Ten tips to save money

Ten tips to save money on your weekly food shop

How to save pounds week in week out

Is food shopping eating up too much of your family budget? With a lot of us feeling the pinch recently, it pays to look at cutting costs.

A few easy tweaks when it comes to the weekly shop can save you hundreds of pounds over the course of the year. And none of them involve going without.

1. Make a quick shopping list

Spend just a couple of minutes itemising what you need and which shops to go to. Having a plan of action reduces the chance of impulse buys, saving you time and money!

2. Check online prices

Not every purchase is cheaper online but it’s good to have prices to compare when you get to the shops.

3. Make clever comparisons

The supermarket comparison site mysupermarket can take the legwork out of comparing prices.

You can even get price alerts on your favourite groceries – ideal for stocking up on things that keep.

4. Eat before shopping

If you’re hungry you’re much more likely to overspend on food shopping. If you’re full you’re less tempted to stop for a pricey café break, too.

5. Take a bottle of water along

Keep a clear head by being refreshed, especially on long shopping trips looking for that special purchase.


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6. Look for quality products

From washing up to haircare, sometimes we ending up using more of a ‘cheaper’ product (making them less good value). Shampoos, conditioners and treatments by brands like Pantene Pro-V and Aussie are formulated for optimum performance.

7. Size matters

When you’re comparing prices, make sure you check quantity. Packages might look similar but contents may vary. Look at how much the items cost per 100g or 100ml.

8. Two jobs in one

Can you get double the value from your buy? For example, margarine that’s also suitable for frying and baking (often ‘lightest’ options aren’t). The same goes for shampoo – Head & Shoulders is great for dealing with dandruff AND leaves your hair looking great.

9. Don’t forget your coupons

It’s always worth looking out for savings on your favourite products, including our very own Supersavvyme coupons

10. Spread some shopping love!

Deals like ‘two for one’ can be brilliant, but you might not really need two of something or ‘50% extra’ for free. Team up with a ‘shopping buddy’ (a friend or your mum, maybe) and get into the habit of sharing out your shopping so you spread the saving between you.

Don’t waste your efforts

If you’ve earned yourself an A grade for being a smart shopper, it’s crazy to then let food go to waste. Don’t miss our ideas for making delicious suppers out of leftovers

Keep the bargainacious thing going

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I use my supermarket to get the best deal along with coupons and yellow stickers to try and save as much as I can.

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I tend to shop around quite a bit, bulk buy essentials like someone else posted (toilet rolls, washing up liquid, hand wash + other toiletries) when handwash bottles start getting low I dilute them with hot water and shake.I go to Poundland a lot too as sometimes cheaper than supermarkets for some things - I batch cook and meal plan and cut coupons for best bargains and shop for yellow stickers/reduced items section :) :) Good tip is to check what you already have before you go shopping! xx

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Shop at budget shops like Aldi Wilkos over supermarkets ans pound shops who often hike prices up x

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I put my shopping list on my phone so I never forget my list anymore

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If I receive a coupon for discount off a shop - say £12 off a £60 shop then I will stock up on bulk items like loo rolls , cleaning products and coffee. I add up as I go round so my shop is just over the amount you have to spend . I find if you only shop occasionally in the big 4 supermarkets they actually send you more coupons than if you shop there weekly so I vary where I shop.

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