News: Here’s how you can save money on your weekly shop at Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and Morrisons

News: Here’s how you can save money on your weekly shop at Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and Morrisons

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Supermarket shopping can be costly business over the summer holidays, especially if you have a family to feed – but no fear, there are many ways that canny shoppers can save cash.

With many people feeling the squeeze with the cost of entertaining the kids over the break here are 15 brilliant tips that could help you make your money go further.

The Bristol Post has come up with some interesting ways could save cash a the supermarket check-out.

Some tips may be better than others but they are all worth a try.

Here’s how you can cut out pounds from your weekly shop:

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Try buying basic items in bulk

Don’t be afraid to buy your basics in bulk. Products such as toilet rolls don’t deteriorate and items like unions and potatoes will keep for a long time if stored properly, meat can also be frozen and brought out when needed.

Buying items like pasta, rice, porridge oats and other dried goods are cheaper in bulk.

Make sure however that you check the details of each product carefully.

Cook seasonally or grow your own food

The simple fact is if fruit is out of season then you have to pay more for it.

For example, if you want strawberries in January then they are probably going to be expensive than the summer.

Don’t have your own garden or allotment? No problem try growing your own herbs on the windowsill, so you don’t have to buy at the store.

 

Make your own meals instead of going for ready-made products

With just a little bit more work in the kitchen you can save cash.

Make your own pasta sauces instead instead of the off-the-shelf and keep them in portion-sized containers in the freezer. This is great if you have fussy children, and a great way getting them to eat their vegetables.

Buy the supermarket brand

Buying the supermarkets own brand can be just as nice as better known brands are are often just as nice.

These products are, more often than not, made in the same factory as famous brands so is often the same product.

 

Stay away from snack packs

You pay more for those ready-made snack packs in your lunchbox.

It might take a bit more time to chop up some carrots or an apple, but doing it yourself will make it much cheaper.

Why not try buying a big box of bread sticks and break them into smaller ones for a snack.

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Shop around for the best deal

Shops will do anything to get your custom and some items that you want to buy will be cheaper at some stores compared to others.

Using more than one shop will help you to get bigger savings.

Consider stores like Lidl , Aldi and your local butchers, grocers and food market. Also, the supermarket might not be the best place to pick up toiletries and cleaning products.

Shop online, not in store

Simple – but plenty of people still drive down to the supermarket for a big shop. Shopping online can be less stressful and completely free from distractions.

Lots of supermarkets will offer you incentives to shop with them such as money-off vouchers.

Ocado offers you 30 per cent off your first grocery shop and free deliveries for a year.

Waitrose offers free next day delivery when you spend £60 and Sainsbury’s does a delivery pass where you can save yourself up to £156 a year.

Use the freezer

Yes, it might seem obvious – but how often have you thrown food away because you didn’t get around to eating it after putting it in the fridge?

Food in the freezer can often last longer compared to food that isn’t frozen.

Believe it or not, frozen fruit and vegetables are often just as nutritious as fresh.

You can also freeze most meat once you’ve purchased it, and make sure to stock up on freezer storage as well to keep everything separated.

Meals like chillis, stews, soups or pasta sauces are perfect for freezing – and it’s always nice to know there’s something waiting just to be heated up on an evening when you just don’t fancy cooking.

 

Pay with cash instead of a card

Put your card away and pay the old fashioned way.

If you shop only with a limited amount of Cash it means will not spend more than you need.

If you work out beforehand what you need and only take out that amount of money then you will not be able to spend any more.

Plan your meals for the week ahead

Make sure you know what you are eating for the week ahead and stick to the plan.

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This means that you are less likely to spend money on a takeaways or impulse buys when you nip to the shops.

This will stop you going down the aisles where there is temptation to buy things your don’t need, like biscuits.

Eat before you shop

Don’t shop on an empty stomach as it will you fill your trolley with food that you don’t need.

You have heard the saying of eating with your eyes – well, the same can be said for shopping.

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Eating before we go means that we will feel more satisfied and as a result we will make sensible decisions when we go shopping.

Clear out your cupboards

Why buy that tube of tomato puree when you already have three other tubes at home?

Before you shop, check your cupboards for what you already have.

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Anything that’s out of date, you can get rid of along the way, so that you don’t realise when you come to use it and it’s too late.

Don’t buy ready meals

This doesn’t just save you money, it’s much healthier.

Ready-meals are often more expensive and are not as good for you as cooking a meal from scratch.

It’s much more cost effective to cook from scratch and can control the size of the portion and don’t buy anything that has been sliced, diced or grated.

Again, you’ll pay more for being lazy.

 



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