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Week 7- Plan Ahead

posted Dec 8, 2013, 8:02 AM by Amanda Yorwerth   [ updated Dec 8, 2013, 8:03 AM ]

Just a little bit of planning and fore thought can make the world of difference to the size of your bin on Boxing Day.


·         We spend an average of £170 on our big Christmas food shop- and much of it is quickly transformed into rubbish. Love Food Hate Waste have lots of great tips to help you avoid the waste and expense- like start eating up things in the freezer now to make space for Christmas leftovers.

·         Working out how much food you should buy needn’t be guess work. Try this handy portion planner to ensure that there’s enough for everyone except the bin. Also, lots of you have said that once you have worked out what you need to buy, the secret is to prepare the all important shopping list and stick to it, ignoring all the tempting extras that abound in the supermarket.

·         Buying food and gifts from a local supplier often means you can choose to have much less packaging. Try the inaugural St.Albans Christmas Market  that’s around the Abbey until 21st December and support local producers whilst soaking up the lovely, festive atmosphere.

·         If you need to have some “just in case” gifts, then something like an Oxfam unwrapped gift has the advantage that there is all the benefit and no waste even if the gift is, ultimately, not required.