1 Start meal planning
2 Go for discounted items and use coupons
3 Cook in bulk
4 Add some vegetarian options to your repertoire
5 Use cheaper cuts of meat
6 The freezer is your friend
7 Keep fridge and pantry basics at the ready
A good cook's fridge will have staples such as butter, milk, eggs, cheese, sauces, pickles and seasonal fruit and vegetables. A well-stocked pantry requires cooking oil, vinegars, stock, soy, spices and dried herbs, pasta, noodles, rice and grains, tinned goods, flour, sugar and yeast. Work at slowly adding to this list of pantry staples. To save money it's a good idea to buy in bulk, or to head to a specialised store such as a spice store for herbs and spices or to buy fresh produce from the supermarket when it’s in season.