We all have our moments when takeaway is enjoyed at home as a quick option on a crazy busy day. Later on you look at your bank statement and wonder why it cost so much. Here are a few tips for reducing the total spend on your treat -
* Don't buy the garlic bread on the menu. While someone picks up your order ( or getting it delivered ), grab a few slices of bread or a bread roll ( sliced in half ), butter it, add some herbs and pop it in the oven under the grill.
* Soft drinks, bottled water and juices are incredibly expensive from takeaway shops. Just offer the family a glass of water and save your sugar intake for a piece of chocolate or a biscuit after dinner.
* When you are about to eat your takeaway, if possible serve what you know you can eat onto dinner plates and portion the leftovers into containers. Place them in the fridge and when dinner is over, pop it in the freezer for future eating. Placing picked over, leftover food in the fridge might seem like a great option but the food deteriorates at a faster rate due to the bacteria introduced from the cutlery.
* If ordering Asian food, cook your own rice to save money. White rice takes 10 minutes to cook which can be done while the takeaway food is being delivered or picked up.
* Try to only order what you know you can eat. Over ordering is a common mistake many people make. If this happens, freeze the rest.
* Meal deals are not really deals. They are marketed so you spend more than you intend. Just order the basics. For example, pizza without the dessert, garlic bread and drinks.
* Check your phone apps to see if there are any discount coupons or codes.
* As a cheaper alternative, keep leftovers in the freezer to avoid the temptation to spend.
How do you save on takeaway ( other than not buying it ) ?