Create weekly dinner menus
Weekly meal planning is a good idea when cooking on a budget. Or you could even plan for once a month cooking.
Does this sound like hard work? Don't worry, I promise that this will save you time and money in the long run.
Even if you only plan your main meals for the week, it will help. Planning ahead means you are less likely to spend money on food that doesn't get eaten.
It also helps you vary the ingredients used, so you don't get bored. No-one wants to end up in a rut, eating the same things all the time! Mixing things up ensures you get all the nutrients you need too.
A lot of those nutrients come from fresh fruit and vegetables. Plan to use these just after your shopping trip, while they are still at their best. You can then rely on frozen produce later in the week.