Food Shopping and Eating
Most supermarkets have a basic or value range of products. They can be just as tasty as the leading brand but cost far less. Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry as you’ll end up being tempted to buy snacks.
Plan your meals for the week and work out what you need to buy before you go shopping. Make a list and stick to it. Use your mobile to add up the cost of your shopping as you go along. Knowing how much you’re spending should help you stick to your list. Before you get to the checkout look through your basket and take out any extra bits that have slipped in.
At the end of the day (or week) most supermarkets reduce food that is about to go out of date. Reduced products often have yellow stickers on them. As long as the item is within its use by date it’s ok to eat. Some things can be frozen and eaten later. Supermarkets do lots of buy one get one free (BOGOF) deals. Only take up these offers if they’re on something you’ll use. There are websites that allow you to compare prices at different supermarkets.
Can’t cook, don’t cook, won’t cook? Then the time has come to learn! Your shopping bills will come down if you cut down on the amount of ready made meals and take away you have. Save time and money by cooking extra amounts and then freezing portions for another day. Have a look on the internet for free recipes or borrow some cookbooks from the library.
Buying lunch is expensive. With a sandwich and drink costing around £3.50 it’s easy to spend £20 a week on lunch. That’s over £80 a month!!!! Making your own lunch is a far cheaper option. If you’re fed up with boring old cheese or ham sandwiches you’ll find ideas for tasty sandwich fillings on the internet.