Cut the cost of your weekly grocery bill
Experts warn the cost of our weekly shop is set to rise after poor harvests, due to a drought in the US - the world's biggest food exporter - has sent food inflation spiralling.
To help you beat the squeeze, here are Moneywise's top tips on controlling your grocery bill.
Plan your meals at home
Make a weekly meal plan so when it comes to doing your weekly shop you know exactly what you need to buy.
This will not only help you cut back on unnecessary spending at the supermarket but will also help you cut down on food wastage.
Shop around for the best deals
Once you have planned your meals, go to mysupermarket.co.uk to check which supermarket offers the best deals. The site claims it can save you up to £17 on each shop by finding the store with the cheapest prices.
You can shop through the website or head to your local supermarket knowing you won't be paying over the odds.
Drop a brand
Try to go for supermarket ownbrands when possible. For example, a tin of Sainsbury's Basics baked beans will cost you 42p, compared with a tin of Heinz Beanz that costs 70p.
Beat supermarket rip-offs
Supermarkets all want to try to make you spend as much as possible when you're in-store and will often put things they want to shift at eye-level or near a popular aisle.
To avoid being tempted, make sure you never shop when you are hungry and try to stick to your shopping list.
In addition, remember buying packaged fruit and veg is usually more expensive.
For instance, if you buy a pack of four Pink Lady apples in Sainsbury's it will cost you £2.75, that's 69p per apple, Buy one loose, however, and you'll only pay 42p.
An increase in the general level of prices that persists over a period of time. The inflation rate is a measure of the average change over a period, usually 12 months. If inflation is up 4%, this means the price of products and services is 4% higher than a year earlier, requiring we spend and extra 4% to buy the same things we bought 12 months ago and that any savings and investments must generate 4% (after any taxes) to keep pace with inflation. Since 2003, the Bank of England has used the consumer prices index (CPI) as its official measure of inflation (see also retail prices index).