HOW TO MAKE A LITTLE GO A LONG WAY
Money short or you get unexpected guests, here are some handy hints on how to make ingredients go a bit further.
Sarah Nicholson sent in the following useful advice -
If available in your area, take advantage of online or telephone grocery shopping, particularly for bulky or heavy items. Often the delivery charge can be reduced or eliminated if you choose certain time slots and spend over a certain amount.
Try doing a big order once or twice a month for all the non-perishable items that you regularly buy, such as dried, canned and frozen food, long-life milk and juice, toilet rolls, washing powder, cleaning products, soft drinks and dairy foods (these have surprisingly long sell-by dates).
Buy extra if anything you regularly use is on special offer. This route also has the advantage that you will not be tempted to spend more by buying extras you see in the store.
Even if a delivery service is not available in your area, you can adopt the same principle for a monthly supermarket trip, roping in the family to help. Then you only need to do a quick 10-15 minute shopping raid once or twice a week for fresh items and those you want to choose yourself.
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