Shopping listThe average family wastes about £60 a month on food which they could have eaten. An easy way to reduce this is by planning ahead.

Here are some of the ways you can plan ahead and save time and money:

  • Write out a weekly meal plan – and ask your family to help you come up with ideas.
  • When writing your plan, remember to use your leftovers and what's already in your cupboard, fridge or freezer - visit our recipe pages for suggestions.
  • Base your shopping list on your meal plan and stick to it when you go to the supermarket.
  • Try shopping online where it's easier to resist special offers or buying food you don't need.
  • Set a budget to help you avoid buying extras.
  • Only buy in bulk or discounts such as 'buy one, get one free' if you'll definitely use them.

It's also helpful to stay stocked up on some essential cupboard ingredients, which will help you turn your leftovers into a meal without going to the shops.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Herbs, spices and condiments
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Ready-made sauces
  • Oils (such as olive, vegetable, sunflower)
  • Canned fish
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Vinegar (white wine, balsamic)