Save money on food
Whether you're eating in, dining out or taking away a morning coffee, there are loads of ways to save money on food and drink. Here are 10 tips that could save you a fortune over the course of a year.
11. Don't dismiss supermarket own brands Buying supermarket basic and budget ranges can produce significant savings - and you may find that avoiding big brands doesn't mean compromising on taste. We regularly put big brands, such as Heinz and Kellogg's, up against supermarket-own brands in our Which? taste tests, with surprising results.
12. Get rewarded for your spending When shopping for treats, choose retailers that offer good reward schemes. John Lewis and Waitrose typically perform very well in Which? satisfaction surveys, and offer a credit card reward scheme for customers that gives one point for every £1 spent in its stores, and one point for every £2 spent elsewhere. Which? Money Compare table: reward credit cards - find a great deal
13. Click to make supermarket shopping cheaper The website MySupermarket.co.uk features a brilliant tool for saving money on groceries. You can compare the price of a basket of goods at the UK's 'big four' supermarkets - Asda, Ocado, Sainsbury's and Tesco - as well as Aldi, Waitrose and other stores. It instantly shows you what you could save by shopping around. If you've selected your items at one retailer and discover another is cheaper, this nifty site will transfer all your choices for you, while its price and health checkers also suggest money and healthy-eating tips.
14. Try cheaper cuts of meat Choosing a cheaper cut of meat, such as braising steak rather than fillet, doesn't mean missing out on a tasty meal. A slow cooker can gradually break down the fibres in cheaper meat, giving great taste at a lower cost. The best slow cookers are easy to set up, use and clean. Find out more: slow cookers - find out which slow cookers are rated as Best Buys
15. Make your own Many people drink smoothies as a healthy shortcut to their five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables, but there's nothing healthy about the price of these drinks. Buying a smoothie maker or jug blender and blending your own could save you a significant sum if you're a regular smoothie drinker. Find out more: jug blender reviews - find out which models our Which? experts rated highest
16. Buy in bulk Buying in bulk is a simple way to save. If you own or manage your own business, it's worth signing up with a wholesale retailer or membership club such as Costco, which has 28 warehouses in the UK. There is an annual membership fee of £26.40. Other wholesale retailers to consider include Makro and Bestway.
17. Use price-match promises Tesco, Asda and Ocado all offer discounts to customers if their shopping could have been bought cheaper from certain rivals, so make a habit of swiping your loyalty card or registering your receipt online after every supermarket shop.
18. Extreme couponing Shoppers can save huge amounts by actively searching for coupons and discount deals. There are a number of very good discount deals and extreme couponing blogs which post dozens of offers on their social media pages every day.
19. Don't be duped by discounts Special discounts, such as buy-one-get-one-free deals, can offer good value, but be careful. Only buy items you actually need and are likely to keep and use - toiletries such as toothpastes and shampoos are a good example, as are toilet rolls. Markdowns on perishables at the end of the shopping day are another way to bag a saving, but only if you know you'll use whatever you buy.
20. Keep food fresher for longer Make the most of your fridge and freezer. Freezing leftovers instead of binning them will save you money and time, as you've got an instant meal for a day when you don't fancy cooking. And storing food properly in your fridge will give it a longer shelf-life. For example, cucumbers turn soft because the fridge is too cold - wrap them in a tea towel to keep them crisper. And avoid putting milk in the door rack, as it's warmed whenever the door is opened.