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Cooking on a budget

Budget recipes

Check out our budget recipes!

Top tips for cooking on a budget

  • Plan Ahead! Planning meals before you go shopping avoids impulse purchases
  • Love your leftovers! Can you re use them? Freeze them? Eat them for lunch the next day?
  • Using a slow cooker is a great way to have a hot meal on the table when you walk through the door and you can use cheaper cuts of meat
  • Check your fridge freezer and cupboards so you're not buying things you already have
  • Check use by dates and eat items that are due to run out first reducing waste
  • Know your portion sizes - measure rice, pasta etc so you don't cook too much
  • Vegetables cost less than meat, so save your pennies and cook veggie dishes  

Be a savvy shopper

  • Don't shop on an empty stomach! You'll end up spending more and buying things you want, rather than need
  • Be wise to supermarket tricks - they'll try entice you to buy more by placing expensive items at eye level and cheaper items below
  • Shop local - often local shops and markets can be cheaper than bigger supermarkets
  • Use vouchers - collect money off coupons and use any loyalty card discounts

Be healthy

  • Grow your own - a great cheap alternative and gets the whole family involved. Grow vegetables in tubs in gardens or balconies. Contact Salford Council to see if they have any spare allotments plots
  • Add pulses to dishes - make your meat stretch further by adding healthy beans, pulses and lentils
  • Use seasonal fruit and veg -  prices will be lower - and it tastes better!
  • Cut down on saturated fat - too much raises the amount of cholesterol in the blood, increasing the risk of developing heart disease
  • …and sugar and salt - too much sugar can lead to weight gain and cause tooth decay. Too much salt can raise blood pressure
  • Be more active - introduce activity in your day-to-day life for example getting off the bus one stop early
  • Drink plenty of water - aim for six to eight glasses of water (or other fluids) a day to prevent dehydration
  • Avoid soft and fizzy drinks that are high in added sugars!
  • Don't skip breakfast - a healthy breakfast (such as porridge or wholemeal cereal) is an important part of a balanced diet