Written by James Morris Personal Trainer
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 1.6% in the year to December 2016, compared with a 1.2% rise in the year to November. (sager. 2017) The main contributor to this, was the increase in the price of food.
Ten money saving tips: (BDA. 2016.)
- Plan ahead, write a shopping list and avoid impulse purchases.
- Cut food waste by eating leftovers from your evening meal for lunch or freezing for the following week.
- Look out for weekly fruit and vegetable deals at superstores, markets and local shops.
- Cut your meat – swap for pulses (beans, lentils and peas) and vegetables for example when making spaghetti Bolognese, replace the mince with tinned chickpeas, lentils or kidneys beans and add frozen vegetables.
- Use leftover vegetables from your evening meal to make soup for lunch the next day – simply pop in a pan with a stock-cube, cover with water and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes, then blend or eat it chunky with some wholemeal or seeded bread.
- Try superstore value brands, which often taste just as good for a lower price.
- Try tinned or frozen fruit and vegetables – buy fruit in natural juices/water instead of in syrup when you can, to avoid extra calories from the added sugar.
- Rely less upon ‘ready’ or manufactured food like takeaways or processed meats and cook from scratch. Look at the resource list (turn over) for where to nd easy, healthy low-cost recipes.
- Ask members of staff at local supermarkets for fresh food reduction times to grab a bargain. Use within date or freeze for later.
- Buy some dried herbs and spices, for example chilli powder, paprika and mixed Italian herbs – they are not expensive and they add great avour to simple homemade dishes.
Making the simple changes will help you to save money, eat well and contribute towards a balanced diet and lifestyle.
Book in a complimentary personal training appointment with James today at www.jamesmorrispt.co.uk for help achieving your health and body composition goals.
sager. 2017. UK consumer price inflation – Office for National Statistics. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/bulletins/consumerpriceinflation/dec2016. [Accessed 31 January 2017].
The British Dietetic Association (BDA). 2016. Eat well, spend less. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/PackedLunches.pdf. [Accessed 31 January 2017].
Last Updated: 31th January 2017. Intended for information only. It is not a substitute for proper medical diagnosis or dietary advice given by a dietitian. If you need to see a dietitian, visit your GP for a referral.