Ten Tips to Help Lower Your Supermarket Bill
It sometimes seems that no matter how organised you are, how many lists you write, and how careful you try to be, it’s still easy to come home from the supermarket with far more than having spent far too much 😞
If you are lucky enough to have a choice of supermarkets you could use a website like My Supermarket to compare prices before you leave home. Here are ten other ways to reduce your shopping bill:
1. Have your shopping delivered
Although there might be a small charge to have home delivery you will still almost certainly save money 🚚
- Impulse purchases are much more difficult with an online shop, and you are less likely to be tempted by special offers or feeling hungry!
- Fresh produce is now much more reliable and the chances of getting a loaf of bread of the best before date or overripe bananas are small.
- Click here to see which supermarket performs best in the home delivery stakes!
2. Pay with cash
If you only need a small number of items, leave your purse at home and take cash 💸
This will limit how much you spend and you will make more sensible decisions.
- For some of the pros and cons associated with paying by cash > click here.
3. Use your freezer
A great and cost-effective way of buying fresh meat is to take advantage of items being sold at a reduced price and sticking them in the freezer when you get home ❄️
You can do the same with almost anything from bread to ready meals and cheese.
- Take a closer look at some of the best ways to preserve food at home by clicking here.
4. Leave the children at home
Nothing is more likely to make you overspend than bored children trailing after you 👩👧👦
If possible leave them at home so you aren’t tempted to buy them a ‘treat’ for being good.
5. Be wary of ‘special offers’
Sometimes there are genuine 2 for 1 or buy two get one free offer that makes sense. If these are on non-perishable items you use all the time like toilet paper or soft drinks it makes sense to stock up.
If, however, the promoted items are perishable you’ll probably end up throwing half away.
- Has ‘buy one get one free’ had its day? Find out more here.
6. Don’t forget ‘own brand’ items
We’re not suggesting you start drinking value cola but there are many own-brand items available that are just as good, if not better, than top name ones.
As I always add a dash of Worcester sauce to my baked beans, for example, it really doesn’t matter if they are Heinz or Sainsburys. It’s worth experimenting to see if you can find good quality items that taste almost the same.
- Find out more about this here.
7. Don’t shop when hungry or tired
Most people know not to do a big shop when they’re hungry but being tired can also affect your purchase decisions and you are much more likely to buy expensive ready to eat items or ‘comfort food’ to make yourself feel better 🥱
- Unsure when the best time to go shopping actually is? Find out the best time to go shopping by clicking here.
8. Don’t stick to your routine
If you always buy Colgate toothpaste but Aquafresh is half price why not give it a try?
Habit buying can end up costing you a lot of money over time.
- Thinking of switching things up? Check out these 34 tools & tricks to slash food bills
9. Buy food in season
No matter how nice they look buying Strawberries from South America at £3 a punnet makes very little sense.
Buy seasonally and you’ll save a lot of money.
- Check out this seasonal food calendar to know what to look out for and when – https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/food/seasonal-food-calendar-71128
10. Only buy what you need
If you pass a shop on your way home from the school run or work try to buy only what you need for that day rather than stocking your cupboards full of items you won’t be using for weeks.
If you do have a lot of food at home trying searching a website like Good Food for recipe ideas based on what you have available. Think of it a bit like Ready, Steady, Cook and experiment!
- Avoid the pitfalls of waste and take a look at these ideas for how you can save on your next shopping trip, without giving in to the stockpiling urge. Click here to find out more.
Why are we writing this?
We help people to find the most affordable finance if they have a pood credit history. It just makes good sense for everyone, to save money we here they can, so you have more money for the things you really value!