Eating hearty meals can be expensive, but if you know how to find the best deals and bargains on food you’ll find some great ways to save money.
The best tip I can share with you when shopping is to check the reduced section. So much food is placed here at the end of the day, but also throughout the day, to ensure it is sold at least at a minimum profit rather than making the shop lose money.
You’ll find premium foods at low prices here and you don’t have to eat them all at once. Make sure you’re savvy in your purchases and use your freezer where possible.
Another pro tip when you’re buying fresh vegetables is to buy loose, unpackaged goods. Buying plastic wrapped products is not only bad for the environment, it’s more expensive. By purchasing loose vegetables you can weigh the amount yourself and save a small fortune. Many unpackaged vegetables are up to half the price of their packaged relatives. So, save the planet and your wallet.
Another great tip is to bulk buy certain food items. Be careful though, many big chain supermarkets may mark things as an offer when really you could buy a better item for less. This is particularly true when buying cleaning products or other household items.
You could also buy own brands rather than commercialised products. I’m not going to suggest that the worldwide famous tin of baked beans can be beaten on taste, but you might surprise yourself with many items. Try shopping around to find your new favourite and save your cash.
Root Vegetable Soup
What we used (makes around 8 bowls):
- 500g unwashed red potatoes (12kg cost £5, 21p)
- 500g carrots (1kg cost 40p, 20p)
- 500g parsnips (unpackaged weight, 32p)
- 100g/4 celery stalks, (27p)
- 1 large red onion (bag of 10 cost £2, 20p)
- 300g/1 large leek (£1.90 per kg, 57p)
- Fresh coriander (reduced price of bag cost 52p, 26p)
- 3 tsps jarred garlic (£1 per jar, 9p)
- Pinch of dried rosemary, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper
- 1.5 litres of vegetable stock
Simple cooking instructions:
- Cut all the vegetables into roughly the same size chunks.
- Place the garlic, stock, onion and leeks in a heavy based pan on a low heat. Allow them to start to simmer.
- Add all the other vegetables and allow to cook, just under a boil.
- Once all the vegetables are cooked and well softened allow them to cool slightly and blend to a smooth soup consistency.
- Serve alongside a slab of (preferably homemade) fresh bread.
Total cost: £2.12 (+seasonings)
Per bowl: £0.26
Do you have any money saving tips, or tasty recipes to share? Message me or post in the comments below.