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4 ways you could be a smarter supermarket-shopper!

Posted 17 July 2015 by Shelley Bowers

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Spend less in the supermarket with our guide on being a smarter shopper!

The weekly grocery shop is something that you simply can’t get away from. Come rain or shine, long-hard-day or not, it’s just a chore that you’re going to have to do (unless you order online that is). But what if your weekly supermarket shop is taking quite a big chunk out of your monthly budget? Are there ways that you can cut back? Of course! Just try a few of the following … 

Buy frozen instead of fresh

Ever bought a variety of fresh veg only to forget to use it and have to throw it away? This can be so frustrating, so why not opt to buy some of your veg frozen so that you don’t have to worry about it going off. There’s no timeframe for when you need to eat frozen veg, so it should work out much cheaper to buy this in the long run. 

Ask for discounts on bakery/meat items that are due to expire

The saying “you’ll never know, if you don’t ask” very much applies when wandering around your local supermarket. Particularly if you find bakery or meat items that you can see are going to expire soon. There’s no harm in asking a staff member if they can mark it down for you. You never know, if it’s something that they’re just going to discount later on in the day, they may just do it for you! 

Go down a brand 

This one’s rather simple really, try going one brand down on everything that you buy and see whether you can tell a difference. It’s so easy to do this, just go for your local supermarket’s own-brand products instead of the usual premium household brands. You probably won’t be able to tell too much of a difference when it comes to quality and could slice a big chunk off your weekly shop – win, win! 

Shop at the right time 

Instead of rushing to the supermarket on a Saturday morning, and fighting your way through the crowds, go after work (hold on, hear us out) instead. Supermarkets tend to discount items like bread, cake, fish and meat when they are close to closing, so doing a bit of late night shopping could be a great way to pick up a few cheap bargains. Don’t be put off by the best-before-date, simply pop whatever you get into the freezer and take it out whenever you need it!

So there you have it, some rather simple ways that you can cut down your grocery bill each month. All you have to do now is figure out how to avoid the chocolate aisle! 

 

by Shelley Bowers

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