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Cut food bill advice as shoppers look to save money in face of rising costs

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Rising prices are hitting everyone in the pocket and lots of us are trying to find ways to cut our food bills every time we go shopping. One popular website asked people for suggestions on how they managed to save money and there were plenty of handy tips to help make ends meet.

Mumsnet users were quick to offer plenty of advice, which could help keep those bills down as the cost of living crisis progresses. Here is a selection of the tips that we posted on the site.

McPlant said: “Shop around if you have time. I was shocked when I nipped into M&S recently and found items cheaper than I’d purchased in Tesco.

“I buy cleaning stuff and some food stuffs such as biscuits and crisps in Poundland but it is really worthwhile making mental notes of the prices of things in different stores. Make sure you measure out your washing liquid and fabric softener rather than free pouring. What you think you need vs what you actually do can vary. This goes for pasta etc too. Now I measure out there is no waste and less over eating.”

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Another user said it was important to look at the frequency of buying some items. “If you eat meat and fish, stop, or restrict to once or twice a week,” said 5128gap. “Base your meals of veg, pulses and a carb. Our food bill has cut by two thirds, without needing to cut back in any other way, or do any special prep. I’ve also lost 2 stone and we’ve never felt healthier.”

DotJones says planning is essential. “Wherever possible stock up on non-perishable goods in advance, you always want to have a least a month’s supply in,” they said. “Prices are going to continue to rise for the foreseeable future so anything you can buy today will cost you less than if you bought it in a few months time. Also as the beginning of the pandemic showed, the “just in time” model that supermarkets operate on is very fragile and rare (but foreseeable) events like war, a pandemic, infrastructure failure or civil unrest bring it crashing down very quickly.

“All of the “buy cheap” tips others have suggested apply for your personal resilience planning too. Buy as much as you can afford (and can store), be the squirrel who hides lots of nuts away ahead of winter.”

Giving up fast food was another suggestion. “We have a deep fat fryer and although it is unhealthy, it has reduced our takeaways to virtually nil,” said IvyKaty44. “A bag of frozen french fries for 75p do the job of curbing the chippy/ McDonald’s Friday night craving and they take 4 minutes to cook. The kids prefer them to takeaways.

“This was how we got a treat in the 1970s – it was homemade chips with a fried egg to dip the eggs into or ham – it was a staple tea for us once a week.”

Savingsavvy started the thread and had kicked things off with some helpful advice. “Absolutely everything in the food shop has gone up and not just by 10% in some cases a lot more. The 20p here and 50p there is adding up and I’m keen to be as thrifty as I can to retain our current shopping budget without having to increase it too much.

“I already intend to to the following but there must be more that you can share and we can all help each other. Buy bigger/bulk packs such as pasta, toilet roll, where it’s cheaper it buy a bigger pack. Stock up on non perishable items when I see them on special offer.
Convert a bit of the fresh items to frozen and stock up on the freezer – tends to be cheaper and don’t need to worry about things going out of date. Downgrade where possible, I’ve done this with bread so far and will try some of the cheaper butter/spreads.”

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