8 July 2023 By

With interest rates continuing to climb, inflation affecting affordability, and bills on the increase, the way we eat has to adapt to how we are impacted by the economy. Here are some ways that can help you get tasty, nutritious foods on the table for your family without compromising on enjoyment.

  • Air fryers can save around two thirds of the energy used by an electric oven! Over the course of a year, this really adds up.
  • Slow cookers use roughly the same amount of energy as a standard electric lightbulb. They’re also handy because you can use the cheapest cuts of meat and achieve a succulent, tender result.
  • In-season vegetables are always cheapest and at their most flavourful. Winter cauliflowers, broccoli, sweet potato, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, silverbeet, and spinach are all incredibly versatile and nutritious.
  • Do your grocery shopping online because there’s less chance to make impulsive purchases and you can watch the total rise as you add things to your cart. Before you check out, you can easily remove items to meet your budget.
  • Reduce meat consumption and make more plant-based meals, which can dramatically cut costs.
  • Cook in batches so you can buy ingredients in bulk and prepare meals for the freezer for later. Did you know that the fuller your fridge and freezer, the more energy-efficient they are and therefore cheaper to run?

When all’s said and done, no matter the interest rate, you still have to eat and feed your family. Get smart and create meals that are cleverly thrifty, full of flavour, and mighty satisfying.