are you wasting money on food?

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[FONT=&quot]Apparently, in the UK, the average family wastes up to £50 a month on food that is not eaten!
One of the best tips to avoid this is to plan your meals in advance and write a shopping list when you buy your food.
Good news is, to encourage North London residents to do just that, there is a new campaign/challenge called It Pays to Plan. If you submit your entry they send you a 'food waste reduction' pack and you will enter a prize competition for a cookery class. Check their website to enter.

any other ideas?
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  • sweetilemon
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    Might be a good idea to post on the food & grocery page :) did write a fair bit but it didn't post! Basically, a lot of local councils have zero waste promotions so a check on local council websites might have events & freebies. A lot of mse'rs buy food from supermarkets close to use by & freeze until needed. Meal planning def saves!
  • Pollycat
    Pollycat Posts: 34,747 Forumite
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    I'd put it on the 'OldStyle Moneysaving' board - maybe that's the one that sweetilemon means.

    Lots of threads on there about meal planning and cooking in bulk.

    £50 per month wasted food?

    Not me. I very rarely throw anything away, even if I'm going on holiday.
    I do meal plans for 3 weeks at a time and if I've bought, say, a family pack of mushrooms they get used up in a number of different recipes.
  • I_luv_cats
    I_luv_cats Posts: 14,441 Forumite
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    Don't include me in the figures!


    I can't remember the last time I threw out/wasted food.

    My freezer is my friend, bread/meat etc. is frozen if approaching the best before / use by and unlikely to get used up.

    Perishables are bought for a specific period so are stored and used as anticipated.
  • C_Mababejive
    C_Mababejive Posts: 11,658 Forumite
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    Not me!

    I have just extracted a 250g packet of carved turkey from Tesco Whoops counter for £1.65. I also disregard use by /sell by dates. If it isnt growing or smelling,it gets used.
    Feudal Britain needs land reform. 70% of the land is "owned" by 1 % of the population and at least 50% is unregistered (inherited by landed gentry). Thats why your slave box costs so much..
  • ska_lover
    ska_lover Posts: 3,773 Forumite
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    Throw out food? Noooooooo no no, I can honestly say that is not something we do here.

    Mind you, I would eat something out of date no probs!
    The opposite of what you know...is also true
  • torbrex
    torbrex Posts: 71,340 Forumite
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    smells like :spam:
  • Kayalana99
    Kayalana99 Posts: 3,626 Forumite
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    Personally probally waste about £5 a month. No where near £50 but we are just two people.

    On other hand my Dad's wife is a !!!!!! for it. Spends £100 a week shopping bill on three people (my dad only eats bread and butter...another story) and ends up chucking loads of un eaten ready meals in bin weekly along with unused veg and the fruit that just has to be in the bowl at all times.....

    Drives him mad . lol
    People don't know what they want until you show them.
  • lynne192
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    don't have the money to spend £50 never mind waste it but we aren't the best at saving food although over the last two years we are getting better. has anyone got any tips on saving food?
  • Pollycat
    Pollycat Posts: 34,747 Forumite
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    lynne192 wrote: »
    don't have the money to spend £50 never mind waste it but we aren't the best at saving food although over the last two years we are getting better. has anyone got any tips on saving food?

    Hi Lynne
    check out the Old Style MoneySaving board:

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=&f=33

    Lots of great tips on there.
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