Quite a large proportion of us use the supermarkets.
But here is the important bit – how many people make the best use of this occasion to save money?
To pit your wits against the supermarkets needs some intelligent forethought, but it can be done.
Let's face it, you will never really win, but just take up the clues that are around the store and use these to your advantage.
We always shop in Tesco, due to location, and the following supermarket shopping tips apply to this chain of stores, but can be easily adapted for any of the other major chains.
When you have a little time to spare and the store is relatively empty is the best time to put our supermarket shopping tips plan into action.
For your convenience we list our supermarket shopping tips as follows:
1. Take your own shopping bags. Tesco give extra ClubCard points for this.
2. Walk around every aisle checking every shelf looking for small bright yellow price cards. These will feature very special offers that are for sale. Possibly end of line goods, cheap bulk purchase from a small manufacturer or over-stocking. This one tip should save you quite a bit of money. Also you can use it to think up new dishes for the family to try.
Some items have very low prices as the store would rather take a reduced price (to them) than be left with the items unsold. The importance of this small trick is shown in a small manufacturer's gravy granules where the price was 7p. per 100 g. against own brand gravy granules at 32p. for the exact same amount. Just make a point of keeping your eyes open when supermarket shopping. See the comment below - Your Page.
3. Don’t spurn ‘own brands’ or ‘value lines’. These can be remarkable good buys. The Tesco own brand biological washing powder is a good example. If you buy this and find some of your clothes are badly ‘soiled’, add a tablespoon of ordinary washing soda to the powder dispenser to help solve the problem.
4. Tesco own brand chopped tomatoes are another excellent bargain. Just use your common sense as you walk around the aisles.
5. Check with one of the assistants the time when they normally mark down the price of fresh goods – usually around mid-day. In Morrisons this can be shortly before close of business – particularly on a Saturday. One lady took advantage of an end of day 'cear-out' and filled half of her freezer with bread.
Again, another case for doing your homework.
Beware here, it is sometimes cheaper to buy a similar item from the shelves as some of the assistants do not seem to be to accurate when pricing the 'mark downs'. This applies mainly to previous two-for-one offers.
6. Don’t forget to look at the Reduced to Clear sections in any supermarket. There are normally sections for Fresh goods and dry, possibly container damaged goods.
7. If necessary,make a list of your needs and take your time having a really good look around to make a success of our supermarket shopping tips.
8. If you have a Tesco Credit Card (Mastercard) use this to make your payment at the till. This way you gain extra points for your monthly statement and more cash returned to you in the form of vouchers ready for your next shopping trip. A win win situation.
(keeping a careful eye on the expiry date)
and use them to buy Christmas and Birthday presents.
Every little helps!
Make good use of our Supermarket Shopping Tips.
9. Taking money saving to the 'nth' degree, remember that at the self-service tills you are not given any special money off vouchers. A bad move there by Tesco.
It is possible to do your supermarket shopping online, but although this is convenient it does deprive you of any chance to spot the real bargains.
As our shopping is done in Tesco because this is the nearest supermarket, we need your help.
10. In all supermarkets check and re-check any 'special offers'. Recently cheese was marked at 'Buy One Get on Free' the total cost was over £11 per kilo. Next to this offer was a double pack from the same manufacturer and the price was just over £7 per kilo. Keep your eyes open and your wits about you. You have been warned!
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