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 9 Simple Ways to Shave Pounds off Your Next Grocery Shop 
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9 Simple Ways to Shave Pounds off Your Next Grocery Shop
by: Nicholas Barber

Whether you live alone or have a whole family to feed, the weekly food shop can make a serious dent in your finances. Here are 9 simple ways to cut your shopping bill down to size.

1. Try the ‘downshifting’ challenge. The difference between supermarket and premium brand quality can vary greatly. While most people will not be happy to change in all areas, it is advisable to try ‘downshifting’ to these brands across the board for one week before making an informed decision on which brands you will stick with for each type of item in future.

2. Voucher codes are number two on our list. You add them at the checkout when shopping online to get money off. Visit one of the many websites and pick up a code to knock money off your shop. Typical offers for popular supermarkets might include a discount for 30% off wine or 20% off groceries such as those offered at these sites also offer printable vouchers for shopping in store.

3. For affordable veggies and fruit buy ‘in season’ fruit from your local Farmer’s Market. You’ll help the local economy and often get much more for your money.

4. Visit the reduced sections in the fruit, vegetable and meat isles. Ripe bananas can be frozen and used for smoothies, vegetables which are close to expiration for healthy soups (soups also freeze well) and meat can be frozen and eaten within a month. Meat can often be less than half price shortly before the use by date but its fine to eat or freeze.

5. Plan ahead. Know what meals you’ll make so you only buy the ingredients and not extras to rot in your cupboards. Buy essentials in bulk when they’re on offer. You’ll always need toilet rolls, toothpaste and other items so if they’re on offer buy as many as you can and you’ll spend less later on.

6. A really handy website is Simply choose your favourite supermarket and start shopping. As you put items into your ‘trolley’ the price of those items is compared to other supermarkets. The website then shows you the store that would give you the lowest overall price. By comparing prices, can save you up to 20% on your shopping.

7. Shop online. This might prevent you from picking up ‘close to expiry’ items but it can save you money. This has the added bonus that you will make fewer impulse purchases in front of a computer than you would in a store filled with temptation.

8. Make food go further. Research has shown that the refrigerator is becoming less used. If you’ve made 5 portions and there are only 4 of you eating today freeze one portion as a healthy ready meal instead of throwing it away.

9. Finally, always eat before you go shopping. Otherwise you’ll shop with a big meal in mind, buy more than you need and spend more money too!

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