According to the British Retail Consortium, the price of food is increasing four times faster than the price of other items.
We’ve pulled together some tips to help you save money on your weekly food bill:
1. Be seasonal – ensure you plan your meals around local and seasonal produce. Food that is in season will be tastier and less expensive.
2. Shop online – how many times have you made a shopping list and arrived home with everything on your list and more! It’s too tempting to pick up extra bits and pieces while browsing the supermarket aisles, so why not try shopping online where you can stick to the items on your list and be less tempted to buy extra.
3. Beware of enticing offers – be wary of the offers that supermarkets promote, for example 3 for 2 is only a good deal if you need and want 3 of something.
4. Check ‘use by’ dates – supermarkets want to sell their oldest stock first so check at the back of the shelves to ensure you buy the latest stock which will keep for longer.
5. Try ‘down-branding’ – have you tried the ‘economy’ or ‘value’ version of the goods you frequently buy? They can often be just as good without the premium price tag.
6. Compare prices – use supermarket price comparison site mysupermarket.co.uk to compare and shop from four supermarkets in one central place.