Your first meal in a new year may not be your favorite meal.
It may be a meal that costs you a few pounds or it may cost you £30 or more.
We asked the experts for their advice on what to do to save some cash in the meantime.
Here are their answers.
-Jenny O’Brien, author of ‘Food in 2018’The easiest way to save money is to eat less food.
This will save you a lot of money.
It’s simple: eat less, less expensive food, and then eat more expensive food.
If you don’t have enough money to pay for all of the things you want, it may be worth it to eat out more.
There’s nothing worse than having to buy something new because you don ‘t have the money’ to do so.
The extra money you save will go towards food and cooking.
It also means that you can eat out less often, so you have less shopping and more time to spend with family and friends.
If I’m feeling a little down or feeling hungry, I’ll eat at home instead of on the go.
-Caroline White, author, ‘Eat, Be Kind’This is an easier option than it sounds.
Eating at home is an absolute no-brainer.
If it’s a good day to eat and you have some time on your hands, you can skip the supermarket and spend it at home.
It is so much more satisfying to enjoy yourself.
You will find yourself having an even greater appreciation for the food you have eaten than you will for the expensive supermarket produce.
You won’t be tempted to go out for a quick meal, but you will be less likely to miss out on the best deals and the best prices.
-Gareth Smith, head of food research, National Farmers UnionThere’s no need to be frugal with food.
You can spend money on a good quality meal and have the luxury of saving money for a rainy day.
There are several great options on the market.
Try one of the many local bakeries in your area.
You’ll be amazed at the variety of options and flavours you’ll find.
If the weather is nice, you may find it worth it for a little bit more money than you think.
-Sarah Kelleher, author ‘I’m A Celebrity…’, ‘The Power Of A Little’The cost of living is rising rapidly.
You’re not going to get anywhere near as much for the same quality of food, so why not spend some extra cash on a bit of quality and comfort food?
You’ll find that you will save quite a bit by eating out less frequently.
-Kate Kelly, author’A Happy Meal: How To Save Money, Keep Food on the Table, and Be More Creative’If you can afford it, it’s best to buy yourself some fancy food.
However, if you have limited time or don’t like to spend a lot, you could always try this one: buy yourself a meal with friends, take the family out to dinner or buy a meal at home for less.
There’ll be less to pay and you’ll be happier at the end of the day.
-Rachael Lewis, head, ‘Food Bank’It’s important to be flexible with the budget.
You might want to eat more, or perhaps try eating out once a week instead of once a month.
You may also want to make some changes to your diet.
You could eat out at a less expensive restaurant.
Try out some of these suggestions: -Try the vegetarian version of the classic steak and chipotle.
-Try a burger at a local joint.
-Go to a vegetarian restaurant and try out a variety of different vegetarian dishes.
-Find a vegetarian café.
-Make a conscious effort to eat at least one meal with a vegetarian companion.
-Consider giving yourself a free day or two of free travel by using your airline’s loyalty card.
-Get yourself a vegetarian or vegan meal to enjoy while you’re on your holiday.
-Eat out a few times a week, or even more often.
-If you’re going out for the holidays, try out some vegan and vegetarian options.
If not, you’ll likely have a better experience than you would have at home, so be flexible.
-Read our new article on what is a good meal and what not to eat.
-Follow this link to get your free food tracker to track your food purchases.