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Save Money On Food Shopping!

Rising cost of living is making us think more about the way we spend, I bet if you looked at your receipts now and a year ago there would be a big difference. My VIP Rewards is a money saving app that helps families and business owners to save on their everyday expenses. Here are some of our best ways to save money – food edition.

  1. 1. Make a list before you even step foot in a shop. Know exactly what you need to get without straying from the list. Don’t be tempted by the fresh bakery section and don’t make any impulse purchases.
  2. 2. Meal plan. Have a look at what you’ve got already in your fridge, freezer and cupboards and plan your meals with the food you’ve already got and then just shop for the extras you need. Those tins in the cupboard are going to need eating at some point.
  3. 3. Meal prep. Yes, this may sound time consuming but think of this scenario. It’s a Thursday night, you get home from work late and cooking is the last thing you want to do so you order a takeaway. That’s another £20-£40 down the drain. Prep your meals on a Sunday for example for the week and pop them in the fridge/freezer and you’ve got nutritional meals ready. Make sure you freeze them if you’re not going to need them all then if last minute plans pop up, you won’t waste the food and you’ll have it for a later day.
  4. 4. Look at the clearance section. This is a great one. Have a look at the clearance section. Often, the food is SO much cheaper just because the packaging is slightly damaged but there is absolutely nothing wrong with the food inside.
  5. 5. Never shop while hungry. How guilty are we all of this? Shopping while you’re hungry will only lead to impulse buying and buying stuff you fancy at that moment in time adding £££ to your final food bill.
  6. 6. If you’re just popping in for a few things, don’t get a trolley or basket. Try carry things in your arms and you won’t get anymore than you need as you won’t be able to carry it!
  7. 7. Pay with cash. If you only want to spend a certain amount, get cash out and you then won’t be able to spend anymore than that.
  8. 8. Sign up for the store loyalty card. Sign up for the free loyalty cards, which will give you special deals on certain foods.
  9. Check price per KG not total price, this will help you to see what the value is per chocolate bar or per tea bag. for example Sainsbury’s Red Label Tea is 37p per kg , where as most other tea bags are 70-80p per kg
  10. 10. Choose supermarket own brands where you can. More often than not, there is absolutely no difference in product except the name and the cost.
  11. 11.  Pad out meals with lower cost ingredients like lentils, chickpeas, rice, or pasta. You’ll end up with more portions and it’ll actually be more filling so you won’t go through food as quickly. Bulk buy these items when they are on sale, buy bigger packs as cost per kg is cheaper. these items will last a long time in your store cupboard.
  12. 12. Don’t throw out food on it’s “best by” date. Now this is a big one as we see some food producers taking away their “best by” date. Go by smell and visual looks when it comes to food and whether it needs chucking out. No mould? No smell? Right colour? Most likely still okay to eat.
  13. 13. Mix up your supermarket shop. Shop around, don’t just stick to the supermarket you always go to. Try different ones. You may do the same shop in a different supermarket but find it comes out cheaper.
  14. 14. Shop for snacks in places you wouldn’t think of shopping for snacks. Believe it or not, stores like Poundland, T.K.Maxx etc do snacks and they’re most likely cheaper than the supermarkets.
  15. 15. Buy the bigger packs of meat. An example of buying in bulk. You can either freeze the extra or use it for your meal prep but it’ll be cheaper.
  16. 16. Look at the expiry date on the veg. They usually put things that go off first on the top. Have a dig and there may be food with longer expiry dates at the bottom of the pile.
  17. 17. Grow your own herbs. 
  18. 18. Make food you’ll actually be excited to eat. If it exists you you’re more likely going to eat it. If you don’t like certain foods, don’t cook with them as then you won’t waste them.
  19. 19. Think about doing food delivery services. Get your food delivered and that way you won’t be walking down the isles getting tempted by the foods. You’ll only buy what you need. You can also easily view the foods on sale or offer. But do bare in mind that you wont get the best pick when it comes to expiry dates.
  20. 20. Bring reusable bags. Do your bit for the environment and save money. Some shops have even put the cost of their bags up to 50p, if you need multiple bags, that’s adding even more to the final bill. Don’t forget your bags! Leave them in the boot of your car if needs be.
  1. 21. Look in your fridge and freezer before your go shopping. How many times have you gone to do the food shop and thought you didn’t have something when you did and end up with too much or chucking the older one away? Have a look before and let that influence your list.
  2. 22. See what’s on sale. You’d be surprised how many people don’t think to look, but be wary of stuff at the end of the isles, its there for a reason, to make you buy it, and it may not always be cheaper. Again check the price per kg and work out if that BOGOF is worth the money by splitting the cost in half- could you have got it cheaper just buying separately? or a bigger pack of something?
  3. 23. Buy in bulk. Buy bulk items where possible as this will massively reduce your costs. Can you buy a bigger packet of rice that will last you longer than buying a smaller packet over and over again? and go for supermarket own brands.
  4. 24. Cook in bulk. Cook a large spag bol, or stew and put some in the fridge/freezer in portions so you’ve got some meals at ease.
  5. 25. Stop wasting leftovers. Label and date your leftovers. Be creative if you don’t want the same meal again. Or pop the leftovers in the freezer. But remember to date it!
  6. 26. Get food storage containers that don’t give your food freezer burn. If your finding your food gets freezer burn, it might be time to upgrade your storage Tupperware. Amazon have a great range of choice and you can use your My VIP Rewards discount. HERE
  7. 27. Use a rewards app with supermarket discounts. My VIP Rewards gives you access to discounts at all the major UK supermarket shops. Vouchers help you to budget and a typical family of 4 will save £12 a month just on food shopping with My VIP Rewards click HERE
  8. 28. Have a look at the supermarkets website/app before you go and see what deals that got going.
  9. 29. Read the small print on the sales. Just because something sounds great, make sure it really is as great as it sounds before getting to the checkout and having to pay full price.
  10. 30. Go for the chicken thighs over breast. They’re cheap, flavourful, and don’t go as dry when cooking. Or even better do a large roast chicken for Sunday lunch, then use the leftover to make stir frys, soup or even wraps.
  11. 31. Buy the eggs. Eggs are a source of protein and they are so extremely versatile. Quiche, omelette, hard boiled, poached.
  12. 32. Swap meat for an alternative. Mushrooms, Quorn, pulses? All cheaper than meat
  13. 33. Don’t buy the ingredients you will only use once. If it’s just a little bit of something that’s in the recipe, ask yourself if it is really needed.
  14. 34. Prepared foods will only cost more. The pre cooked chicken may smell good and may sound like a good idea but will only cost you more.
  15. 35. Don’t buy bagged salad! You can get an iceberg lettuce for around 40p , bagged salad is at least £1 and it wont last as long.
  16. 36. Skip going down the isles in the supermarket that you don’t need to go down. The more isles you walk down, the more food you’ll be tempted by, put those blinkers on.
  17. 37. Go Yellow sticker hunting! You can make huge saving with reduced to clear items, they are often best before rather than use by. Just make sure you don’t buy them and forget about them.
  18. 38. SHOP LOCAL! This is a huge one and something My VIP Rewards are huge advocates of. By shopping local, e.g. butchers or fruit and veg shop or the market, you’re not only going to save money but also support a small local business at the same time.
  19. 39. Do your food shop as late as possible. A lot of foods go into clearance later on in the day, you may find some real bargains.
  20. 40. Do your own baking. Baked goods have the highest mark up price – yes they smell and look amazing but so does making your own. Also this way you can get the kids involved in some fun baking activities.
  21. 41. Have dessert at home if you go out for a meal. Having dessert/pudding when you’re out can easily add £30 to your bill if you’re a family of 4.
  22. 42. Make your own coffee. How many of you buy your coffee out daily? How expensive does it get? Make your own at home and save that £3. Or if you really do love going out for coffee, save money at the likes of Costa and Café Nero with My VIP Rewards – SAVE HERE
  23. 43. Buy from the freezer section. Frozen fruit, veg and meat cost 20- 30% less than fresh.
  24. 44. Buy the cans. Canned veg may not sound appealing but they’re nutritious and cheaper.
  25. 45. If you’re getting a takeaway, check to see if they have any good deals. Even if you don’t want them there and then, if they’re good deals, get them and reheat them later or the next day and that’s another meal sorted for cheaper.
  26. 46. Leave the kids at home when you do the shop. They won’t ask for stuff or cry when you say no to things. It’ll make it quicker, easier and cheaper!
  27. 47. Do make your own pizza night instead of buying it.  It’s easy! It’s cheap! And it’s fun for all involved.
  28. 48. Freeze everything. Not going to eat it? Freeze it!
  29. 49. Buy cheese from the deli counter. It’s cheaper and you can buy what you need meaning no waste.
  30. 50. Track your spending. Have a look at what you’re spending and buying and see what you can cut out or switch to something cheaper.
  31. 51. Look at the shops return policy! If you’re buying something you may not like, have a look at the returns and see if returning is possible.
  32. 52. Organize your cupboards and fridge depending on expiration date. Put the older foods at the front so you know they need to be eaten first.  
  33. 53. Start in the MIDDLE of the store. Supermarkets are clever. They put the most colourful things in the first isles so you’re put in a good mood which leads to customers buying more food. Buy starting in the middle where cans are, you’ll more than likely spend less money as you’re surrounding yourself by bland food first. And supermarkets put the most expensive food at eyeline, so start doing those squats and check down low for bargains.
  34. 54. Doing a big shop isn’t always cheaper than doing a few little ones and it can mean less food waste , just think about added extras like petrol when driving more.
  35. 55. Save money on seafood by thawing it yourself. Buy frozen seafood instead of fresh. It’s cheaper and just as yummy. Or maybe try and find a local fishmonger and support local.
  36. 56. Listen to your own music while you shop – avoid those supermarket announcements
  37. 57. If you work in an office, take leftovers or food to work. Don’t go out and  buy more, it’s more money and wasting the food at home.
  38. 58. Be sure to read your receipt after you shop. Just have a quick check that nothings been added on twice for example – mistakes happen!
  39. NEVER take the kids to the supermarket! it will save you a fortune
  40. Subscribe to My VIP Rewards to save on your everyday spending , 50% off annual or monthly family subscription using code VIP50 , you can cancel anytime BUT if you use it you could save so much money, so give it a try! Subscribe here

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