With food prices on the rise, more and more people are looking for ways to cut down their grocery bill. Here's how you can reduce yours, starting this week.
Last month, food prices jumped 2.7%, according to official figures from the British Retail Consortium, with inflation increasing the cost of everything from meat to pasta to margarine.
Nestle, KitKat, McVitie's and Marmite-maker Unilever have all announced that further price hikes are on the way, while Tesco chairman John Allan warns that 'the worst is yet to come', predicting food prices will rise by a further 5% in the spring.
Here we've rounded up their tips into actions you can take , and to spend less at the supermarket, with a verdict from our expert.
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Try preparing packed lunches for the week ahead on a Sunday evening - or cook extra at dinner time and have the leftovers for lunch the next day.
There are also plenty of savings to be had by choosing supermarket own-brand products. These items can be a lot cheaper than the big brands, and some taste as good as, or better than, the leading brand too, as we found in our recent blind taste tests of , and .
If you don't have enough money for food, you might be able to get help from a food bank.
You'll usually need to get referred by an organisation in order to use a food bank. You can either ask the foodbank to help you organise an appointment with one of these organisations, or you can get in contact with the organisation directly.
These are some of the organisations that can refer you:
Try buying in bulk. Non-perishable goods like tinned foods, pasta and rice are usually cheaper if you purchase them in large quantities from a wholesale retailer, such as Costco or bulksupermarket.com.
Avoid throwing your money in the bin by freezing items that are about to go out of date. The average UK family wastes around £700 of food every year, according to the government-backed Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
And remember: 'out-of-date' can mean two very different things.
If something's passed it's 'use-by date', then it's not safe to eat and you should throw it out. But the best-before date just tells you how long it's in prime condition for. So don't go binning something just because it's passed the 'best before'.
Check out the reduced section in the supermarket for discounted, 'yellow-sticker' items that are about to pass their use-by date.
It's worth asking a shop assistant what time your chosen store usually mark down their prices, in order to make the most of these discounts - as it varies from store to store.
You could also save money using food waste apps. The app lets you buy leftover food at discounted rates in so-called 'magic bags'. connects neighbours to share unwanted food. , which sells food that's passed its best-before date at a cheaper price.
Another way to get discounts on food is to sign up to the loyalty schemes of the supermarkets you use (assuming they're the cheapest in your area). The loyalty schemes are generally free to sign up to and it only takes a few minutes.
Planning your meals - and hence your shopping list - can really pay off over the long term.
Wise up to supermarkets' psychological tricks. It's no accident that shops often place premium brands at eye-level while value brands are tucked away on the bottom shelf, out of sight.
Finally, consider getting a credit card that earns cashback or rewards. This only works if you're able to pay it off in full, every month.
and offer rewards cards that can earn you Nectar and Clubcard points, respectively. also offers a Nectar earning card, as well as cashback cards that work at all the major supermarkets, including Aldi and Lidl.
Ele Clark, Which? senior editor of money and shopping
With food price inflation likely to be an issue for months to come, it makes sense to take stock and look at your grocery spending habits.
It won't come as a surprise that some supermarkets cost more than others - but the differences really can be stark. For example, in January, a basket of essentials cost 37% more at Waitrose than Lidl.
That level of difference will significantly add up if you're shopping at pricier stores more often than not. Even the less-ritzy 'big four' supermarkets can find it hard to rival the discounters, with Morrisons coming in at 21% more than Aldi last month.
While neither Aldi nor Lidl offer home delivery on groceries, Aldi does offer click and collect these days - so it might be worth trying if you aren't a fan of in-store shopping but are a fan of bargains.
At Which?, we'll be focusing on the real ways you can make a difference to your cost of living over the coming months - and what government and businesses should be doing to help.