5 Ways to Outsmart Your Supermarket

Piggy bank in a shopping trolley

Piggy bank in a shopping trolley

 

Let’s be perfectly clear about the cost of shopping food for a large family – it is gigantic! While you should be realistic about how much you can actually save with your shopping, it still doesn’t mean you can’t be smart about your grocery purchases.

You probably don’t have time to fill hundreds of spreadsheets in order to compare prices, but you can outsmart your supermarket with these five ways:

 

1. Skip The Endcap Displays

The ends of the aisle products are full of signs like ‘Offer’, ‘Deal’ and ‘Savings’. But they aren’t typically the cheapest such product, but rather a brand the supermarket has agreed to promote.

Don’t assume it’s the best deal available, but check the main section to ensure you are getting the best deal.

 

2. Do The Maths

Supermarkets are always selling items in bulk and in prepared cuttings. While these might seem like a good idea, you can actually end up paying more than if you individually selected the items.

Fruit and pre-cut proportions of meet can be tempting to buy in bulk, but if you just stick with individual portions, you might end up saying more. If you’re not good at calculating, then have your smartphone’s calculator ready to check which is cheaper!

 

3. Prepare for Holidays

Supermarket prices go up right before a big holiday and special branded products during the spending season can make a big dent to your budget. Be smart and buy some of your holiday products well in advance.

For example, chocolate eggs and treats can be found at shops well before the Easter season kicks off. Buy some of the treats in advance and store in a secret cupboard to save some pounds! If the lack of décor in your biscuit tin puts you off, then just make your own decorations!

 

4. Get Vouchers Only For Things You Need

Don’t go looking at voucher codes randomly, as this is another way to end up spending more than you need. Instead, make the shopping list like you would normally do and Check Deals at VouchaCodes  where  you could find the products for cheaper price.

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “5 Ways to Outsmart Your Supermarket

  1. When my children were smaller I used to buy for Christmas and summer holidays over about two months so we had plenty to eat at Christmas and did not have to buy much food during the school holidays so had more spending money.

    1. That’s a really great tip and one we follow too. It helps no-end to spread the cost out without us really noticing, and it’s far easier than finding a greater lump sum during the festive season.

  2. I like to think I’m a savvy shopper but got to admit I’m a sucker for end aisle discounts and vouchers, always buy things I wouldn’t normally due to this. I like the idea of a strict list to follow, will stop me deviating and adding too many treats (usually an unneeded reward to myself for doing the shopping!)

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