In May this year, supermarket inflation reached its highest rate in 13 years, a surge that added a heavy £380 to the average annual food bill. This can especially affect families and those hoping to boost their credit score and save money.

Keeping the food bill to a minimum requires getting savvier at grocery shopping. Below are a few tips to get you started.

Find cheaper options

When it comes to grocery shopping, we all have our favourite place, and we know its aisles like the backs of our hands – but the supermarket around the corner might not be the most budget-friendly.

You would be surprised at how much you can save by opting for a budget supermarket. The cheapest supermarkets in the UK are Lidl and Aldi, so explore your area for the closest ones – you don’t want to end up paying the difference in travel costs.

Swap big names for own-brand foods

It’s always tempting to buy big brand names, but with the price of a tub of Lurpak butter making the headlines last month and a clash over the cost of Heinz products leading to bare Tesco shelves, you might want to consider swapping for supermarket own-label.

You might be impressed by how some own-label products taste like big-brand goods. Try replacing your Heinz ketchup with Asda’s, Lurpak butter with Aldi’s Nordpak, and Dr Pepper with Aldi’s Professor Peppy – those small savings will add up.

Consider the most optimal times for grocery shopping

You’re more likely to snatch discounted items if you shop at around 7pm on weekdays and 3pm on Sundays. Although these are not fixed timings, they’re still worth a try. Sundays might be the best for grabbing exclusive deals and shopping at ease.

Shop locally

Not only does shopping locally help retain communities, but it also saves you money. Local markets and shops can provide cheaper goods and save parking and travel costs – and they have quirky products, too. You can also turn your weekly grocery shopping into a family day out. Socialize, eat street food and stock up on fresh produce.

Shopping locally also makes you a better member of your community as it helps the environment, creates jobs in your area, and ensures the continuation of small businesses.