Budget budget budget! Setting a budget's so important we wrote it three times.
If you work out how much you want to spend every week and stick
to it you can save a little fortune by the end of the year.
Good ways to make sure you stick to it are taking your budget in
cash to the supermarket or counting up your costs on a calculator
as you shop. Maybe use the calculator on your cell phone
Make a weekly meal plan
Spontaneity is for suckers. Plan your meals before you go
shopping and then just buy what you need and you'll be sure to
save. There are heaps of great meals you can make on the cheap too.
Like spaghetti bolognaise, shepherds pie, lasagna. Plus some meals
that aren't made of mince too.
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bunch of deliciously thrifty dinners.
Don't eat your groceries
Well not immediately. Make sure you eat before you go to the
supermarket or you'll end up with a trolley full of what you feel
like, not what you need. And while that's great for snacking on,
there's only so much you can do with corn chips, biscuits, gherkins
and wine gums for dinner.
Stretch your spaghetti
Not literally. Budgetally.
When you're cooking dinner, make a little extra for the next day's
lunch. Say if Spaghetti Bolognese is on the menu one night, add an
extra handful of pasta to the pot and put a little mince aside to
be reheated the next day. And voila! Spaghetti bol-amaze.
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Bulk up a bit
Not you personally, you look great. Bulk buy. Sometimes buying
staple food items like flour, sugar, rice and pasta works out to be
much cheaper when you buy big. Think of it as a long-term
investment. Or maybe a short time food supply. It really depends
how many mouths you have to feed.
Give your leftovers a do-over
Give your leftovers a second chance by making them into a whole
new meal for the next day. You can mix those extra veggies no one
wanted with some pasta and sauce, bake them into a quiche or turn
them into meat surprise casserole. There's no meat in it, that's
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Eat then shop, don't shop then eat
On our shopping day we always eat before we shop (i.e. after a
meal). This always helps us to not buy on impulse or because we are
hungry at the time, or over-buying on products we didn't really
need. PAK'nSAVE closes late so we have plenty of time to eat and