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Published June 10th 2011
If you're trying to save a bit of cash, or just want to be a little more mindful of where your money is going, check out these thrifty tips to get your started.
Even if you only follow one or two of them, you may find yourself with more time on your hands through the week, eating more healthy foods, and maybe even with some more money in your wallet.
1. If you don't already, plan your meals for the week. It saves you money, time and stress. Try to mix it up so you have chicken, fish, beef, a soup, and a vegetarian option. You can simply plan for 5 meals and then decide later which days you will eat them.
2. See what vegetables are on special at the market, and make soup from them. Cauliflower soup doesn't sound very appealing but it's actually delicious – and simple.
3. Buy your favourite meat whenever you see it on sale, freeze it, and use it to plan your meals for the following week.
4. Try not to shop when hungry. This avoids you coming home with ice cream, lime jelly, chips, lemonade, and nothing for dinner.
5. Try not to buy too much food that has had work done to it. Buying pre-cut mushrooms may save you time in the kitchen but you are paying quite a premium for the pleasure.
At the moment I'm enduring my 'debt demolition' plan ...that is, I've budgeted everything down to the nth degree and am allowing myself $50AUD a fortnight to buy food etc. I love to cook and be creative, so this doubles as a method for getting stuff gathering dust in my cupboard used.
Point 2 ...I made that just two nights ago for the first time! I'd picked up a whole cauliflower for 80c at the market, added a couple of things (including potato, onion, cheese, spinach etc) and got 6 servings for just under $1 each! :)
By spbeef - reader Thursday, 23rd of June @ 03:00 am
Adding a cooked mashed cauliflower to a can of mushroom, celery, or asparagus soup is a yummy quick alternative too
By rampa - reader Wednesday, 20th of July @ 04:04 am
Ooh that sounds good, might have to try it
By Lee Price - senior reviewer Wednesday, 27th of July @ 12:13 am