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20 clever kitchen hacks to save money and time

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Most of us would love to find easy ways to save both time and money in the kitchen, but just how easily can it be done?

Sometimes it seems like we’re just destined to waste food, and unless you keep a mental tally of every available morsel, there’s just nothing you can do to prevent it…or is there?

Tackling food waste on stuff we eat and drink on a daily basis might be easier than you think. All it takes is a bit of culinary craftiness…

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Thrifty eats – we put cheap cuts of meat to the test!

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We love saving money, especially if it means not having to compromise on quality. And meat is one of those areas where quality really matters.

Are “cheap” cuts of meat always all that cheap? Can they be as tasty as more expensive cuts of meat? Are they a nightmare to cook with? Are the MoneyAware team all terrible cooks?

We’ve experimented with cooking with four different types of cheap cuts of meat to see if they’re good value and tasty (plus one vegetarian option, to show you don’t always need to eat meat!).

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National Vegetarian Week: 5 cheap midweek veggie meals

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Veggie meals don’t have to be dull!

As this week is National Vegetarian Week, could there be a better time to embrace your greens? It’s estimated that around 1.2 million people in the UK are vegetarian, and many more are choosing to eat meat-free meals. Even Jamie Oliver is reported to be eating veggie a couple of nights a week. Not only can it be a healthier choice, it can help you save money on your food shop.

I decided to be a vegetarian before I hit my teens, after bowing to peer pressure when one of my friends wore a badge to school which said ‘cows are for mooing not barbecuing’. My mum rolled her eyes but agreed to go along with it, thinking it’d just be my latest phase. 14 years later and I’ve still not grown out of it!

When most people think of vegetarian food, they think of dry nut roasts and tasteless tofu. But in actual fact there are so many delicious meals you can make without spending loads of money on meat. I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite recipes…

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3-ingredient recipes: easy as 1, 2, 3

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3-ingredient recipes

Brownies, pancakes, and macaroni cheese – what do they have in common? Three ingredients, that’s what! When I first heard about these cheap recipes I decided it was time to put them to the test.

For most of these recipes I didn’t even need to head to the shop since I had a lot of the ingredients lurking in the cupboards somewhere.

Now I’m not the best cook in the world, but they say good things come in threes and armed with my cheap ingredients it was time to get stuck in.

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7 hobbies that won’t cost you a fortune

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 One person who knows how to have fun on the cheap is thrifty father of three Ricky Willis aka Skint Dad – Recently we invited him to tell us his recommendations on how to keep busy without busting the bank…take it away, Ricky!

Get on your running shoes!

Get on your running shoes!

We all like to make the most of our spare time and let our hair down. The problem is that pretty much everything costs money. Whether you like the odd pint down the pub or play a sport, most of the time you need to dig deep into your pockets.

The Money Advice Service recently claimed that we as a nation are putting ourselves in ‘social debt’ in an effort to save face in front of our mates. (note: based on research carried out for our 2013 statistical yearbook, StepChange Debt Charity found that unemployment and reduced income continue to be the two biggest drivers of debt problems for our clients).

No one wants to be ‘that spoilsport’ who avoids getting together with friends due to a tight budget, but it’s also really important we have that leisure time and interaction with people we care about.

Luckily I’m going to give you the low down on seven hobbies that will keep you entertained without breaking the bank.  Hopefully you can get your buddies involved too!

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Fakeaways vs. takeaways

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We asked one of our favourite bloggers, Ricky aka Skint Dad, to tell us what drove him to swap takeaways for ‘fakeaways’. There’s no turning back now for this thrifty father of three – let’s see how he got on!

The fakeaway should be on the menu every Saturday night

The fakeaway should be on the menu every Saturday night

“Can I have a chicken curry, special fried rice, beef chow mein, sweet and sour chicken balls, vegetable pancake rolls and chuck in a bag of prawn crackers?…

…Oh and a diet coke.”

These words, or variations of these words, are heard in households up and down the country throughout the year…and it’s costing us a fortune.

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