Here is an item from the national press about the cost of basic food supplies..
and for quick reference – here are the top tips from Citizens Advice about saving money on groceries..
Unlike some other expenses, grocery shopping is an expense that we have a lot
of control over and therefore is a place where we can make meaningful savings.
Shop at discount supermarkets rather than high-end ones – Some
supermarkets buy food with shorter shelf-lives so they can offer large discounts
to the customers. If you are planning on eating the food in the near future then
you might want to consider these stores.
Take a shopping list with you – Taking a shopping list with you means that you
know exactly what you’re looking for and what you need to buy. This should stop
you from looking around and being tempted by offers and other items in the
store. Although, the shopping list is only as good as you stick to it so try not to
deviate from it.
Never go shopping when you’re hungry – Studies have shown that shopping
on an empty stomach or while hungry means that you’re more likely to buy food
(non-essential) items on impulse. Make sure you eat something before you leave
for shopping or bring a snack with you to eat
Supermarket own-brand items – Buying supermarket own-brand doesn’t
necessarily mean you’re buying low-quality food. You can buy supermarket own
and not popular brands. There may be some items you don’t want to
compromise on but where possible do shop around and see what’s available to
Use loyalty cards – Using a supermarket loyalty scheme or card could save you
money on your weekly shopping. You can use the points you gain to have money
taken off your shopping or towards something else like a day out or an
appliance. However, don’t be tempted to stick to one store because of the loyalty
card, you could make huge savings shopping around other stores.
Find out the time they discount items – There is a time in the day when
supermarkets reduce items that may be nearing their expiration or best before
date. You can get discounts on some items, up to 75% off. Each supermarket has
its own time when they do this although they are usually in the evening. You can
find the discount times on the Money Saving Expert website.
Use discount coupons/codes – Some people take this to the next level of
‘extreme couponing’ but the fact is that you can save a lot of money on your
shopping by taking advantage of coupons and discount codes. You can find
discount codes online, in newspapers and sometimes on social media forums.
Remember to have these with you when shopping in-store or input them into
the relevant field when shopping online.
Watch out for supermarket tricks – Some supermarkets will place more
expensive items at eye level or add discount signs to items that are not the best
value. Keep this in mind when considering your purchases.
Shopping online – you may want to consider online shopping. The best thing
about online shopping is that it’s at your own comfort and leisure, and you can
see a running total so no shocks when it comes to paying. It’s also easier to shop
around online and compare prices. However, consider carefully which items you
are willing to accept substitutes for as you may end up without essential items if
you don’t tick the right preferences boxes. Also bear in mind some fresh produce
in your delivery or collection may have a short use by or best before dates.
Consider taking cash instead of your card when shopping – Leaving your
debit or credit card at home and simply taking cash with you means that you’re
less likely to go over your shopping budget. If you know you’re only going to the
shops to buy milk, eggs and bread then taking £5 cash with you will mean that
you have no choice but to spend that money on those items only.
Use a meal planner – If you’ve never used a meal planner before it’s very
simple. You plan, usually on a piece of paper, what you’re going to eat for the
week ahead for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You then create a shopping list of
the items you need and you only buy those items. It saves you time and, more