Saving money on food

2015-04-30 13:53
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Microwaving food is healthier.

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WITH the ever increasing costs of everyday living many households are looking for ways and means to save money.

Tips to help you save:


• Quickest way to cut the grocery bill is by curbing your appetite for red meat. There are less expensive sources - chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and pulses.

• Make the meat in your dishes go further by mixing in kidney beans, mixed beans, lentils or even baked beans.

• Prepare stews from tough and affordable cuts of meat.

• Tinned fish, such as pilchards and tuna, is usually cheaper than buying fresh fish.

• Whole chicken is cheaper per kilogram. Save money by cutting the chicken into portions and freezing.

Fruit and vegetables

• Don’t cut down on your fruit and vegetable intake. These are “protective foods” that guard against disease.

• Buy vegetables and fruit in bulk and share with friends and family.

• Stay away from canned fruit and vegetables as these tend to be more expensive.

• Don’t dismiss frozen vegetables as they are usually frozen fresh after harvest and can work out cheaper than the fresh produce.

Grains and cereals

• Buy porridges you can cook. Maize meal is the cheapest porridge in South Africa.


• Milk sold in sachets is generally cheaper than those packaged in plastic bottles or cartons.

• Use skim-milk powder instead of coffee creamers.

• Cheaper substitutes like low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese can be used instead of more expensive ingredients like ricotta cheese.


Choose soft-tub margarine, rather than brick margarine.

Grill, steam and microwave foods instead of frying. It’s not only healthier, it will also save you from using butter, margarine or oil.

- Health24

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