25 September 2013

Kinder Kitchen Top Tips on Shopping Smart

Kinder Kitchen Top Tips on Shopping Smart
Supermarkets are crafty. ‘2 for 1’ or ‘3 for 2’ deals make us think we are getting a good deal but more often than not we buy more than we actually need, often throwing items that are out of date away or eating double of something just because it’s in the cupboard and we think it was a bargain.
Below are some tips on how to save money on your weekly shop. A few involve a little preparation on your part but when you add up the yearly savings you’d make, you’d be surprised and keen to carry on!
1. Don’t be induced by ‘2 for 1’ or ‘3 for 2’ offers. Only buy what you really need on perishable products and the offers for items such as cleaning products and other non-perishables with a longish use by date.

2. Use-by vs best before.
  • A use-by date is used for perishable products such as meat, fish and fresh fruit and vegetables. I’d recommend to use these within the date timeframes to avoid food poising. Some fruit and vegetables tend to be ok for a couple of days after but be cautious. If meat or fish has been reduced, check that it can be frozen and place it in your freezer to use on a later date.
  • A best before date is found on frozen foods, tins, dried and other foods. This date is about the quality of the product not the safety. We throw so much food away so just be aware what you are throwing away as it may be still be perfectly ok to eat.
3. Before doing your shopping, take 5 minutes to go through your fridge and cupboards and list the meals you will be cooking that week
4. Don’t go shopping when you are hungry. You will buy more food than you actually need!
5. If you are only doing a small shop, use a basket and not a trolley as this way the weight of your shopping will stop you buying too much.
More tips to coming soon……

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