Spending less at the supermarket
It is far too easy to spend more than you mean to spend. Supermarkets have been planned out to make you do that. Try these tips.
Keep to a list
- When you have checked what you have in you can make a list of what you need
- Stick to the rule: If it isn't on the list you are not buying it
- Don't be tempted by special offers
- Don't guess what you have run out of - that is an easy way to buy too much
Tip: You could use a free app on your phone to make a list. Some apps have alerts to remind you when you need to restock an item.
Make sure you are getting value for money
It can be confusing working which deals are best.
Check the ‘price per weight’. That is the only way to compare similar products.
Visit the reduced section
This is where you can find food that is getting near its ‘best before’ date.
It will be safe to eat in the next few days. Or you may be able to freeze it for a later date.
Tip: There may be more than one place with 'yellow sticker' food. Check the fresh, chilled and store cupboard areas.
Use coupons and loyalty points
Before you go shopping:
- Check for any special offers on supermarket websites
- Also check websites for products you buy a lot
A lot of supermarkets have loyalty cards. By using them:
- You can get some items cheaper
- You earn points as you shop
- You can cash in points when you need to use them
As with all special offers, only use coupons on items that you know you need
Make a note of prices
Make a note of what you spent on each item.
Over time, you will remember what you needed to spend each week. This will help you plan ahead.
Try different shops
If you are able to shop around, you may find that some items cost less in some shops.
Maybe you can buy cleaning products in one place and fresh food in another?
Buy healthy foods that fill you up for longer
Some foods release energy more slowly. They make you feel less hungry. And they are full of goodness. Such as:
- Porridge oats
- Pulses, such as beans and lentils