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Frugal Feasts: Eating Well on a Budget in the New Year

G’day, savvy shoppers!

With the New Year here, it’s the perfect time to revisit our spending habits, especially regarding food. Eating well doesn’t mean you have to overspend. Here are some ways to keep your meals healthy, delicious, and affordable:

1. Plan Your Meals

Planning your weekly meals can help you avoid buying unnecessary ingredients and reduce food waste. Plus, it saves you the stress of figuring out what to cook daily.

2. Shop Seasonally

Fresh produce that’s in season is generally cheaper and tastier. In Australia, summer is a great time for fruits like mangos, berries, avocados and vegetables like zucchini, sweet corn, and tomatoes.

3. Buy in Bulk

Purchasing food items in bulk, such as grains, pulses, and frozen vegetables, can save money in the long run. Just make sure to store them properly to maintain their quality.

4. Cook at Home

While dining out or getting takeaways can be convenient, it’s usually more expensive than cooking at home. Plus, preparing your meals allows you to control the ingredients and portion sizes.

5. Make the Most of Leftovers

Turn leftovers into another meal instead of throwing them out. For instance, leftover roast vegetables can be turned into a hearty frittata or a refreshing salad.

6. Grow Your Herbs

Herbs can be expensive, but they’re easy and cheap to grow, even if you only have a windowsill. Plus, freshly picked herbs can elevate a dish.

Budgeting for food is all about making smart decisions and balancing health, taste, and cost. It’s not only your wallet that will thank you but your body too!

Join us next time when we’ll share tips for finding the best deals during the post-holiday sales.

Frugal feasts!