In a recession, we all try to save a few quid here and there by various means, such as things like

It’s always good to look at things from a positive and energetic perspective – so if you’re on of the many of us who are budgeting right now, one way to approach this is as a health opportunity.

In fact, think of all the shopping you could do for the price of an average takeaway meal. And of course when you’re doing the cooking you’re also in control of the ingredients as well as the portion size – so you can season your meal to your own taste but still make sure your keeping the levels of sugar and salt nice and low.

One of the things that’s simply a reality these days as well is that a lot of prices have gone up – and while meat hasn’t seen any particularly strong upward inflationary pressure, it was never cheap in the first place. So if you’re looking to cut the cost of the weekly shop, why not swap meat occasionally (or regularly) for a tasty non-meat equivalent.

A good way to do this is to take one of your favourite dishes – such as chilli, and do a version of it that’s cheaper, with no meat in it – like a 3 bean chilli using budget supermarket kidney beans, and maybe a small tin of chickpeas plus some butter beans. Bingo – a delicious, cheap meal that’s also healthy too.

Sometimes healthy eating is really just down to habit – so what better time than now to acquire some healthy habits? I’ve managed to save some money by cutting out soft drinks and having water with my meals instead. This helps cut down on empty calories too.

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