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Food and family expenses

Being a smart shopper can help balance the budget for food and kids' essentials

Reducing food waste

NSW households throw away more than 800,000 tonnes of food per year

Buying things that are Australian owned/made or locally grown is better for our economy and the environment.

  • Purchase items with less packaging. The cost of the packaging is built into the cost of the item, making it more expensive to buy single-serve items than a larger amount of the same food.
  • Check your cupboard before you go shopping and always shop from a list.
  • Buy fruit and vegetables in season and locally grown. They are often cheaper and taste better.
  • Say no to plastic bags and take your own reusable bags.
  • Only buy what you need or try to use what you already have. NSW households throw away more than $2.5 billion worth of edible food every year.

For further information about how to reduce food waste at home go to Love Food, Hate Waste.

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019