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Looking for nifty budgeting tips for saving on food? Become a super-sneaky strategic supermarket shopper by learning these ways to save budgeting tips for saving money on food before you head to the supermarket. These tactics are as sneaky as a thief. But you don’t have to be a villain to save money. You can do it the honest way and you can do these from the comfort of your couch – with your feet up. Don’t rip up cash and throw it into the wind every time you venture into a supermarket. These practical budgeting tips are very easy to follow.

Learn these budgeting tips for saving money on food

1. Start by actually setting a budget

Always set guidelines around your intended spend before venturing out to the supermarket. My budget for a family of four is $120 per week. This includes everything from lunches, dinners, laundry and any other domestic product you can think of.

2. Challenge yourself

Set yourself challenges. Can you do dinner this week for just $50 even though your budget is $120. Can you just imagine the savings if you did this every week?

3. Take cash

Avoid taking your ATM card if you are someone who regularly overspends. Only take a certain amount of cash to the supermarket and no more. Keep receipts to track spend.

4. Budget with gift cards

Buy four $100 gift cards for the month. Take one card each week as your budget.

5. Halve It

Write a list. Now halve it. See what you can really live without.

6. Ditch disposables

Take disposable items off your shopping list. Find alternatives. For example, use a hand towel instead of paper towel.

7. Divvy it up

Divide up cash into piles. Put your money in an envelope. When that cash is gone, there is nothing left in the kitty. You will have to make do.

8. Receipts box

Keep a box in the kitchen for money and receipts for your groceries. If you have spare change from shopping put it back in the kitty for next week to reduce your spend.
Put all spare change from a grocery shop into a piggy bank. It will soon add up!
Either do all the shopping yourself so you can keep track and stick to your budget or educate others in the home about your budgeting system. Consider using a grocery planning system like Freezer Meals to help you stick to a budget.


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Freezer cooking, or the concept of cooking freezer meals in bulk (sometimes referred to as once-a-month-cooking), is a timeworn tradition passed down by generations. It provides sanity for frugal foodies across the globe!

Why cook in bulk & get good at freezer cooking

The idea of cooking in bulk is that you stand in your kitchen for a day once a month or half a day once a week.
Whipping up meals in bulk saves slaving away each chopping onions and washing pots and pans. Instead you can spend the time with family and helping the kids write their homework stories completed. You can get Missy into the bath earlier and plan to sit on the couch earlier watching your favourite TV show.
Ideally take an entire day once a month and cook enough up Tupperware containers of Spag Bol, Beef Stew, Lasagna, Chicken Carbonara and Beef Stroganoff to last the month. Label the meals and stack them neatly in the freezer to induce a warm and fuzzy feeling of organisation, happiness and sanity!

Resources for cook-ahead dinners

There are plenty of websites and resources related to cooking in bulk. And I’d be silly not to plug my own book Table Tucker! My book takes the bulk cooking concept further by helping readers to cook in bulk three nights each week. The concept involves cooking two meals at once and delivers grocery lists for the entire year. You can use the book to cook for the month by purchasing the grocery lists for the entire month. All the meals called Combo Meals are suitable for bulk cooking.
Cooking in bulk is extremely effective in helping busy people feel a greater sense of clarity, sanity and happiness. If you can picture coming home to beautiful meal sitting labeled in the freezer every night, then you are on the road to achieving this goal. People cook in bulk because it greatly reduces stress during a busy week of fighting traffic and long work hours. Since I’m not a fan of stress I cook freezer meals regularly. Usually my Sunday cook-ups are enough to keep our freezer well stocked but if time permits, I’ll be moving to once-a-month-cooking soon!

Save money by cooking in bulk

The other purpose of  cooking freezer meals is to save money by buying ingredients in bulk. Time is also saved at the supermarket, as is the petrol getting there. If you get milk, bread, fresh vegetables, dairy products and toiletries delivered to your home via sites like Aussie Farmers Direct you can avoid shopping weekly altogether!
Finally – freezer meals are a healthier option. Cooking meals from scratch  because meals avoids purchasing convenience supermarket meals. You will also know what goes into every dish. You won’t have to read labels to figure out what you are actually eating.
Whether you are a lover of Apricot chicken, a good Bacon and Egg Pie or a Bacon and Mushroom Penne, you will find many great ideas using this cheat sheet.
Use it in conjunction with my Supermarket Chicken, Beef Mince and Sausages tips and you’ll be ready for some quick bulk-cooking adventures!


130+ easy cook-ahead dinners

  1. Apricot chicken
  2. Bacon and egg pie
  3. Bacon and leek soup
  4. Bacon and mushroom pasta
  5. Bacon and mushroom penne
  6. Bacon fritters
  7. Baked fish
  8. Baked honey ginger chicken
  9. Bean and barley soup
  10. Beef and cheese pie
  11. Beef and mushroom pie
  12. Beef and veggie pie
  13. Beef calzone
  14. Beef cannelloni
  15. Beef chow mein
  16. Beef crepes
  17. Beef crumble
  18. Beef curries
  19. Beef curry
  20. Beef in black bean sauce
  21. Beef lasagne
  22. Beef pasta bakes
  23. Beef pasties
  24. Beef patties
  25. Beef stews
  26. Beef stir-fries
  27. Beef stroganoff
  28. Beef wellington
  29. Butter chicken curry
  30. Chicken and BBQ pizza
  31. Chicken and corn soup
  32. Chicken mushroom casserole
  33. Chicken mushroom pasta
  34. Chicken tomato casserole
  35. Chicken vegetable casserole
  36. Chicken vegetable pie
  37. Chicken vegetable soup
  38. Chicken cacciatore
  39. Chicken chow mein
  40. Chicken curry soup
  41. Chicken fettuccine
  42. Chicken filo’s
  43. Chicken lasagne
  44. Chicken loaf
  45. Chicken parmigiana
  46. Chicken pie
  47. Chicken risotto
  48. Chicken soup
  49. Chicken spinach risotto
  50. Chicken stews
  51. Chicken strudel
  52. Chilli con carne
  53. Coq au vin
  54. Corn chowder
  55. Cornish pasties
  56. Cottage pie
  57. Creamy onion soup
  58. Creamy sausage pasta
  59. Curried sausages
  60. Devilled sausages
  61. Egg, bacon and potato bake
  62. Fish cakes
  63. Fish fingers
  64. Fish nuggets
  65. Fish pie
  66. Fish stew
  67. Hamburger patties
  68. Honey mustard casserole
  69. Lamb curry
  70. Lamb cutlets
  71. Lamb filo’s
  72. Lamb hot pot
  73. Lamb stew
  74. Lamb veggie casserole
  75. Lasagne
  76. Meat lover’s pizza
  77. Meat sauce variations
  78. Meatballs
  79. Meatloaf
  80. Mexican chicken
  81. Mince and cheese pie
  82. Mince filo recipes
  83. Minestrone soup
  84. Moussaka
  85. Mushroom soup
  86. Osso bucco
  87. Pea and ham soup
  88. Pork stew
  89. Pork stir-fry
  90. Potato and leek soup
  91. Potato chowder
  92. Pumpkin ravioli
  93. Pumpkin soup
  94. Quiche Lorraine
  95. Ratatouille
  96. Rissoles
  97. Roast beef dinner
  98. Rogan josh
  99. Salmon and dill linguine
  100. Samosas
  101. Satay beef on rice
  102. Satay chicken
  103. Sausage and veggie pasta
  104. Sausage cannelloni
  105. Sausage rolls
  106. Sausage tomato bake
  107. Sausage, egg and veggie slice
  108. Seafood pizza
  109. Spaghetti bolognese
  110. Spinach and ricotta cannelloni
  111. Spinach and ricotta ravioli
  112. Spring rolls
  113. Steak and cheese pie
  114. Sun-dried tomato chicken pasta
  115. Sweet and sour pork
  116. Taco beef
  117. Thai green chicken curry
  118. Thai red chicken curry
  119. Tomato soup
  120. Tuna Mornay
  121. Tuna pasta bake
  122. Tuscan casserole
  123. Veal casserole
  124. Veal cordon bleu
  125. Veal ragout
  126. Vegetable casserole
  127. Vegetable lasagne
  128. Vegetable soups
  129. Vegetarian filo’s
  130. Vegetarian pizza
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If you are looking for recipes for chicken, look no further than this extensive list of 100 ideas for whipping up meals with a supermarket roast chicken. If you are a ready-cooked chicken afficiando, then your time at the chicken stand at Coles or Safeway will be well spent with this list!
Using this list you could grab a chook or three each week and deliver meals to the table quick smart! You can even cool the bird down, shed it up and then bag your chicken meat for freezing. These freezer stashes of chicken are really convenient for whipping up quick pastas and salads throughout the week for lunches.
I figure, if you are going to fight a parking lot after work to capture one of these hot looking chooks, you better make it worth your while in terms of convenience and savings!
The key with the bird (and getting recipes for chicken out of it) is to make the chicken stretch as far as you can. Also pick the meat off these chooks in a one-off bulk action. I do recommend buying two or even three at once!  If you are going to stand in your kitchen with a bowl and your hands full of chicken fat, you may as well do it once and do it well!
Note: Be sure to let the chicken cool to room temperature before putting it in the fridge or freezer. Also, try to whip the meals up while the chicken is still hot.

Ready roast chicken is convenient!

These highly convenient BBQ birds are good for many things including:

  • Making chicken salads on the fly
  • Adding to instant noodles with frozen veg for quick kids meals
  • Making delicious chicken sandwiches
  • Putting in a pita and making up a wrap
  • Throwing into a ready-mix sauce for a quick meal (E.g Butter chicken curry)
  • Making pizzas. Add BBQ sauce for a delicious one!
  • Make crepes and add the chicken in a cheesy sauce
  • Making up quick pastas

100 dinner ideas for a supermarket roast chicken

Here’s my big list of 100 ways with a supermarket roast chicken. You’ll never run out of ways to use up your chook with this list! Be sure to add your comments and add your delicious ideas to this growing list!

  1. Apricot chicken
  2. Asian chicken lettuce cups
  3. Baked creamy chicken spaghetti
  4. BBQ chicken pizza
  5. Butter chicken curry
  6. Cashew chicken salad
  7. Chicken and asparagus filo’s
  8. Chicken and avocado wraps
  9. Chicken baked potatoes
  10. Chicken BBQ pizza
  11. Chicken and chips
  12. Chicken and coleslaw pitas
  13. Chicken coleslaw salad
  14. Chicken corn soup
  15. Chicken feta parcels
  16. Chicken and leek frittata
  17. Chicken and lettuce wraps
  18. Chicken mushroom casserole
  19. Chicken mushroom pasta
  20. Chicken and spinach calzone
  21. Chicken stuffing sandwiches
  22. Chicken tomato casserole
  23. Chicken Turkish bread subs
  24. Chicken vegetable casserole
  25. Chicken vegetable pie
  26. Chicken vegetable soup
  27. Chicken vegetable noodles
  28. Chicken asparagus bake
  29. Chicken avocado salad
  30. Chicken balls
  31. Chicken BLT add avocado
  32. Chicken broccoli fettuccine
  33. Chicken burgers
  34. Chicken burritos
  35. Chicken Caesar salad
  36. Chicken cashew salad
  37. Chicken chow mein
  38. Chicken chowder
  39. Chicken couscous salad
  40. Chicken curry
  41. Chicken curry soup
  42. Chicken enchiladas
  43. Chicken fettuccine
  44. Chicken filo pastries
  45. Chicken for sandwiches
  46. Chicken fried rice
  47. Chicken fritters
  48. Chicken in white wine sauce
  49. Chicken Korma
  50. Chicken lasagna
  51. Chicken macaroni cheese
  52. Chicken mushroom penne
  53. Chicken mushroom risotto
  54. Chicken nachos
  55. Chicken noodle salad
  56. Chicken noodle soup
  57. Chicken pasta in white sauce
  58. Chicken pasta salad
  59. Chicken pasties
  60. Chicken pie
  61. Chicken pitas
  62. Chicken potato bake
  63. Chicken potato croquettes
  64. Chicken quesadillas
  65. Chicken quiche
  66. Chicken ramen noodle soup
  67. Chicken rice casserole
  68. Chicken risotto
  69. Chicken salad kebabs
  70. Chicken salad variations
  71. Chicken soup variations
  72. Chicken spinach risotto
  73. Chicken spring rolls
  74. Chicken stews
  75. Chicken stir-fries
  76. Chicken stock
  77. Chicken strudel
  78. Chicken tacos
  79. Chicken veggie potato bake
  80. Chicken with coleslaw
  81. Chicken with mash and peas
  82. Chicken with potato salad
  83. Chicken wonton
  84. Creamy chicken crepes
  85. Green Thai chicken curry
  86. Honey ginger chicken on noodles
  87. Honey mustard chicken bake
  88. Honey soy chicken stir-fry
  89. Mexican chicken bake
  90. Pesto chicken pasta
  91. Pesto chicken sandwich
  92. Quick chicken lasagna
  93. Quick chicken pasta in passata
  94. Quick crumbed chicken strips
  95. Roast chicken dinner
  96. Satay chicken on rice
  97. Sesame chicken stir-fry
  98. Sweet and sour chicken on rice
  99. Toasted open chicken sandwiches
  100. Toasted sandwiches with tomato
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Recipes for kids are a test in terms of leveraging what the rest of the family is eating and the grocery budget. Despite constant effort to get the kids eating the healthiest food possible, my kids are naturally fussy eaters. I wish I’d taken more photos of those horrified-I-hate-veggies moments with my kids. Those looks when presented with a Broccoli floret or tomato for the first time are priceless. I’d have an album of some really scared looking little children and some really good-looking vegetables.

Recipes for kids | Help them eat ‘their trees’

These days my kids don’t mind eating what they term ‘the trees.’ But after years of being sneaky with it, I can’t help but create recipes for kids that include hidden ingredients. My grater is still my best friend and I’m still grating all kinds of goodness into meals I deliver to the table. My other best friend in the kitchen is my blender. You can blend up cooked fruit and veggies and throw your mix into a variety of oven-baked or stove top dishes.
Let’s take my love for a great Spaghetti Bolognese. I’ll grate all kinds of veggies into my Spag bol including courgette, capsicum, mushroom and broccoli. I’ll also add a can of drained and washed lentils. No one in the family has ever figured out why the texture of my Spag Bol is so delicious. They are too dazzled by the grated cheese or the fancy spirals I picked for the pasta.
“Catch me if you can kids!”
You can get so sneaky with recipes for kids, while you save money on food, with a little practice. You can hide soft grated veggies under cheese in a baked potato with a little tuna. You can purée fruit and add it to biscuits or muffins. You can bake dishes like Zucchini bread or grate broccoli and put it into meals.
Did you know that the humble grater was invented way back in the 1540s by a French gentleman called François Boullier? Nice one Francois. The world is grateful! (Sorry – couldn’t resist that little pun.) But the trivia doesn’t stop there! You can also make music with a grater! In Jamaica, the grater (used for grating coconuts) is a traditional musical instrument!
As for the Blender, a Polish-Amercian guy called Stephen Poplawski patented this invention in 1922. Nice one Steve! We are all blender-happy and healthier because of your good work. So thanks.
If you want to get sneaky with it, and deliver fruit and vegetables to fussy eaters without any fuss at all, check out the following cheat sheet. It’s sneaky, it’s cheeky and it will really make you feel like you have the upper hand again! Keep this list handy in the kitchen the next time you see your toddler turn their nose up during a cooking session or when your eight-almost-nine tells you that carrots are for nerds.
They’ll never know. You’ll be chuffed. Nice one mum. Good one Dad!
Keep this list handy while meal planning and cooking for the kids. We are adding to this list regularly


50 ways to hide fruit and veg in food

Baked potato

Chop soft veggies finely and add under melted cheese on a baked potato.

Biscuits

Puree fruit and add to biscuits.

Biscuits and bread

Add veggies to cakes, biscuits and sweets. E.g. Zucchini bread.

Broccoli

Chop fine and added to dishes.

Brownies

Make beetroot brownies.

Cake

Make a carrot and zucchini cake.

Carrot

Grate and mix into sauce with a pasta.

Carrot cake

Add extra veggies like grated broccoli.

Carrot muffins

Add grated carrot to a savoury muffin.

Casseroles

Add pureed to a casserole.

Cheese

Add grated cheese on top of vegetables to make them tastier.

Chili con carne

Add spinach, grated carrots and peas to a mild chili con carne.

Chips

Make baked veggie chips from kumara, carrot and potato.

Dips

Investigate delicious dips made from veggies and add crackers.

Fried rice

Finely chop veggies and add them to fried rice.

Fritters

Grated and pureed veggies in fritters – fried or baked.

Fruit muffins

Add pureed fruit to sweet muffins.

Fruit pancakes

Add grated or pureed fruit to pancake mix.

Fruit smoothie

Fruit smoothies are great way to hide fruit for fussy kids.

Grate veggies

Grate veggies like carrots, lettuce, cabbage, capsicum, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, sweet potato and zucchini.

Ice blocks

Puree fruit and make into ice blocks in the summer.

Juices

Add carrot to apple juice.

Kebabs

Make mini meatballs with grated veggies and put them on skewers. Add dipping sauce.

Lasagna

Finely chop and grate veggies in lasagna.

Macaroni cheese

Puree sweet potato and carrots. Make a colourful macaroni and cheese dish!

Mashed potato

Add carrot to mash

Mashed potato

Add cauliflower to mash.

Mashed potato

Add pumpkin to mash.

Mashed potato

Add peas to mash.

Meat sauce

Puree or grate veggies and add to meat sauce.

Meatloaf

Grate veggies and mix in.

Noodles

Grate veggies, mix with tuna in noodles.

Nuggets

Learn how to make veggie nuggets.

Olives

Chop and fold into pizza dough.

Pasta

Add grated veggies to any pasta dish.

Pasta sauce

Puree veggies and add to pasta sauces.

Patties

Grate veggies and mix with tuna

Pies

Add veggies to mince and make pies.

Pizza

Finely chop veggies and hide under cheese.

Quiche

Puree them and add to a quiche.

Rissoles

Puree cooked veggies and add to rissole recipes.

Sausage Rolls

Grate up or puree veggies and add to sausage mince for sausage rolls.

Soup

Blend up a variety of cooked veggies in a soup.

Spinach

Frozen spinach can be added to lots of dishes e.g. Mash, pasta etc.

Stews

Add pureed veggies to a stew.

Tomato muffins

Tomato and spinach muffins.

Underneath

Try hiding veggies under other layers. E.g. In Lasagna.

Veggie pancakes

Add grated or pureed veggies to pancake mix.

Wraps

Wrap veggies up in heated tortillas with cheese and mild salsa.

Zucchini muffins

Add grated zucchini to a savoury muffin.


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Looking for hot cooking tips, which will put extra $20 notes in your wallet and give you time to read a novel or take up an evening belly-dancing class?
Whether you love a perfectly sliced piece of cheese or a fat hit of fish and chips on a Friday night, these tips will curl your lips faster than any fast-cooking French Fry.
In my house, no-one has noticed the lentils in the Spag Bol. In fact, my ‘bulked-up’ version of this delicious tradition has only received grunts of approval, as my hubby and little ones wipe the grease from their lips and crunch into their garlic bread.
Don’t burn hard-earned cash on the stovetop. Add these secret money-saving cooking tips to your collection and make room for more savings!

Cooking tips | Love your freezer

Cheese slicer

Invest in a cheese slicer. Kids will think your cheese slices are the real deal! Plus you will save big dollars by not buying processed cheese slices.

Chest freezer

Invest in a chest freezer. Buy meat in bulk from discount suppliers, cook in bulk and also avoid random trips to the shops where you are open to purchasing smaller and more expensive cuts of meat in a hurry.

Slow cookers

Slow cookers are a must-have for saving time and money in the kitchen. Cook several bulk slow cooked meals each week, add leftovers meals to your freezer, and use extra portions for lunches. These also allow you to buy lower quality meat which you can produce great tasting and tender meals with.

Bulk-buy cling wrap

Purchase cling wrap in bulk. Buy the biggest cling wrap you can find. Now place it on the bench in front of the bread board for easy use throughout the week.

Cooking tips | Bulk is beautiful

Bulk it up

Try bulking up a casserole with a can of chickpeas, lentils or barley. Housemates, partners and children really do not notice!

Bulk a meal up with carbs

You can stretch out stews and meat dishes further by adding potato and rice to the meal.

Keep it simple

Eat simple food and cook simple recipes. Bring things back to simple. Avoid gourmet recipes and watch your savings grow!

Sunday roast

Cook a Sunday roast and use leftovers for lunches. Avoid expensive deli meats and enjoy delicious tasty sandwiches.

Cooking tips | Go homemade

Make it from scratch

Cook it fresh. Packaged and processed meals cost more. This way you will also be able to control sugar, salt and preservative content in your diet.

Reuse leftovers

Mince up vegetable leftovers into muffin batches for kids’ lunches.

Learn to cook

If you can’t cook, learning to cook is singularly one of the best actions you can take towards reducing grocery spend. Cooking meals from scratch saves much money because you can use fresh instead of processed ingredients. Learn to cook by video. Use YouTube’s extensive library of visual cooking lessons. Share your finds with other Frugal Foodies in the Savings Room or invest in a basic and functional cookbook like Table Tucker.

Leftovers as lunch

Always make extra and take the leftovers for lunch. Again, avoid buying expensive deli meats.

Bulk it up

Add lentils to meat patties to make them go further. Freeze extra patties. Bulk up meat sauce with red kidney beans or lentils. Stretch a meal. Stretch a dollar!

Older fruit

If fruit is getting old don’t waste it. Turn it into a smoothie!

Package it yourself

Package your own food. For example, make or buy a large cake and cut it up into pieces. Freeze it for kids’ lunches or treats.

Make it yourself

Always ask. Can I make this myself? If you have the time you can save big money over time with this one single action. You are in the kitchen anyway right? Try to multitask as much as possible to save money over time.

Recycle packaging always

Find ways to reuse packaging instead of buying bags.

Cereal boxes

Reuse the bottoms of food boxes to use as dividers in the pantry or in bedroom drawers.

Baby food

Save on baby food by turning your leftovers into baby food.

Cook extra

Regularly cook extra to always have a stock of frozen meals on hand. Avoid buying takeaways when you do not feel like cooking.

Deep fryer

Fish and chips are becoming increasingly expensive. Invest in a deep-fryer and make fish and chips at home yourself. Keep a stock of battered fish and chips in the fridge for those ‘we want takeaway’ moments.


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Looking for hot cooking tips, which will put extra $20 notes in your wallet and give you time to read a novel or take up an evening belly-dancing class?
Whether you love a perfectly sliced piece of cheese or a fat hit of fish and chips on a Friday night, these tips will curl your lips faster than any fast-cooking French Fry.
In my house, no-one has noticed the lentils in the Spag Bol. In fact, my ‘bulked-up’ version of this delicious tradition has only received grunts of approval, as my hubby and little ones wipe the grease from their lips and crunch into their garlic bread.
Don’t burn hard-earned cash on the stovetop. Add these secret money-saving cooking tips to your collection and make room for more savings!

Cooking tips | Love your freezer

Cheese slicer

Invest in a cheese slicer. Kids will think your cheese slices are the real deal! Plus you will save big dollars by not buying processed cheese slices.

Chest freezer

Invest in a chest freezer. Buy meat in bulk from discount suppliers, cook in bulk and also avoid random trips to the shops where you are open to purchasing smaller and more expensive cuts of meat in a hurry.

Slow cookers

Slow cookers are a must-have for saving time and money in the kitchen. Cook several bulk slow cooked meals each week, add leftovers meals to your freezer, and use extra portions for lunches. These also allow you to buy lower quality meat which you can produce great tasting and tender meals with.

Bulk-buy cling wrap

Purchase cling wrap in bulk. Buy the biggest cling wrap you can find. Now place it on the bench in front of the bread board for easy use throughout the week.

Cooking tips | Bulk is beautiful

Bulk it up

Try bulking up a casserole with a can of chickpeas, lentils or barley. Housemates, partners and children really do not notice!

Bulk a meal up with carbs

You can stretch out stews and meat dishes further by adding potato and rice to the meal.

Keep it simple

Eat simple food and cook simple recipes. Bring things back to simple. Avoid gourmet recipes and watch your savings grow!

Sunday roast

Cook a Sunday roast and use leftovers for lunches. Avoid expensive deli meats and enjoy delicious tasty sandwiches.

Cooking tips | Go homemade

Make it from scratch

Cook it fresh. Packaged and processed meals cost more. This way you will also be able to control sugar, salt and preservative content in your diet.

Reuse leftovers

Mince up vegetable leftovers into muffin batches for kids’ lunches.

Learn to cook

If you can’t cook, learning to cook is singularly one of the best actions you can take towards reducing grocery spend. Cooking meals from scratch saves much money because you can use fresh instead of processed ingredients. Learn to cook by video. Use YouTube’s extensive library of visual cooking lessons. Share your finds with other Frugal Foodies in the Savings Room or invest in a basic and functional cookbook like Table Tucker.

Leftovers as lunch

Always make extra and take the leftovers for lunch. Again, avoid buying expensive deli meats.

Bulk it up

Add lentils to meat patties to make them go further. Freeze extra patties. Bulk up meat sauce with red kidney beans or lentils. Stretch a meal. Stretch a dollar!

Older fruit

If fruit is getting old don’t waste it. Turn it into a smoothie!

Package it yourself

Package your own food. For example, make or buy a large cake and cut it up into pieces. Freeze it for kids’ lunches or t