By chef Christopher Koetke, WorldChefs

Everyone goes grocery shopping, but not many know how to pay less for their food without compromising its quality, and even safety. Chef Christopher Koetke from World Association of Chefs (WorldChefs) sums up five shopping tips which will help you cut down on your grocery expenses without forgoing food freshness.

1. Check the fine print

If you tend to throw out milk or juices because they sit in your fridge past their Best Buy date, look deeper. Supermarkets receive their juices and milks in batches and the new batch, with a longer Best Buy date, is normally placed behind the same item with a more recent Best Buy date. This way, you are buying an item that can sit for a little longer in your fridge.

2. Quick Sale

Some supermarkets try to sell items with shorter Best Buy or Expiry date by placing them on discounts. This is a good way to get perfectly good and edible food at almost half the retail price, especially if you know you will be consuming the items soon. This includes fruits and vegetables with visible blemishes and bruising that can be trimmed.

3. Buy from The Food Pantry

The Food Bank Singapore is where companies and individuals deposit or donate their unused or unwanted (but not expired) foods, which are then distributed to the needy. It also runs The Food Pantry, which sells packaged food items that are close to their expiry dates from as little as $1.

The Food Pantry address:

100 Sims Avenue

Singapore 387426

Open daily from 12pm to 6pm, 7pm to 10pm

Source: National Environment Agency (NEA)

4. Buy only what you need

Stick to your plan. Don’t get tricked into buying more than you need. Avoid offers as “buy 3 pay for 2”. This often leads to over-consumption and waste. It’s always best to k6create a full detailed grocery shopping list and stick to it.  Do not buy for more than a few days at a time.

If buying perishable foods in bulk, divide them into smaller portions and process (fermenting, canning, drying, etc.) or freeze them until needed. If using frozen vegetables, only thaw out what is needed for one meal.

5. Shop for groceries that are in season

Look out for groceries which are in season. Most often they keep a lower price than groceries that have been transported from different parts of the world.