Woman in SupermarketQ. How can I reduce food bills?

A. With the price of food rising at double the rate of the average income, there’s never been a better time to find ways to save on your grocery shopping.

Firstly, try buying supermarket’s own brands, rather than the bigger name brands. Alternatively, shop at back-to-basics stores such as Lidl and Aldi.

You may find they stock a lot of product names you don’t recognise, but give them a try as most will be just as tasty as your usual brand and are often a great deal cheaper.

Always shop with a list after planning your week’s meals and don’t be tempted by ‘buy one, get one free’ offers unless they are for non-perishable items. Lastly, shopping when hungry can increase food bills by 15%, so always eat before your shop!

Andrea Ventress, Money expert


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