Before making a list, check your cupboards and fridge to see if the ‘Use By’ date on any food has expired. If it has, it could be dangerous to eat, so throw it away and buy new. If the ‘Best Before’ date has expired don’t worry, that is only a manufacturer’s guideline. For more information on labels see our Understanding food labels section.
Large stores are a minefield for the unwary shopper. Supermarkets spend a fortune on marketing campaigns to lure you into spending more than you want or can afford. An easy way to avoid the trap is make a list at home and try not to deviate from it when you are in the supermarket.
Make a list and stick to it
This helps reduce plastic pollution (80% fewer single use bags in the UK since the introduction of the bag charge) and save yourself 10p per bag.
Before you go shopping, look at your budget and ask “What can I afford?” so you know how much to spend before you even leave home.
Try using comparison sites and apps such as ‘My Supermarket’ to compare the cost of products across the various supermarkets.
Pre-planning is a good way to shop efficiently, save money and free up precious leisure time.
Keep a list of foodstuffs noting what you run out of to save doubling up on ingredients. If you are in a rush, take a photo of your fridge or cupboard(s).
How many unused jars are in your cupboards or fridge? Only buy new jams, marmalades, pickles, and mustards when they are almost empty.
If you go food shopping when hungry, you will inevitably buy more than you need, or buy packs of your favourite naughty snacks and eat them all before you arrive home. We’ve all done it!