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Save Money On Food You Love

As anyone will know who does their household grocery shopping, the price of food has risen dramatically in recent years. Especially if you have a large family, groceries can be one of the biggest monthly expenses after your mortgage, and not one you can avoid buying.

However, to help you cut costs without sacrificing quality or your family’s health, we’ve put together this fantastic money-saving calculator. Simply fill in the number of people in your household and roughly how much you spend each week on the items you want to get money-saving tips for, and we’ll tell you if there are any ways you can save money!

Number of people in the household

Please enter the approximate amount of money per week spent for each type of food below:

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Bread

Bread

You could be saving money on bread! Try these tips:

  1. Buy bread flour for around 90p for 1.5kg and you can make three loaves with it. You will also need yeast at around 80p and some milk, sugar, salt and butter for a simple white bread recipe.

  2. Head to your local bakery or supermarket right before closing time to try and get some of their unsold stuff they’re looking to get rid of on the cheap. You can buy a few loaves and then freeze it.

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Vegetables

Vegetables

You could be saving money on vegetables! Try these tips:

  1. Buy from the local farmer's market or greengrocer's. That way you will get whatever is fresh and in season, which will not only work out cheaper but the food will have travelled fewer miles which makes it the eco-friendly choice. You will nearly always get a better deal buying from the market and they are typically willing to haggle so get you an even better deal. Thisismoney says that markets can work out 30% cheaper than supermarkets wherever you are in the UK.

  2. Take advantage of special offers and buy in bulk, then freeze everything that won't perish easily.

  3. Tinned fruit and veg lasts much longer than the fresh stuff and is much, much cheaper - yet equally healthy!

  4. Plant a vegetable garden! It's hard but rewarding work and you know you'll be eating organic crops. The best bit? Packets of seeds are extremely cheap!

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Butter

Butter

You could be saving money on butter! Try these tips:

  1. A cheaper and healthier alternative is to buy a stick of margarine and allow it to soften at room temperature. Then whip it with one cup of buttermilk and one cup of canola oil. The resulting margarine mixture spreads easily, tastes like butter, is better for you and you get more for your money.

  2. Whip your butter with some olive oil at room temperature. This method bulks out your butter stick so it lasts longer, and helps it to spread easier too.

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Milk

Milk

You could be saving money on milk! Try these tips:

  1. Buy your milk from budget supermarkets like Iceland or FarmFoods where you may be able to find milk cheaper.

  2. Buy UHT milk for around 50p a litre. It also lasts longer so you're less likely to throw milk out that's gone sour.

  3. Opt for powdered milk which is only around £3.50 for a 340gram tin that will last months. Powdered milk is ideal to put in hot drinks because you can’t really taste the difference from fresh milk!

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Cheese

Cheese

You could be saving money on cheese! Try these tips:

  1. Take advantage of special offers and buy cheese in serious bulk, then divide it into portions and freeze as required.

  2. Low-fat mozzarella is a delicious and cheaper alternative to cheddar.

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Meat

Meat

You could be saving money on meat! Try these tips:

  1. Buy meat that is nearing its sell by date and freeze it. If you live very close to a supermarket, you can walk there just before closing each day and pick up a reduced bargain for that evening.

  2. Buy cheaper cuts of meat (such as chicken thighs instead of chicken breast) and spend more time marinating and braising them to get a better taste.

  3. Try vegetarian meat alternatives such as Quorn, which costs much less but still provides you with plenty of healthy protein.

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Eggs

Eggs

You could be saving money on eggs! Try these tips:

  1. Shop from your local greengrocer's or farmer’s market where you may be able to get a great deal, like £1 for six eggs.

  2. Most supermarkets sell low-cost 'value' eggs. If you’re not ethically squeamish about your where your eggs come from then you can get eggs for as little £1.50 for 15.

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Cake and biscuits

Cake and biscuits

You could be saving money on cake and biscuits!
Try these tips:

  1. Bake cakes. Baking is a fun activity and it works out so much cheaper than buying shop-bought cakes. There are free, easy recipes all over the internet, so you don’t need to be Mary Berry to make delicious treats.

  2. Buy ingredients in bulk and make a big batch of cookie dough.Spoon bits of the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. That way you can go to the freezer whenever you're running low and you have a batch of cookies ready to pop in the oven for 20 minutes.

  3. Swap your 'branded' delicacies for the supermarket's own version. Often, they're half the price or less but don't taste any different!

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