Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Can you save £70 a month by getting Food Savvy?

PUBLISHED: 22:48 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 22:48 26 September 2018

The Food Savvy challenge is part of a new campaign to combat the issue of food waste in East Anglia.
Picture: HUBBUB

The Food Savvy challenge is part of a new campaign to combat the issue of food waste in East Anglia. Picture: HUBBUB

HUBBUB

Is it really possible to save up to £70 a month by taking part in a challenge being run by a campaign to cut food waste?

I’m about to find out, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

I’ve signed up for the Food Savvy Challenge, part of a campaign being run by Suffolk and Norfolk councils along with environmental charity Hubbub.

The challenge, open to residents cross the two counties, takes four weeks to complete and will include regular email updates packed with tips and useful links to help participants make the most of their food. The advice is to try as many ideas as possible during the challenge to reduce your food waste and save money.

I like to think I’m already fairly food savvy so it will be interesting to see if there are further savings I can make.

The challenge is one of a range of waste-busting initiatives the campaign will be spearheading over the coming months in a bid to reduce the £810 of edible food the average East Anglian family wastes each year.

The initial stage will run for two years and then Food Savvy’s most successful elements will be scaled up to meet a seven-year target of reducing food waste by 20% by 2025.

Other taster initiatives over the next two years include seasonal campaigns such as a Halloween-themed pumpkin rescue, Christmas festive freeze and pre-holiday travellers check.

Food Savvy’s quick tips for households wanting to cut food waste include:

Plan ahead – more than six in 10 residents don’t plan their meals before shopping. Make a shopping list and buy only what you need.

Check your fridge – 30% don’t look in the fridge before shopping, crucial to avoid ‘doubling up’.

Store food carefully – 31% don’t store potatoes in a cool, dark place, meaning they go off quicker.

Make the most of your leftovers – four in 10 East Anglians love banana bread, a great way to use up over-ripe fruit. If you cook too much or can’t finish a meal, pack it for lunch. Even if you’re eating out, ask for a ‘doggy bag’.

Love your freezer – many residents don’t realise that popular fridge staples can be frozen – for instance, 41% have never frozen milk and 46% didn’t know it’s possible to freeze cheese. If you cook too much or forget to eat something near its use by date, chances are you can freeze it and eat it later. 

Find out more at www.foodsavvy.org.uk and follow #FoodSavvy on social media.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Two Ipswich residents have been left with bills of more than £1,000 between them after subjecting their neighbours to late-night, high-volume music by Status Quo and Natalie Imbruglia.

Police were unable to act on five cases of adults having sex with teenagers in their care over the last four years due to a legal loophole, the NSPCC has revealed.

Eagle-eyed shoppers will have noticed that the former Grimwade’s store in Ipswich town centre is fast transforming, and Pret A Manger will soon be opening their first store in town.

An Ipswich teenager representing the town at the UK’s Youth Parliament has called for more action on knife crime during a debate in the House of Commons.

A crunch summit between Shotley Pier stakeholders is being held to try and decide on the plans for the future of the Suffolk tourist attraction.

Table tennis, jamaoke sessions and a ‘Quizzee Rascal Wednesday’ are all on offer at new Waterfront bar Wiff Waff opening tonight (Friday).

The new-look Cornhill will host thousands of people next week for the Ipswich Town Hall Christmas lights switch on.

If you are a parent of a three or four year old you will have received a letter from Suffolk County Council about school places this week. But what do you do next?

A motorist was stopped in Ipswich after vehicle checks found the car not to have a valid MOT.

Ice skating has become a staple tradition for many families at Christmas and pop-up ice rinks are set to appear everywhere from Felixstowe, where skating is free, to Newmarket.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24