The credit crunch means that there are many areas of our lives where we have to cut back on spending, and our weekly food shop is probably one of the main drainers of our disposable income. But according to Fiona Beckett, author of The Frugal Cook, credit crunch cooking can be fun!

Beckett believes that our habits-of-old meant that we were relying too much on ready meals and takeaways for the stable of our diets. But as financial times have changed, she believes that many of us will rediscover the joys of home cooking; “People are going to have to cut back as people are losing their jobs, struggling to pay their mortgages, not being able to sell a house, so it’s something more and more people will have to come to terms with. It can be really pleasurable [having to cut back]. Cooking is fun.”