How to save on your grocery shopping

19 December 2014

Tips to help you keep down the costs of your grocery shopping.

Groceries take up a surprisingly large amount of the household budget - especially if you are a real foodie household and appreciate a fine wine or two.

Recent inflation figures highlighted an annual decline in core grocery costs – but many of us will still find our favourite supermarket appears too frequently on our bank statements and we often overspend.

Here’s how to keep your grocery shopping costs down, whatever's on the menu:

Make a grocery shopping list – and stick to it

Writing up a weekly meal plan and shopping list is effective at saving you money.

Knowing exactly what you're going to eat can mean fewer trips to the supermarket, less impulse buys and crucially, less wasted food.

Search on the low shelves - not the high ones - when grocery shopping

Premium brands that generate the biggest profits are mostly placed at eye-level, so it pays to scan the whole shelf for what you need. Simple but true.

Become a grocery shopping coupon addict

If you stay with the same supermarket, you will collect money-off vouchers through your reward card – such as Nectar or Tesco Clubcard. Watch at the till as the total drops by several pounds as the money-off vouchers are scanned. Keep them in the same place you keep the bags for life and remember them each time you shop.

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Use free apps to reduce grocery shopping bills

Use the MySupermarket app which allows you to create a shopping list of groceries, then work out where it would be cheapest to do your shopping.

Even better, the barcode scanner allows you to check the products in your own cupboard to see where they are cheapest on that day. You can also set it so you'll get an email when your favourite items are on offer.
This is useful for higher prices items such as champagne.

Support local suppliers when grocery shopping

Buying fruit and vegetables from markets stalls can be much cheaper than supermarkets. Find your local fruit ‘n’ veg stall and buy what’s in season, which will be better value.

If you have a butcher or fishmonger then pay a visit. If it’s not close enough to visit weekly, do so monthly and freeze what you need.

Buy your grocery shopping in bulk

Buying in bulk is a good option as long as you have decent storage at home or in the garage for piles of boxes of washing powder, cereal, rice and loo roll. Cash-and-carry giants like and can be money-savers.

Costco charges a fee (from around £25,) but membership is open to many employees as well as business owners.

Bookers is free but only for business owners and the self-employed. also offers plenty of cheap deals on tinned goods.


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