Top Hacks for saving money on food

Happy new Year!

January is often the month where no one has much money so this post provides you with tips to help you save money.

Sometimes it’s worth paying for branded/ quality foods but with some food you can purchase shop own products and spend little amounts of money and still receive good quality food so here some of my hacks for spending less at the grocery store. Firstly lets cover some some tips to consider which will help you eat well on a budget.

  1. Never go the shops hungry, you’ll end up buying and spending more than you need.
  2. Writing a list will also help reduce the above.
  3. Check out local food markets where fresh food is often cheaper than stores.
  4. Go food shopping in the evenings where food is often reduced and many products running out of date can be frozen.
  5. Sign up for an account with your favourite store to receive a membership card where you can collect points every time you shop and receive vouchers.
  6. Don’t be a waster and be fooled by dates. Best before dated food is still edible after the date printed, sometimes it just might not taste as good.
  7. Bread is suitable for freezing and use any food leftovers.
  8. Learn to cook from scratch.
  9. Avoid taking your debit/credit card and take cash so you don’t risk overspending.

1. Porridge

You either love or hate porridge but i enjoy it as it is healthy and a filling breakfast.
Instant sachets can be expensive and the quality of the oats is not great. Instead buy a kg bag of rolled oats as they are cheaper and it doesn’t take any more time to prepare than the instant stuff.
For example: Quaker oats 10 pack= £2.45
Kg bags of plain oats= 0.75- £1.99 which gives approximately 20 servings.


2. Chicken & Fish

In most shops its cheaper to buy meat and fish from the frozen aisles.

For example: 2 chicken breasts from Tesco= £2.50
4-5 frozen breasts from Tesco= £2.50

Not everyone is a fan of fish but studies show that eating seafood twice a week can reduce your risk of heart disease and it’s brilliant brain food. It is usually also cheaper to buy frozen fish.


5-6 frozen pieces for £3.30ish

3. Vegetables

As a student I know that we don’t always feel like standing up long to cook or don’t always have the time to chop up vegetables ourselves but over time it works out cheaper to buy whole vegetables to prepare yourself rather than buying pre-cut vegetables.

For example: 1 kg of whole carrots are roughly 40- 60p
1 kg pre-sliced carrots are anything from £1 +

Sometimes it also works out cheaper to buy frozen vegetables. Check out your local store to see whats the best prices suitable for your budget.

This works out the same for fruit.


4. Dairy Alternative Milk

Normal milk is fine to buy fresh but dairy alternatives e.g. soya and almond milk) are cheaper to buy from the long life aisles.This is a great hack because long life milk doesn’t need to be in a fridge constantly so you can easily stock up on your dairy alternatives and if your in luck, sometimes the milk will be on offer.

5. Tinned Beans

Branded beans taste no different to shop own brands and are so much cheaper. They usually have less sugar and salt than some branded products.

I like adding spices such as cumin to baked beans for extra flavour.


6. Treat Yourself

To end on a nice note, it’s always good to treat yourself on occasions, so don’t be afraid to splash the cash.

Hope these few tips help you save a fortune when food shopping, while still eating healthy.

If you have any of your own money saving hacks, leave a comment below to help fellow students.


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