Shop seasonally and shop locally; fruit and veg in season will always be cheaper than strawberries in winter!
Use one food across various dishes; such as a good quality mince for a Shepherd’s Pie, Lasagne and Chilli dish.
Use what you already have in your food cupboard; very often we have a hoard of tinned and packaged food hiding at the back of the cupboard. Pick one item every few days and build a meal around it.
Repeat the use of a main ingredient; pasta twice a week with a few different ingredients. There’s no need to have seven different meals across a week.
Look out for specials; look out for good deals and make up some passata with a glut of tomatoes, but don’t necessarily go for BOGOF’s. A junk food option is costlier for your health over the long term.
Shop around; get some exercise and walk a little further and into a few different shops to find the bargains.
Bulk out your meals with vegetables; many items can bulk out a meal to make it go further without overpower the taste of the meal, such as zucchini, carrots, lentils and various beans.
Shop online; keeps you focused on what you actually need and helps you not to impulse buy.
Meal preparation; meal preparation forces you to budget and ensures that you’ve purchased enough for the week without running out and having to run back to the shop.
Buy in bulk; This can often work out cheaper, particularly when buying meat and vegetables.