How to save $1000 a year

FREE one-day workshops that teach how to stop wasting food and start saving money are filling fast.

But chef, food sustainabil- ity consultant and Love Food Hate Waste workshop teacher Alison Drover says there are still a few spots left.

"Do you think about what you eat during the week?" Drover asks. "How often are you throwing things out? How can you rethink the way you shop and reconnect yourself with where your food came from?"

While commercial kitchens and businesses are obvious culprits with food wastage, Ms Drover says people would be surprised at how much food is wasted in home kitchens every day.

More than 800,000 tonnes of food is thrown away by NSW householders every year, says the Love Food Hate Waste website ( That's a massive $1036 of produce every year per household.

The answer Ms Drover says, is for people to take ownership of their food and to improve their understanding of how things are cooked.

"We are going to educate people about simplicity and basic cooking skills," Drover says. "Things like how to make a great stock, how to make a pasta sauce and how to make something that can be turned into three different meals. It's what our grandmothers had to do and it's what we should be doing."

For information on the workshops running at Tweed, Bangalow and Murwillumbah ACE colleges from the end of this month, visit the ACE Community Colleges website,, or phone the Tweed college on (07) 5524 8884.

Food tips

Alison Drover's top tips to make food go further:

  • Don't go shopping. Resist the temptation to head to the shops. Instead improvise with what you have.
  • Plan your meals for the week before you do go shopping so you only buy what you need.
  • Stick Post-It notes to your fridge door to remind you of your menu plan.
  • Wrap herbs in newspaper before storing in the fridge.
  • Be disciplined. Keep your fridge in order so you know what's in there.
  • Cook from scratch.
  • Grow your own food.

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