Cooking on a budget
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
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.
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