The weekly food shop can take a massive chunk out of our budgets and in recent months with Covid-19 and Brexit food prices have begun to soar.
In this article we'll go over some money saving tips to help reduce your weekly food bill.
Sometime we assume that the larger the quantity the better the deal you're getting but this isn't always the case. Be sure to pay close attention to the shelf price as this will give the cost per unit / kg / litre.
If you're buying items that have a short shelf life such as bread, milk, fresh vegetable etc make sure you buy the items on the shelves with the longest use by date to give you more time to consume it.
Supermarket workers are taught to refill from the back of the shelf so the freshest products will make their way forward as stock goes down. Next time have a rummage around at the back of the shelf and you might just find an extra couple of days added on to the sell by date.
Reduced to clear items will typically find their way onto the shelves from 4pm onwards once the store knows there's less chance of those items being sold by the end of the day. The items you find in reduced to clear are there because there sell by dates expire at the end of the day but if it's somnething you can use that night then why not take the saving.
Shopping when you're hungry causes you to think with your stomach rather than with your head and it's a recipe (no pun intented) for overspending. Ever been to a restaurant when you're super hungry and ended up ordering way too much food? It's the same thing.
We all find food at the back of the fridge that we forgot about or never got round to using in time. When you throw these away you're effectively throwing your hard earnt cash staight into the bin.
Having a weekly meal plan so you know exactly what ingredient to buy and what quantity is a good way of reducing waste.
If you want to keep your weekly shop exactly the same one of the easiest ways to save a ton of money is to switch from brand names to your supermarkets own brand.
Unless you've got a really sensitive pallete you might not recognise the difference.
In the past few years budget supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi have dramtically increased in popularity and the reason for this is because they offer good quality products are cheaper prices than Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.
Sure their range is smaller so you might not come away with everything you want but it's a great place to do your "big" shop and your wallet will thank you later.