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We’re all being told to tighten our belts, cut down, reduce, reuse and recycle. But what about food shopping? Surely spending less means getting less - particularly with the recent rises in food prices. And when we’re also constantly being bombarded with advice about what to eat and what not to eat, how can we ensure our families continue to eat healthily on a smaller budget?

What Consumer has published a unique and comprehensive study, comparing the cost of typical pre-packaged or ready meals with the costs associated with making the same dish from scratch. The study looked at 50 family favourites from Toad in the Hole to Sweet and Sour Sauce to Bakewell Tart, and found some surprising results.

Among the biggest shockers were things like cottage pie, which was found to be well over twice the price of home-made; while lasagne was a whopping £5.46 extra to buy as a ready meal. Among the desserts, a simple rice pudding would cost you £3.27 when shop bought, compared to only £1.92 when making at home. And chocolate crispy cakes are a bargain at only £1.09 at home, compared to a price tag of £2.49 in the shops. Throw in concerns over salt, sugar and fat in processed foods and you’ve got an obvious case for trying your hand at being a domestic goddess!

The study also found numerous items for which the difference was negligible, or were actually cheaper in the shops. Among them were things like chicken nuggets, fishcakes and meatballs. This raises the question of what actually goes into these products to enable them to be priced so competitively. With this in mind, the study looked at the costs associated with making 80% pork sausage rolls, 100% chicken nuggets, and 100% beef burgers.

What Consumer’s Catriona Bright said: “This survey is a real eye opener in terms of showing us how much money we can save if we are prepared to put in a little more effort. But more than that, it’s showing us that with only a handful of ingredients we can produce the same thing without any of the additives, but with all the smugness of knowing it’s home-made!”

Notes to Editors:

Visit this link for full details of the food money saving study

About What Consumer

What Consumer is a leading UK consumer advice website and aims to empower and protect consumers against unscrupulous suppliers as well as providing money saving tips and advice. The site was established to convince the public at large that knowing your basic consumer rights isn’t ‘rocket science’ and can come in extremely handy. It also provides interactive features providing consumers with the opportunity to support each other as well as engaging with consumer expert.

Catriona Bright
What Consumer Founder

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