Food prices: the only way is up
Economists are warning that the cost of the weekly food shop in the UK may rise by four per cent in the coming year, while British farmers continue to bemoan the poor 2012 growing season.
It wasn’t just the UK harvest that suffered this season, either. In the US and Russia, two major grain-growing countries, drought was the cause for record low harvests.
- Make a shopping list and stick to it: plan meals and don’t be tempted to buy food items you don’t really need
- Buy food that’s in season: it costs less and saves on food miles too
- Use your freezer: freeze fresh food that’s in seasonal abundance, opt for (often cheaper) frozen foods and learn to love your leftovers. Find out more in our guide to freezing
- Buy less-familiar cuts of meat: prime cuts (boneless chicken breasts, pork loin and beef fillet) are pricier than, say, chicken livers, pork ribs or beef cheeks – and the cheaper cuts taste every bit as good. Find out more in our guide to meat cuts
- Make it yourself: ready meals and many ‘convenience’ foods can be quite costly when you compare them to home-cooked food, so take a DIY approach. If you need inspiration, try these delicious. budget recipes