Have you noticed an increase in the price of your weekly food shop? (Picture: DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
The cost of living in the UK has skyrocketed in recent months, with significant increases seen in the prices of services, fuel, energy, and much more.
The cost of food has proved to be a big driver in the cost of living, with many households having to take a long hard look at what they can afford to put in their supermarket trolley.
As of September 2022, some foods that have gone up in price by the most include low-fat milk at 34.0%, olive oil at 23.6%, and butter at 27.1%.
The last ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures published in October stated: ‘Food and non-alcoholic beverage prices rose by 16.4% in the 12 months to October 2022, up from 14.6% in September 2022.’
‘The annual rate of inflation for this category has continued to rise for the last 15 consecutive months, from negative 0.6% in July 2021.’
With this in mind, many households will seek the best value from their food shop.
Here are some top tips for making your grocery shop go further.
Tips to make your grocery shop go further
Jamie Griffin, a food waste expert at InSinkErator, has provided several top tips on getting the most from your food shop.
Jamie stated: ‘With the price of food bills increasing, it is crucial that we are ensuring that our weekly food shop goes a long way.
‘By cutting down on purchasing short dated products and replacing them with more long life items, you could save money and significantly reduce food waste.’
Consider the difference between best before, use by, and sell by dates
While doing your food shop, it’s essential to pay attention to whether your items are displaying a ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date.
The easiest way to consider the two is by viewing the ‘best before’ date as a guideline and the ‘use by’ date as a firm rule.
Additionally, a ‘sell-by date’ dictates how long a shop can stock the item.
Jamie says: ‘When it comes to products like bread, a best before date is a mere indication as to how long it will remain fresh for – however, if stored in the correct conditions, there is no need to stick to the best before guideline so rigidly.
‘But with regards to fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy products – they are renowned for their shorter lifespans and guidelines should therefore be followed.’
Buy food with a long shelf life
While it might seem obvious, picking items with a long shelf life will likely help cut down on subconscious food wastage.
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