Lower my shopping bill
No matter how much we cut back on luxuries, there's a basic human need for food. It's something that we can't live without. It's the one regular spend that everyone in Britain can't avoid. However, there are a few things you can do to cut down the amount you spend on groceries and food shopping. Here are a few simple money saving tips to help you lower your bill whilst filling your shopping trolley.
Make a list
Before going shopping, make a list of what you need. Stick to the list! If you don't know what you need, you are more likely to buy things you already have or don't really require.
Don't shop when you're hungry
Never shop on an empty stomach as you are more likely to buy lots of expensive snacky items which you wouldn't buy if you weren't hungry.
Avoid branded goods
If you are doing your regular weekly or fortnightly shop, consider the 'economy range' at your supermarket. Often you'll find the products similar but in different packaging and a huge amount cheaper. Kelloggs Cornflakes 750g (£2.48 in Tesco) vs Tesco Cornflakes 750g (£1.28).
Avoid convenience food
Although these are great time savers, avoid readymade meals or ready-prepared food as they will cost more overall. Making your own meals won't take too much time and will certainly save some money. Findus Pasta Arrabiatta 360g (£1.50) vs Tesco Fusilli Pasta Twists 500g (£0.77) and Bertolli Pasta Sauce Arrabiatta sauce 400g (£1.99) which will make 3 or 4 meals. Pre-sliced carrots 350g (Asda) £0.50 vs 1kg of unprepared carrots £0.70.
Check sell by dates
It may sound obvious but check sell-by dates on the food, otherwise you risk buying too much food which cannot be eaten before it is out of date.
Look out for special offers on items you know you will use, such as toothpaste, shampoo or pet food. It could save you pounds in the long run! Winalot Cans 6 pack: £3.15 each or 2 for £5 (Asda). Don't be tempted to bulk up if you know that it will go to waste.
Late night shopping
If you don't do online grocery shopping then consider shopping at night. Supermarkets like Tesco and ASDA often reduce the price of food like bread, milk, cakes or bread later in the day to make sure they sell before they expire.
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Follow these simple saving tips and you will discover some extra money in your pocket every month. Good luck!