MAKE IT MEAT-FREE
Having a meat-free meal, such as a vegetable chilli or pasta with a veggie sauce, will stretch your money further and you can choose from Morrisons wonky vegetable range for the biggest savings, includings wonky peppers, 750g, £1.20, onions, 50p for a kilo, and potatoes, 2.5kg, 89p.
DIG UP SAVINGS
For bargain meals all the family will love, look no further than the humble potato. Tesco has a 2.5kg bag of Maris Pipers for £1.15. They are great for baking. Add tasty toppings such as the store’s tuna chunks in spring water, £2 for three 80g tins. Check out more tatty recipes at lovepotatoes.co.uk.
USE CHEAP CHEATS
Snap up time-saving ingredients when you see a good deal to save a heap of hassle. Sainsbury’s currently has a Jus-Rol puff pastry sheet down from £1.60 to £1. Just mix up some pesto and cherry tomatoes then spread them over the pastry before baking for a tasty meal.
Cheaper cuts of meats are often most delicious when cooked over several hours. Look out for cuts such as pork shoulder, pork belly, lamb shoulder and casserole steak. It’s £2.90 for 300g of lean diced casserole steak at Morrisons.
Buy in big quantities to save more. Then you can freeze half to eat another day. You can get a kilo of Asda beef mince for £4.75. It is perfect for pasta bolognese or a tasty chilli con carne. Stretch your money even further by adding tins of green lentils, 390g, 55p from Asda, to the recipe. Meat-eaters will hardly tell the difference.
SWAP YOUR CUTS
Fancy a chicken tray bake? Choose chicken thigh fillets or drumsticks. Buy a kilo of chicken thigh fillets for £4.65 at Morrisons and cook with veg and Morrisons fajita seasoning for a tasty meal. For cheaper chicken breasts, Morrisons has 750g for £4.
BAKE YOUR OWN
Make your own traybakes for pennies. Flapjacks are the ultimate bargain nibble – just oats, syrup and brown sugar transform into something amazing. Get a kilo of porridge oats for 79p at Morrisons.
GET CRACKING WITH EGGS
For a protein-rich meal costing less than £2, look no further than a box of eggs. Tesco has a pack of 12 free-range eggs for £1.69, perfect for whipping up an omelette, frittata or tortilla – or even hard-boiling for a bargain egg curry.
FILL UP YOUR FREEZER
Buying frozen is usually cheaper than fresh. If you are making fish pie, for £4 you can get 400g of frozen fish mix at Tesco, compared to just 340g from the fresh fish aisle.