Avoid waste and save money while you're at it. We talk you through 12 economical ways cut your food costs.

Buy in bulk from retailers to save time and money.

Always list the things you need for the week or month and another list for the things you want. When there is surplus money from the money after buying your needs you can then add some things you want. Stop impulse buying now.

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Buying foods from outside are very expensive, sometimes nutritionally unbalanced and never as good as homemade food. Spend time on a weekend to prepare different Ghanaian stews and soup for the week. Package it in individual portions and store in the fridge.

When it comes to cooking, a simple mistake can turn into a signature dish. Book recipe books, watch video online and enjoy your cooking sections at the comfort of your home. This new hobby can save you extra money during the week.

Empty your freezer

Don’t let your freezer become a harbor of chicken, fish, and vegetables. Most items can be frozen for months but it is always advisable to use up food while it’s as fresh as possible to have a good clear-out.

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To prevent your canned foods to hanging around past their expiration date, put the oldest items in front and new ones with longer shelf life behind. Stocking your cupboards saves time and money.

Always to the market, to buy all your fresh groceries. Fruit, vegetables, and frozen foods can be expensive in supermarkets.