Shoppers can save more than £5 per week if they plan and only buy what they need in the first place.
Research from Abbey Banking shows the average British household throws out an average £5.10 worth of out of date groceries every week and young shoppers are the worst culprits, discarding 10% of their groceries, worth an average £7.31. This is because shoppers misjudge what they consume.
It follows on from the Waste & Resources Action Programmes The food we waste report which revealed that UK consumers spend £10.2 billion every year buying and then throwing away good food.
Abbey Banking said that accurate shopping would not only help the nation save pounds but also help shoppers reduce the number of plastic bags they use by around one billion.
Director Steve Shore said: Despite our best intentions, its often difficult to estimate food consumption but doing so helps prevent waste both in terms of food and money. Saving an extra few pounds on the weekly shop can go a long way, especially when people already feel stretched.
The north east of England is the most wasteful region in the UK throwing away food worth an average £6.40 every week.
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