How to save money on your food bills

You know only too well how expensive food shopping can be and as a student, it’s very likely you’re living on a tight budget. However, it is perfectly possible to spend less on food each week, so we’ve put together these tips to help you spend your money smarter.

Switch to own branded products

Big name brands like Dolmio, McCains and Doritos are all favourites of the nation. However, many supermarkets produce their own branded versions of these products that taste just as good - if not better! The problem with big name brands is that their products are usually very expensive, and that can quickly tally up the amount you’re spending on your food bill. Own brand products, however, are usually a fraction of the price. Not only does this mean you’ll be getting the same product for a lower price, but it means you can afford to spend more on nutritious foods like fruit, vegetables and meat.

Plan and portion your meals

It may sound obvious to say only buy what you need, but everyone’s guilty of throwing in something they want rather than something they need. Taking the time to plan out your meals before going food shopping will help eliminate this temptation. Once you know what meals you’re going to eat, you can buy the right quantities of certain foods. It’s also a good idea to write a shopping list and try to stick to it! If you find some food you’d like instead, replace something from your trolley to help keep costs down.

Don’t be tempted by false bargains

Supermarkets are notorious for this. They will slap a sale or discount sticker on products and it easily fools many people. Before going for that three for five offer, check to see if it’s cheaper to buy just one item rather than unnecessarily buying three.

Keep your food at the right temperature

Food that’s stored at the right temperature will last until its use by date. However, food that isn’t stored correctly will go out of date faster and therefore means you’ll have to spend more money on food.

Utilise your freezer

If you’re not going to eat something but the use by date is looming, pop it in your freezer to prolong its life. Or, if you’ve opened a pasta sauce, for example, put the rest of it in the freezer for a later date and prevent food waste.

Take advantage of coupons and discounts

Keep your eyes open for discounts and coupons in your emails, on leaflets that come through your door, and even take advantage of supermarket loyalty schemes. You should also check Elkamy’s offers regularly as we’re always searching for bargains to share with you!

Shop at cheaper supermarkets

Finally, as a student it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to afford to shop at Waitrose every week. Take advantage of cheaper supermarkets like Lidl, Aldi and Iceland to stock your cupboards and you’ll notice that you’re getting much more for your money!

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