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Money saving tips for your food shopping

Friday, 26 August 2016  | 

Now that I'm a mum I feel like my food weekly food shop is more important than ever. I have to have enough food for breakfast, lunch, tea and any snacks. Gone are the days when I just throw a bunch of stuff into the trolley and hope for the best. We're always on the lookout for the best deals to make our money go further, so here are my tips to save money on your food shop.


Meal planning - planning meals in advance and sticking to a set menu during the week can really reduce the amount of rubbish you may end up putting in your trolley. Even if you don't do a complete meal plan just writing lists of exactly the stuff you need will save money.
Reduced sections - some people are put off by the reduced sections because of best before dates. But buying food at a reduced price and then freezing it means it can be used a later date.
Offers - supermarkets are always trying to outdo each other with the best deals. Some deals aren't always guaranteed to save you money but some are. So when considering buying some on offer take it consideration how much it would be outside of the promotion.
Budget supermarkets - the likes of Aldi and Lidl are classed as budget supermarkets because of how competitive their prices are compared to the bigger supermarkets. We have been doing our main shop at Aldi for over 2 years now and we have found to have saved money by switching.
Frozen - buying frozen food can save waste and money as you just need to prepare the amount you need and stick it back in the freezer. Some people shy away from buying frozen food because of its freshness and healthiness but it is just as good as fresh food.
Batch cooking - batch cooking can be a god send if you have a really busy family life. Cook meals in batches and then freeze in separate containers. Especially if you’re at the end of your pregnancy, batch cooking can be a great idea for when baby is born and you don’t have the energy to cook.

What are your money saving tips for the food shop?