Who doesn’t want to save money on their shopping when they can? Our Moneywise team have been busy searching around to find you some tips to take some £££s off your shopping bill. Here’s 10 to get you started.
- Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry
It may seem like an obvious thing, but you could buy more when you’re hungry! Going to the shops when all you can think about is food may make you buy more to satisfy your appetite at the time. Eat before you shop!
- Try not to go shopping with the kids
Supermarkets are great at cleverly placing sweets and toys around their stores to attract the attention of kids. So unless you can resist the “can I have this?” request for the whole of shop, leave the kids at home if you can (easier said than done). Those extras can really push up your shopping bill.
- Do your food shopping after 7.00pm
Again, easier said than done, but if you’re on a budget and looking for a bargain then try doing your food shopping in the evening. Look out for those little yellow stickers for up to 50% off after 4.00pm and then up to 75% after 7.00pm. Here’s a little chart we’ve found to help you out depending on where you like to shop.
* Information above from 20th December 2017
- Avoid the big brands
Most supermarkets now have their own brands, and value ranges of food at a cheaper cost. Why not try an own brand item next time you shop and compare it to a big brand you normally buy. Does it really taste any different? Is it worth the price you pay for it? We’ve done a quick comparison of a household favourite, tomato ketchup:
Tesco Everyday Value Tomato Ketchup 500g (£0.42, £0.08/100g)
Heinz Tomato Ketchup Sauce 460g (£1.75, £0.38/100g)
That’s a £1.33 saving by changing just the one item!
- Buy in BULK
We recommend you buy in bulk if you’re able to, especially meat that you can stick in the freezer. Buying in bulk means you save on repeated purchases on the same product. Look out for those BOGOF offers and make sure you compare the cost of buying in bulk first by comparing the price per item in bulk Vs what it costs to buy the item individually. Here’s an example of how much you can save by buying in bulk on a household commodity item:
Tesco Luxury Soft Toilet Tissue x2 Roll White (£1.00 £0.50/roll)
Tesco Luxury Soft Toilet Tissue x9 Roll White (£3.35 £0.37/roll)
That’s a saving of £0.23 a roll when buying in bulk. How many rolls do you get through in a month?
- Make use of shopping vouchers and codes
Before you go shopping, check online for any shopping or voucher codes. Often you will find discounts from 10-50% off selected items. www.vouchercodes.co.uk has a great variety of voucher codes for different brands, categories and season.
- Try a charity shop
When you’re shopping for bargains, Charity Shops are the place to look. We’ve found great prices for children’s toys, CDs, DVDs as well as children’s clothing. On this occasion, bring the kids with you!
- Get your money back
Cash back websites such as Quidco and TopCashBack offer money back when buying products online through their websites. Before going direct to your favourite shopping websites, try to find cash back offers from these first.
- Why not try your local market?
Local markets often run on Thursdays and Fridays. Market Traders can offer items at a cheaper price than your supermarket. You may find some items are passed their ‘Best Before’ date – You can still use it after this date but it may lose its taste or quality slightly. More often it tastes exactly the same but you get it for a cheaper price!
- Get to know the difference between ‘Use by’ and ‘Best Before’
Following on from our last tip – do you know the difference? Anything with a ‘Use by’ date printed on it should be used before the date printed on it. After that date it’s highly recommended that you throw it away. ‘Best Before’ is just the manufacturer’s view of when the item has reached its best quality. Items for sale after their ‘Best Before’ date are often heavily discounted, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for those little yellow stickers.
You can find more helpful tips and information from Money Saving Expert and from the Money Advice Service.
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