Do your homework before you shop – if like me you have a choice of several supermarkets it can make your head hurt to remember which one is doing special offers on which products. mySupermarket.co.uk was recommended to me and when I tried it out I was astonished how much you can save just by comparing the supermarkets before hand.
Supermarket Loyalty Cards – if they do one – get one. By just presenting a card you get loyalty points. These will soon add up and can be used in a variety of ways.
Buy Loose – Fruit and veg is cheaper when bought loose. Will you really eat your way through that bag of oranges before they go off? I know I don’t in my vain attempt to get at least one piece of fruit into my kids. Save even more by buying seasonal and if you can shop after 4pm they are often discounting it all too.
Write a shopping list – and remember to take it with you. Planning a weeks shopping and sticking to it wont add on the little extras you forget about till it comes to paying the bill. A special offer is only good if you actually like and use the product in the first place.
Time your attack – supermarkets need the shelf space for the next days delivery so many items are put on offer. If you can mange to shop in the evening or on a Sunday you can benefit by saving some money.
Buy Bulk- but only on your staples that you know you will constantly use. Things like rice, pasta, olive oil etc. And make sure you have storage space to keep it all.
Buy Own Brand – Not only are they cheaper they are just as good or better. My children thought they only drank branded squashes till they caught me refilling a branded bottle with own label.
Dont Shop When You’re Hungry – we have all done it and you always come out with loads more than you need.
Shop Alone – if at all possible don’t shop with kids or partners. They get in the way, add things to the trolley and stop you getting the job done.