Shopping Hacks

Did you know Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase? Check out the simple shopping hacks below to save yourself your food, time and money.

  • Check through your pantry and fridge before going shopping.

  • Then write a shopping list, including quantities so you don’t overbuy.

  • Plan your meals weekly, accounting for any events for which you won’t need to provide your own meal, and ingredients that you already have.

  • Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season.

  • Buy only what you need and will use, to encourage you to cook and eat the food at home instead of buying takeaway.

  • Make use of supermarket specials when buying pantry staples (e.g. pasta, flour, rice).

  • Spend most of your food budget on the five food groups, to get the most amount of nutrients in the least amount of kilojoules:

    • Vegetables and legumes/beans

    • Fruit

    • Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties

    • Lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, and seed and legumes/beans

    • Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or their alternatives

    View the complete Shopping Hacks Guide - Konstance Nicolopolous, a student at UniSA, put these tips and resources together to help other students.


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