Smart guide to Slow Cookers & win £50 John Lewis Voucher [ended]

slow-cookerMy slow cooker gets used far more than my regular oven these days so I thought a guide to slow cookers would benefit people who assume they’re old fashioned! So without further ado here are seven reasons why you should try using a slow cooker if you don’t already, and hopefully this smart little guide will encourage you to try one!

  • Save time: Once you’ve chopped/prepared your ingredients you bung it all in together generally, saving you time juggling different saucepans and working out when to put what in the oven so everything is ready at the right time. Of course there are more elaborate recipes where you add things at different times but even then you’re not standing over a hob stirring!
  • Save energy & money: The average slow cooker uses far less than having your oven on, even if the slow cooker is on for hours more than an over would be! Then if you would have used your hob as well it’s an even bigger energy saving, meaning you’re saving money too!  Slow cookers themselves can be purchased very cheaply, I have a Crockpot branded one now but only because the knob fell off my supermarket version after about 6 years of use!
  • Dinner ready when you get home: Slow cookers have a low or a high temperature so even if you’re out of the house for ten hours you can set it when you leave in the morning and have dinner hot and ready when you walk in the door, no matter how much later that is. You can always use a timer switch for recipes that need less cooking time too.
    • Batch cook:  If you get a large capacity slow cooker you can cook more, and portion it up and freeze for later! Most Slow cooker meals are ideal for this, like curry, bolognese and lasagne for example.
    • Try new meals: There are so many amazing meals you can cook in a slow cooker, including desserts! I made an amazing orange chocolate cake a few weeks ago and it was SO simple and tasted delicious. But apart from sweet treats you’d be surprised at the variety of meals you can make, from casserole type dishes to full roast chicken with potatoes! Try my Pork Carnita recipe for something new!
      • Less to wash up: One pot to wash instead of three or four! Plus generally a good soak with washing up liquid does the trick, no scrubbing metal pots and pans!
      • Safer if you’ve got kids: No hot oven-front to worry about, and no pans on the hob either! You can set the slow cooker up on a corner of your work top and as long as the power cable is out of the way there’s nothing to worry about at all!

slow cooked pork carnitas

Out of all those reasons though I think the time and money saving aspects just make using a Slow Cooker a really smart choice, energy saving choice. E-on’s Smart meters are clever little devices that send real-time data about your gas and electricity usage, enabling you to really keep an eye on what you’re using and adjust your usage as you go. Being hit with a mega bill when you least expect it is never a good thing, so having the ability to know what you’re spending as you go would be really beneficial. The Smart Meter lets you set a a daily spend limit, check your current balance and shows your what you use in pounds and pence, rather than trying to work it out from kilowatts, smart indeed!

E-on wants to know what your very own food related Smart Tip is, have you got a culinary short cut that saves time or money? Or a dish that is delish but cheap as chips to make? Let me know in the comments what your tip is and you could win a £50 John Lewis Voucher!

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  1. Tracy K Nixon
    4th May 2016 / 8:37 am

    Always make stock in a large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags. That way, when you want to make a nice soup or boil veggies, you can simply pull the bag out of the freezer.

  2. 4th May 2016 / 8:38 am

    Frozen veg can save you a fortune on fresh veg. To use in the slow cooker just defrost in a bowl in the fridge overnight. Mixed Farmhouse Veg makes a great base for loads of soups & stews.

  3. Tracey Peach
    4th May 2016 / 10:00 am

    Make batches of food then split it into one meal sized portion & freeze them, this saves on electric & time 🙂

  4. 4th May 2016 / 10:05 am

    I love a slow cooker – Need to get back on it to save time, money and help me lose some weight!

  5. Jane Berrow
    4th May 2016 / 10:32 am

    Use frozen onions in cooking

  6. clair downham
    4th May 2016 / 12:42 pm

    regulary check the contents of your fridge and cupboards so no food goes out of date

  7. 4th May 2016 / 1:03 pm

    I loveee slow cookers! My top tip is TINS TINS AND TINS.

    Sophie x

  8. Sinead ORourke
    4th May 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Half a lemon with bread soda to clean the glass of your shower.

  9. Chrissie Curtis
    4th May 2016 / 3:32 pm

    My top money saving tip when it comes to food / cooking is MEAL PLANS!

    They save us a fortune and always nice to know whats needed and can incorporate any left overs into the next day meals

  10. Nikki Hayes
    4th May 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Buying frozen vegetables is better for small households like ours – less waste and less cost :o)

  11. William Gould
    4th May 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Always plan your meals in advance and make a shopping list for your menu, and have a blank day for eating up any leftovers or things nearing their use-by dates!

  12. Suzanne Drummond
    4th May 2016 / 7:00 pm

    check sell by dates every other day and always have frozen veg and tinned meat for fast tasty meals

  13. Harline
    4th May 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I love using spare chicken or cooked meat in stir frys using up veg also

  14. Jennifer Haden
    4th May 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Cooking at home from scratch and freezing the leftovers is the easiest way I’ve found to cut costs 🙂

  15. Isabel O
    4th May 2016 / 7:37 pm

    My tip is to never shop when you’re hungry or thirsty. I have done this and ended up with about a hundred packets of crisps or ten types of squash (and a large food bill)!

  16. stephenpm
    4th May 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Cook large quantities – and freeze in one or two portion containers. They’ll be a godsend for midweek suppers or when you can’t be bothered to cook

  17. laura banks
    4th May 2016 / 7:40 pm

    using the slow cooker saves me time when i get in from work

  18. Anthony Harrington
    4th May 2016 / 7:41 pm

    I prepare in advance so that is all ready when the time comes to cook

  19. Kim M
    4th May 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Use basic supermarket mushy peas in homemade soups x

  20. Caroline Hunter
    4th May 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Both my daughters have left home in the last couple of years, but I’m still in the habit of making a meal like stews, casseroles, spaghetti bolognese and chilli con carne for 4 people. When I do that, my husband and I eat half of what I’ve cooked and the other half is frozen. Last week, I used all the meals I’d frozen and didn’t have to cook all week!!! That not only saved me time (it felt like I was on holiday) but I’m sure my electric bill went down alot too, especially as I cook my beef stew for 3 hrs! 🙂

  21. Julie Howarth
    4th May 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I always buy frozen veg then there is never any waste and they don’t go off

  22. Lindsey Stuart
    4th May 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I tend to make food in advance 🙂 so for example I will cook up a lasagne and freeze half 🙂 Saves wasting any.

  23. Nigel Slater
    4th May 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Frozen veg, just as nutritious as fresh

  24. Maria Hackett
    4th May 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I always use coupons, money saving vouchers and club card points. I freeze bread.

  25. Sara Goodman
    4th May 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I always wear latex gloves to chop smelly & highly coloured vegetables. No more onion smelling hands or orange ones after cutting carrots!

    Thanks for a fabulous giveaway 🙂

  26. pete c
    4th May 2016 / 10:33 pm

    buy in bulk and freeze what you dont immediately need

  27. Diana Croos
    5th May 2016 / 12:49 am

    let the food to slow cook and keep cleaning the without making a big mess

  28. Darrell
    5th May 2016 / 3:46 am

    My top tip would be to make a shopping list and stick to it. Make meal plans and only buy what you need. Since I have been doing this I no longer have any wasted food and saved myself money, by not buying all those ‘special deals’ that I really didn’t want

  29. Spencer Broadley
    5th May 2016 / 5:36 am

    I buy the large 4-pint bottles of milk, and freeze half of it and then take out of the freezer the night before it is needed to defrost – no waste and cheaper.
    Another tip is to keep the freezer and fridge as full as possible, because it uses less electric because there is less air – it doesnt mean you have to buy in lots of food, just fill some bottles up with tap water to take the space up

    5th May 2016 / 7:17 am

    Always fill the slow-cooker when making your favourite recipe and freeze half some for another day – much faster than making two meals.

  31. Cheryl Price
    5th May 2016 / 7:27 am

    Always go shopping with a list and stick to it…

  32. Ruth Harwood
    5th May 2016 / 8:32 am

    I put my change from £2 and below in my safebox and take it to put in my ISA every few weeks – it builds up really quickly!!

  33. Ray Dodds
    5th May 2016 / 8:45 am

    Always do shopping lists if you don’t buy it you can’t waste it

  34. amnah
    5th May 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Cook, freeze any left overs for next time

  35. Katie Kingsbury
    5th May 2016 / 12:40 pm

    Invest in a chest freezer and pick up those yellow stickered/reduced items in the supermarkets. Particularly bread/meat products, you can save loads!

    5th May 2016 / 4:01 pm


  37. Jane Willis
    5th May 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Make a big batch of pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays, tipping the cubes into a bag when frozen. You can use it straight from the freezer in sauces, soups and casseroles – one cube is the equivalent of 1 tablespoonful. You can then make an almost instant pasta sauce by heating up a tin of chopped tomatoes and stirring a pesto cube into it.

    5th May 2016 / 6:08 pm

    Use money saving coupons also buy own brand products

  39. Laura Pritchard
    5th May 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Buy Spices From The Bulk Bins

    5th May 2016 / 9:01 pm

    If you want to purchase an expensive thing then decide if you’ll use it and how you will benefit from it

    5th May 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Cheap cuts of meat are perfect for the slow cooker – beef brisket, pork shoulder – cooking them slow and long makes them so tender.

  42. claire griffiths
    6th May 2016 / 1:17 am

    use frozen vegetables and meat saves you quite a bit and just as good and stays fresh

  43. emma walters
    6th May 2016 / 7:15 am

    chop onions and freeze in small portions ready to use & save time when cooking a meal

  44. Gina M
    6th May 2016 / 11:46 am

    I buy in bulk prep veg and freeze it makes life easier.

  45. Leah Wheatley
    6th May 2016 / 2:48 pm

    Try to cook from scratch as much as possible overall it will pay off with better health and friendlier on the purse strings

  46. Katie Skeoch
    7th May 2016 / 1:48 pm

    I buy fruit & veg in season at the farmers market & freeze it, I can cook with fresh seasonal produce all year round

  47. marion morgan
    7th May 2016 / 2:48 pm

    make double quantity and freeze, t

  48. Ellen C
    7th May 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Definitely making extra portions to freeze; a little bit of extra time chopping, but cooking time is the same!

  49. Simon C
    7th May 2016 / 5:04 pm

    If you’ve got some red wine left over that isn’t going to be drunk, you can freeze it. The frozen wine is very handy for cooking with.

  50. sima halimi
    7th May 2016 / 5:14 pm

    If you go shopping after 4 pm there is a lot of reduced items

  51. Christine Caple
    7th May 2016 / 6:42 pm

    When doing a casserole or curry make a double quantity and freeze half for another day.

  52. 7th May 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Save money and your waistline with sensible portion sizes. If you find you’ve cooked more than you need, don’t just serve it all out, take for lunch or freeze for a homemade ready meal.

  53. Layla Thomas
    7th May 2016 / 9:04 pm

    I think planning meals for the week is my top tip. It saves money and time as I’m not hunting around at 5 o’clock trying to think what to make for tea.

  54. Monica Gilbert
    8th May 2016 / 12:07 am

    Grow herbs in pots on your windowsill. They’ll be available fresh throughout the year, and you can freeze or dry them as desired.

  55. Alix Smith
    8th May 2016 / 7:20 am

    Buy frozen fish rather than fresh – so much cheaper!

  56. Diane Carey
    8th May 2016 / 11:19 am

    Buy some small foil trays. Then make a load of Lasagnes, Shepherds Pies etc and freeze. Ideal meals for one when time is limited or in an emergency

  57. Steven Appleton
    8th May 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Buy reduced items from the supermarkets & freeze them – buying a second freezer was the best investment EVER!

  58. Leanne V McKenna
    8th May 2016 / 2:14 pm

    I use meat free mince in bolognese etc, I use the Tesco version which is very close to the real thing. I put it in the microwave for a few minutes before adding to my (homemade sauce). It saves so much time meaning you can make a quick and really tasty bolognese, yum!

  59. Lynn Heath
    8th May 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I use my slow cooker to make up batches of tomato sauce that I can then use to turn into bolognaise, chilli or even just poured over chicken breasts and cooked in the oven!

  60. Helen Newton
    8th May 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Cook a large batch and store in tumperware in the freezer for the rest of the week 🙂

  61. kayleigh white
    8th May 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Use an ice cube tray to freeze wine – this way you have handy little ‘cubes’ of wine as and when you need them!

  62. Marion Weir
    8th May 2016 / 5:47 pm

    I batch cook in the slow cooker and freeze. Days I cant be bothered I can shove them in the microwave, job done. Cheaper and generally better than shop bought ready meals.

  63. amanda walsh
    8th May 2016 / 8:32 pm

    always freeze left overs, dont throw then away

  64. 8th May 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Cook double of everything that will freeze and save half for a quick meal from the freezer.

  65. Stephanie Coals
    8th May 2016 / 11:32 pm

    Write a shopping list and stick to it so you don’t end up with things that you won’t use that will eventually just be thrown out.

  66. jasmin bashir
    9th May 2016 / 3:48 am

    i love john lewis. i could literally buy all their bakeware

  67. Catherine
    9th May 2016 / 10:37 am

    Going into the supermarket with a list – and not impulse buying. Looking at the price per unit – and not just looking at the discount price (some ‘deals’ supermarkets put on are not the cheapest way of getting the same product). Shopping at John Lewis/Waitrose seems expensive – but if shop smart they are just as cheap as Tesco/Asda etc

  68. Jackie Dawson
    9th May 2016 / 10:41 am

    when making stews make a large batch then freeze what u don’t eat, perfect for warming up those nights u need a quick meal

  69. Cathy
    9th May 2016 / 11:12 am

    Don’t go to the supermarket hungry! Or you’ll end up with a trollyful of stuff you don’t need!

  70. Annabel Greaves
    9th May 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Research the latest vouchers and discount codes, you can save a lot

  71. Andrew Petrie
    9th May 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I freeze left over veg and peelings and use them to make stock.

  72. Dawn Gould
    9th May 2016 / 1:24 pm

    I have 2 money saving tips:
    1. plan your meals in order to make a shopping list before you go, that way you only buy what you need.
    2. eat before you shop. If you shop with an empty stomach you will buy more – even with a shopping list you may grab for something you fancy because you’re hungry.

  73. Terrie-Ann Wright
    9th May 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Always check the reduced section in the fresh food section, you can pick up some amazing bargains and so much of it can be frozen for future use.

  74. Beverley Cousins
    9th May 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Buy a £5 bag of frozen chicken fillets from Iceland and it makes 5 meals ( 4scotch eggs,curry,spag bol,casserole)

  75. LynneH
    9th May 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Cook twice as much as you need, and freeze the rest for nutritious, home-cooked meals any time

  76. Rachel Craig
    9th May 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Before going supermarket shopping, have your regular meal. As if hungry when shopping :- will spend more money, and not necessarily have bought healthy foodstuffs. As body craving fuel / energy.

    • Diane Duggan
      17th May 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Use frozen , chopped onions and frozen peeled garlic to save time.

  77. lucy higgins
    9th May 2016 / 5:40 pm

    Use cashback sites and apps to get money off your weekly shop

  78. karen cowley
    9th May 2016 / 5:58 pm

    To peel a hard boiled egg quicker and easier, boil and pop in a small glass of water, shake and the shell will peel off quite easy x

  79. Sue Price
    9th May 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Grow your own veg, it’s cheap and has so much more flavour. Make big batches of stews, casseroles etc and freeze leftovers so you get some days of no cooking! Yay! ☺️

  80. joanna butler-savage
    9th May 2016 / 6:58 pm

    careful meal planning

  81. Andrea Fletcher
    9th May 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Don’t buy more than you need and use your leftovers.

  82. Michelle smith
    9th May 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Go on price comparison sites to save money

  83. carolyn joyce
    9th May 2016 / 8:38 pm

    By supermarket own brand! good quality and cheaper

  84. Hazel Rea
    9th May 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Reduce food waste – use your freezer to freeze fruit or veg which is just about to go past it’s best and which you can’t use immediately. They can be used for soups, smoothies or puddings later.

  85. Abigail Cullen
    9th May 2016 / 9:31 pm

    I always look for roll back offers, or 3 for the price of two when buying groceries, plus I freeze leftovers and sauces.

  86. Simone Kilshaw
    9th May 2016 / 11:09 pm

    always check can you get your shopping cheaper elsewhere, lower prices, coupons, discounts etc. All those pennies add up!!!!!!

  87. Neha Parmar
    10th May 2016 / 5:39 am

    Don’t overbuy,use frozen vegetables, cook fresh eat fresh.

  88. Bethany
    10th May 2016 / 6:29 am

    Freeze left over ingredients, when ever possible.

  89. Rena plumridge
    10th May 2016 / 6:50 am

    Make big portions and freeze saves on gas/electric and great when you just heat your meal up when you come in from work.

  90. Jo m welsh
    10th May 2016 / 7:02 am

    When shopping always check if it is actually cheaper to buy a bigger size check how much it is per 100g etc which is in the small print under the actual price it’s not always cheaper!

  91. Frances Heaton
    10th May 2016 / 7:04 am

    Whenever possible I make dishes large enough for two meals and freeze remainder. For example, cottage pies, quiches etc are easily frozen ready for when you next decide to serve the dish. Saves lots of time.

  92. Phil Darling
    10th May 2016 / 7:04 am

    make food in batches and freeze. Make sure you label when it was made mind

  93. Tracey Belcher
    10th May 2016 / 7:21 am

    Since hearing about the nutritional values of frozen veg I do tend to buy more frozen now – less wastage

  94. Pamela Gossage
    10th May 2016 / 7:22 am

    batch cook in the slow cooker and freeze in portions for later use

  95. Holly Gibson
    10th May 2016 / 7:42 am

    Saves time AND money to make large batches of things like a healthy veg chilli and keep it in the freezer rather than making something fresh every night

  96. Francesd H
    10th May 2016 / 8:08 am

    Try growing your own fruit and veg. Even if it’s just a window box for herb or salads, it’ll be fresher and tastier than shop bought.

  97. Hassni
    10th May 2016 / 8:09 am

    Make a large batch of cooking sauce to last a few of days.

  98. amy bondoc
    10th May 2016 / 8:27 am

    i do my food shopping daily so i dont waste food

  99. Fiona K
    10th May 2016 / 8:46 am

    I go to the supermarket near closing time to get vastly reduced prices on perishable foods – then I freeze them until required

  100. Danielle Spencer
    10th May 2016 / 9:19 am

    Cook a big meal, split into portion sizes, package and freeze, don’t forget to label them with what they are and when you froze it.
    This saves time, money and effort.

    Also creating a meal plan is very good for saving time and money. Putting meals that use up the other half of the onion etc. the day after using the first half, less wastage when you meal plan.

  101. rachel h
    10th May 2016 / 9:43 am

    I always plan my meals in advance and make a couple of dishes then alternate them over 4 days as I have very little time to cook. I wish I had room for a freezer which would make life easier!

  102. Ellen Sheppard
    10th May 2016 / 9:48 am

    I batch cook meals, portion them up and then freeze. My hubby generally takes them to work to have for his lunch. Saves loads of time and money because he is not buying lunch everyday.

  103. Kristyn Harris
    10th May 2016 / 9:53 am

    When having a dinner party do as much preparation as possible

  104. Tamzen Wilson
    10th May 2016 / 10:24 am

    Double ingredients and freeze the extra so you can have a night off from cooking 🙂

  105. Julie Feathers
    10th May 2016 / 10:39 am

    I either put the leftovers in the fridge if I know I am going to do a fry up or a curry with the chicken, Or If I make too much food like Curry, Tikka I freeze it

  106. Marycarol
    10th May 2016 / 10:40 am

    Tend to cook bigger quantities than needed and freeze portions – it’s cheaper and handy too x

  107. Rosalind Sargent
    10th May 2016 / 10:51 am

    I always plan my daily meals in advance so that nothing goes to waste (just the right amount of everything) from meat to veg to the right amount of Yoghurts I never bin anything this way 🙂

  108. Allan Fullarton
    10th May 2016 / 11:00 am

    love a slow cooker – lovely food, meat cooked to perfection.

  109. Paula Burnside
    10th May 2016 / 11:18 am

    Make a shopping list and stick to it. Its too easy to get distracted and impulse buy things you don’t need.

  110. Lucy Major
    10th May 2016 / 11:27 am

    I make big meals and freeze them so if I’m in a rush another day I have food quick!

  111. Alana Walker
    10th May 2016 / 11:31 am

    Buy store cupboard items which have long shelf life’s in bulk when they are on offer.x

  112. 10th May 2016 / 11:34 am

    Meal plan! It’s cost effective and means ingredients get used up rather than forgotten about

  113. Jo Carroll
    10th May 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I’m not usually one for coming up with the great tips, more that I’m continously picking them up from others. One I did see recently said to always keep bananas bunched as long as possible – don’t seperate them in a bowl – and if you put some clean film around the stalk end it will stop them drying out or going brown for a lot longer. x

  114. Lisa Everaert
    10th May 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Prepare in advance where possible and store/freeze. It`ll save you lots of time later.

  115. Elizabeth Harbron
    10th May 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I always cook double and freeze half!

  116. Lucy I
    10th May 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Could more than you need and freeze the leftovers

  117. Hilda Hazel Wright
    10th May 2016 / 1:06 pm

    If there’s a rainy day where we really can’t get out and about having fun, we put a great playlist on and dance around the kitchen cooking up a huge batch of chilli con quorn to fill the freezer! Its fun, and it provides us with easy meals for ages!

  118. Laura Harrison
    10th May 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Always cook more then I need then I can freeze some for another meal x

  119. Alica
    10th May 2016 / 1:15 pm

    To extend the life of food beyond its date, freeze it before the date and defrost and use within 24 hours. Saves me a fortune!

  120. Lucy H
    10th May 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Stock the freezer with chopped frozen veg – it will save you so much time!

  121. 10th May 2016 / 1:44 pm

    To save both time and money, I batch cook – making extra portions of dishes and freezing them in individual portions so there’s something nice and easy to heat up if I can’t be bothered to cook! Buying ingredients in bulk for batch cooking saves money too.

  122. Jo Jones
    10th May 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Take advantage of seasonal foods, like going blackberry picking, then freeze open on trays so they do not stick together, then bag. Try growing lettuce – easy even if you only have a window box. Grow a couple of tomato plants indoors – taste delicious. Fruit trees, even miniature ones can provide a healthy crop which can be stored.

  123. Osaretin Osaghae
    10th May 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Freeze your food in portions ready to eat.

  124. laura stewart
    10th May 2016 / 3:02 pm

    shop in store when they are reducing items

  125. Gwyn Sharps
    10th May 2016 / 3:19 pm

    I make batches of food and freeze them into portions, then use them when I need them.

  126. Lizzy Cooper
    10th May 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Cook extra food and freeze it! My freezer is full of home cooked food, saves getting takeaways!

  127. Hannah Smith
    10th May 2016 / 3:47 pm

    Cook extra at the weekend and freeze to eat when you’re short of time during the week

  128. Gail Reid
    10th May 2016 / 3:56 pm

    We always write a list at the start of the week of what meals we will have so we don’t buy more than we need and waste food x

  129. Sarah N
    10th May 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Get some microwaveable/freezable food trays, then cook a bit extra and you can make your own healthier microwave meals.

  130. Claire Russell
    10th May 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Buy fresh meat when it is on offer or reduced (often when the best before date is due) and then freeze

  131. kimberley ryan
    10th May 2016 / 4:51 pm

    We try to grow as much of our own fruit and veg as we are able

  132. Becky Duffy
    10th May 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Plan your meals for the days ahead and do smaller shops instead of big weekly shops as you tend to waste less food!

  133. Lyla
    10th May 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Date your food or give it a use by date before you put it in the freezer

  134. Louise Smith
    10th May 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Buy meat when on offer and freeze it in portion sizes

  135. Soph H
    10th May 2016 / 7:02 pm

    When shopping online use a site like topcashback so you get a little something back too!

  136. Rachael G
    10th May 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Cook an extra portion of your evening meal and save it to have for lunch the following day.

  137. Barbara Knight
    10th May 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Love your freezer – freeze leftover stock in ice-cube trays; old bread made into crumbs; sauteed onions; pasta sauces and complete ‘ready meals’.

    10th May 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Time trips to the supermarkets so that you can get the best price reductions and then freeze your bargains or share with friends

  139. Louise Comb
    10th May 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Don’t go supermarket shopping when you’re hungry

  140. Emma Nixon
    10th May 2016 / 8:31 pm

    I always use a slow cooker to make a stew or soup to use up all the veggies each week. No waste

  141. Denise C
    10th May 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I find meal planning and sticking to a shopping list help me save money

  142. sian hallewell
    10th May 2016 / 9:21 pm

    cook double quantities, serve half, freeze half. saves time and money

  143. helen tovell
    10th May 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Make great use of your freezer batch baking, cheapies and leftovers

  144. Marie Stubbings
    10th May 2016 / 11:35 pm

    Definitely batch cooking! Freezing a couple of portions saves plenty of time and money!

  145. Hayley Colburn
    11th May 2016 / 12:03 am

    My top tip with cooking/meals is to decide what meals you are going to make for the week and only buy what you need, I have found that my budget is buying us much better quality food rather than me just filling the cupboards with foods i’m not even using that week

    • 17th May 2016 / 4:26 pm

      When cooking red cabbage I cook the whole lot then freeze portions in bags, it can be defrosted easily and warmed when neeeded

  146. Ruth Thomas
    11th May 2016 / 3:10 pm

    I love using my slow cooker, also love to freeze left over herbs
    I have found that planning our meals for the week saves us lots of money as does doing an online shop rather than popping to the supermarket several times a week

  147. Siobhan Davis
    11th May 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Invest in a slow cooker, The food tastes so much nicer and will save you time. Just put it all in and then come come from work and dinner is ready 🙂

  148. Robyn Seviour
    11th May 2016 / 4:39 pm

    I buy veggies when i see them marked down, parboil then freeze them. They are great for last minute dinner making!

  149. Louise Fairweather
    11th May 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Batch cooking

  150. jude dysart
    11th May 2016 / 5:15 pm

    use half lentils/ beans in meat dishes to cut costs and up veg intake.

  151. judith dysart
    11th May 2016 / 5:17 pm

    replace half the meat in dishes with lentils / beans to save money and up veg intake

  152. Samantha
    11th May 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Anything that is reduced in price and can be frozen

  153. Lorna Ledger
    11th May 2016 / 7:12 pm

    I always bulk cook in a large slow cooker, then freeze ‘ready meals’, I also do a weekly food plan, and shop accordingly

  154. Kate Knight
    11th May 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Look out for lots of special offers

  155. Patricia Avery
    11th May 2016 / 8:00 pm

    If you have the room grow your own fruit and veg then freeze what you can’t eat when they are fresh. We grow and freeze sweet corn, peas, carrots, leeks, parsnips, peppers, tomatoes, kidney beans, raspberries , strawberries and cooking apples (after cooking first) Saves us a fortune and we know they are all organic 🙂

  156. Karolina Rozwarska
    11th May 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I don’t have a slow cooker but would love to buy it.

  157. Janice
    11th May 2016 / 9:08 pm

    shop in Aldis and try the non brand names

  158. Matt Gallant
    12th May 2016 / 5:02 am

    Loved slow cooking. Great tips you have here. Thanks for sharing!

  159. MissG
    12th May 2016 / 10:17 am

    Money saving tip – always but meat in bulk packets and freeze individual portions

  160. Suzanne Gaulton
    12th May 2016 / 11:03 am

    To save money – make a weekly meal planner and a shopping list of exactly what you need. Stick to it!

  161. Jacqui
    12th May 2016 / 11:06 am

    If I’m cooking something such as chilli, I only buy the meat if it’s on offer to cut costs, I then make double and freeze half.

  162. maggie ali
    12th May 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I always make batches of food and freeze them. It save me a lot of time 🙂

  163. Emma Gibson
    12th May 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Budget and freeze food.

  164. Beth Bowdler
    12th May 2016 / 3:16 pm

    I have a huge freezer and when baking or cooking casseroles etc I always make too much and freeze the remainder for another day

  165. Jodie Cook
    12th May 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Plan meals for the week in advance and shop accordingly (definitely not when you’re hungry!) so that there are no leftovers or waste.

  166. Jayne Townson
    12th May 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I like to cook things in bulk and freeze some for another day.

  167. Dave C
    12th May 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Microwave lol

  168. Solange
    12th May 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Invest in a slow cooker. Stews and casseroles are cheap to make and go a long way when trying to feed a family on a budget. Steamers are also a good option as they use very little electricity.

  169. Farhana
    12th May 2016 / 11:03 pm

    I freeze whatever doesn’t lose its flavour like ginger/garlic. Also recently started using a pressure cooker and amazed at how much time it saves with some dishes like lamb/beef/lentils

  170. 12th May 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Not “Oven Chips” Oven Chips. Basically potato cut up, with a thin layer of oil over, and thrown in the oven.

  171. holly edmundson
    12th May 2016 / 11:54 pm

    mine is whatever is left over always freeze it 🙂 xxx

  172. Nat Thomason
    13th May 2016 / 2:51 am

    Have one zero spend day a month when u empty the fridge freezer and cupboard and come up with original if weird concoctions

  173. grainne marnell-fox
    13th May 2016 / 6:22 am

    Cook large quantities – and freeze in one or two portion containers.

  174. Helen Metcalfe
    13th May 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Plan weekly meals and use a shopping list when do the food shop

  175. Dean Franks
    13th May 2016 / 3:54 pm

    I always make double the stock or gravy that I need and freeze the surplus in ice cube trays. That way when you need them you can just add a cube or two to enrich whatever you are making.

  176. 13th May 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Meal planning has made a big difference to my shopping bill – we’re only buying what we need, rather than what we fancy!

  177. Sarah S
    13th May 2016 / 4:55 pm

    When I buy fresh herbs I immediately freeze them to avoid waste. They can be added to recipes straight from the freezer.

  178. 13th May 2016 / 10:40 pm

    i freeze all sorts of things to have to hand when i need them – saves loads of time e.g. baked sweet potatoes that can be popped in microwave from frozen, ice cubes of lemon juice which can be quickly defrosted, small portions of rice / quinoa / cous cous to defrost and use in salads etc

  179. Susan B
    14th May 2016 / 7:19 am

    If buying vegetables for soup or casseroles, find out what time of the day your local supermarket marks them down and buy those. The vitamins lost in older, marked down vegetables are lost in cooking, anyway, so it is sensible to buy cheaply.

    However, if buying for salads, steaming or stir fries, buy only the freshest!

  180. Emily McCabe
    14th May 2016 / 10:59 am

    Save up and bulk buy meat then plan meals using veg/fruit on offer/reduced each week. Also make bigger batches then you need and freeze some. I have a whole drawer of homemade ‘microwave meals’ in my freezer which is very handy when I’m working late shifts, when plans change or there’s an unexpected bill/expense you hadn’t budgeted for ☺

  181. Mary Baldwin
    14th May 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Make use of frozen vegetables – quick, easy and convenient and a great saver of time and money. No more using half an onion and leaving the rest in the fridge, till it goes off – just take out what you need when you need and the rest is there for another day (or week).

  182. Maggie Norvell
    14th May 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Plan meals a week in advance and only buy food that you need for those meals.

  183. carole n
    14th May 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Always look for bargains

  184. Lianne clarke
    14th May 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Buy frozen veg and plan meals so fresh produce can be used two days running indifferent meals to ensure it isn’t wasted.

  185. Eleanor P
    14th May 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Freeze any leftovers that you’re not going to eat for another day instead of throwing it away!

  186. Andrea Smith
    14th May 2016 / 10:45 pm

    When making a meal, always make extra at the same time so that you can put it in containers and freeze to use as a quick meal when you are pushed for time.

  187. Kirsten Barthy
    14th May 2016 / 10:52 pm

    Don’t stick to branded products. Try supermarkets own brands and you might not even know a difference in taste only in your purse

    14th May 2016 / 11:44 pm

    I buy in bulk when items are on offer (only what I use) cost a lot a the time but I save in the long run

  189. 15th May 2016 / 5:45 am

    Use any leftover veg in a bake – just chop everything up into 1.5″ chunks, drizzle on Grapeseed Oil, Moroccan Sprice, Season and add Garlic, Fresh Basil and Parsley – roadt in a Big Baking Dish Covered in Foil aor 30 minutes at 180, than remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes.. Healthy and Delicious

  190. Zoey p
    15th May 2016 / 7:54 am

    We always make larger portions so can freeze some for those days when hectic , as least have home cooked food

  191. Lauren Old
    15th May 2016 / 10:04 am

    Check use by dates before you buy!

  192. Ann Robinson
    15th May 2016 / 10:39 am

    I plan my meals for the week ahead and only buy what i need, this has saved me money as i don’t buy as much, i don’t buy items on the spur of the moment and plan to ensure everything is used up

  193. Robert Price
    15th May 2016 / 11:25 am

    Use the microwave

  194. Peter Davidson
    15th May 2016 / 11:50 am

    Make enough for two meals and freeze one for later

  195. Caroline Cordery
    15th May 2016 / 12:21 pm

    make a meal plan and only buy for that wee’s meals

  196. Stacy Fenemore
    15th May 2016 / 2:15 pm

    try to organise your menu round aldis super 6 and meals will be healthy and cheap

  197. Emma Fox
    15th May 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I cook big batches of our favourite foods, such as spaghetti Bolognese, and freeze. It saves a lot of time on those busy days when you still want a hearty meal!

  198. Hannah Scudder
    15th May 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Meal plan for everything and write a shopping list and stick to it!

  199. Shannon
    15th May 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Meal planning is important, I always make extra so that it can either be eaten for lunch the next day or frozen for another evening.

  200. Logan
    15th May 2016 / 5:49 pm

    For some fancy salmon pasta, use smoked salmon, you will need less of it as the taste is stronger than fresh salmon fillet!

  201. Nicola Lester
    15th May 2016 / 6:27 pm

    When cooking a roast dinner, cook your vegetables at the same time that you are roasting the meat, in casserole dishes at the bottom of the oven.

  202. 15th May 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Plan meals to make the best use of leftovers and eliminate waste

  203. Vanessa Cox
    15th May 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Using my slow cooker regularly for family meals usually saves me a lot of money as I can buy cheaper meat cut and cook in large quantity. I will then divide the meal into small containers for freezing and quick meals during the week,

  204. Sam McKean
    15th May 2016 / 7:43 pm

    I cook big batches which I then freeze into individual portions, my family can eat what they like, when they like with little wastage and no temptation to eat ready meals.

  205. Mary Campbell
    15th May 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Never, ever, go food shopping when you’re hungry. Research shows you’ll pick higher calorie foods, compared to someone who’s already eaten who’ll select low calorie items.

    15th May 2016 / 8:39 pm

    we always make a large shepards pie it lasts for two days and that saves a lot of preparing time and also cooking time you just have to reheat it the next day

  207. 15th May 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Make a meal plan and only buy the items required for the meals at the shop – sometimes you can get sucked into buying bogofs or special offers but if your not going to use it then its not actually a bargain and you end up wasting food.

    We tend to do a 2 week plan for food shopping – we add in a few extra bits but generally stick to our list – only difference is when we go late and items are reduced – we buy extra then that we know we will use and can clean and freeze as we have a a large freezer. When we do this we include them in the next 2 weeks of meal planning so we dont dupe items

  208. Anita Bathurst
    15th May 2016 / 10:02 pm

    If you can afford it, buy a thermomix, it saves you loads and loads of time

  209. Stephanie Lear
    15th May 2016 / 10:25 pm

    When going shopping look at the top and bottom shelves for bargains. The supermarket will put the things they want you to buy at eye level as that at is where you normally look!

  210. Naz M
    15th May 2016 / 10:32 pm

    I tend to buy veg in bulk when it’s on offer and cut it up and freeze it, I go to the reduction aisle before I do the rest of my shop. It saves me money and I have food in the freezer so I have it at hand when cooking, saves on chopping time and saves money too!

  211. 15th May 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Never go shopping when you are hungry. More tempted.

  212. Charmian Filewood
    16th May 2016 / 12:49 am

    Use up left over veg in either soups or stir frys as no matter how limp they start to look most can still be used

  213. Jess Mary
    16th May 2016 / 10:15 am

    Lately I’ve been a lot into DIY beauty treatments. It has saved me a lot of money and they were actually more beneficial than the ones I was buying in store.

  214. Amy Dacre
    16th May 2016 / 10:22 am

    One of my fav top tips is freeze grapes and either have them as a frozen treat or pop them in your drink instead of Ice cubes

  215. olivia Kirby
    16th May 2016 / 10:40 am

    I write a list of what I need and I order online. I don’t waste money on petrol or unnecessary tempting items and I don’t waste time. At the moment I am on a free 3 month delivery pass and when I have to pay I book the cheapest slot (99p)
    My list wouldn’t say ‘chicken’ or ‘beef’ – it would say ‘meat’ and I go online and see what met is on offer and that’s what we have, same with everything else – fruit, veg, yoghurts, snacks etc – if no great offers I just get the value/basic. I love cooking so can conjure up great meals with anything.

  216. Margaret Abram
    16th May 2016 / 11:44 am

    I buy meat when it is really reduced in the supermarket and buy as many packets of say, stewing beef, as I can. I then make a huge batch of stew, slow cooking it until it is really tasty and tender and then I freeze it in meal sized portions.

    16th May 2016 / 11:46 am

    We bought an extra freezer for in the garage, we stock up on items from the reduced section in Tesco – figured if we go at closing on a sunday, we can get loaves of bread for just 7p, so we buy all of them lol and stick them in the freezer.

  218. 16th May 2016 / 12:46 pm

    We try and buy meat that we can use again the next day, ie, a chicken that will do for a few meals. Our current favourite is a gammon joint, cooked in pressure cooker, shredded, use it for sandwiches, alredo and jacket potatoes.

  219. Andrew Tanner
    16th May 2016 / 12:56 pm

    use cheaper cuts off meat to make stews and casseroles with a slow cooker to save yourself a lot of money

  220. jessica cook
    16th May 2016 / 1:11 pm

    when potatos are about to go out of date peel and cook them and freeze them ready to use for roasts, saves time and money

  221. Wendy Guy
    16th May 2016 / 1:25 pm

    I use my slow cooker. It’s great when you get in from work. Saves time in the evening.

  222. Andrew emery
    16th May 2016 / 1:29 pm

    My mum always uses cheaper cuts of meats with her slow cooker such as lamb shoulder. The flavours of the meats really come though with the extra cooking time ????

    16th May 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I buy the large packs of fresh meat, i then divide it down into portion packs and freeze x

  224. 16th May 2016 / 2:25 pm

    If freezing mince, take out of the packaging and place into a freezer bag and flatten. It’s a space saver and the mince defrosts quicker.

  225. Diana
    16th May 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Slow cooker is great for saving time, and all kitchen can be cleaned by the time food is ready 🙂

  226. Laura Nice
    16th May 2016 / 2:49 pm

    I love to bulk cook my meals on a sunday!

  227. Maria Jane Knight
    16th May 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Freeze left overs – waste not, want not!!

  228. Emma Perry
    16th May 2016 / 3:16 pm

    My best tip is to batch cook so that you don’t wast any food and freeze in portions for future meals…I live with my 18 year old son so this is what i do for us.

  229. Dawn F
    16th May 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Always make twice as much so that you can freeze food or have leftovers

  230. Pam Francis Gregory
    16th May 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Buy things that don’t go off in bulk from a wholesaler.

  231. Rebecca Ruff
    16th May 2016 / 3:57 pm

    I cook more than I need and freeze in individual portions so there is always something in the freezer for days when I cannot be bothered to cook! I see others do similar.

  232. Lynne OConnor
    16th May 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Freeze leftovers in one portion sizes, ideal for those evenings when everyone needs to eat at separate times due to other commitments

  233. Sheila Reeves
    16th May 2016 / 6:08 pm

    Make a base meal in the slow cooker that things can be added to easily, kidney beans and spices to make a chilli con carne, tomatoes and basil to make a past suce – then freeze into 1 or 2 meal portions and you have quick & easy meals for busy mid week evenings

  234. Jeremy Hards
    16th May 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Use a slow cooker. Most of your leftovers can be used to make a nice stew. Very little work involved, just wait for it to smell delicious and serve.

  235. Dolly A
    16th May 2016 / 6:27 pm

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  236. Deborah Bird
    16th May 2016 / 6:31 pm

    My money saving tip is to plan! That way you only buy what you need and don’t waste food.
    And my time saving tip is to prepare what you can earlier in the day and then cooking tea doesn’t take as long!

  237. Sheri Darby
    16th May 2016 / 6:36 pm

    My money saving tip is to make it yourself. Heating convenience foods is too expensive.

  238. Anthea Holloway
    16th May 2016 / 6:36 pm

    Go to the supermarket after 6 pm when you will find many perfectly good items reduced for quick sale.

  239. ElizM
    16th May 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Make a huge batch of homemade soup – freeze in meal size portions to take into work rather than buying lunch.It costs nothing (especially if like me you love lentil and tomato or other vegetable soups) but tastes so much better.

  240. Susan Ocock
    16th May 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Batch cook and freeze so that you always have ready cooked dinners.

  241. Sarah Wilson
    16th May 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Never go shopping when you’re hungry! If you do, you’ll waste money on extras that you do not need.

  242. Keshia Esgate
    16th May 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Switch to Aldi! Has saved me shed loads on my weekly shop!

  243. Kirsty Hosty
    16th May 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Batch cooking and then storing it in foil containers and labelling up

  244. Carole
    16th May 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Never go food shopping on a empty stomach. You will buy more than you need.

  245. Jessica Hutton
    16th May 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Don’t always listen to dates on food. Use your common sense with things like fruit and veg.

  246. Jocelynne Harrison
    16th May 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I buy woopsies and freeze the meat I buy. Then I just unfreeze it on the days I need it.

  247. Jim Dowling
    16th May 2016 / 8:06 pm

    We cook extra meals and the portion and freeze them. Things like spag Bol, soup and curries can just be taken out, defrosted and cooked as needed. Saves money and time

  248. Amanda Cargill
    16th May 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I switched to farm foods and bought frozen veg and meat. It tastes just as nice, it’s cheaper and I don’t throw anything out.

  249. Joanne Etchells
    16th May 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Batch cook vegetable soup either frozen veg or fresh veg with water, seasoning and a stock cube.

  250. Sarah Lewis
    16th May 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Make more portions than you need and freeze the rest.

  251. Nicola Dow
    16th May 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I nip down tomy local aldi in the morning and check what meats they have reduced

  252. Carly Elford
    16th May 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Food prep Sunday!!

  253. Heather Tinkler
    16th May 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Veg about to go off? Prepare it then freeze 🙂 same with fruit – great for smoothies

  254. Mumto5
    16th May 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Fab giveaway, thank you.

  255. Rebecca Powell
    16th May 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I make a lot of meals to freeze which saves lots of time and I always prepare packed lunches the night before

  256. Kat Allinson
    16th May 2016 / 9:53 pm

    When cooking a meal cook double the amount and freeze half of it

  257. Jayne K
    16th May 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Make and freeze your own versions of ready meals.

  258. Adrian Bold
    16th May 2016 / 11:06 pm

    Don’t go food shopping on an empty stomach – you WILL buy stuff you don’t need. Take a list.

  259. Debbie Hoare
    16th May 2016 / 11:31 pm

    Buy tinned, dried and packet food and sauces etc when on offer. Not only will this save you money but it will stock up your store cupboard and you should always have enough ingredients to knock something quick and simple up to eat.

  260. 16th May 2016 / 11:40 pm

    Go shopping with a list, but allow a small amount of money for extras/treats, and don’t go over this limit

  261. Michelle Wild
    16th May 2016 / 11:41 pm

    Buy more and cook more and freeze saves time and money.,

  262. Heather Weir
    16th May 2016 / 11:47 pm

    Always have cheat’s garlic and chili in the fridge – spices up any slow cooker meal.

  263. Lisa Mcalley
    16th May 2016 / 11:48 pm

    Shop just before closing time for bargains and freeze as much as you can

  264. Yasmine
    17th May 2016 / 1:12 am

    A great meal is curry. Perfect when you have any old vegetables that are nearly out of date. Use them and freeze the rest. Makes a quick meal for very cheap cost.

  265. alice lightning
    17th May 2016 / 1:35 am

    add porridge oats to food helps thicken and bulk the meal to go further ,also good for you

  266. helenRMad
    17th May 2016 / 1:35 am

    if you are making bolegnese, stews, soups or curry double up so that you have a meal for the freezer saves time and effort during the week

  267. Stewart Biddle
    17th May 2016 / 5:30 am

    Turn your cooker off 10 mins before your food is ready there will still be enough heat incthe oven to finish your food off

  268. Kirsty Woods
    17th May 2016 / 5:37 am

    Grow your own fruit and veg, pick only what your going to use.

  269. neringa pakulyte
    17th May 2016 / 6:30 am

    get voucher codes or dicounr codes online theres loads of sites to save you money

  270. Linda Keal
    17th May 2016 / 7:06 am

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  271. Petra Hora
    17th May 2016 / 7:09 am

    Plan menu for whole week and do online grocery shopping according to your menu.

  272. Claire Butler
    17th May 2016 / 7:30 am

    My son loves Lime , Chili , Cool Doritos and lime are not available in small bags . So we have always then bought big bags and put a portion in small box for school. Saves money and your in control of how much they have

  273. Stevie
    17th May 2016 / 8:04 am

    You can line your grill pan with cling film. It makes it easy to keep clean.

  274. Sarah Parker
    17th May 2016 / 8:06 am

    cook in bulk 🙂

  275. Vickie Jackson
    17th May 2016 / 8:29 am

    Invest in slow cooker liners. It means no more scrubbing the pot after you’ve used it!

  276. Sarah Lee
    17th May 2016 / 9:06 am

    Cook extra when making things like Lasagne and Chilli etc and keep for another day

  277. Jessica Townley
    17th May 2016 / 9:13 am

    I always do a monthly menu list so when I go food shopping I don’t buy what I don’t need.

  278. Jacqueline Roberts
    17th May 2016 / 9:16 am

    Mix herbs with olive oil in ice cube trays then freeze, makes it so easy to add when needed.

  279. claire sen
    17th May 2016 / 9:37 am

    Think up new ways to cook using left overs. I’ve only just started doing this and I can’t believe how much money we’ve saved! Also using things like beans or different vegetables, cut back on the meat consumption.

  280. Alison Macdonald
    17th May 2016 / 9:46 am

    For slow cooking cheaper cuts of meat are far better ( eg chicken thighs don’t tend to dry out as much as more expensive breasts and they have far more flavour too!)

  281. Bryanna M
    17th May 2016 / 10:18 am

    My money saver is to have a “menu” for the week and go to the store with a set list of ingredients and items to buy! 🙂

  282. Tess D
    17th May 2016 / 11:23 am

    when doing stews or bologneses etc I always make double the portions so I can freeze for another time and reheat

  283. Keri Jones
    17th May 2016 / 12:14 pm

    With dinners I usually prepare the salad / veggies ahead of time so I’m not rushing around when it’s time to cook the other bits. Lovely giveaway, thank you 🙂 xx

  284. Judy Beba-Brown
    17th May 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Grate the end of a loaf into breadcrumbs, then freeze. When a recipe calls for breadcrumb topping, use straight from the freezer – no need to thaw. This can really speed up making a meal, and feels especially good when you’re tired!

  285. Fozlet
    17th May 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Make your own cheese sauce, so simple and easy and most importantly delicious.

  286. Saturngeek
    17th May 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Always look at the reduced section, sometimes you can find items around the store that people have just left somewhere completely different to where it should be.

  287. James Travis
    17th May 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Plan your shopping before you go and stick to the list

  288. Kim Neville
    17th May 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I cook more food than needed and freeze batches

  289. Stephen Little
    17th May 2016 / 2:51 pm

    Never go food shopping when hungry!

  290. Laura Kevlin
    17th May 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Make the most of your gas oven time/cost when cooking your evening meal by baking a cake or cookies, or even a tray of sausages/baked potatoes for the freezer for quick meals . Also, I cook potatoes for a bit in the microwave then just do the for 20 mins in the oven as opposed to an hour to give them the ‘baked’ effect

  291. Gemma Massey
    17th May 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Make the most of your freezer I recently bought a chest freezer and never looked back. I make shepherds pies lasagnes etc then freeze to save money and time when busy at work xx

  292. helen jones
    17th May 2016 / 3:03 pm

    I tend to improvise a lot with my slow cooker, use whatever meat I have and then all the bits and pieces of vegs that are sitting in the fridge (never enough for a serving but great in a casserole with either some stock or tomato puree and hot water and lots of herbs and or spices and make a delicious meal that dosent cost a fortune. If any left over I had haricot or kidney beans the following day for another meal

  293. Teresa Sheldon
    17th May 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I always buy reduced items in Supermarkets, cook on the same day and freeze for another day amazing what you can save

  294. Jodie W
    17th May 2016 / 3:19 pm

    if you have veggies getting close to their use by, chuck them all into some stock, boil and whizz up into a yummy soup for the freezer to save wasting it.

  295. tina edwards
    17th May 2016 / 3:19 pm

    i save a fortune by scouring the supermarket reduced items and freeze on day of purchase

  296. sue mcdermott
    17th May 2016 / 3:37 pm

    use frozen onions & mushrooms

  297. Natalie Crossan
    17th May 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Use frozen onions in cooking

  298. Natasha R-M
    17th May 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Check Best Before dates regularly so as not to waste food.

  299. Ruth Wollerton
    17th May 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Buy food from the supermarket that is considerably cheaoer because it will be out of date on that day, because you can cook it up on that day and freeze it. Thanks

  300. 17th May 2016 / 5:04 pm

    I love to grow my own fruit and veg and it saves loads of money. Plus you cannot beat freshly grown produce.

  301. 17th May 2016 / 5:05 pm

    I love to grow my own fruit and veg and it saves loads of money. Plus you cannot beat freshly grown produce.

  302. Laura Chapman
    17th May 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I love to grow my own fruit and veg and it saves loads of money. Plus you cannot beat freshly grown produce.

  303. 17th May 2016 / 5:07 pm

    I love to grow my own fruit and veg and it saves loads of money. Plus you cannot beat freshly grown produce.

    Laura xx

  304. Chantel L
    17th May 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Prep food in advance, such as pre-chopping veg that you may want for weekly meals. Store them like this and it’ll save time on the day of use.

  305. jen lloyd
    17th May 2016 / 5:33 pm

    chop up leftover or reduced fresh herbs and freeze in oil in ice cube trays. perfect to pop out when next needed 🙂

  306. Ema J Lowe
    17th May 2016 / 5:59 pm

    bulk dishes out with pulses and beans, make them go further.

  307. gemma hendry
    17th May 2016 / 6:08 pm

    cook in advance and freeze for week ahead

  308. Kev C
    17th May 2016 / 6:13 pm

    take a list when shopping and stick to it. that way you only buy what you want.

  309. Pauline Dring
    17th May 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Make soup from the unused ends of asparagus spears which are not cooked as they are not tender enough. You’ll need to sieve the soup to remove fibrous bits. Sprouting broccoli stalks also make lovely soup. You can freeze it if you have too much.

  310. Anne Eames
    17th May 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Team up with a friend to take advantage of 2 for 1 and Bogof offers

  311. rachel morgan
    17th May 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Make bulk loads of meals and freeze desired portion sizes. Much cheaper to buy things in bulk with one cook up session c

  312. Rennene Hartland
    17th May 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Make a whole chicken last, have you chicken dinner, use the left over meat for a stir fry and then use the bones to make some soup,

  313. Faye Reed
    17th May 2016 / 7:07 pm

    When you have fresh herbs which you know you’re not going to use chop them up and freeze them in a bit oil or water in IceCube trays so when it comes to needing them you just need to pop another IceCube in x

  314. Jaelin Farrow
    17th May 2016 / 7:35 pm

    A lot of times we don’t use a full bread loaf, so we freeze most of it for toast and such! Plus, any veg that’s on the way out we chop and freeze 🙂

  315. Jennifer Rhymer
    17th May 2016 / 7:40 pm

    I always used leftover chicken to make a meal for the next day, even if there not much it makes a lovely chicken sandwich the following lunchtime

  316. Laura Findlay
    17th May 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Make batches of yummy homemade meals and freeze them. If your feeling lazy during the week you can still have a hearty home cooked meal ready in half the time and with half the effort.

  317. Claire Nelson
    17th May 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Make any leftover vegetables into a soup and freeze. With my children now taking part n lots of after school clubs its useful to be able to give them a hearty but quick snack some times in the evening.

  318. Deborah Mackenzie
    17th May 2016 / 8:36 pm

    cook meat from room temps as it makes it softer and cook better

  319. Antonia Richardson
    17th May 2016 / 8:39 pm

    plan your meals

  320. Cassandra Mayers
    17th May 2016 / 8:53 pm

    After slow cooking meat, use the juices to make gravy

  321. Justine meyer
    17th May 2016 / 9:05 pm

    If you can always make extra to store in the freezer for those days when you are rushed and not enough time to make meals x

  322. Karl Borowy
    17th May 2016 / 9:08 pm

    win vouchers such as these

  323. Rachel B
    17th May 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Definitely take advantage of reduced goods to stock up your freezer.

  324. Robert Dittrich
    17th May 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Easy to make sauce or custard: Heat slightly less than the required amount of milk or water in the microwave, while mixing the custard powder/cornflour in a small amount of the same (cold) liquid. While stiring the hot (steaming) liquid, pour the custard/cornflour cold liquid mixture in, while continuing to stir. If it doesn’t thicken ehough, microwave a little longer. Once thick, add any necessary flavouring (cheese, stock, etc.)

  325. Rebecca Roberts
    17th May 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Any old veg and fruit blend and drink!its yummy!!!!

  326. Frances Lauder
    17th May 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Utilise supermarket offers with friends/family that way you still benefit from the offer without wasting it if you won’t use in time

  327. Charlotte Hood
    17th May 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Once a month go through the cupboards and see what’s nearing its best before date – then focus recipes on those ingredients. It saves waste and saves you wondering what to cook 🙂

  328. Tracy
    17th May 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Save leftovers for another meal – don’t throw anything away unnecessarily.

  329. Jane Middleton
    17th May 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Buy in bulk when items are on offer in the supermarket.

  330. Kimberley Hazelton
    17th May 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Cook loads and freeze the leftovers!

  331. Victoria Prince
    17th May 2016 / 10:08 pm

    My top tip would have to be batch cooking 🙂 especially things like pasta – I eat a lot of pasta salads and things so if I’m cooking pasta I will always cook extra and freeze some, then it’s so easy to just get some out and quickly defrost it. I also find it brilliant for brown rice because that takes sooo long to cook, though obviously you have to be very careful with rice as far as cooling/reheating goes

  332. Sue Stevenson
    17th May 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Pick your mint when fresh and young freeze it and crush with a rolling pin, take out what you need pop the rest back in the freezer for next time.

  333. Eva Appleby
    17th May 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Always buy loose fruit & veg as its cheaper than the bagged food.

  334. George Wright
    17th May 2016 / 10:12 pm

    If you have to use your oven make sure you fill it so you make the most of it! Make lunch or dinner for the following day, pudding or snacks that will last several days etc. I bake veggies or fruit cos they can be used it lots of ways.

  335. Nicola Lang
    17th May 2016 / 10:15 pm

    I visit the whoospie aisle late at night when items are reduced to as little as 5p and then freeze them.

  336. 17th May 2016 / 10:19 pm

    buy cheap, make in bulk, freeze portions – voila!!

  337. karen
    17th May 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Only buy branded products when they are on offer. If they aren’t on offer in your regular shop, look around, and then stock up

  338. Val Pownall
    17th May 2016 / 10:31 pm

    I always make meals to feed four (even though our kids have flown the nest) then freeze half for another time, rather than leave it languishing in the back of the fridge to be thrown out at some later date because you forgot about it. Every few weeks I not only have a week where I spend a lot less on food shopping, but I don’t have to cook either!

  339. Angela Wilcox
    17th May 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Make a meal plan for the week so you only buy what you really need. Also make big batches of meals. Saves time and fuel cooking it all together and you always have a meal ready to reheat.

  340. Wes McIntosh
    17th May 2016 / 10:34 pm

    My wife swears by weekly meal plans

  341. Lisa Mauchline
    17th May 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Check the reduced sections in the supermarket. You can get meat reduced sometimes half the price or more that you can freeze and also you can get tinned food cheaper because the tin is slightly bashed

  342. Natalie Gillham
    17th May 2016 / 11:13 pm

    Buy food that has been reduced in price because it is nearing it’s expiry date and if you dont want to eat it straight away you can freeze it to preserve it until you want to eat it, then defrost it overnight to cook it the next day. There are a few foods that cannot be frozen so always check the label to find this information.

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