More Planning Tips

Plan well, shop smart, keep stock
One of the main reasons that food gets wasted is because we buy more than we need. In fact research shows that wasted food costs the average family more than $ 800 per year - that’s around $70 a month that could be saved and spent on other things.

What should you do before you go
Planning your meals and the shopping you need for them is a sure way to save you time and money.

  •  Prepare a plan of your meals for the week ahead.
  • Get your family involved by asking them to suggest what meals they’d like to have.
  • Make a shopping list so you only buy what you need.
  • Check what you have left from last week. Can you use it up? Why not be creative and try something new.

Do you have essential items in your cupboard
Keep your kitchen cupboard stocked with these top 10 essentials and you’ll always be able to rustle up a meal with your leftovers.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Herbs, spices and condiments
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Ready made sauces
  • Oils (olive, vegetable, sunflower)
  • Canned fish
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Vinegar (white wine, balsamic)

While at the shops

  • Try to just buy what’s on the list and not be tempted by things you might not use.
  • Buy your food loose where possible to avoid buying more than you need.
  • Don’t go for the buy one get one free offers unless you can definitely use the free one, or give it to a friend.
  • Set a budget – This will help you set up an average.

 

Make a Few Simple Changes and Reduce Food Waste
Around a third of the food produced for people’s plates ends up wasted between farm and fork. Wasted food also means wasting the water, energy, and resources used to grow, harvest, transport, process, package, distribute and market food. It’s hard to believe, but each year tons of food is wasted around the world. In Australia alone, more than $5 billion worth of food is thrown away, most of which could have been eaten. By making a few simple changes you’ll help reduce the waste.

Meal Planner
It may sound simple, but planning your meals and only buying and cooking as much food as you need is the number one thing you can do to limit your food waste.
Menu planning is simply thinking about your household’s meals in advance. It is an easy way to get organized for the week ahead and will help to reduce food waste, save you money, save you time, reduce stress at dinner time and improve nutrition.

Shopping lists
Creating a detailed shopping list will help you stay focused on what you need at the supermarket; you will be less tempted by specials and impulse purchases. Before shopping consider what you already have in your fridge, freezer and cupboard.

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