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  • CHANGE YOUR MIND AT THE CHECKOUT


    It's ok to change your mind. Just before you get to the checkout have a quick look in your trolley and take out one item - the one you don’t really need.



  • CHEAPER MEALS


    Mince meat can be mixed with sausage mince to reduce costs.



  • CHEESE SAUCE


    Try making your own cheese sauce, it’s a lot cheaper than buying a packet mix from the supermarket.
    Discover how easy it is to make cheese sauce at home.
    RECIPE 



  • COMMUNITY GARDEN


    Join a community garden. If you love gardening but don’t have any space at your house to plant one, a community garden is a fantastic way to grow your own produce in the company of other enthusiastic gardeners. Community gardens create great social spaces to make new friends who share similar interests and also provide a relaxing space to go when you need to escape the house.



  • COMPARE PRICES


    Shop around and compare prices. Check out the supermarkets known to be cheapest and see what they have. Don’t necessarily ignore generic brands especially for staple pantry items like flour, pasta and rice. Sometimes the only difference from the more expensive brands is the packaging.



  • DO IT YOURSELF GARDENS


    Contact your local sustainability or garden groups. There are many different community based groups that offer advice or classes in sustainability and setting up your own DIY Garden. Look for special interest groups including horticulture societies and plant enthusiasts in your community for DIY advice.



  • EASY VEGETABLE RECIPES


    Look for easy recipes that include vegetables. Meals that can be prepared in large quantities are great ways to include vegetables in your diet. Homemade soups, stews and pasta sauces are great ways to provide healthy, nutritious dinners to the family.

    Make double quantities of foods that can be frozen so you will have some ready made meals for those times when the budget is tight.



  • EFFICIENT MICROWAVE COOKING


    Use less energy by covering foods in cling film or put them in microwave safe containers to hold in the moisture and speed up the cooking process.



  • EGGS


    Consider using eggs as a main meal. Eggs can be used to create a variety of dishes eg. Quiche, Zucchini slice or Omelettes.
    EASY ZUCHINI SLICE
    RECIPE



  • EMOTIONAL SHOPPING


    Try not to go shopping when you are sad, angry or depressed. You are much more likely to buy things that you wouldn’t normally buy to make yourself feel better. It may feel good for a little while but chances are once you see how much money those extra ‘feel good’ items cost, you will be back where you started.



  • EVEN MICROWAVE COOKING


    Arrange food in the microwave towards the outside edges leaving the centre empty. This allows the microwaves to cook the food from the centre as well as the outside.



  • FOOD GARDENS


    Head to the local library to research food gardens. Libraries are a great place to find books and information about almost everything to do with gardening so start researching how to set up your own food garden at your community library.

    Book fairs and op shops are also great places to find books on gardening at great prices.



  • FRUIT AND VEGETABLES


    Always try to buy fruit and vegetables that are in season to keep costs down. Include a range of fresh fruit and vegetables into your weekly meal plans and check out your local Farmer's Markets or Fruit and Vegetable shops to include a range of fresh fruit and vegetables into your weekly meal plans.

    Farmers markets are a great place to meet growers in person and are often a good source of low cost fruit and vegetables.Many smaller green grocers will have stock that is discounted or that you can buy in bulk quantities.



  • HUNGRY SHOPPING


    Eat before you go supermarket shopping. Walking around the supermarket feeling even a little bit peckish will almost always result in impulse buying. That tub of extremely expensive ice-cream, that block of chocolate or that packet of chips seems exactly what you need most when you get home but don’t be fooled - it’s just because you are hungry and looking for a quick snack.



  • KIDS IN THE SUPERMARKET


    Some children are great helpers when you go shopping and if you have the time to plan, a trip to the supermarket can be really fun while they try to find items on the shopping list for you.

    If you have older children or if they are much more interested in the latest brand of sugary cereal, it might be a good idea to send them to a friend’s house or to leave them at home if possible. That way you will avoid any confronting situations or embarrassing tantrums.



  • LARGE OR GROWING FAMILIES


    Add rice, pasta or mixed vegetables to meals for large or hungry families.



  • MAKE A SHOPPING LIST


    Make a shopping list and stick to it as much as possible. Shopping without a list can be devastating to a budget especially when there are so many other temptations in the supermarket aisles. Always make a list before you go to the supermarket and remember to take it with you.



  • MAKE YOUR OWN SNACKS


    Processed & snack foods are expensive especially if they are lunch box treats. Making your own muesli bars and baked snacks is a cost effective option and surprisingly easy to do.
    Try making this delicious pecan slice at home.
    RECIPE 



  • MEAL VARIETY


    Use basic recipes that can be used for a variety of meals.

    A basic tomato sauce is a great idea as it can be used with pasta or added to soups or stews.

    RECIPE 



  • MICROWAVE COOKING TIME


    Allow some standing time once the microwave has finished the cycle, especially if you are cooking roasts or baked products.



  • POTATOES


    Use potatoes as a main meal and just add different toppings like baked beans, coleslaw, tuna & sweet corn, cheese etc. or get the family to invent some great new baked potato ideas.

    RECIPE 

     



  • PRODUCT SPECIALS


    Product specials are not always what they seem. Only buy specials provided you can use them within the use by date or if they will be useful in the long term. While it may seem like you are getting a great bargain at the time, you are ultimately spending more money at the checkout.



  • SEASONAL FRUIT SNACKS


    Don’t forget to pack some fresh fruit in everybody’s lunch box before heading to school or work for the day. Dried fruit is an excellent alternative and also makes a fantastic snack before dinner time.



  • SIMPLE DESSERTS


    Desserts such as bread and butter pudding are cheap to make and still have some nutritional value.

    Learn how to make your own bread and butter pudding at home.

    RECIPE 



  • SOUP AND BREAD


    Soup & bread make a very nutritious meal and is easy to prepare.



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