Buying ready-cooked food to go in a microwave, or pre-packed sandwiches for example, is far more expensive than preparing food from scratch using a cooker or with items kept fresh in a fridge. Relying on microwave meals adds £2,100 to the annual food bill for a family of four.
Without a freezer, families can’t bulk-buy to save money, or freeze leftovers for another meal.
Having to shop every day as you can’t store fresh food in a fridge/freezer is on average 43% more expensive than weekly visits to a supermarket with a planned list and access to cheaper food items.
Many families are forced into taking out high-cost credit on extortionate rent-to-buy schemes to obtain the appliances they need to feed their families - prices often end up as more than double due to interest rates. This can exacerbate their existing financial difficulties and may lead to them ending up in a spiral of debt which is hard to get out of.
And the cost of living with faulty or inefficient white goods can add upwards of £100 to energy bills every year, meaning that new, high-performing appliances are also a money saver for families.