5 Ways to Eat Well for Less Money

  • 01 of 06

    How to Eat Well for Less Money: Eat Healthier on a Budget

    Ramen, broccoli, and chicken salad
    Harald Walker/Stocksy United

    The price of food can often be frightening and sometimes it is hard to keep up with rising prices. One way to reduce the impact and reduce costs is to go back to the stove and cook. Dig out those family recipes gathering dust on the book shelves. Forget the ready meals and fast food instead cook fresh, local, seasonal produce. More often not than not this food is not only cheaper to buy, but more nutritious and tastes better.

    With a little careful consideration it is still easy to eat well and save money. Here are 5 ways to eat well and save money.

  • 02 of 06

    Eat Well for Less: 21 Nourishing, Filling Soups

    Minestrone soup
    Cameron Whitman/Stocksy United

    What better way to fill up than with a bowl of nourishing soup. Soups are quick and easy to prepare and can usually be cheap to make. Soups can be eaten as a starter dish, or with a heftier portion as a main course, especially if accompanied with crusty bread and butter.

    Use seasonal vegetables keeps the costs down, out of season vegetables are usually imported and therefore more expensive.

    When the Weather Warms Up

  • 03 of 06

    Eat Well for Less: Use Cheaper Cuts of Meat

    Bangers and Mash
    The Spruce

    Use Cheaper Cuts of Meat:

    Start using cheaper cuts of meat.  They need longer, slower, cooking but so worth the effort. The prime cuts are and always will be more expensive.

    Minced Meat:

    Minced meat is also cheaper than finer cuts but so good.  Making your own burger is so quick and easy to make and so much tastier than most shop bought onse. Or try two British favorites Shepherd's or Cottage Pie.

    Sausages are a Must:

    Great for cost efficiency are British sausages.

    Quick and easy Toad in the Hole makes a great midweek supper as does Sausage and Mash. Both are especially good for families.

    Rethink the Sunday Roast:

    If you still want your Sunday roast then how about a chicken. A Lemon Roast Chicken makes a great Sunday lunch and the left-overs can be used in a soup or stock saving even mre money.

  • 04 of 06

    Eat Well for Less: Throw Out the Take Away Menus

    Chicken Tikka Masala
    Chicken Tikka Masala. Getty Images

    Time to leave the phone on the hook and head to the kitchen instead. Take-away food is convenient but it is also expensive.

    Curry is one of Britain and Ireland's favourite take away and comes in many styles. Curry can also be made with meat, fish and very cheaply with vegetables and pulses.

    Continue to 5 of 6 below.
  • 05 of 06

    Eat Well for Less by Eating More Fish

    Philippe - Getty Images

    Fish is healthy, is nutritious and an essential part of a healthy diet. If you are lucky enough to live near the coast finding fresh fish is easy and usually cheaper.

    A good tip is to get to know what fish are in season and what fish is available where you live. A local fishmonger is your best guide. I ask my fishmonger for off-cuts which make a great Fish Pie.

    And, of course there is always fish and chips, not so cheap anymore but easy to make at home.

    Smoked fish can be picked up reasonably cheaply and is very nutritious. Here are 5 of my favourite recipes

    Don't forget added value fish products of canned or smoked fish. What could be easier or cheaper than a delicious Salade Nicoise made with canned Tuna

  • 06 of 06

    Eat Well for Less: Don't Forget the Puddings

    Bread and Butter Pudding
    Bread and Butter Pudding. The Spruce

    An easy way to save money would be to cut down on desserts and puddings. But why? We all need a bit of cheering up and a sweet comforting pudding is one of the easiest ways.

    One way to save money is to make the most of seasonal fruits for scrumptious puddings. Apples are cheap and plentiful especially autumn through winter. What could be more cheering than a warm Apple Pie or easier than an Apple Mousse. One of the cheapest puddings in the British kitchen is a classic Bread and Butter Pudding

    Rhubarb is another lovely, cheap fruit that is cheap and available almost year round. Rhubarb makes a comforting Crumble or a light Rhubarb Fool and becomes ultra-sophisticated as a Jelly .