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Ten Tips to Help Lower Your Supermarket Bill

An image of a shopping basket filled with food

It sometimes seems that no matter how organised you are, how many lists you write and how careful you try to be it’s still very easy to come home from the supermarket with far more than you need.

If you are lucky enough to have a choice of supermarkets you could use a website like My Supermarket to compare prices before you leave home.


Here are ten other ways to reduce your shopping bill:

1. Have your shopping deliveredAn image of shopping being delivered

Although there might be a small charge to have home delivery you will still almost certainly save money.  Impulse purchases are much more difficult with an online shop and you are less likely to be tempted by special offers.

Fresh produce is now much more reliable and the chances of getting a loaf of bread of the best before date or overripe bananas are small.

Click here to see which supermarket performs best in the home delivery stakes!


2. Pay with cashAn image of English money

If you only need a small number of items, leave your purse at home and take cash.

This will limit how much you spend and you will make more sensible decisions.

For some of the pros and cons associated with paying by cash, click here.

 


3. Use your freezerAn image of food in a freezer

A great and cost-effective way of buying fresh meat is to take advantage of items being sold at a reduced price and sticking them in the freezer when you get home.

You can do the same with almost anything from bread to ready meals and cheese.

Take a closer look at some of the best ways to preserve food at home by clicking here.


4. Leave the children at homeAn image of children in a shop

Nothing is more likely to make you overspend than bored children trailing after you.

If possible leave them at home so you aren’t tempted to buy them a ‘treat’ for being good.

Food shopping with the kids? How parents can make the weekly supermarket trip more bearable

 


5. Be wary of ‘special offers’An image of a special offer sign

Sometimes there are genuine 2 for 1 or buy two get one free offer that makes sense.  If these are on non-perishable items you use all the time like toilet paper or soft drinks it makes sense to stock up.

If, however, the promoted items are perishable you’ll probably end up throwing half away.

Has ‘buy one get one free’ had its day? Find out more here.


6. Don’t discount own brand itemsAn image of a variety of chocolate bars

We’re not suggesting you start drinking value cola but there are many own brand items available that are just as good, if not better, than top name ones.

As I always add a dash of Worcester sauce to my baked beans, for example, it really doesn’t matter if they are Heinz or Sainsburys. It’s worth experimenting to see if you can find good quality items that taste almost the same.

Find out more about this here.


7. Don’t shop when you’re hungry or tiredAn image of a lady yawning

Most people know not to do a big shop when they’re hungry but being tired can also affect your purchase decisions and you are much more likely to buy expensive ready to eat items or ‘comfort food’ to make yourself feel better.

Unsure when the best time to go shopping actually is? Find out the best time to go shopping by clicking here.


8. Don’t stick to your routineAn image of a positive routine

If you always buy Colgate toothpaste but Aquafresh is half price why not give it a try?

Habit buying can end up costing you a lot of money over time.

Thinking of switching things up? Check out these 34 tools & tricks to slash food bills

 


9. Buy food in seasonAn image of seasonal food

No matter how nice they look buying Strawberries from South America at £3 a punnet makes very little sense.

Buy seasonally and you’ll save a lot of money.

Check out this seasonal food calendar to know what to look out for and when – https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/food/seasonal-food-calendar-71128


10. Only buy what you needAn image of a shopping basket

If you pass a shop on your way home from the school run or work try to buy only what you need for that day rather than stocking your cupboards full of items you won’t be using for weeks.  If you do have a lot of food at home trying searching a website like Good Food for recipe ideas based on what you have available.  Think of it a bit like Ready, Steady, Cook and experiment!

Avoid the pitfalls of waste and take a look at these ideas for how you can save on your next shopping trip, without giving in to the stockpiling urge. Click here to find out more.

If you are worried about your financial situation we can help even if you have a bad credit history.  Our lenders can arrange payday loans for bad credit quickly and easily as a very short term loan.

 

Clare McDonald
Clare McDonald
As a mother of two, Clare knows the importance of being careful with money, so writes posts from personal experience.Clare also loves to find great deals, so shares her finding here.

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