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Cost of living crisis: How can I save money on my grocery shop?

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If you feel the rise in grocery prices, you are not alone. The UK has the fastest level of inflation in 40 years and is straining consumers and retailers, so much so, that Kantar estimates the average annual UK grocery bill is on course to rise by £380. As prices rise, there is a giant chomp into our disposable income, so many people are cutting back on their weekly food shop. The Food Foundation has revealed that 7.3 million people are having experienced food security in April 2022, which is sobering. On a positive note, there are many ways to save on your next grocery shop:

Make use of your freezer

We are all keen on finding ways of saving money, but the average family in Britain, according to WRAP we are wasting £700 on perfectly good food each year. One tip is to try and freeze food that is close to its use-by date. This isn’t just meats, it is bread, milk, cheese, vegetables and even fruits. More on the basics of freezing can be found on the Food Standards Agency website. 

Head to the reduced section in stores

A lot of money-saving sites, recommend you should go straight to the reduced section in a store & why not. Most stores have a reduction aisle, with groceries soon to be going out of date. Shoppers often forget that frozen fish, vegetables, and meat will almost always be cheaper than the fresh option, which is food for thought (excuse the pun).

Make a shopping list

Shopping with a grocery list is a simple, smart financial hack that works. It stops you from being impulsive and pulling sugary snacks off the shelves. While switching to list-only shopping may seem like a major change at first, it will soon become a healthy money-saving habit.

Use Mobile and printable coupons UK

Supermarket vouchers and printable coupons can get you free food and top discounts. Most coupons are now online, but it is still possible to cut out coupons from newspapers and magazines. Lidl has a good Download the Lidl Plus app, and you get to access money off coupons each week. You need to activate the coupons before you reach the checkout. Other stores include Sainsbury’s Nectar rewards and Tesco’s online coupons, which save on in-store items. Outside of store coupons, there are some great cashback apps, such as Shopmium.

Use the best supermarket cashback apps UK

Shopmium is the only App where you also need to scan in your barcodes of the grocery items. Shopmium is best for freebies and referral bonuses, if you join here you will get a free gift. The Shopmium app is free to download, and you can browse offers via the App. It is free as brands like to get new customers (i.e. you) by offering tempting offers and changing your shopping behaviour. Use ga8yq3 to get a gift on registration. How about a free pack of Pringles? Just download the Shopmium app and enter my referral code ga8yq3*

Other Apps I recommend that provide free money on new purchases (i.e. Quidco’s ClickSnap and TopCashback Snap & Save), all with occasional freebies!

How to use supermarket cashback apps? Below are the supermarket cashback apps to get cheap and free food:
1. Download and open up one of the apps to see what items are eligible for cashback (and which shops are taking part)
2. Head to the nearest participating store and purchase the items (always keep the receipt)
3. Scan the receipt and, if necessary, the barcodes using the cashback app
4. Wait for your cashback to track (Up to a week)
5. Withdraw the money to your bank account or PayPal account.

cheap online food shopping UK

Food shopping online has quite a few benefits. Firstly, you don’t need to spend money on transport to your local store or even leave the comfort of your own home.
Some good options for online food shopping UK include HelloFresh – a leading global subscription delivery service that brings cook-it-yourself meal kits to your door. Sign up in a few minutes (use my £20 free credit), pick a meal plan depending on your eating preferences, when you want it and the size of your household (from 2 people). HelloFresh will then deliver your HelloFresh box to your doorstep on the day of your choosing (7 days/week). Other online shopping sites include Ocado. Their delivery starts at £2.99 for orders under £75, free for deliveries over £75. Minimum spend £40. Delivery pass: Starts at £3.99 a month, £22.49 for six months or £39.99 per year. Other stores that offer online food shopping include Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Iceland and Asda. Remember to choose off-peak delivery times and use first-order discounts.

Short-dated food suppliers UK

Every year in the UK over 9.5 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away, a lot of which has past its ‘best before date, but would still be perfectly good to eat. If you have a big family or large storage spaces, buying in bulk could save you a fortune. At these places, you can snap up a bargain by getting groceries that are soon to be going out of date.  There are a few options, one being Approved Food and Low Price Food. At Low Price Foods, they specialise in bulk, clearance and short-dated food, snacks, confectionery, and drinks. This means they can offer up to 70% off supermarket prices and regularly undercut their peers. Finally, Costco is worth a visit. Costco actually stocks fewer items than your average supermarket or grocery store. But their USP is they purchase their goods in huge numbers so they can stack ‘em high and sell ‘em cheap.

Eat out of the cupboard and save money 

Finally, you may not need to leave your kitchen to find food. Take stock of what is inside your freezer and cupboard. There is no doubt you will be able to find new recipes with all the nuts, sauces, pasta and rice you will no doubt find. A quick recipe finder on the BBC website and the BBC Good Food website will help you find reliable recipes.

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William Pointing

I enjoy watching comedy, learning about new digital marketing trends, helping people generally (including saving money) and completing sport challenges (This year I plan on cycling to Paris from London).

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I enjoy watching comedy, learning about new digital marketing trends, helping people generally (including saving money) and completing sport challenges (This year I plan on cycling to Paris from London).

All stories by:William Pointing
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