Apply these simple rules and soon you’ll be spending like a pauper and eating like a queen.
- Experiment with cheaper cuts of meat
The world’s top chefs embraced nose-to-tail dining over a decade ago, but many home cooks are still fixated on lean, tender and expensive cuts like fillet and rump. Cheaper cuts tend to be fattier and tougher, but if you cook them on a low heat for a long time the results are mind-blowing. Give us brisket over tenderloin any day! Beef cuts to look out for are brisket, flank, chuck and skirt while pork belly, cheek and chump are all delicious. Lamb lovers should try scrag, neck and shoulder or even buy mutton instead of lamb.
- Make friends with your freezer
With a little bit of common sense and a vacuum pack machine (or Ziploc bags!) you can save loads of money and eat far better quality meat. Order a whole, organic Karoo lamb direct from the farm, cut it up and pop it into the freezer… just hold thumbs there’s no load shedding in the next few months! You can also buy fruit and veg when it’s cheap and in season and freeze it for later use. Berries, mangoes, pineapples, peaches, spinach and corn all freeze well.
- Eat what’s in season
These days you can get every fruit and vegetable imaginable all year round… at a price. We all know how exorbitant avos get in summer, but more humble produce like tomatoes, potatoes and apples also have huge seasonal price fluctuations. If Jamie Oliver and Sarah Graham can cook with what’s cheap and available, so can you.
- Get the SnapnSave app and make money while you shop
SnapnSave is South Africa’s fastest growing cashback shopping app that gives you cashback savings on a wide-range of products at any supermarket. Their deals are updated weekly, and include some gourmet brands like Marcel’s frozen yoghurt and Sally Williams Nougat. Not to mention loads of pantry and household items. Find out how to start saving here.
- Grow your own
The best way to save money on food is to have a garden full of items you would normally buy at the shop. Things like tomatoes and spinach are really easy to grow, and herbs are another sure-fire winner. Growing your own isn’t just good for your pocket – it’s relaxing and rewarding fun for the whole family.
- Buy no-name brands
In most cases, house brands are of equal quality to big name brands and, in some cases, they are actually the exact same product. Just remove the packaging when you get home and no-one will be any the wiser. Apart from your bank manager, of course!