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10 tips to help you save money on your shopping trips
As inflation and import costs have risen, shoppers have been hit with bigger bills when it comes to their weekly and monthly supermarket shops. As a result, many shoppers have reined in their spending and they are becoming more cautious about what they buy every time they head to the supermarket or local store.
With that in mind, we have put together ten tips to help you save money on your shopping trips whether they are for food, clothes or cleaning products.
- Set a budget – Put together a budget for your shopping based on what you can afford so you have a top limit in place of how much you would be happy spending on your monthly or weekly shopping. Then try to stick within it but if you do go over your budget take a look at why- did you buy unnecessary extras? Do you need to switch to a cheaper brand?
- Write a list – This gives you something to follow so you can hopefully save money and only buy what you really need. A list will only work as a money saving device if you stick to it as much as possible so check cupboards, the fridge and the freezer before shopping to make a note of what you need to buy.
- Avoid premium brands – Supermarkets tend to stock four different levels of products – premium (higher priced, luxury supermarket goods), branded (brand name products such as Heinz and Hellmans), own brand (supermarkets take on a branded item) and basic/value (lower price supermarket own goods). Try opting for a lower priced option to see if you can taste the difference against the level you usually buy. If you can’t taste any difference, why not make the switch for good and save yourself some money.
- Try a different supermarket – Why not try shopping at a different supermarket to see if you can save money on the same products elsewhere. Try a low cost supermarket such as Aldi or Lidl or try another of the Big Four to see how their prices compare to your usual store.
- Check for discounts and coupons – Whether it is Buy One Get One Free, three for two or half price deals, you could end up saving money on products by looking around the shop for the best discounts even if that means buying a slightly different version of the product. However, don’t get drawn into spending extra just to qualify for discounts as this will just push the cost of your shopping bill up.
- Pay attention to supermarket tricks – Supermarkets specialise in making us spend money with tricks such as placing treats near the tills, placing profitable products at eye-level and placing popular items at far ends of the store. As a result, we are more likely to buy higher priced goods or items we don’t necessarily need so by being aware of these tricks, we can become much savvier shoppers.
- Buy in bulk – Buying in bulk in store can help you to save money by needing to replenish stock on fewer occasions. However, it is also a great technique when buying online as usually the more you buy, the cheaper your delivery cost will be. Buying a couple more tins of beans could get you over a free delivery threshold which can save you nearly £5 at least, making the small cost more than worth it.
- Compare costs – Before buying compare the price online to find the cheapest provider. You can compare whether you are buying online or in store to help you save money on everything from big ticket purchases like electronics to clothing.
- Prevent waste – Saving money on your shopping doesn’t just happen in store, you can still save money after your shopping has been bought. Apps such as Olio and Too Good To Go allow you to make use of food that would otherwise be wasted. Olio lets you list food that is past its best before date, but is still edible, so it won’t be wasted and Too Good To Go sees restaurants and cafes listing food and dishes which would otherwise be wasted for collection – usually for free.
- Never shop when you are hungry! – When you are hungry, you are likely to buy more and buy what you don’t need so you will end up spending more money than you’d like. Always have a meal or a snack before shopping if possible to avoid hunger and temptation playing havoc with your shopping bill.