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A Guide to Saving Money on Your Food Shop

With grocery prices soaring, it's the perfect time to look at what you are spending on food!

With a little creativity and planning, you can be saving money on your food shopping. Try these practical tips to cut the cost at the supermarket checkout.

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01. Switch up your shopping routine

For the sake of convenience, many of us shop at the same place, at the same time, every week. However, breaking away from this routine could save you money.

Sometimes it is handy to know if you can save money by purchasing your regular food choices elsewhere. To make this easier, there are many price comparison websites you can use to research before you shop. For example, My Supermarket Price Comparison, allows you to compare product prices at Aldi, Tesco, Lidl, Waitrose, Asda, and Sainsburys.

Additionally, shopping at times when products start to be discounted can also save you a lot of money in the long run.

02. Eat before you shop

One rule to live by – avoid food shopping on an empty stomach!

If you're hungry, you're more likely to end up overspending on food shopping. So, what's the solution? Eat a healthy and filling meal before you shop to limit the temptation to splurge on groceries.

03. Buy some things in bulk

You can save a significant sum of money by buying foods you regularly eat in bulk.

For example:

  • If your family eats a lot of meat, you could try buying larger packs of meat and freezing some. Larger packs of meat usually cost less per gram. So, in the long run, this could benefit your financial situation.
  • If you eat a lot of vegetables, you could consider buying more tinned veg. You can often buy tins in multipacks that again cost less than buying multiple individual tins.

Making little changes like this is a great way to limit the number of times you need to go food shopping, whilst also saving some money here and there.

04. Use Vouchers

Keeping an eye out for supermarket vouchers is a great way to make some extra savings with little effort.

A good place to hunt for supermarket vouchers is in the supermarket's magazines. If you live close to a supermarket you might get these posted through your door, you can also usually find them near the checkout and supermarket entrance.

You may also receive supermarket vouchers by signing up for the supermarket mailing list and checking your junk mail.

05. Make The Most Out Of Loyalty Schemes

Joining supermarket loyalty programmes can save you a lot of money! Most supermarkets have something to offer to their repeat customers. Here are some loyalty schemes we think you might like:

Lidl Plus - This is an app available on both iPhone and Android. Once the app is set up each shopper will be presented with a variety of vouchers for both LIDL and their associated retailers which are refreshed every Thursday. Additionally, each time the app barcode is scanned at a LIDL checkout the shopper is given a chance to play the “Spin of Surprises” which is given each person a chance to win some cash back or extra coupons!

Tesco Clubcard - The free Tesco Clubcard scheme offers some amazing offers across the supermarket. It also lets you collect points for each £1 you spend in-store and online. You can use these points to spend in-store or with associated retailers.

Marks and Spencer SPARKS card - Joining the SPARKS card gives you a chance to get your weekly shop for free, and it doesn't stop there. You'll also get special offers and treats based on your shopping history and be entered into regular giveaways of money to spend at M&S whether in-store or online.

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If you are struggling financially, we highly recommend you look at your budget and see where changes in your spending can be made. Making smarter food shop choices is just one of many ways you can start to make improvements to your financial situation.

If one of the reasons you are having financial difficulty is because you have a significant amount of debt, we may be able to help you. Here at Consolidation Express, we offer UK debt consolidation loans to support people in managing their debts effectively.

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