10 tips to save money on your food shopping.

Doesn’t everyone want to save money on food shopping?

I know that this is something that I have been working really hard on for the past few years, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned with you.

Welcome back to my Frugal Food Series, all about how to reduce your food shopping spending, how to meal plan, and loads more. Check out the other posts in the series (I’ll be adding more as I share each one):

How to Meal Plan

How to eat Healthy on a Budget

Pantry Essentials

And don’t forget that I’m uploading this series to my YouTube channel as well, so you can watch those videos too.

Don’t shop at supermarkets.

I know this sounds very counterproductive to the title of the video, but I had to include it. If you buy a lot of your fruit and veg from the local supermarket, have you considered looking elsewhere? You may have access to a local veg box delivery scheme that is considerably cheaper.

At the beginning of last year, I started buying our fruit and veg from our local veg box delivery scheme and they are amazing. Not only do they work out cheaper or the same price, but their produce tastes so much nicer, and a lot of the times items are much bigger than what you would find in the supermarket, which also works out to be more cost-effective.

They are also almost entirely plastic-free, and most items are grown within a 10-mile radius of where we live. Great for the environment as well as my wallet.

Look at the price per weight, not item.

A lot of the time the supermarkets will show you 2 items and they will display the same price. However, what they are actually showing you is 1 of the items price per weight and 1 of the item price per item.

To the consumer, it looks as though both of these items cost the same, but if you look at ‘price per kg’ you can see that one is actually considerably cheaper than the other.

Always take a list

Don’t ever go food shopping without a list, you will end up buying a million things that you don’t actually need. I know that I’m not the only person who does this if they don’t go with a list!

Look at the world food aisle.

Especially when you are looking for herbs, spices, nuts, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce etc. You’ll often find that either the items are cheaper, or they have more of the product for the same price. Nuts are always cheaper in the world food aisle in my local supermarket, than they are in the cooking or baking section, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Buy in bulk…but only if you’re going to use it!

Great foods to buy in bulk are dried goods like rice, pasta and tea bags. The crucial thing is to make sure you ONLY buy bulk items that you know you regularly use a lot of. For example, we eat a lot of rice, so I never buy it in 1kg bags. Instead, I’ll buy 5kg bags and they’ll last the month. With pasta, I buy the 3kg bags instead of the smaller 500g bags. The only downside to this is that I can only find fusilli pasta in 3kg bags.

Compare brands

This is the easiest way to save money on food shopping and is especially true of medicines like ibuprofen and paracetamol in supermarkets. You can often find that the brand name product is 4 times the price of the store brand product.

Avoid pre-prepared food.

Pre chopped fruit and veg will cost you exponentially more! When you buy these pre-prepared foods, you are paying a premium for someone else to chop them for you. It takes 5 mins to chop yourself and saves you at least 50% of the price.

Look at the bottom of the shelf

This is a tip that is quite well known. Supermarkets place the higher-priced items at eye level, so if you take a second to look at the bottom shelves, you’ll often find the same food but cheaper. This could be because the items on the bottom shelves are store brands or value brands, or even a brand that you’ve never seen before!

Only shop once a week- no matter what!

We all know the experience of going to the supermarket for 1 item if we run out of bread or milk, and walking out having spent £50. I know I’ve been guilty of this in the past, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person! To make sure that I only shop once a week, I use alternatives.

For example, if I run out of bread, I make some; if I run out of rice, I’ll use quinoa instead. These are just some examples of the switches that I make to avoid going to the supermarket more than once a week.

Save money on food shopping by MEAL PLANNING!

This is a really obvious one if you want to save money on food shopping, and something that I’ve written a whole post on, but it will hands down save you the most money. It isn’t something that you do IN the supermarket, but before entering, but I couldn’t write a post about saving money on food shopping without mentioning it.

So, those are my 10 tips on how to save money on food shopping. If you have any tips to share with other readers, please do drop them in the comments!

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  1. All great tips, both time-tested and those that are off the beaten path. Whenever I shop, I always bring a list, as it keeps me focused on what needs to be bought and prevents the risk of spending more than necessary.

    1. ClaireG says:

      Thanks Rob. Yes, a list is essential for me too!

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