to keep in stock
Keep a basic supply of food in stock
and add the extras as you need them e.g. bread, butter, milk, cheese,
rice or dried pasta or pulses such as couscous or bulghur wheat, tinned
tomatoes, baked beans, stock cubes, onions, mixed herbs and salt and
If you enjoy small scale gardening in
a pot or window box, grow your own herbs from March until October
cheap and much tastier than dried herbs.
Make a list
Or use a quick chart or Mind-Map to categorise
your shopping into fruit and veg, tins, dairy, cleaning products etc.
to save time, and reduce temptation as you wander through all those
aisles of food.
Eat before you go!
Have a small snack e.g. tea and biscuits,
or toast before you go. If you go when youre absolutely starving,
then all reason goes out the window and youll fill up the trolley
with all the things you wont be able to eat before the sell-by
dates wasting precious cash.
Not sure what to buy?
If in doubt, go first to the bargain
shelves and see what has been reduced for consumption that day, and
that could influence your menu.
Buying a lot?
If using a supermarket that offers online
shopping, check how much the delivery charge is. It could be cheaper
than you think, and save you a lot of time and effort. If you and
your housemates do your online shopping together you can split the
Hate fighting through the crowds?
Avoid busy times around the weekend,
and take advantage of 24 hours shopping when available. Bear in mind
that certain types of stock may be limited or unavailable later in
the day and early in the morning.
Instead of buying the more expensive
brands, go for the stores own brand. Some stores even do an
economy range, with fairly plain packaging. Theres not much
in it when it comes to taste, but quite a bit when it comes to paying.
If you can afford it, buy larger packs
of things, which are always cheaper in the long run e.g. washing powder,
multi-packs of juice.
These are good if you always use the
same store, and various supermarkets offer different deals. They are
not credit cards. The card is swiped each time you shop and after
a period of time (often about 3 months) this is turned into money-back
vouchers to spend in the store. The card can also be swiped when you
buy fuel at the stores petrol station.