Money saving can often be a difficult task to start as well as maintain, and often people find it difficult to know where to begin. However, undoubtedly, being able to reduce expenses on a weekly or monthly shop can help Britons to save a significant amount of money. Any money saved can then go towards meeting other goals, or simply helping to keep up with the cost of living.
A number of Britons have provided their top tips for heading to the supermarket, which are likely to help others to reduce their bill.
Taking to the website Reddit, savvy savers revealed how they managed to achieve a more efficient shopping experience.
One wrote: “When I was unemployed, I wanted to watch the pennies, in case I was without work for longer than expected.
“My boyfriend loves Waitrose and didn’t want to change, so instead, I’d do a Lidl shop during the day, and just leave the specific Waitrose stuff for the evening weekly shop. Even just splitting the shop saved us £15 a week.
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“Never waste good meat, any leftover from a roast goes into a curry the next day. If there’s that much left over, that curry then gets frozen for a cheap work lunch with a jacket potato.
A third savvy saver planned ahead for their shop in order to reduce the amount they bought.
They wrote: “The main thing is to have a meal plan to reduce waste. And I find shopping little and often reduces waste too.
“I generally do a slightly larger shop once a week including any household products, fresh items I try to buy as regularly as possible, checking use-by dates too.
“I also try to shop in the local market, as often these are cheaper and quality can be better, especially for seasonal items.”
Another commented: “Do the bulk of your shopping at cheap supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi. Here is where you can buy your basics in terms of food, as well as your household items.
“Then, if you need to, you can go to other, more traditionally high end places to grab the bits and pieces you need on top.”
An alternative money saving method suggested by one person involved leaving credit and debit cards at home.
Only taking cash to the supermarket left the shopper with a limited amount to spend, and therefore restricted any unnecessary items.
And a final saver offered a warning to those embarking upon a savings journey.
They said: “Certain shops are cheap no doubt, but watch for creeping prices and deals that aren’t as good as they look.
“Shop smart but also consider your time. Going to three different stores to save £4 is not a sensible use of your time.”
Data from the Office of National Statistics has revealed the average UK household spends £3,224 on groceries alone per year.
And on restaurants and takeaways, Britons spend a total of £1,581 annually.