Lynn Beattie, who runs the MrsMummypenny blog and is a money expert for The Mirror, has explained how even the choice between a trolley or basket could save you cash in the supermarket
The cost of living crisis means families are paying more on their weekly food shop – but thankfully, there are ways to keep your bill down
The idea is that if you have a small trolley or basket, you can’t carry as much – therefore, you’re more conscious about what you’re spending.
So by making the switch from a big trolley, you could find you’re cutting back without even realising it.
Lynn told The Mirror: “The half trolley works well on a big shop, it makes you focus in on the essential purchases and makes you less likely to buy bigger volumes or packaging that might lead to wastage or higher spending.
“Also it makes you unable to buy those impulse and treat purchases as you simply don’t have the room!”
The tips from Lynn come as families face more expensive food shops in the coming months, with price rises already hitting customers.
Supermarket shoppers have been warned they face an annual grocery bill rise of around £180 as the cost of living crisis continues to squeeze households.
This is according to new research from Kantar which shows food prices rose by 3.8% in the four weeks to January 23 – up from 3.5% in December.
The boss of Tesco also this week predicted that the “worst is still to come” for hard-up Brits and said a 5% hike in the price of your weekly shop is on the way.
And on top of this, Unilever, the parent company behind brands including Marmite and Magnum ice creams, today became the latest firm to signal that shoppers face further price increases.
Our Cost of Living team of experts are here to help YOU through a very difficult year.
They’ll be bringing you the latest money news stories and also providing specialist advice.
Whether it’s rocketing energy bills, the cost of the weekly shop or increased taxes, our team will be with you all the way.
Every Thursday at 1pm they will take part in a Facebook Live event to answer your questions and offer their advice. Visit facebook.com/dailymirror/live to watch. You can read more about our team of experts here.
If you have a question – or want to share your story – please get in touch by emailing [email protected].
Soaring food costs and the energy bill crisis drove inflation to 5.4% in the 12 months to December, up from 5.1% the month before, in another blow to struggling families.
The last time inflation was higher was in March 1992, when it was 7.1%.
How to save money in the supermarket
Changing the size of your trolley is just one way to lower your supermarket costs.
Here are other ways to cut back on the cost your food shop.
- Compare prices using websites such as Trolley.co.uk.
- Look for discounts and vouchers online – don’t forget to check supermarket magazines for coupons.
- Try the Downshift challenge; this is where you swap branded goods for supermarket-own labels.
- Write a list to reduce impulse buys and spending on what you’ve already got in the cupboard.
- Freeze any leftovers that can be eaten at a later date to avoid food waste.
- Choose a smaller trolley or basket to reduced the amount you can carry.
- Always check out the reduced sections.