We understand that life is busy. These shopping tips are here to help save you time, manage your food budget and make some positive steps toward your healthier eating goals.
1. Plan your meals
Think about what meals you will cook for the week ahead and the items needed for each meal. You can then make a shopping list.
2. Make a shopping list
We know there can be tempting offers and advertisements when food shopping. Making a list may help you stick to buying the things you need.
3. Check the labels and compare products
Traffic light labelling is a quick way of checking if a product is high, medium or low in fat, sugar and salt. Try to choose items with the most ‘greens’ on the label when you can. You can take these handy guides with you when you shop to help:
4. Try frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables
These are often cheaper, can be stored longer than fresh and are just as healthy. Choose tinned vegetables with no added salt and tinned fruit in juice instead of syrup if you can.
5. Look for deals on tinned store cupboard items
Tinned items, including beans and pulses, have a long shelf-life and can be added to many meals. Try to choose low-salt and sugar items if you can.
6. Try tinned fish and meat
These can be cheaper and stored for longer than fresh. Choose items tinned in water instead of oil or brine if possible.
7. Take a look at the bottom shelves in the supermarkets
Own brand items are often found on the lower shelves, and you may find they offer cheaper options.
8. Be careful with end-of-aisle, free-standing displays and checkout offers
Items placed in these areas are often less healthy. This is when your shopping list comes in handy to keep on track with what you really need.
Try planning your meals for the week ahead, write a shopping list and think about the tips below when you do your next food shop.