One of the best ways to stick to your food shopping budget is to shop around for the best deals. However, if you are unable to travel or only have access to one shop, another good way of making the most of your money us to keep an eye out what deals are available currently as well as in the near future. This way you can purchase items that you'll need in the near future when they are at a lower price - but it does take a little bit of extra planning to make sure you are not buying things purely because they are on offer. We'd also like to add that going food shopping when you're hungry is never a good idea!
You can keep track on what offers are available at the Co-op on their website here. The Co-op offer some great membership deals, including money off your shopping (and for every Co-op's own brand item you buy, some of the money goes to a charitable local cause!).
If you're struggling with meal ideas for the week then looking at the Co-op's offers may provide some inspiration. For example, this week we're sharing a recipe for chicken fricassee and the Co-op currently have offers on ingredients including onions, rice, and you can change the recipe for whatever vegetable (frozen or fresh) that's on offer, this week it's frozen peas.