According to Lovemoney, local and mini supermarkets charge up to 23% more than larger supermarkets.
It might be that your local supermarket is just down the road and fits into your daily routine – but if you travelled a little further out of town, you could be making huge savings at a larger supermarket.
We all have our favourite brands of certain products. Whether it’s a shampoo you can’t do without or those crisps you can’t get enough of, you’ll almost certainly save money if you swap them for own-brand ‘knock-offs’.
And with the likes of Aldi who’ve won awards for their own alcohol, beauty supplies and groceries, it’s certainly worth ditching the pricey brands!
Spot the yellow stickers
You’ll find the biggest bargains when you keep an eye out for those yellow stickers. Head to the shops later on in the day, as shops like the Co-op claim the “majority” of price cuts take place in after early afternoon.
Make a list – and stick to it
According to the Money Advice Service, people who make a list are three times less likely to overspend than those who don’t.
Once you’ve jotted down everything you thing you’ll need for the week ahead – like ingredients for the meals you plan to cook – it’s important to stick to it and avoid the temptation to throw any extras in the trolley.
Don’t shop on an empty stomach
When it comes to avoiding temptation, it always helps to do your shopping once you’ve had a meal. If your stomach’s rumbling, there’s a high chance you’ll give in to the hunger-pangs and throw some extravagant treats in the trolley.
Of course, it’s fine to treat yourself – but try to factor in these treats on your list beforehand to save splurging.
Buy the essentials in bulk
If you need to stock up on non-perishable items like pasta or rice, it could make sense to buy a bigger pack.
Supermarkets will often charge you less per unit, so by paying a little more, you’ll be able to stock up with food that lasts you longer.
Shops like Costco offer huge discounts on bulk products, so it might be worth thinking about signing up to get a membership card at your local store.
Sites like mySupermarket allow you to search for products to find the cheapest possible deal across 14 of the biggest supermarkets.
If you’re after something specific, give it a quick search to find out where you can bag it for the cheapest price.
Don’t be tricked by sales
We all love a good sale but sometimes we’re guilty of buying things we don’t actually need. Half-price sausages sound like a good deal, but only if they were on your list in the first place!
Bargain shops are your friends
If you have some extras on your list – like cosmetics or party accessories – the chances are, you’ll find them for much cheaper in high-street ‘bargain’ stores like Poundland or B&M Bargains.
Head to the frozen aisle
Fresh fruit and veg are great - but if you’re following a tight budget, you can still get your five-a-day in frozen form.
Plus, if you’re buying a weeks’ worth of food in one trip, buying frozen stuff will mean you’re not wasting any food by throwing it out at the end of the week.
Have some meat-free days
With more and more of us trying a plant-based diet, there are lots of tasty recipes and ideas to try without using meat in every meal.
With processed meat being the most expensive thing on our shopping lists, you could make huge savings every week just by buying a little less meat.
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