Plan your meals. Check your recipes to see what you need to get.

  • Write your shopping list to avoid waste and return tips. Stick to it!
  • Don’t go shopping hungry. Don’t fall for the fancy packaging!! Have something to eat before you go
  • Check the ticket prices per 100g gram. That way you will find out which is the cheaper brand
  • Go to the farmers markets for your fruit and veg. Usually cheaper than the stores and your helping support your local farmer
  • If you have to try to limit takeaway food as these are more expensive than their homemade options and less likely to be as nutritious.


  • Less expensive cuts of meat such as lean gravy beef or chuck steak are good for curries, stews and casseroles.
  • Reduce the amount of meat needed in stews, casseroles and curries by bulking up with legumes such as lentils, beans and extra veg.
  • Try having a couple of meat free dinners per week. Try alternating with legumes, eggs, cheese dishes.
  • Tinned fish is nutritious and relatively cheap.
  • Chicken drumsticks, wings or thigh fillets are cheaper than breast and can be made into delicious meals
  • Check your supermarket catalogues for weekly specials

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Buy in season fruit and veg, will be cheaper as more abundant and less food travel miles
  • Frozen and canned veg are a cheap and nutritious alternative for out of season fruit and veg
  • Food Co-Ops may be a cheaper alternative for fruit and veg.   Check with your local council
  • Get together with some family or friends and buy bulk fruit and veg to divide between you and reduce the cost


Other Foods

  • Sliced bread lasts longer in the freezer, just take out what you need when you need it
  • Add a couple of non-perishable foods to your shopping to build a stockpile in your pantry for when money is tight
  • A nutritious meal does not have to be a hot meal. Try healthy sandwiches, salad, foccacias or stuffed pita breads