A new national survey from the consumer champion Which? has found that 84 per cent of people are worried about the rising cost of food and as a result have reduced their spending on groceries. With 39 per cent now using discount supermarkets more than they had previously.
I can personally vouch for this, having spent much of my last weekly shop wandering the aisles ranting about the prices. I know we’re in a recession but I can’t believe how the supermarkets are bumping up the price of food on an almost weekly basis. A well-known brand of butter I buy jumped from £2.20 to £2.90 in a week! Sorry but why is this happening, if inflation fell slightly in June
No wonder the Which? survey found that people have not only changed the foods they’re buying to cope with higher food prices but also cut back. To save money I’ve not only been switching to more basic ranges, but I’ve also been opting for any good deal I spot.
If like me you’re keen to save money the survey also found that budget versions of fish, cheese, butter, natural yoghurt and dried spaghetti are all recommended in place of more expensive alternatives.
In the meantime Which? is talking to economists, the food industry and government to find out what is really driving the increasing cost of our food, and what can be done to address rising prices.
So what are you doing to save money when it comes to your weekly shop? Have you changed supermarkets, changed your eating habits, or simply cut back? Any tips greatly appreciated.