When it's time to go grocery shopping always be prepared, hence the shopping list. Take 10 minutes to sit down with a cup of something nice, a pad of paper and plan ahead for the week. It will save time, energy and money plus you'll feel in control of your budget and what you're eating. Create your meal plan to a decided budget around plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and high fibre foods then list the ingredients you need to achieve them. Write down drinks also as take-away coffees, teas and juices get expensive if not planned for. Pencil in a few favourite snacks, treats and drinks so you won'y feel deprived then you're ready to go shopping. Remember to take your list! Stick to it as much as possible with a little wiggle room for reduced clearance items - I'm a sucker for a yellow sticker - as cheap loaves of bread and blueberries can be chucked in the freezer for a rainy day. If you're ready to hit the grocery store, have something to eat and drink before you walk through the door, you'll be alot less likely to pick up items you don't need if you're full and hydrated. If your supermarkets are within easy reach of each other, mix it up a bit to take advantage of their weekly specials and discounts. For example, I love the ground coffee in Aldi at £1.19, Almond Breeze Non Dairy Milk at £1.00 in Home Bargains and the cans of gin and tonic in Lidl at £0.85 - saves me over £3.50 on just those three items. It does pay to shop around and it's kinda cool to be part of the super savvy shopper group.