Can you have a healthy diet and still save money? Experts have a few simple tips to help you do just that.
* Draw up a weekly meal plan, incorporating ingredients you already have, write a shopping list and stick to it.
* Be strict about buying only what you'll actually eat.
* Frozen fruit and vegetables are underrated. They come pre-chopped and ready to use, are just as good for you and are often cheaper than fresh varieties.
*Trade down.You could cut 30pc off your shopping bill by buying cheaper brands than you normally do.
* Meat and fish can be the expensive food ingredients on a shopping list. How about adding vegetables to meat dishes such as casseroles to make your meals go further? Or try a few vegetarian meals during the week to keep costs down? .
* Cook with pulses such as beans, lentils and peas, they are some of the cheapest foods on the supermarket shelf.
* Know what's in your kitchen store cupboard, fridge and freezer. You may find you've got enough ingredients to make a meal.
* If you're prepared to take a little more time with your cooking, buying cheaper cuts of meat is a great way to save. Choosing a cheaper cut of meat, such as braising steak, shin or shoulder, doesn't mean missing out on a tasty meal. Slow cooking gradually breaks down the fibres in cheaper cuts.
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