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Living On The Breadline - top tips for eating well on a budget

October 7, 2020

Living on the breadline is an annual campaign to raise awareness of what it is like to be hungry in Britain on a low income. For one week, we lived on a budget of £14.70 for all food and drink to see if we could still have a nutritious and healthy diet.

Top tips for eating well on a budget.

  1. Make a list! This will ensure you only buy what you need and avoid shopping on an empty stomach, which will most likely make you want to buy more.
  2. Special offers or yellow sticker deals are not always the cheaper option, so compare if you can!
  3. Buying fruit and veg in season will be less expensive, and there will be a lot more choice.
  4. Take a pack lunch to work to avoid the expensive lunchtime offers.
  5. To reduce food waste, make sure you keep leftovers for the next day or freeze them for another time.
  6. Soup is a great way to use up those old vegetables in the fridge or cupboard.
  7. Look out for own-brand foods. The quality and taste are just as good, but they are a lot cheaper.
  8. Meat can be expensive, so why not try swapping it with lentils, beans or pulses instead.
  9. Buying a whole chicken and roasting it will keep you going all week if you want to have meat in your diet.
  10. Cooking from scratch is always the cheaper and healthier option. Try to avoid those takeaway prices if you can.

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