Discount stores won't eat into your budget
VISITING discount superstores like Aldi or Lidl instead of your normal supermarket is one way to cut food costs which is proving very popular with shoppers.
Those who already do that may not buy all their shopping there, but might go along at least twice a month to stock up on basic items.
Discount stores have also made brand snobbery a thing of the past, at least when it comes to basic items like bread, cereal, tinned tomatoes, and pasta. With packets of reasonably tasty digestive biscuits priced at less than 50c, it's not hard to see why.
If you're not sure about the taste of some cheaper brands, check out www.supermarketownbrandguide.co.uk -- a website run by food journalist and taster, Martin Isark, which runs regular taste tests of own-brand goods in stores like Aldi, and Lidl, as well as Tesco and Marks and Spencers among others.
Another good tip is to write a shopping list and stick to it. Try not to be swayed by impulse purchases and just buy what you need.
Don't forget your local produce shops, butchers and even ethnic stores. Such places will be cheaper as well as better quality than supermarkets.