3. Decide where to shop
All the grocery stores or supermarkets want your money! They will reduce prices on certain items, known as loss leaders, to encourage you to do all your shopping in their store.
It can often be worthwhile checking online before you go shopping, to see which store offers the best deal on the things on your food shopping list.
If the stores are close together it can even be worth visiting more than one, to take advantage of these special offers, but do weigh up the cost of traveling between them and the extra time it will take to do this. It is not worth trying to save money on groceries, if you end up spending more on fuel!
Some stores, such as Aldi, reduce their costs by offering their stock straight from the cardboard boxes, rather than stacking them neatly on shelves, as shown by the photo at the top of the page, taken in my local Aldi store. The food is just as good, but you are not paying for the additional staff they would require, and can therefore save lots of money.