1. Slash your bills
Food costs have soared since 2007. Prices of meat, bread, cheese and eggs have increased by about one-third, leaving many shoppers feeling sandwiched between rising prices and falling wages.
If you're feeling the pinch, there are easy ways to keep more pounds in your pocket next time you head to the shops. You can save yourself more than 50% on many popular foods, or one-third on your weekly shop. With just a few changes to your buying, cooking and eating habits you can cut down your costs without cutting the flavour and nutritional value of your food.
2. Change your shopping habits
Planning ahead can trim 50% or more from the cost of everyday foods. Here are six strategies for saving cash on your weekly shop.
Savings are based on products available at the time of writing.
3. Switch to cheap cuts
Save cash at the meat counter. Cheaper, slower-cooked cuts are full of flavour. Here are some swaps for everyday favourite ingredients.
5. Don't buy takeaway lunches
6. Make fresh food last longer
In the UK we throw away about 19% of the food we buy. It's believed that in the average household this adds up to £50 worth of food waste per month, or £600 per year. Follow our simple tips for keeping popular foods fresh for longer.
Fruit and veg
About 39% of household food waste is fruit and veg. Keep potatoes and onions in a cool, dark place rather than in the fridge, but do not store them together as they produce gases that can damage each other. They can be wrapped in paper, but not in plastic bags. Keep other veg in the fridge – ideally not at the bottom as most fridges get colder the lower you go – stored in plastic bags if you wish as long as they have holes punched in them. Keep herbs in a glass of water in a cool place.
Avoid fridge chaos
A disorganised fridge can wreak havoc with your food's longevity, flavour and nutritional value. The bottom shelf is the coldest, and ideal for raw meat, fish and poultry. Store eggs on the middle shelf as they shouldn’t get too cold. The top shelf is the warmest and has the most consistent temperature, and therefore is good for dairy and pre-prepared foods that don't need cooking. The doors are the warmest place in the fridge and best for foods containing preservatives. Wrap cheese in a resealable bag and store it in a plastic tub to prevent it from drying out.
7. Make smart food swaps
We get attached to favourite brands, but a blind taste test might reveal that you're just as happy with the cheaper versions once the labels are hidden.