What can you do with an extra £50 this Christmas?

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Christmas food waste (large version)With the shops already full of Christmas gifts, our minds turn to festive plans and tasty treats to enjoy with family and friends. And yet, we could all do with some extra cash in our pockets at this time of year.

Every month, UK families are throwing away up to £50 worth of good food and drink. When that comes to Christmas, that’s a lot of turkey, trimmings and treats.

Making the most of our food and saving money doesn’t mean cutting down on the indulgence and fun.

So what’s the secret?

It pays to plan

Planning meals in advance saves time, and ensures you always have something to feed the hungry hordes

Look in your cupboards, fridge and freezer and make note of what foods you already have, so you don’t double up when shopping

Perfect portions

Are you catering for family and friends but unsure how much to cook? Check out the Christmas dinner portion and party portions calculator on lovefoodhatewaste.com

Savvy storage

Make sure your vegetables are at their best for the main meal – most vegetables stay fresher for longer stored in the fridge in the pack or bag they came in

Most Christmas leftovers will keep for up to two days well wrapped in the fridge or pop them in the freezer to have on a chilly January evening

You can also find stocking filler ideas for foodie friends at lovefoodhatewaste.com (opens in new window). Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting more Christmas tips.

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