How to save money on your food shop

As the cost-of-living crisis continues to dominate headlines, many of us are looking for hacks and hints to cut the price of our weekly shop.

On average, the typical UK household spends a total of £340 per month on their supermarket food shop – that adds up to over £4,000 a year. So we’ve found some savvy ways that can help you cut that figure by almost £800…

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How to save money on your food shop

Good timing – save £107.20

It’s common for supermarkets to reduce items as they approach their sell-by dates. These yellow sticker items can hold reductions of up to 70 per cent.

Buying just three reduced items each week can save you up to £13.40 a month, totalling over £107.20 by December. Natalie Mitchell at Homehow says: ‘Supermarkets begin to reduce items at the same time every week. Get to know the times that your local supermarket does this so you can plan your visits accordingly.’

Making a list – save £280

2021 saw 6.7 million tonnes of food go to waste in the UK alone. Each household throws away 30 per cent of their food shop each year, adding up to a whopping £280! Grocery shopping armed with a list protects a household from making impulse purchases, which is why writer and author Jack Monroe advises always doing a stock check of your kitchen contents before heading to the supermarket. Build a shopping list throughout the week to ensure that you don’t impulse buy any unnecessary goods.

Meat-free Monday – save £141.36

Research reveals that 26 per cent of the UK population actively reduced their intake of meat in 2021. Natalie says that by committing to just one meat-free day a week, the average person in the UK can save £17.67 per month. Of course, it doesn’t have to just be one day, as adding more will potentially save more. Take a look at Sophie Gordon’s vegetarian and vegan recipes for some mouthwatering meat-free meals.

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Be organised – save £152

Organising your kitchen can pay dividends. Not only will it inevitably reduce food waste, but it’s also easier to meal plan and prep. Segmenting your cupboards, labelling containers and adopting spice racks allows you to see what you already have, prevent food waste and avoid duplicate purchases. Research shows that those with organised kitchens save up to £4.75 a week, making it another easy way to save money on your food shop.

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The world food aisle – save £102.40

Shopping in the world food aisle can save you money! Products in the world food aisle such as soy sauce, rice and spice can be up to 75 per cent cheaper, saving an average of £3.20 each shop.

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More tips and tricks:

Buzz word labelling

Whether a product is boasting that it is high in protein, gluten-free or packed with electrolytes, buzzword labelling can increase the price of a product. If you want to pick a product that holds unique features, read the labelling. Often, the ones that hold the most features are cheaper.

‘Eye line brands’

Supermarkets tend to place the most expensive brands within eyeline. Cheaper products can be on the higher or lower shelves. Make sure you scan all the shelves and don’t just reach for what is in your immediate eyeline!

Paid to be loyal

Most supermarkets hold loyalty schemes that reward shoppers over the course of their shop. Take the time to keep up to date with all of the loyalty schemes of your local shops.