Save Money on Every Shop
Did you know that the average person in the UK spends £58.60 a week on food shopping? And a further £5 a day on takeaways and eating out? With food shopping take up a good chunk of our daily income, it makes sense to save as much money as possible on it. Here are our top tips for saving on your supermarket shop.
1. Set a budget and stick to it. This one may sound obvious but if you set a finite amount you are going to spend then you are much more likely not to impulse buy.
2. Make a list of what you need, not what you want. Whilst we all need a treat from time to time, non essentials can take a hefty bite out of your budget. Shop for the essentials first.
3. Shop online. You can view all the special offers and money saving deals which you might miss in store. You are also likely to avoid impulse buys which can lead to going over budget. You can save money on online deliveries by choosing off peak delivery times or if you shop regular consider whether a delivery pass will save you money.
Discount vouchers and coupons can slash your spend. Some vouchers can now be used online by entering the coupon code online. Extreme Couponing hasn’t hit the UK yet (our coupon culture is vastly different to the USA) but coupons and vouchers will save money every time you shop. Even little discounts soon add up but check your retailers coupon policy before you visit.
6. If you haven’t shopped in a while retailers are more likely to send you discount voucher and coupons. Rotate the supermarkets you use for best value.
7.You can check the prices at various retailers using My Supermarket. Use Nectar and Clubcard schemes even if you rarely shop at those stores. Nectar points can also be earned on Ebay purchases (make sure your Nectar card is linked to your Ebay account) and at BP garages on fuel purchases. You can also earn Nectar points for filling in surveys online if you register with Nectar Canvass. Clubcard points are much more valuable – up to four times so if you use them for experiences and offers instead of money off. People sometimes sell Clubcard Vouchers on auction sites but make sure they are genuine.
8. If you have your shopping delivered opt to use no carrier bags. Although it takes longer to unload your shopping you will be saving 5p on each bag – and as the average shop uses around 5 bags over the course of a year you could save enough to buy a decent Christmas pudding.
9. Buy bulk deals but only if they were products you use anyway. I once had a friend who purchased a bulk buy of dishwater tablets even though she did not have a dishwasher! Well I might get one just doesn’t cut it when you are trying to save money.
10. Branded items can be just as cheap as unbranded items when they are on offer. Stores are much more likely to have offers on branded items than unbranded ones due to manufacturers promotions. Check all options for an item and buy the one which offers the most value for money. Remember to compare sizes as well as price. Some stores give the cost per gram or per ml alongside the price so that you can easily compare matching products quickly.
11. Beware of false economy. Whilst that 15p washing up liquid may appear a real bargain if you have to use half a bottle of it to wash up because it is so thin, then it really isn’t. Bargain home cleaning products can often be found in home stores such as B & M and Home Bargains.
12. Check use by dates. Some supermarkets naming no names but one in particular stands out, tend to send short dated stock to online customers. Many supermarkets have now started to put shelf life dates on their online items so you can be sure you will be able to use them in time.
13. Plan meals in advance. It may sound boring but working out exactly what you are going to be eating in advance This way you can be sure everyone is going to be fed and your wont have to resort to emergency buys or even worse – takeaways.