Make these simple to changes to save some serious money on your food bill
Do you find yourself overspending on every weekly shop? You’re not alone. According to the Office of National Statistics, the average family now spends almost £60 on their weekly food shopping. If you’re looking to save, here are some simple changes that could make a big difference.
1) Make sure you eat before you go. The worst thing you can do is shop when you’re hungry and buy things you probably shouldn’t. There’s a reason the chocolate bars and sugary drinks are by the tills.
2) Make a list and stick to it. Not only will it help you stay focused and avoid any unnecessary impulse buys, it will also ensure that you don’t forget any of the essentials and end up having to go back out.
3) Plan your meals beforehand so you know exactly what food you need to buy and avoid anything being wasted.
4) Set a budget, both for the overall shop and for individual items. This will help you stay on track and stick to the list.
5) When you’re there, look for the fruit and vegetables with the longest expiry date to make sure you don’t have to re-buy ingredients throughout the week.
6) Go for cheaper cuts of meat. Beef brisket and chicken thighs are bursting with flavour yet much cheaper than the more popular choices. If you’re not sure what to do with them, research some recipes before you go.
7) Try own brand products. Just because the packaging is more appealing and you recognise the brand, doesn’t automatically mean it’s better quality. Start with switching a few cupboard essentials like pasta, flour and even butter, and see if you can tell the difference.
8) Don’t always be tempted by the ‘sale’ items. Just because something is reduced, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re making savings. If you didn’t actually need these items in the first place, you could end up forgetting about them and wasting food.
9) Freeze any leftovers. Most food is suitable for freezing, so if you do end up buying too much, you can freeze it and use it for the following week. According to ‘Love Food Hate Waste’, the average family can save up to £60 a month on their shopping bills by freezing leftovers.
10) Avoid ‘top up shopping’. Do your best to plan your food shop properly and avoid having to go back. Before popping to the shop, check if you have any store cupboard alternatives you could use instead.
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