Save on Every Supermarket Visit

Supermarkets are great at getting us to spend extra money but you don’t need to break your budget every time you go shopping. We’ve brought you some tips which should help you save money rather than splurge when visiting your local supermarket.

Don't Fall for Tactics

Chocolates and MagazinesSupermarkets use multiple tactics to get us to spend more money when shopping but if you know what they are then you can do your best to avoid them. Impulse buy items such as sweets and magazines will conveniently be placed around the tills to give supermarkets one more attempt at getting you to spend. The layout of the store also means we need to cross multiple aisles to pick up our daily goods. Be wary of the temptation of deals at eye level or even children’s eye level if the product is aimed at them. Carefully check labels, often stores will have a price label which looks like a bright bold sale sticker but in reality it’s just the regular price.

Compare the Costs

MySupermarket looks at the prices of goods at larger supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Ocado, Aldi, Morrisons, Waitrose and Sainsburys. It also checks Superdrug and Boots for the cost of toiletries. It is worth checking the website out before you do your weekly shop to see if there are any savings available and find out what the cheapest option will be for you. When you enter your data the website also suggests other options which may be cheaper. If you are buying 6 packets of crisps, but a 12 pack works out cheaper then it lets you know. Certain supermarkets also promise to refund the difference of groceries that are cheaper at rival stores. This is generally worked out on the price of your basket so try and pay for standard items in one transaction and then bargain items in another so it doesn’t bring the value of your shop down. This may help you get a voucher for use on your next shopping trip.

Try Supermarket Brands

Supermarket Branded FoodJust because something costs more does not mean it is better. Well known branded items may look more appealing to the eye when it comes to packaging but it’s what’s on the inside that counts and most of the time you won’t even be able to tell the difference. Challenge yourself to drop down a brand level each time you shop. If you usually buy the ‘extra special’ or ‘finest’ ranges then try the normal one then try supermarket own-brand or the value range and so on. If you can’t tell the differences then make the switch permanently and save yourself money every time. Dropping down a brand level on every item you buy can cut your shopping bill by more than 20%. Don’t just drop down on food; try dropping a level on cleaning products, shampoos and shower gels. Why pay more for something that tastes or looks the same?

Avoid Shopping When Hungry

It is a well known fact that if you’re hungry you are more likely to put things in your shopping basket that you really don’t need. If you are just popping to the shop for milk then don’t pick up a basket. Grab your milk and head straight for the tills. If you pick up a basket you may be more inclined to add extra things to it

Know When to Grab a Bargain

If something is on offer for buy one get one free then really consider if it is worth it. The time to grab these BOGOF offers is when the deal is something you regularly buy anyway. Items that don’t go off such as toothpaste, batteries and certain toiletries are great to stock up on when they are on offer but avoid perishable items and don’t buy something for the sake of it.

Consider Alternatives

Why not try out your local ALDI or LIDL if you haven’t been before. Although these stores may have less choice they do prove cheaper than other big supermarket chains. These stores will have all of your staple items and you can do a top-up shop for more obscure items at your local supermarket if needed. Read our article on ‘15 Reasons to Shop at ALDI’ to see what types of products are available.

Use Coupons

CouponsWhere you can, be sure to use coupons to save money across your shop. You can get coupons from Supermarket magazines, leaflets or even on their websites. Sign up for the supermarkets loyalty card scheme to collect points on every shop and you may receive vouchers in the post when you build up a certain number of points. You can then redeem these points against your shopping bringing the final bill down. Tesco clubcard will send you your points as vouchers. 500 points equals £5 to spend in store but you can trade it for even more than that to use at another retailer via Tesco Clubcard Boost. Rewards include meal vouchers and days out so it is definitely worth looking into what you can spend your money on.

Check Local Markets

Supermarkets may be the most convenient option but local market stalls and grocers can be up to 30% cheaper. Keep your receipts from your supermarket shop then take a note of how much produce you can get at a local market for the same price. 

Reduced Stickers

Heading to your local supermarket just before it is about to close may mean you can grab a bargain when the reduced stickers start coming out. Not only is it safe to eat food past its ‘best-before’ it is also legal for supermarkets to sell these items. There is even an online store called Approved Food which specialised in out of date stock at great prices. There is a delivery charge so it’s worth bulk buying, you can always freeze things if needed. It is entirely your decision on how much passed the date you want to eat items but foods such as gravy granules will be safe in their sealed containers. Check out our review on Approved Food to see if it’s right for you. 

What is the Verdict?

MoneySavingPigDo you think these tips will save you money in the supermarket? Do you have any other great tips to share?  We love feedback so please use the comment section below. 

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