Make a meal plan
Planning what you are going to eat for the week can:
- Minimise your food waste
- Save you money
- Reduce the number of times you need to go to the shops
- Reduce dinner time stress
- Help you maintain a diverse and balanced diet
- Reduce the amount of time you spend shopping
Write a list and stick to it
When you write a shopping list you can avoid the temptation of buying unnecessary items and special deals you don't need. Before you write your list, look for recipes that use up the food you already have. Make sure you write the quantities you need and check what's already in your fridge, freezer and cupboards before you add items to your list.
Have items you always waste?
Commit to buying smaller amounts more frequently. That way, it's easier to use up everything in your kitchen and you can restock whenever you need.
Buying in bulk isn't cheaper if half of it ends up in the bin. Buy only what you can realistically eat before it expires.
Download our menu planner to help you plan your meals and shopping for the week ahead.
Weekly menu planner (PDF, 76.24KB)
Weekly menu planner (DOCX, 411.16KB)
Buy seasonal produce
It's a great way to get fresh food. If it's grown locally, it also minimises the distance your food travels before it reaches your plate. This often helps to make your food last longer, which will save you money.
Shop at your local farmers' market
You can find out what is in season in your area and you'll be supporting your local growers. Another great way to eat local food is to grow your own.
Remember to take your own reusable shopping bags every time you shop.