To avoid wasting fresh produce, check the fridge and fruit bowl regularly and use up anything that's starting to look a bit sad – soups and smoothies are a great way to use up vegetables and fruits.
Bread is one of the most frequently thrown away food items – but it needn't be. Any bread that is about to go stale can be turned into breadcrumbs in a food processor and frozen for future use. Breadcrumbs are useful in stuffings and fishcakes, or mixed with cheese to make a topping for savoury dishes.
Cook once, eat twice (or three or four times!)
Mince and tomato sauce can become spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne, chilli (with beans, sweetcorn and chilli added) or a filling for jacket potatoes. Cooking larger amounts of food in one go saves energy, as reheating food in a microwave or on the hob is quicker than cooking from scratch.
Extra portions can be frozen and used when you're too busy to cook – which may stop you reaching for the take-away menu and save you even more money!