How to save money on your food bill!

Monday 11 January 2016, 11:58 AM

Andy Leeks
Accounts and budding author , LifeSearch

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Competition amongst the leading supermarket chains is the toughest it’s ever been, and with the plethora of price promises and cashback offers you could be forgiven for thinking that all of the hard work has been done and that any money you could have saved by shopping around will simply be handed back to you, in the form of a convenient money-off coupon.

While I applaud the supermarkets for giving it a go and for creating what I consider to be a healthy and long overdue ‘price war’, there is more that we can do as consumers to drive down the cost of our weekly shop. I have listed below three very different websites which I believe could help you to save even more on your weekly food shop. - A truly brilliant site which allows you to compare the various different supermarket prices as you shop. The site can be accessed via an app for those wishing to use it on the go, and they even help you save more money by suggesting smart swaps and replacements. - Approved Food is a website which sells short-dated food and drink at a fraction of the retail price. Essentially, some of the goods sold might be approaching or past their ‘best before’ date, but never after their ‘use by’ dates. (Best before is only an estimate of how long a product will remain at optimal quality.) A great website to stock up on those cupboard items! - The wonders of affordable air travel mean that seasonal items are available for purchase all year round, but this often comes at a cost. This website offers an informative guide as to exactly what’s in season and when, meaning you can buy fresh, local ingredients which are in season and at their lowest cost. They even provide some great recipe ideas.

Lastly, here are a couple of quick tips to remember when shopping:

  • Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry! I know everyone says it, but it’s true – you are far more likely to pick up food that you don’t need if you’re walking around (or clicking away) while hungry.
  • Don’t pick up a basket! If you’re just popping into your local shop for a pint of milk, don’t pick up a basket. If you do, you’ll more than likely fill it; just grab the milk and go!