How to Beat the Food Shop Price Rise
Posted by: Eden Morrison on August 28 2018 | Tagged:
Due to the unusually warm summer we experienced this year in the UK, it has been reported that crops and farming have been negatively affected, and this could cause the prices of food in supermarkets to go up. It has been calculated that the average food shop will be roughly £7 more expensive each month.
As your food shop can be a large source of expense before this inflation, we have pulled together our top tips on how to save money on your food shop.
1. Choose your supermarket wisely. Whilst the bigger supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s will often stock the most brand names, they are much more expensive than the likes of Aldi and Lidl. Aldi has been named the cheapest supermarket in 2018, and who doesn’t like a wander down the enticing middle isle where you can pick up anything from a sewing machine to a dog bed!
2. If you shop with a supermarket which offers a point card or system – get clued up on how they work and how you can access your points! Most often than not, points are transferred into discount vouchers or coupons which can be used to take down the price of your weekly food shop.
3. Find your own coupons! This is a great resource online where you can find deals and coupons to use in your food shop. You might also receive coupons by sending letters or nice poems to companies that you love. It is important to only use coupons for items which you would be buying regardless, otherwise you probably will not save money.
4. Time your shop. And no, we don’t mean running round the aisles like its supermarket sweep! Shopping at different times of the day can make a big difference in the cost of your shop. If you shop later on in the day or in the evening, you are more likely to grab some yellow sticker bargains. These can be frozen and used another time so that you don’t feel the need to eat everything within the first day of your shop. Again it is important only to go for items which you would be buying in the first place, or you will most likely end up spending more money than usual, and you might end up wasting food.
5. Use every scrap. This website can help you to find uses for your meals. This is also a great tool to use if you are waiting out the days until you go a food shop to see what meals you can pull together that you might never have thought of on your own.
6. Buy in bulk. For items such as rice, pasta, and tinned goods, it is often cheaper to buy in bulk. This will not only mean that you are saving money, but you will have a stocked pantry cupboard most of the time!
7. Buy own brand. Yes, you might think that you need the Heinz version of baked beans, but when they are compared to the supermarket own brand beans the only real difference is the price! Shopping own brand can slash pounds off your weekly shop at a time.
8. Do your homework. Before you go to the shops, write a food list, and decide on your budget (and stick to it!). This way, when entering the supermarket you know exactly what you are there to buy, and how much it should cost you.
9. Don’t ignore the wonky veg. A number of supermarkets are now offering boxes of vegetables at largely reduced costs – simply because they don’t look as good as others on offer. These boxes can often last a family of 4 a week and is a great way to make sure you are getting all of your veggies in!
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