Skim £££s off your shopping bill

7 easy ways to spend less on nosh

Make a meal plan

Time to get militant about your meals. Sit down on a Sunday and plan your meals for the coming week, then make a shopping list based on those ingredients. Shopping this way means you only buy what you really need, avoids waste and saves big bucks.

Eat before you shop

Never shop when you’re hungry! You’ll come out with all kinds of yummy yet unnecessary snacks that you want to eat RIGHT NOW, as well as speedy (but expensive) treats like ready meals. Don’t do it. Always eat before you shop. A full shopper is a frugal shopper.

Choose loose veggies

Do your bit for the planet and opt for loose fruit and veg. It’s usually cheaper by the kg, means you only buy what you need and cuts down on unnecessary packaging, most of which is unrecyclable.

Shop own-brand

How often are you lured in by big brand names just because you know them? Stores’ own-brand products are far cheaper and often just as tasty, so it’s worth the swap.

Buy in bulk

When you see a fantastic deal for meat or fish, buy a truckload to freeze for future meals. The same goes for store cupboard staples that rarely go off, such as rice, pasta and tins. Buying in bulk also means fewer trips to the supermarket, which will save on fuel costs.

Collect those coupons!

Yes it sounds a bit grannyish but there are some seriously good money-off deals with supermarket vouchers. Find them in those free in-store magazines, with store loyalty cards and on websites like couponshop.co.uk and extremecouponing.co.uk.

Sign up to deal-sharing sites

Supermarkets often have a deal that’s so good – such as cut-price meat joints – the item on offer sells out in a day. Check websites like hotukdeals.co.uk for store deals first thing in the morning so you don’t miss out.