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Although food prices have fallen a lot recently it can still be one of the biggest expenses of a household. Although we all need food, there are ways that you can cut down on how much we spend on it so that we have more money available for other things. You may feel that you do not want to go without your favourite foods or that you cannot see a way to cut down. However, there are many possibilities of things that you could do to cut down that you may not have considered.

Eating out is probably one of the most expensive ways to consume food and drink. If you do this a lot then you could find that it is really adding up and if you get take away food it could also be adding up. Many people may consider that to be pizza in the evening or restaurant eating but you should also consider coffee shop purchases, vending machines and sandwiches. If you bought this food in a different way, even by getting ready meals from supermarkets would be cheaper and it is cheaper still to make your own. Although this will take time, effort and planning it can make a huge difference to how much you spend. If you buy a sandwich each day, buy coffees and g to vending machine for snacks and then have a take away in the evening, you could save lots of money by making a sandwich and taking your own snacks and coffee with a mug. If you made your own evening meal or warmed up a ready meal you would save even more.

You can also save money by buying cheaper items in the supermarket. You may be able to change the brand that you use, the supermarket that you go to or even the products that you buy in order to save. It is also wise to be very careful when you are buying items that are reduced. Supermarkets often reduce things by small amounts and you can be tempted to buying things which look like they are a great deal but are not. Perhaps because they are not that cheap and there may still be cheaper alternatives or by tempting you to buy things that you do not need, like snacks that you could do without.

So by buying cheaper food, making your own food more often and taking food with you when you go out to work or other places, you will be able to save a lot of money. It can be wise to make the changes slowly to make it easier, perhaps by making your own coffee to start with, then taking your own lunch and snacks and then cutting down on eating out and take away food and then cooking more yourself rather than buying pre made foods. It will take time and you will have to change habits, but you could find that you enjoy it and get healthier as a result.