Although the supermarkets are at a price-war with each other, the cost of our shopping trolleys still seems to be rising. If you are looking at cutting your outgoings, then looking at your shopping bills is a good place to start from. Check out these simple ways to cut your shopping costs:

1: Know your Budget – Doing the big weekly shop and then a couple of little ones during the week can make it really hard to know how much you are spending on your food bills. Keep hold of all your receipts and tally them up. If you know your true spending amount and what items you are spending the most on, you will be able to tell more clearly where you need to trim back on your spending.

2: Shop Online – We all knowing the saying that we should “never go shopping when we’re hungry” as we are likely to put more things on the trolley. But even if you had just had a good meal, supermarket special offers sometimes seem too good to resist! Shopping online means that you can avoid all of these end of isle temptations and only add to your virtual basket what you really need.

3: Create a Shopping List – Married up to number two, supermarkets deliberately place the special offers where you are more likely to see them meaning that you are more likely to purchase it! Having a shopping list and sticking to it means that you won’t buy more than you need to and you should be able to do the weekly shop a little quicker.

4: Drop Down a Brand – Many of us often stick to what we know, and they are usually branded products that we grew up with. But store brands are often much cheaper by and basics, such as sugar, paper towels and bread, are often indistinguishable to taste.

5: Leave the Kids at Home – Where possible leave your children at home is you want to speed up your speed of shopping whilst remaining tight control over your debt management. It is all too easy to say ‘yes’ when your children ask for a magazine, computer game and sweets!

6: Look Up and Look Down – Did you know that big brands pay extra to have their products displayed at eye-level? As the average shopper is more likely to pick up the first thing that they see. So looking up and looking down the shelves means that you can often find the same thing for cheaper.