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Cooking on a budget

Top Tips


1. Embrace meal planning

Planning meals and snacks ahead is essential. You'll create a more focused shopping list and end up with less waste. If you're on a very low budget join a Facebook group devoted to a food budget of just £1 or 50p a day.

2. Use budget recipes

Use online resources like Cooking on a Bootstrap or Feed your family for £20 to find budget friendly recipes.


3. Cook in bulk

Cook once, eat twice. Either eat the leftovers the following day, or freeze for an easy meal another time.

4. Use a slow cooker

Slow cookers are great at maximizing flavour and getting the best out of cheaper cuts of meat. Prep at breakfast time and come home to a delicious meal.

5. Substitute ingredients

Don't buy special ingredients for a meal - use something similar you already have in the cupboard.

6. Check your fridge

Use up fresh food first to stop it going to waste. Use a site like Supercook to see what you could make with the food you already have.

25 skills every cook should know

Want to brush up your kitchen skills? BBC good food have created video guides covering all the basic skills you need.

Family Meals on a Shoestring

New course starting in Market Drayton 22nd May

Free for people on a low income 


Over 600 budget friendly recipes - all based on a weekly budget of £20

Feed your family for £20 a week?

Apple Pie

Use up the ingredients in your fridge. Enter the food you have at Supercook to find a recipe

Recipe generator


Need some inspiration? Thrifty Lesley has meal plans for different sized families - all based on spending £1 day per person 

Meal Planning


Living on a really low food budget?  Supportive Facebook group with meal plans based on less than 50p a day  

Less than 50p a day?

Eggs in Bowl

A daily food budget of less than £1? Join this supportive Facebook group which is full of budgeting and recipe ideas

Less than £1 a day?


Jack Monroe shares 700 low budget recipes including  her famous 9p carrot, cumin & kidney bean burger

Cooking on a bootstrap

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