10 Ways to save money on your food bills

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10 Ways to save money on your food bills

17th Feb 2014

10 Ways to Reduce Your Shopping Bill

I have taken up a monthly challenge to help support and provide advice on common barriers that you might face when adopting a new lifestyle for achieving health. This month I am focusing on ways to eat healthily without spending a fortune. Over the month I will reduce my spending allowance by £10 from the first week and use some great money saving strategies. Here are some of the techniques I am going to use to control my spending:

#1 Preparation is top of most lists I create, but I cannot stress that those that achieve plan and action it. Taking a small bit of time per week to plan your meals and create your shopping list is a strong way to control a budget (make sure you stick to the list though).

#2 Reduce Waste as the Western world is common for over buying and wasting money by throwing it away every week. Taking advantage of offers on highly perishable items may seem like saving money short term, but long term if you haven't used won't. Track your waste and buy exactly what you will use.

#3 Local Butchers and Grocers are great ways to save money by affordable meats, with great deals and information from someone in the know that could help you reduce your spending with a little rapport generation.

#4 Sensible Offers can be a great way to reduce spending, but don't go for an offer unless you take advantage of it. Great offers for supermarket goers include buy one get one free on long life products and meat deals of the week.

#5 Bulk Buy where possible as this will spread the cost over the weeks and can be considered investment purchases. Spices and oils are great ways to bring flavor to dishes but high upfront costs put people off even though those 95p spices are more like 8p per week.

#6 In Season Vegetables will carry a lower cost due to local sourcing and will bring better flavor and fit more with meals consumed that time of year.

#7 Use Whole Animals as buying individual parts can wrack up the cost, but buying a whole chicken using different parts for different meals.  Utilising great organ meats can also reduce the cost and can add additional nutrients. Using the bones to make homemade broths is another significant cost cutter.

#8  Buy the Best You Can as a lot of the time people will have such restricted budgets that organic and fresh vegetables is too much. So take advantage of frozen vegetables and purchasing the best lean cuts you can if that is your current budget.

#9 Cheap Cuts
 of meat will reduce expenses like organ meats but come with an additional benefit of being a higher nutrient quality than muscle meat. Start with chicken livers and combining foods with them to offer a better taste profile like bacon.

#10 Bargains are for the more extreme and time invested shopper, but researching and comparing supermarket prices, yogin for late night discounts or growing your own herbs and vegetable can contribute to the cost savings.