How to Get Great Food on a Budget

One thing that most people don’t know until they move away from home is just how much their food can cost them – especially when mum’s home cooked meals are no longer available! Whilst paying for your own food can be expensive, there are plenty of ways in which you can change your spending habits and still have amazing food.

Be Supermarket Smart

One of the key ways to cutting down on your food costs is to make sure that you’re supermarket smart. Some supermarkets are far more expensive than others for ultimately the same products, so make sure that you compare prices and find the cheapest option. As well as choosing your supermarket wisely, keep an eye out for offers and cut-down prices whilst you’re shopping, as an ingredient that you need today might be available but out of date tomorrow, meaning that it will be perfectly fine to use but marked down in price to sell easier. If you really want to save on supermarket prices, there are plenty of apps available on the app store or the Google Play store which offer discounts and cashback on various products in a large variety of supermarkets. If you’re really lucky, you’ll find some products on offer for free!

Cook for Yourself

It’s hard when you’re not used to it, but cooking your own meals from scratch can be far less expensive and far healthier than ready meals or constantly eating out at restaurants. If you want to cook at home but don’t have the time or the energy to do it every day, try batch cooking! Batch cooking is an easy and less expensive way to cook as you can freeze the excess food that you have made, which will provide homecooked meals for the next few days. Another benefit of batch cooking is that you don’t have to constantly buy fresh ingredients, again helping you to save some cash.

Eat Out Wisely

Eating in and cooking every day isn’t for everyone, and just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean that you can’t eat out now and again! Not all great food needs to be ridiculously priced and there are plenty of places to eat that sell amazing food for even better prices. When deciding where to eat, make sure that you check the different deals that most restaurants have to offer on certain days, such as 2 meals for £10 or free drinks when you spend a certain amount of money.

As well as this, you can get great tasting food from low cost fast food restaurants like McDonalds and KFC, and great tasting traditional pub food from lower priced restaurants such as Wetherspoon. If you don’t want to or have the money to travel, you can order great tasting and well-priced food from With home delivery and many locations around the UK, visit Neds Noodle Bar online or in store for great quality food at even better prices.

Just because you need the cost to be low, doesn’t mean that you need the quality to lower also. There are plenty of ways in which you can enjoy beautiful food without breaking your bank, which can also save you time and effort as well as some cash!