11 Shop strategically, and ofen
Food writer Anna Glover has her shopping bills on a very tight leash. ‘Making an evening meal into something extra special with little money is very important to me, so -´ve come up with a system that doesn´t bend the budget, and also lets me try new things and eat really well for just about £100 per month for 2 people (excluding a few bottles of wine here and there, and occasional meals out). You have to be creative with your meal planning, as you don´t know what you´re having until you fnd it, but with a cupboard full of kitchen staples there are so many options ¯ it isn´t too hard.´
• Do one large shop every month or two to take advantage of wholesale prices by buying in bulk for staples. Lidl and Aldi sell rice, tinned tomatoes, four and most condiments cheaper than other supermarkets. 'ompare prices per 100ml/100g ¯ price labels usually have this information. At the start of the month, we have about 10 tins of chopped tomatoes, 12 bags of strong white bread four and a couple of 3kg bags of pasta in the cupboard.
• Buy spices in 100g bags from Asian supermarkets and refill your cupboard spice pots, keeping the bags for the next refill. Sometimes - share spices with my mum, and we take it in turns to buy them.
• Shop at Lidl or Aldi for lunchbox items such as biscuits, crisps and dried fruit, as they work out so much cheaper than brands, and taste exactly the same. - also buy lemons, limes, carrots and potatoes in bulk from Lidl, as we go through them pretty quickly and they last for a while.
• For meat, fsh and salad, - pick up something reduced from Sainsbury´s or Waitrose on the way home ¯ these are regularly reduced. Sausages and braising steak are worth looking out for, and -´ve bought racks of ribs for £1, a topside roasting joint for £3 and a couple of pork tenderloins for £1.50 each. Anything spare goes in the freezer.