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Cheap eats

Eating out at cafes and restaurants can get very expensive very quickly! We’ve come up with some strategies to help make sure you don’t spend more than you can afford.

Here’s a map of some of the most affordable cafes in Bristol to help you avoid overspending if you do go out.

Click the top right-hand corner for the full-sized map.

Even if you don’t buy food out, it can be a struggle to budget for your meals. Here’s a list of tips on how to avoid spending more than you have to on food.

  • Make a budget. In order to work out what you can afford to spend, you need to know your budget. Check out our Budgeting resource for tips on how to make one.
  • Make your own meals. Making your own meals from scratch can save you up to £800 a year – and it’s not as hard as you think! Below, we’ve included the BBC Goodfood and Net Mums websites, which are packed with cheap and simple recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.
  • Buy own-brand. Many people buy branded good at the supermarket, but more than two thirds of UK shoppers think own-brand is just as good, if not better! It’s easy to replace most of your usual shop with cheaper own-brand items and it could save you more than you think.
  • Shop earlier or later. Most supermarkets reduce the prices of items by up to 75% at specific times. Our Savvy Shopping booklet has a timetable to help you choose the time that’s best for you.
  • Compare prices. Nowadays you don’t have to go trudging from one supermarket to the next in search of a bargain – you can simply use a comparison website such as MySupermarket or
  • Don’t always buy deals. It can be tempting to buy items on a 2 for 1 deal, but ask yourself if you really need them. If you’re going to buy anyway, the free one is a nice bonus, but if you’re buying because of the deal, you might be spending more money than you have to.

Cheap Eats Resources

meal planner2Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to budgeting for your food. Our resources are a way of easily organising your spending to make sure you’re making the most of your money.
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to cook tasty, nutritious food on a budget, check out our Savvy Shopping booklet, which is packed with tips and recipes, or our Smart Shopping page, which has advice on how to reduce what you spend on food.
Our meal planner is also a great tool for sticking to a budget. If you laminate it, you can use board markers to make changes to your weekly meals and write a new shopping list based on ingredients you need.

Cheap Eats Online

BBC Goodfood

BBC Goodfood provides a range of cheap, healthy recipes from chunky chilli to udon noodle soup. Each recipe also gives you an approximate time it takes to cook, the difficulty level and how many people it serves.

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Net Mums Recipes

Net Mums has a wide range of recipes for all occasions, including a list of budget recipes which includes foods like apple crumble and home made pizzas. They also provide a link to recipe videos on their youtube channel.

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Net Mums Planner

Net Mums has a range of different meal planners you can use, including a budget meal planner which provides ideas for cheap, nutritious meals and links to recipes for them.

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