Choosing where to shop
Larger supermarkets and food markets are the places to shop. Smaller food chains and independent food retailer are often more expensive.
Planning what you are going to eat during the week and having a organised list of food to buy can save you money. Sticking to a meal plan avoids impulse buying and extra spending! You could allocate a day specifically to eat up leftovers.
Eating up leftovers reduces food waste and saves you money. The Starving Student provides you with recipes where you can substitute ingredients for ones you may have in your fridge.
In most supermarkets there is a clearance section where products are sold cheaper than their original price. This may be because there is excess stock, the product is about to go out of date or even that there may be slight damage to the product or packaging. This can be particularly useful for us students that are trying to save as many pennies as possible!
By eating the correct portion of food, you may find that you have leftover food for another meal or snack. This means you won't have to spend more money on extra food supplies.
Ditch your Favourite Brands
Although you may enjoy the luxuries of certain branded products, there are tasty alternatives that can be less than half the price. Buy the supermarket-branded products and quite often buying larger quantities results in better value for money (E.g. a 2kg bag of dried pasta is better value than buying a 1kg bag).
Meat from the Butchers
Different cuts of meat come at different prices, so it is worth looking around before buying. At some butchers, they give away meat scraps for minimal prices which are still nutritional and can be used in cooking. They may not be the most tender cuts of meat, but they are the cheapest and often have more flavour.