Families ignore use by dates to cut back on supermarket bills
INCREASING numbers of people are cooking less to cut back on the amount they throw away and using food beyond their use by or best before dates.
Which? said it comes after a 12 per cent rise in supermarket bills over the past six years.
The watchdog said nearly half of all shoppers are now freezing food or cooking with leftovers to avoid waste.
More than 43 per cent of people are also checking the 'use by' or 'best before' dates more closely with 35 per cent ignoring the use by dates on food packets altogether.
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Which? claims that 36 per cent of people are dipping into their savings to pay for their groceries.
It also said more people are doing smaller shops during the week rather than one big weekly shop in a bid to save money.
It came after The Daily Telegraph this week revealed a survey claiming that food prices will rise by nearly 20 per cent over the coming five years as global competition for meat and grain intensifies.
Which? said it is safe to eat these items after the best before date: Tinned vegetables and fruit, packet dry food like pasta, biscuits, crisps, fizzy drinks, jam, properly sealed honey and sugar.
It is not safe to east raw meat and poultry, cooked meats, soft cheeses, and dairy products although eggs can go two days beyond the best before date, and peanuts.
what are you doing to cut down on your supermarket shop?