It is always good to plan what you want to buy before you get to the shop, that is if you’re not buying online.

You should think about what you are setting out for and what you will need before your next trip to the store.

Before you leave the house make a list of all the items you intend to buy.

Of course the list doesn’t have to be strict, you are always going to end up forgetting to a put a couple of things on, in the same way you might pick up items around store that you previously wouldn’t have thought you’d needed.

Make sure you budget. Food isn’t cheap these days, you don’t want to be spending half your income on grocery shopping.

Learn from your mistakes, if you spend £200 one week and realise you can’t afford anywhere near that every week, then do something about it. Start looking for more bargains and don’t eat lobster every night.

If i do a particularly big shop, it can be more trouble than it is worth trying to fit everything into my little Renault Twizy, so every now and then it is definitely worth considering delivery.

An example of a potential shopping list is below for guidance.

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Roast chicken
  • Bag of potatoes
  • Loaf of bread
  • 4 pints of milk
  • Tea bags
  • Pack of biscuits
  • 2 litre bottle of pop
  • Cans of beans
  • Soup
  • 3 microwave ready meals
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cereals
  • Cans of tuna
  • Gravy granules
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Sausage