One of the largest household bills is groceries, so here are some tips to help you start saving:
- If you shop at either Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s or Ocado, then a good website is mysupermarket this allows you to choose you items on-line as normal but then suggests some simple changes or alternative options/brands that allow you to make good savings and even calories if you want! You will also collect their loyalty ‘ipoints’ as well as any usual loyalty points from your chosen supermarket such as Tesco club card or Sainsbury’s nectar points.
- Register at more than one on-line supermarket and alternate using them. Generally a supermarket will send you discount vouchers to tempt you back if you have not shopped with them for a while.
- Check special offers like 2 for 1, BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) and stock up on any items that you use often and consider swapping from your usual brand to take advantage of the offer.
- Try ‘down branding’ for a selection of items. If you usually buy a named brand then choose the supermarkets own band or if you usually buy supermarkets brand then try their value brand. The likelihood is that you will not tell much difference if at all and anyway it is easy to revert back to the same product as before.
- Plan your meals for the week ahead – this way you will not buy surplus food that will go to waste – It is estimated that the average household throws out about £400 worth of food a year!
- If you do visit the store then make a list and stick to it. – If you just turn up and choose your shopping as you walk around then you will buy more than you really need. Supermarket displays are cleverly designed to persuade you into lots of ‘impulse buys’.
- Check out phone apps such as CheckoutSmart or Shopitize for all the latest supermarket offers.
- If you shop at Asda then check your till receipt on line at Asda Price Guarantee and if they are not 10% cheaper than Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, or Waitrose on your comparable grocery shop then they will give you the difference back in the form of a money back voucher off your next shopping bill.
- If you shop online then look for cash back offers through cashback sites such as Topcashback or Quidco or voucher sites like Vouchercodes especially if you are using a different supermarket for the first time as they usually have cash off offers to new customers.