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Old 28th October 2008, 12:02 AM
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Cool Make your own food and save money

We have just finished a new guide demonstrating how much you can save by cooking your own food and how much healthier it is.

Have a look: Save Money and Eat Healthy Food | Consumer Information
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Will try these out. Thanks.
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Now is the time to go pick-your-own mad and make enough strawberry jam to last the year! We get through about 6 jars, so I can get that from about 1Kg of Strawberries, 1Kg of granulated sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. It works out at under £1 a pot, including fuel!
Also start stashing jars now for the chutney glut in Autumn!
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Georginazn, can you tell me honestly whether or not it's hard to make jam? (And chutney). This is something I have been wanting to do for ages but for some reason I have it in the back of my mind that it's really complicated and that I need an enormous amount of kitchen equipment. Isn't that true? And good advice about the jars - i will start saving now.
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Default Saving Money

Apparently as the recession hits more and more companies are so eager for our £s you can make savings with your basic bills such as gas, electric, etc

Some of my friends are doing the 'Eclipse Challenge' to try and save money.

It's a new campaign aimed at helping people to save for life's little luxuries (what’s life without them?) by using their monthly budget more frugally. ‘The Eclipse Challenge’, so named because it by Eclipse Card, asks people to look at how much they spend on the essentials in any given month. These include utilities like water and electricity, food, clothes, healthcare and bills. Once these are added, the challenge is to research each bill, budget or tariff online until you can save a total of 25%. Apparently it is definitely do-able with a few hours spent making calls or going online as retailers and suppliers are more desperate for your consumer pound.

Youu then put 10% into the family savings or bonds – so ensuring there’s an ever increasing pot should your personal circumstances change. And after that, you have 15% remaining – which you put on your Eclipse Prepaid MasterCard. This is then your ‘fun & frolics’ account. You add the money through clever budgeting then spend it to add a bit of sun to an otherwise bleak financial climate.

Eclipse Card are evening launching The Eclipse Lounge whereby canny savers can look for deals through approved third parties, making it easier to reach the goal of 25% savings within the target 3 months.

Save save save....and then spend spend spend
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It is honestly simple and good fun. There are lots of recipes on t'interwebnet and even a 'small batch' microwave one! Otherwise, a big pan is the only essential. I love testing for the setting point in jam - you drip a bit of the hot mixture on to a saucer or plate and after a few seconds you push it and if it 'wrinkles' - i.e. has formed a thin skin, it’s ready! It is important to thoroughly clean the jars, and sterilise then by filling them with boiling water, draining them just before you pot up. I have never used wax paper toppers and very rarely have I had any problems.
Chutney is easy too but you have to like chopping!
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I am very lucky in that my marvellous mother is the queen of making jam and sends it over to me...I love my mum!
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I sometimes bake bread. It probably doesn't save me much money once I've bought the bread flour and yeast, but it definitely tastes better and kneading the dough (never used a breadmaker) is very thereapuetic when you imagine it being someone's head.
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Default Re: Make your own food and save money

My money saving tips are:

Just use slight less meat it all your meals.
Invest in tupper wear (SP!) boxes and cook on mass and freeze lots of meals in the right portions size.
Buy fruit and veg from the market and tins, cereals etc from big supermarkets.
Buy fresh loafs of bread that are not sliced - they last longer!

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