals we are having in advance and buying just the ingredients I need for the week is helping to save money.

  54. we freeze alot of left over food and batch cook so we have home cooked ready meals

  55. I make many meals from scratch and save my chicken carcasses in the freezer to use to make soup stock. I make my own shortcrust pastry (cheaper than ready made). Pasta dishes are quick, economical and easy to make and the whole family love them. I love making meatballs both Italian style and Chinese they go down a treat. I make and take my lunch to work using leftover Sunday roast and salad. Very little food goes in the bin and I plan my weeks menu and always take a list when grocery shopping.

  56. Great competition. Some of the best meals use leftovers – I hate waste.

  57. I pick up a lot of yellow stickered meat and freeze it and any leftovers me or my partner takes to work

  58. I always plan my meals and freeze any left overs

  59. I plan my meals and also batch cook and freeze.

  60. Great tips. I often make big batches of soup / chilli, and use pour and store bags to freeze then use for an easy lunch. I also freeze grated cheese / wine to use for cooking.

  61. Using leftovers in the recipe for the next day’s meal. e.g I have a recipe to use leftover chicken from the roast dinner.

  62. dont waste anything. I go to the supermarket every Sunday to buy yellow sticker food. i buy anything, we eat some strange things but at least we eat

  63. I always meal plan at least teas out for the week. I always make a shopping list and stick to it so I don’t pick up extra things

  64. We meal plan and also batch cook, making sure the freezer is restocked regularly!

  65. I plan healthy meals for the week ahead. Then i work out exactly what ingredients I need for those meals, if I need a carrot then i will weigh and buy a single carrot rather than buy a whole bag and waste food and money. I also check the prices of the ingredients i need online before i go to the store so that i can be sure of my spending and don’t have any surprises.

  66. Use up leftovers to take to work for lunch, make pesto out of left over salad (in the bag) and freeze fruit that’s going off to make smoothies with!

  67. I often make bigger meals and freeze them to reduce food waste. Obviously we always use reusable tupperware tubs for storage so there’s no plastic waste 🙂

  68. I am ashamed of how much I waste. I am going to really try to start improving on this.

  69. Meal planning (even if I just manage to plan the next few days if I don’t have inspiration for the week!) really helps to reduce the chance of last minute ready meal buying, plus it also makes me feel slightly more in control….

  70. I cook double what i need, therefore saving gas and then split into two halfs, one to freeze. Also we do not flush the toilet every time if its only urine, we flush every other……..saves lots of water !

  71. I am a waste freak. I constantly rotate things in the fridge. And I make soups, stews etc to use up leftover veg

  72. I meal plan every week and have leftovers for lunch the next day, they’re my favourite.

  73. I’m pretty good really as I shop online so no unnecessaries are bought and I incorporate ingredients for other meals in the week. If there’s leftovers my husband will take it to work to reheat the next day.

  74. We save money by not bothering with big brand food, apart from the odd bit here and there. We also stick to a list and a budget every week. My partner doesn’t eat meat so anything leftover from a roast gets given to the cats if there’s too much to eat before it goes bad.

  75. We have a wormery so no food waste. I tend to eat the leftovers for days after everyone else has eaten everything twice!

  76. To save money I make a shopping list planning the family meals for the week and stick to my list when I am purchasing the food. It is only mu daughter and there is often leftovers which are frozen which i either use for lunch at work or for the following weeks dinner.

  77. My family batch cooks as on a Sunday we have a casserole and then we make enough to have the next day as well.We often make extra meals and freeze them for later. We meal plan and only buy what’s needed.Nothing really gets wasted as anything we do have goes to other family members if we don’t use it up.Also we do a lot of our own baking like at christmas we home bake our own mince pies as it’s cheaper and they taste much better too.meat any left over meat gets made into other things like pies,sandwhich fillings, pasta bakes ect.

  78. Freeze leftovers, batch cook, Sunday afternoon shopping when they mark things down at supermarkets, pick up lots of bargains.

  79. I love this article! I’m trying to be more eco-conscious and part of that is certainly reducing my food waste. I do try and make sure that we batch cook and meal plan. We always make more than we need so the leftovers are either for lunch or dinner the next day (saves cooking in the evening some nights too then!). Another thing I’m considering this year is having a red basket in the fridge, with things that need to be used up first in, just to bring it to our attention more and make sure we are using it rather than just pushing it to the back of the fridge or the cupboard.

  80. I have 2 boys who are very fussy eaters especially vegetables, I tried many ways but it doesn’t work but my last options is this Nutri bullet which I hope will encourage them to have more veg. after it’s blended. I’ve been saving to buy one but have not managed yet & it is still a dream ❤🍀🍀

  81. We shop weekly or bi weekly so what we buy gets used. We freeze leftovers or meats, and bake with ripened fruit if needed.

  82. I always plan meals and cook fro scratch but often have left overs. I tend to try and make puddings or jams and preserves with left over fruit and soups with any vegetables. I try to batch cook and freeze when I can. I follow a few sites online as to how to use up left-overs and will use everything e.g dry bread ( croutons/ breadcrumbs). I use all the bits of vegetables so there is no waste.Sometimes I hunt out yellow stickers and plan meals around what I find which can be fun !

  83. I freeze most leftovers or my dog will eat any left over meat – he’s very spoilt!!

  84. Shopping on line is the way forward to only buy what you need

  85. There’s just me – I shop when my local store has its reducing time.
    I save a fortune on bread, veg and fruit.
    I buy what only what I need or can make use of – can’t afford to waste.
    Helps that I love cooking and experimenting.

  86. We plan meals to use food before expiry dates. We freeze bread, and I am particularly watchful regarding fresh eggs and only buy half a dozen at a time (I prefer free-range organic which are more expensive) Poached egg on toast in perfect for lunch or egg & cress sandwiches if we need to use them up quickly. (As long as they’ve been stored in the fridge using a day or two beyond the date I have found is ok if cooking yorkshire pud or cake making.

  87. Always shop online and freeze leftovers for a quick meal through the week

  88. I always write meal plans. we work shifts so it helps to work out how many meals we will have together or apart. I use coupon apps like greenjinn, and checkout smart to grab discounts and freebies too.
    We also make extra and take to lunch the next day such as stews, pasta and soups!

  89. We always make bigger batches of food, so we can freeze or take as lunch to work the next day

  90. I cook from scratch with as much fresh ingredients if possible. Any leftover food is either incorporated into the next day’s food for lunch or dinner, otherwise if possible I freeze it.

  91. I do meal plan but I also try to buy in bulk with things such as rice and pasta which are really good for bulking out a meal and making it go further. I also try to only buy enough fruit and veg for 3 days so that I don’t waste it or forget about it .. I then top it up .

  92. I plan meals ahead and use leftovers for either lunch or freeze for another week.

  93. A friend of mine has recently discovered she is pregnant and she plans on becoming healthier throughout her pregnancy and has been looking to get one of these to help with that. Plus she also plans on making her own baby food so this would be perfect for her.

  94. We try and plan meals ahead, and always make enough for 3 which means we each get a meal and I get a lunch the next day. We buy a lot of tinned and dry foods, and try to buy less fresh fruit and focus more on the fresh veg instead.

  95. I always freeze suitable leftovers for a quick and easy meal during the week.

  96. I am not very good at eating food thats not fresh so I freeze individual portions so its fresh every time. I would love to learn more about batch cooking there are some good guides on here thank you

  97. Mainly we save leftovers and reuse them for meals, sandwiches, etc.

  98. Amazing prize! I meal plan weekly so I know what I’m making each night and I don’t order anything that won’t be used. It’s made a huge difference.

  99. I try to meal plan as much as possible, often freezing things for my son to try too

  100. Freeze leftovers. Use brown bananans for banana bread.

  101. We plan meals for the week . I grow vegetables on my allotment as well as herbs in pots and window box at home( Growing herbs saves a fortune!) We always make stock from chicken carcasses and vegetables which we freeze and use for home made soups and risotto etc. We often share food with our elderly neighbour, which costs us nothing but means she gets a nice home-cooked meal once in a while, and we have less wasted food

  102. Plan meals for the week ahead then buy just enough shopping for the week and don’t impulse buy

  103. Some fab tips on reducing waste, I’m the worst person for throwing things out, so this has pushed me to change my view, especially now I’m trying to save for passports for me and my little girl, then a holiday

  104. We reuse takeaway pots as storage – and bulk cook soup for lunches in the work week

  105. I always freeze leftover meals & always take a potion of our meals & put in the fridge & give it to our girls for dinner the next day, not only does it keep our portion sizes under control, it saves time & means our girls eat nice healthy meals & im not tempted to turn to unheather quick meals for them after a busy school run x

  106. I have always frozen left overs as my nan got me into the habit many years ago. It saves a fortune and we adore stirfries so nothing ever goes to waste.

  107. I am currently dieting, one of the main leading diets out there where you attend a group to be publicly weighed etc. I have found that by not ordering takeaways at the moment we have reduced waste as we are cooking from scratch and I am more mindful over what’s in the fridge and freezer!

  108. Supermarkets around 730/8 pm tend to discount their food near it’s best before date. You can get some right bargains and even freeze most of it so it keeps longer.

  109. I now do my online shop twice a week, so then we can buy a mix of fresh, cupboard and frozen food to minimise waste. Before we would run out of fresh food by the weekend, which meant that everyone would want takeaway!

  110. Freeze bread, reheat leftovers and compost for the garden!

  111. Great tips! I always freeze leftovers and then use them for future meals. One useful tip is for bananas – if you have too many and they are getting over-ripe , peel, cut in half and pop in freezer bags ready to make a smoothie straight from frozen!

  112. I hate waste so any left over veg and wilting salad all gets blended with tomoatoes to make pasta sauce/ great way to sneak veg into the kids meals and great to freeze!

  113. I have a weekly meal plan so there is not any waste. I also freeze any left over meals for future days x

  114. Meal planning ensures very little food waste. I also use a halogen oven to cook with which is more economical to run than a conventional oven.

  115. When i see fruit or vegetables reduced at the supermarket, i buy loads, chop them up and then freeze them – makes meal preparation so much easier and saves so much money.

  116. i plan my meals ahead but buy the food dailywe eats whats int e weekly plan but on the day we feel like it sowe really dont waste any food, ive got the portion sizes down too so no leftovers!

  117. Soup, soup and more soup – I try to avoid waste by making soup once or twice a week and adding leftovers. My best success recently was adding stock to some leftover vegetable curry and blending it up, and it was delicious! But I tend not to tell the family what’s in their soup….!

  118. This blog has given me lots of inspiration. Perhaps with all the money I am saving I could buy a blender to make smoothie for the kids. I could sneek in all those seeds and skin and seeds giving the kids all those extra vitamins.

  119. Great post! Very helpful tips as somebody looking to reduce waste and feed a family on a budget!

  120. just thought of another one! I check all the offers on the various supermarkets and if there is a good offer say on coffee at £2 off I will buy 4 jars and then when use 2 jars I start to look around for the offer again, usually a least one supermarket will have it on offer so I have nor paid the
    full price on a jar of coffee for around 4 years. I do this with other non-perishable goods.

  121. Always take a shopping list… even if you *think* you don’t need one! That’s the main rule we’ve stuck to in order to reduce waste and save our pennies 🙂

  122. we batch cook and freeze food, and stock up on tinned/packet stuff when on offer but only store cupboard basics!

  123. I always make a list when shopping so I don’t buy things I don’t need, always look for yellow stickers and freeze if needed . When we have meat dinners if there’s any leftovers make a casserole or bubble and squeak so minimise wastage.

  124. We do meal plan, and find it saves us so much money. It always really helps to prevent food waste. It’s definitely a tried and tested tip I would recommend to anyone.

  125. I just really hate any wastage, and very little food goes to waste in my house, with hungry teenage boys and a lovely doggie we dont leave much, but really, i do take time in thinking and planning ahead with food and buy items for specific meals rather than just grabbing lots of stuff on offer, then arriving home and not actually having a meal that i can put together! Years ago this is how i shopped, thinking i was getting bargains, but not true at all, I just used to buy lots of quite unhealthy food, so as i have got older, and losing finance due to health, it prompted me to cook from scratch, which is so so much better taste wise, and very economical…..

  126. A spaghetti and sauce the day before the big shop, this way I can throw all the left over veg into the sauce and nothing goes to waste.

  127. I like to use a slow cooker to make bulky recipes that I can freeze for times when I have little time to cook

  128. We specifically make big batches and freeze them

  129. Fab competition and I love the idea for using literally everything. I will be actioning these tips X

  130. Check the fridge, freezer and store cupboard before heading to the supermarket.

  131. As a vegan family, it’s always been much cheaper for us to create meals from scratch, as prepared vegan food doesn’t come cheap! As I like to manage everything that goes into my son’s meals, to ensure he gets everything he needs, it’s cheaper and easier to make up batch meals for him. I’m also disabled so sometimes I can’t walk or stand well. The frozen meals are very welcome on these days, so it’s win/win.

    On a side note, can I just say, your blog is fantastic! The content of every post is so well thought out and so useful. I have serious blog envy and really feel like I need to re-assess my own posts, even though the subject matter is totally different. You are really providing a service here. I wish you all the very best.

  132. Always write a shopping list so know what we need rather than impulse buying

  133. we always plan our meals in advance and only buy what we need

  134. OK … here goes…. grab a cuppa!!

    I started by not “stockpiling” food, I do a weekly freezer/fridge/cupboard inventory on the day that I’m meal planning and writing my shopping list. I buy everything for the week on that list, so no need for “dangerous” top up shops inbetween – a pint of milk rarely is just that! I stick to a list so no overbuying & only replace a store cupboard item once it has run out & I know I’ll need it the following week, I’d rather have the money in my purse than sat in my cupboards!! I buy the best value available & only what I need, this means dropping big brands for cheaper alternatives. If the kids “moan” they don’t like it, the solution is easy, I don’t buy them at all.- half the time they don’t notice the difference once the packaging is gone! I check price per KG to see which really is cheaper & have built up a good knowledge of what things should be costing with the help of the “my supermarket” app. 2 years ago I had no idea how much a loaf of bread or pint of milk cost! I also shop across 2, sometimes 3 supermarkets a week, they are all next to each other & with my methods in place, doesn’t take any more time than how I shopped before in one place, I would even say it’s now quicker!

    We cook from scratch no processed, , packets, jars or convenience foods. I’ve mastered the “Fakeaway”. We chop our own veg! Not only does it last longer than ready chopped, it’s cheaper! I’ve stopped habitually buying foods (fruit) the kids don’t eat & buy frozen berries – which last longer than fresh but are better value as they don’t go to waste. On the odd occasion I do buy fresh berries, I wash in a white vinegar solution & store in a lidded box to prolong the freshness. I’m not courted by yellow stickers often as most of the time they are not foods I would usually need or are on my list, but occasionally if there is a good piece of meat that I know I can make use of next week, I will pop it in the freezer. We do eat meat, but I look for meals that use cheaper cuts of meat and we eat veggie meals a couple of times a week. We try to eat seasonal too planning meals around cheaper, plentiful veg. Meals are planned to serve 4 so there is rarely leftovers, but if there are they become lunch the next day. If any unused veg happens to “look tired” it becomes soup or stock – leftover chicken carcass becomes stock too. Eggs, I’ll boil up few extra if I’m having a couple for lunch & pop in the fridge for a quick healthy snack & freeze any part eggs leftover from recipes. Any cheese looking past it’s best, I’ll grate & freeze to add to sauces or quick toasties. Instead of peeling & boiling potatoes, bake them & the skins become loaded skins for lunch (with frozen cheese). I don’t overload the kids with sweet sugary snacks & crips, I buy a limited amount & when it’s gone it’s gone until the next shop, I bake my own low-sugar cakes & biscuits too. Bread, we don’t eat much of so it goes straight in freezer & is taken out as needed. All food waste gets popped in a food caddy for collection.

    2 years ago I was a “no plan, throw whatever takes your fancy in the trolley” shopper – I was tempted by “fad foods” “designer foods” & “special offers” it was common to spend over £200 in a week on food. Now my average spend is around £70-80 & we eat better than ever & waste much less food. Both hubby & I have lost over 4 stone between us!!

    It’s been quite an epiphany for me – I’m very happy at the lifestyle changes we’ve made to help us spend/waste less money & I love sharing all the hints & tips I’ve picked up on the way.

  135. Without these tips id be lost because my fiancée follows them all the time and it’s very interesting to learn new things ✅✅

  136. We never waste good…if there are any leftovers I always incorporate them in the next day’s meals.

  137. I have switched my supermarket to Aldi (from Tesco/Asda/Waitrose). I am now using my cook books on the shelf and planning the weekly shopping. I’m not only saving money, but enabling the family to eat healthier and not throwing any food out!

  138. Thanks for the competition and lots of interesting ideas too. Planning is the key whether you do a weekly big shop or hang around the bargain bucket in your local supermarket. Nowadays, I reduce food waste by planning ahead and buying fresh fruit, veggies and bread etc from local farm shops several times a week. Great quality, supports local businesses and no unnecessary packaging (and more waste) either.

  139. I hate waste! We meal plan, we batch cook, & all my trimmings go in a big freezer bag in the freezer ready to make soup as soon as there’s enough. From asparagus stalks to pepper trimmings, it all goes in the bag for a blended soup. I mark the date I started it, & usually manage one every 6 weeks or less.

  140. Definitely plan my meals the week before and stick to them. I use a lot of left overs to create more meals for pack lunches for hubby and myself, the children also love cold left over sunday roast dinner in sandwiches lol

  141. Plan meals, write a shopping list stay away from the BOGOF as they are not always a bargain

  142. I incorporate leftovers into recipes for the next day

  143. I always freeze left overs including pasta and rice. When you come to use them out of the freezer they don’t have as much carbohydrate in them either so it’s good for weight loss 😀

  144. I always make multiple portions in one go and freeze them 🙂

  145. My OH and myself have worked shifts, including night shifts for over 30 years. That means we can eat anything at any time of the day. We will often reduce food waste by eating leftovers from the previous nights dinner for breakfast. Who says you cant eat curry or bolognese sauce when you first get up?

    I also recently attended a dayw here Jamie Oliver presented recipes about reducing waste. He said all uneaten bananas should just be chucked in the freezer in their skins and then used later still frozen in smoothies or ice cream!

  146. always check own brand items. Own brands have come a long way over the years, find out which ones you like and then buy those instead of branded, the price difference are well worth it.

  147. Save coupons an store cards then have a cheaper shop every few months
    Freeze things so they don’t run out
    Use refillable bottles

  148. We have reduced our meat intake & I make full use of my slow cooker & freeze leftovers

  149. I’m using lots of fresh fruit and veg and making all my meals from scratch. So not only am I reducing waste by not having any packaging, but I’m also using all my left overs. I’m saving the seeds from peppers so I can try growing my own in summer. I’m using the ends and anything inedible in compost (so that I can grow loads more veggies later this year) and I make sure that I only prepare as much veg as I need. If there is any left over it gets wrapped in foil and saved for dinner the following day.

  150. I reduce my food waste by meal planning. I started working full time so I cook about 20 portions of food on a Sunday to cover lunch and dinner. I also love typing into Google, whatever ingredients i have at home and coming up with new recipes. Please I freeze almost everything.lol. I have two freezers in my house

  151. Being a small family of three I visit my local market to buy just what is needed for each recipe that I make and if there are any leftovers I freeze them

  152. We usually fall lucky at Sainsbury’s and stock up on reduced meats, which great to freeze and save penny’s

  153. We are quite inventive with leftovers and whatever is “still fresh” at local supermarkets

  154. I grew up in a family where using up leftovers was the norm. I love making something tasty, out of not a lot! Great to see so many positive comments and ideas.

  155. We meal plan to help reduce waste and to save on costs.

  156. We always have leftovers from dinner, which I have for work the following day or freeze for later day when we want quick food

  157. I write a weekly menu and shop online so I am not tempted to buy rubbish. Very often we eat the same thing for 2 days in a row so that we can use up the ingredients and so that unused food doesn’t go to waste.

  158. We save money by growing a lot of our own fruit and veg.

  159. once I have done my weekly shop I meal plan for the week ahead, we use leftovers for the next days lunches at work and I buy reduced vegetables etc so that I can make soup in batches to freeze

  160. Buy a whole chicken instead of chicken breasts. can make it go so much further

  161. We use leftovers for the next days lunch, and we try to plan ahead so that we only buy and cook what we will need

  162. left overs are used the following day as lunch and extra’s for dinner

  163. Don’t peel potatoes. Buy big potatoes and cut of the skin thickly. Mash on day 1, potato skins filled with your favourite topping as the side on day 2. No waste, and money saving.

  164. Planning meals and making bigger batches, so we can freeze helps on those days when time isn’t on your side

  165. Planning everything before shopping to save buying unnecessary items

  166. we actually do both we meal plan as much as possible and freeze any leftovers or eat them for lunch the next day depending on what it is.

  167. Freeze milk in an ice cube tray and then use one cube per cup of tea!

  168. I always plan the shop out in advance and don’t buy anything that isn’t on my list

  169. We plan ahead – it saves money and avoids unwanted waste

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