Money Saving Tips to Help Cut the Cost of Your Grocery Bill
By Space Coast Daily // July 22, 2021
It’s no secret that the cost of living in the UK is continuing to rise. From food shortages to Brexit, waring supermarkets to a generation of fast food lovers, we’ve all seen our grocery bills increase.
Across the UK, the average person spends £38.50 on food per week, and in a recent study by Smart-Pig student loan specialists, they found that if you’re a vegan, that rises by nearly £10 a week more to around £47.13 per week.
If you’d rather your hard-earned cash went towards something a bit more fun, then we’ve got some money saving tips to help you cut the cost of your grocery bill.
We know that shopping online might not be the answer high street stores want to hear, but it might be key to saving money. When shopping online you can easily compare the prices of the same items and find the best discounts or offers. It also stops impulse buys or shop floor deals you really don’t need.
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Eat before you shop
This might sound obvious, but if you’re hungry when you go shopping, you’re more likely to pick up unnecessary and often costly snacks. Try to go shopping after you’ve eaten your breakfast. If you go after lunch or after work, you’re also more likely to hunt out sugar-rich foods that help give you a bit of energy to help get you over the afternoon slump.
Meal subscription service
Meal subscription services have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Not only do they help teach people new, easy and delicious recipes, but they also help cut-down on food waste. They’re also great for this time-poor society. Delivering ingredients straight to your door every week, they take the hassle out of meal prepping, planning, and shopping – and ultimately cut-down on ad hoc food spending.
Know the difference between best-before and use-by
Many people often confuse best-before and use-by. But best-before dates refer to the quality of the product. If something is over its best-before date, but still looks and smells ok, it’s still fine to eat. Use-by dates on the other hand are about food safety. Foods should be consumed by the use-by date, but not after.
Avoid big brands
We all know that a certain German-born supermarket is renowned for its lookalike and taste-alike food products, but many supermarkets have their own brands too. As tempting as it can be to choose well-known brands, there’s often a premium on the name – not because the product is any better.
If you’re looking at cutting the cost of your shopping consider switching to own brand labels instead, and if you really don’t like the taste go back to the more expensive version, but always give them a try!