How to Save Money on Your Food Shopping

According to statistics, the average family spent around £52 a week on food and non- alcoholic beverages; in reality it is likely to be a lot higher. So how can you cut your shopping bill and save hundreds a year in the process? Here’s how. 먹튀검증사이트

In the UK we throw away a third of the food we buy, this is normally because we buy too much that goes off too quickly. The key to ensuring nothing hits the bins but peels and packaging is planning. Before you go shopping decide what meals you will cook that week, and make a list of the ingredients you need to buy, that way you will only buy what you actually need. Checking cupboards to see what you already have will save you doubling up on ingredients you already have. It is best to cook meals that use mostly fresh ingredients at the beginning of the week and those that use veggies that don’t go off as quickly at the end of the week.

When shopping check the ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ dates, generally food can be eaten after the best before date, although it won’t be as fresh, but use by dates are just that- use by dates. Don’t buy ‘reduced’ products unless you know you will use them the next day, buying cheaper products like this is a false economy as you will probably end up throwing it away.

If you don’t get round to using the veg as planned you can freeze for another day. Most veg, apart from peppers and onion, must be blanched in boiling water before being frozen. You can even make soups and sauces from old veg and freeze for later dates, whilst fruit that is past its best can be made into smoothies. Doing a big shop once a week, rather than a number of small trips saves you money too. Not only can you buy staples such as sugar, rice and flour in bulk but you are less likely to buy things you don’t need.

Shopping online is also a great way to make sure you don’t get bamboozled into buying unnecessary things. Buying products on multi buy offers can save you money but remember a deal is only a good deal if you need it. You could also save £100 a year swapping from branded goods to own brands.

If you have a busy life it might be tempting to live on ready meals, but not only are these higher in fat and salt than homemade meals they also work out a lot more expensive. Buy bigger joints of meat, where leftovers can be made into stir frys or curries, or make meals in bigger batches and freeze so you will always have dinners to hand if you don’t have time to cook.

One of the biggest wastes of foods is a result of portion control, making sure you measure out rice and pasta for example will not only save you money it’ll save you eating more than you need for fear of waste!