Food and family expenses
Last published 10 Nov 2017
Being a smart shopper can help balance the budget for food and kids' essentials
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.