Mug recipes and other money-saving food tips

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Microwave mug meals are an easy and tasty way to save money on ingredients and cooking – watch how to make these tasty recipes from food blogger Holly at Eat Up Family!

Groceries can make up a hefty proportion of our bills, yet the average family throws away almost £60 of good food every month because it hasn’t been eaten. That’s money that could be put in a savings plan instead!

Microwave mug meals are a brilliant way to cook with your children, whip up a nutritious snack in super-fast time or keep your bills down by using just the ingredients you need. Oh, and it costs less to cook food in a microwave than on a hob or in the oven, too!


Double-quick quiche


5-minute chocolate mug cake


5 more money-saving food tips

Freeze a crowd

You may be surprised at what you can successfully freeze. For example butter, margarine, grated cheese, bread and beansprouts are all foods that freeze well.  Find more tips to stop waste at

What’s in a name?

Try buying own brand groceries instead of your usual branded versions, often they’re considerably cheaper and  taste the same. And if you already buy own brand, try the basic range – even if it’s just for, well, basics such as chopped tomatoes, oats, rice, tinned pulses etc.

Time out

Don’t pop in to the supermarket after work – you’re likely to be getting hungry then and all those lovely groceries will be harder to resist. Try to get your shopping done online or at the weekend when you can go with a full stomach!

Salad days

We’re not suggesting a full blown kitchen garden, but a couple of window boxes full of salad leaves can help to save money if you buy bags of salad leaves. You can grow them in spring and autumn as well as summer.

Bigger is better

Avoid snack packs and individual packets – as small packages can be more expensive. Buy bigger bags instead and put smaller portions in Tupperware containers or measure out what you need for a serving.

Got you thinking about where to put your extra savings?

Our savings plans can help you save for yourself or your children from as little as £10 a month.


This blog is intended to provide information, not financial advice, to help you make an informed decision about savings and investments. We do not offer financial advice.  You should contact a financial adviser, who may charge a fee, if you want financial advice.