The average family could save £700 a year by reducing their food waste according to WRAP, an organisation that campaigns to cut waste.
In a recent survey, they found almost 40% of working families in the North East cut back on buying essential food and clothing in a bid to help pay their mortgage.
Northumberland mum-of-two, Christine McAllister, got sick of wasting food and spending more money than she needed to on food shops. So, she revolutionised the way she bought, prepared and cooked food.
She set herself the goal of spending £50 a month on food shops and here, she shares some of her top tips for saving both money, and the amount of food you throw away: