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Grocery Shopping - UK versus Canada

03/02/15

Feeling the pinch coming into half-term? Amanda has some tips for making your groceries go that extra mile.

Grocery shopping in the UK is much different than North America.  You do have a wide variety of stores to choose from, but each one is slightly different.  My personal preference is Tesco.  They seem to have the most variety and their stores are very each to shop.  One thing you need to be aware of are expiration dates.  They are MUCH shorter than those you are probably used to.  In North America, if you purchase bread, lunch meat, vegetables etc, the expiration date is usually a week away, sometimes more.  In the UK, the expiration dates on most things are only 1-3 days from the date of purchase.  Why this is I am not exactly sure, but it means you shop for your staple foods multiple times a week. 

One thing that will make this easier however is the fact that you can have your groceries delivered right to your door for a very reasonable price.  Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons all offer a delivery service where you order your groceries online and choose a time slot to have them delivered.  Some time slots cost more than others but some start as little as 1 pound. One thing you will also notice is that eggs are not sold in the refrigerated section here, they are on a shelf.

 Tips to make your groceries last the longest:

  1. Keep your bread in the freezer, and pull out slices as you need them.
  2. Remove celery, broccoli and lettuce from the plastic package and wrap it tightly in tinfoil and keep in the fridge.
  3. Buy larger packages of ground beef, portion them into food bags and freeze.
  4. Wrap the top of your bananas (where they all meet) in plastic wrap- they will last 2-3 days longer

Happy shopping!

What are your money saving tips when working on supply? Send through your ideas to Megan (mparsons@protocol-education.com). 

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