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1:15 AM 13th November 2021
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How To Save On Your Food Shop

Photo by Viki Mohamad on Unsplash
Photo by Viki Mohamad on Unsplash
Cash strapped Britons feeling the pinch are being offered advice on how to save money on their food shop.

The frugal experts at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have looked at the easy ways to reduce your food bill and keep cash in your pocket.
“Reducing how much you spend doesn't mean you’ll go hungry - it just means you’re shopping smarter,

Among their advice is shopping early evening to snap up bargains, avoiding misleading deals and buying own branded items.

They also suggest never shopping when you’re hungry, making a list and sticking to it and hunting high and low for the best deals.

A spokesperson for NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said:
“Brits are really feeling the pinch right now and saving on your food shop is one of the most obvious places to start to cut costs.

“Reducing how much you spend doesn't mean you’ll go hungry - it just means you’re shopping smarter, shopping around and only buying what you actually need.

“Easy tips include buying in bulk, meal planning and making a list when you head to the supermarket. Other tricks include using discount retailers, your local shop and buying fresh items loose.”

Here are NetVoucherCodes.co.uk’s tips for keeping the cost of your food shop down:

Use the World Food aisle
The World Food Aisle is a great place to pick up some value for money items. Products such as rice, sauces and spices are far cheaper here and you will get more for your money.

Search high and low
Supermarkets strategically place their most profitable items at eye level so browse through all the shelves, both high and low. Make sure you check for deals down low and up high and in all corners of the aisles.

‘Value Packs’ aren’t always the best value
Always check the price per 100g/ml to work out the cheapest item gram for gram. Just because it says ‘value pack’ or ‘50% free’, it doesn’t mean it’ll be cheaper. Two smaller packs can often be cheaper than the ‘value pack’.

Buying loose is cheaper
Buying loose is often much more affordable and a great way to avoid food waste as you’ll only buy what you need.

Beware of ‘Thin’ or ‘Mini packs
You’ve probably seen the term ‘Thins’ or ‘Mini’ on the biscuit and cracker aisle. These are typically smaller or thinner versions of common household snacks like digestives but they’re rarely cheaper. Always check prices against the full size version.

Make a list
Always write a list and stick to it. Planning what you need before heading to the shops is the easiest way to avoid the urge of going over budget and buying things you don’t need.

Expensive isn’t always better
Don’t be fooled into thinking expensive is better. Often a manufacturers' brand and own branded products may have been made in the same factory, by the same people.

Try the Downshift Challenge
If you’re serious about saving, why not take the Downshift Challenge? It’s super simple and could save you some serious cash. All you have to do is drop one brand level with everything you buy, and if you can’t tell any difference, stick with the cheaper brand.

Buy own branded toiletries & cleaning products
You probably haven’t considered switching down from branded toiletries, but you could save a fortune. Washing powders, shower gels and other cleaning products are just a few examples of where you can downshift.

Never shop when you’re hungry
It goes without saying that if you’re hungry while food shopping, you’re likely to buy more, so never go to a food shop when you’re feeling peckish.

Use your local shop
If you’re shopping for something specific, like a pint of milk or some bread, head down to the local shop instead of the supermarket. You will be less tempted to buy things you don’t need.

Collect coupons
Coupons are a great way to save £100s on your shopping bills. You can find coupons for selected stores online or they may even be on food packaging or on the receipt.

Don’t fall for misleading ‘discounts’
Beware of a misleading discount. We all know how tempting it is to throw discounted items into our trolley because it’s such a good deal. But is it? Question every deal before you shell out at the till.

Shop at cheaper stores
Discounters are great places to shop for affordable goods. These can often prove a lot cheaper than the bigger supermarkets for staples, toiletries and cleaning products.

Be aware of BOGOF deals
These deals can be great, especially on items you use a lot. If the items are perishable and unlikely to get eaten or used, you’re probably best buying just one.

Use your leftovers
Always use up your leftovers. There are many great websites out there with hundreds of recipes for your leftover goods.

Write a meal plan
Meal plans will help with a precise shopping list and stop you buying things you donlt need. You may even have a lot of the ingredients already in your fridge or cupboards - like pasta, rice or seasoning.

Buy after ‘Best Before’ dates
‘Used-by’ dates mean you should eat the goods or throw them away after the date has passed. But ‘best before’ means they are best eaten before the given date but are still edible from the date stated. If these are heavily reduced, snap them up if you’re likely to use them.

Abandon your online shopping
If you’re an online food shopper, it’s possible to grab a big discount simply by abandoning your online shop. Simply add a few items to your online basket then exit the site. They often email you with a discount to entice you back.

Time your shopping trip wisely
If you’re a savvy food shopper, you’ll know all about yellow sticker discounts. Supermarkets label up their reduced to clear items with yellow stickers, typically at the same time every day. The real bargains are to be had during the early evening. Some items are discounted by up to 75%.

Use supermarket rewards
Make sure you check your vouchers and points regularly to make sure you’re getting as much as you can from your rewards.

Bulk buy
Buying in bulk is often more cost-effective than buying items individually. Look for non-perishables like rice, pasta, tinned items and seasoning.

Cashback
If you shop online, make the most of it by using a cashback site. Simply use their link to buy items online and they will reimburse you a percentage of the sale. Quidco and Topcashback are great places to look online.