Some General Money Saving Tips

When supermarket shopping, consider Aldi.  It is overall much cheaper than Woolworths or Coles as you aren’t expensive for all the expensive advertising, and they’r meat is 100% Australian and sourced from sustainable farms.  They also have many good organic products e.g. tea, pasta, tomato puree, pasta sauce.  They have removed artificial additives and preservatives from most of their products and are environmentally responsible with their carbon footprint.

Carbon Reduction Label Program

In June 2010, ALDI became the first company to join Planet Ark’s Carbon Reduction Label Program in Australia and ALDI’s everyday olive oil range became the first products in Australia to be certified by the Carbon Trust.In October 2010, ALDI became the first retailer in Australia to launch a carbon footprint label in its stores, with the everyday olive oil range now featuring a Carbon Reduction Label, which highlights ALDI’s ongoing commitment to the environment.The Carbon Reduction Label informs consumers of the total carbon footprint of a product, from raw materials and manufacturing right through to disposal or recycling of packaging. The carbon footprint is measured on a ‘per 100mL’ basis for ease of comparison. The Label helps people understand how they can reduce their own carbon footprint and combat climate change.By adopting the Carbon Reduction Label, ALDI joins an international list of major businesses committed to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of their products. Planet Ark brought the Carbon Reduction Label to Australia in partnership with its originators, the Carbon Trust.Measuring carbon emissions at every step of a product’s lifecycle shows businesses where valuable savings can be made to improve the efficiency of their operations. There will be no increase in the prices of ALDI’s everyday olive oil range as a result of the Carbon Reduction Label initiative.ALDI has committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its everyday olive oil range within two years of the Label appearing on the range. The Label is a considerable step towards providing customers with important information about the environmental impact of products, allowing them to make better informed purchasing decisions.

For more information about the program or the methodology behind the calculations, please follow this link or visit the Planet Ark and Carbon Trust websites:

Planet Ark: www.carbonreductionlabel.com.au

Carbon Trust: http://www.carbon-label.co

Other ways to save money include buying bulk, buying fruit and vegetables in season and joining a food co-operative or sharing bulk produce costs with friends or family.
When I was living in a shared we used to buy our meat from a wholesale butcher and saved heaps.
You can also buy from local Farmers’  Markets wherever possible, as that way you are cutting out the middleman (e.g. big supermarkets) and saving on transport costs etc as well as directly helping the farmer and giving him more money in his/her pocket for his efforts.  It is also fresher as it has not been travelling a long way or been in cold storage.
Another way to save money is to develop a Depression Era mentality like our forbears.  To waste food was considered virtually a major sin, and terms such as “waste not, want not” came into their own.
My mother was a typical example of this, as we recycled our food in different meals.  Sunday’s roast leg of lamb (very cheap in those days) re-emerged on Monday night as shepherd’s pie (delicious with added bacon pieces, tomato and worcestershire sauce and creamy mashed potato topping.  Stews made in a pressure cooker were a frequent way to use up leftover meat and veggies, and barley provided a cheap and nutritious bulk and thickening addition.
I am including one of my late mother’s recipes, which was a family favourite.
BRAN LOAF
1 cup of All Bran
1 cup of self raising flour (wholemeal)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup milk
Choice of sultanas or dried apricots ( I often add some chopped walnuts or pecans and 1 teaspoon Chinese allspice)
Put All Bran in bowl, pour in milk, stand for a few minutes until All Bran softens.  Add all ingredients.  Put in bar pan, cook for about 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahr. (180 degrees Celcius).
This is delicious sliced and spread with some butter or margarine, as well as being nutritious and good for regularity.
Let me know if you try it and like it.
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