Here are six tips to limit the impact of inflation on your food purchases – Ouest-France Evening Edition

Faced with inflation, many French consumers have to make sacrifices and change their habits. If there is no miracle recipe for limiting spending by filling the basket, here are some tips. Here are six tips to prevent price increases.

With inflation and skyrocketing prices, shopping for people on a tight budget is becoming increasingly difficult. Don’t panic, there are a few tricks you can use to help reduce the size of your shopping cart. Evening edition listed a few. Proof six.

1. Find promotions

All brands offer promotions and some of them are very interesting. So when filling up your fridge, it can sometimes be fun to adapt your regular shopping list and change supermarket to take advantage of better discounts and thus lower your final bill. Most brands place their promotion catalogs online. You can also find them all at Anti-crise.fr.

Other ways to use discounts: Some consumers have exchanged loyalty cards or other discount vouchers to use a cashback system offered online, such as eBuyClub. Shopmium, Coupon Network, Quoty, Igraal, FidMarques… Some other sites or apps also offer returns on some of your items after purchase.

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Using promotions lowers your race score. (Photo: Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

2. Choose the brand with the best prices

When it comes to price, not all brands are the same. In order not to test them all and compare receipts, the UFC-Que Choisir investigators made it easy for us. A few months ago they published a big review. From 11 to 25 September 2021, they fixed the prices of 98 products in 1006 stores of eight major supermarket chains on the French mainland (Auchan, Carrefour, Casino, Cora, Colruyt, E.Leclerc, Intermarché and Système U). Hard work has made it possible to rank the cheapest supermarkets.

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For travel enthusiasts who want to shop for the best price close to home, the consumer association has also created an interactive map of directions, allowing you to view prices in stores near your home by department. The service is similar to that offered by the independent comparator lebondrive.fr.

When it comes to price, not all brands are the same. (Photo: Marc Olivier/Ouest-France)

3. Go to the stove to kick out the processed products

Doing it yourself, preferring raw products, is always cheaper than buying ready-made meals. But rest assured, this is not about winning a Michelin star or equaling candidates. Best Chef. If you’re short on ideas, some influencers offer simple recipes for inexpensive meals or even full menus for a low price, such as Marina, a 23-year-old from Lille who started on Twitter before creating her own website “1repas1euro”.

Some culinary sites, such as Cuisineaz, Marmiton or even Mesrecettesfaciles, have also adjusted to rising prices and offer sections with inexpensive small meals, for example, for less than 5 euros per person.

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Doing it yourself, preferring raw products, is always cheaper than buying ready-made meals. (Photo: Fotolia/Minerva Studio)

4. Set a budget and stick to it

To avoid disappointment at the checkout, organization is the key word. Recipe of dish ? Take a preliminary inventory of supplies, prepare an accurate shopping list, and for the most cautious, provide your menu. (Photo: Mathieu Pattier/Ouest-France)

Is your budget limited? To avoid unpleasant surprises related to food, one of the biggest expenses in the family, all you need to do is make a few simple habits. Making an accurate list of the groceries you need after listing your inventory avoids disappointment at the checkout.

Another common sense tip: The best way to save money is to resist the temptations on the shelves. To do this, it is enough not to go to the supermarket on an empty stomach or accompanied by children who will not fail to ask for extra food. Scanning your own store purchases also allows you to stick to a certain budget.

5. Get rid of waste

According to the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe), every Frenchman throws away at least 30 kg of food waste every year, including 7 kg in packaging, or 100 euros per person.

Solving this problem at home is a source of savings, but it can also be done directly in the store. To avoid being thrown away, more and more brands, whether specialized (like the Nous Anti-Gaspi chain launched in Brittany) or not, are offering short shelf life products at discounted prices. And if you don’t have enough time to eat them before their expiration date, just freeze them. So, in addition to participating in the fight against waste, the purchase of these products allows you to significantly save.

Another anti-waste track: batch cooking, this trend, based on the preparation of different dishes at once, came to us from the Anglo-Saxon countries.

6. Favor Short Circuits and Seasonal Products

Basket delivery, local markets, manufacturers’ shops… You can also limit the impact of inflation on your wallet by choosing channels other than mass distribution. In-season fruits and vegetables are not only healthier, but also cheaper, especially when grown locally, as the cost of transporting them, carried over to the selling price, is lower.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are not only healthier, but also cheaper, especially if grown locally. (Photo: Joel Le Gall / Ouest-France)