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Money saving tips: Savvy saver shares shopping list to feed family for under £50 per week

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How people save money depends on their financial situation, and while a method may suit some, it won’t for others. Browsing money saving tips can offer some food for thought though, and seeing how others save and spend can often inspire ideas on making one’s own budget go further.

“These seemed like treats that we could regularly have as we were making savings elsewhere.

“Now during Covid it means we have an extra television streaming package as we are spending more time inside, but we can add this into the budget as we’ve saved elsewhere.”

So how does this savvy saver make her money go further, and how much does she save?

“I use apps such as: Shoppix, this allows me to take photos of my any receipts to earn rewards, and these are usually Amazon or love to shop vouchers; Shopmium, which has vouchers and coupons for certain food and homeware, these change all the time and usually have something I normally buy anyway which means I would get it discounted or sometimes free, and then TopCashback.

“I use these apps as it is things I’m buying anyway so aren’t an additional purchase, they just have rewards.

“I also am lucky that I am currently registered as a student so I have a discount card, and I work for the NHS so I also use the Blue light discount card.

“Both these discounts mean that generally I can get money off whatever I need to buy.

“Generally registering to the websites or newsletters you are looking at, may mean that there are certain perks such as discount codes or freebies, which can be combined with NHS or student discount.

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“A typical shopping list for my husband, son and I is:

  • Chicken breasts, beef mince, then a different meat each week (sometimes beef strips, or pork loins, or a whole chicken)
  • A large bag of potatoes, onions, carrots, then a couple different seasonal veg,
  • Milk, yoghurts, block of cheese
  • Bunch of bananas, apples,
  • Tinned tomatoes or Passata,
  • Pasta and rice,
  • Stock cubes,
  • Some sort of weekly treat (things like cakes, croissants, fruit loaf)

“We normally spend between £40 and £50 depending on if we need things like toilet paper or fabric washing items.

“I do a weekly meal plan so I know exactly what I need to buy and what I already have in, to stop us wasting fresh food items.”

Taking the time to think about when the family carry out the shopping also means they can make savings – by cashing in on discounted items closer to supermarket closing time, for instance.

“I love a yellow sticker item, but it is only a bargain if you’re going to use it,” Lucy warned.

“I look for things that can be frozen for a later date, or vegetables that can be used that night.

Adam Bullock, UK Director of TopCashback, shared his top budgeting tips with Express.co.uk.

Plan ahead

“Meal planning may feel laborious at the start, but once you’re in the habit, you’ll reap the rewards,” he said.

“Planning ahead removes the need to browse and impulse buy which obviously results in less money in your pocket each month.

“To help with inspiration, you can follow influencers like Miguel Barclay (@OnePoundMeals) who demonstrates how to cook delicious meals on a tight budget.

“Supermarket social media accounts have similar content – feed your family for a fiver, and the like.”

Beware bulk-buying

“Remember that bulk-buying is not always the best deal, and in fact can end up being a false economy.

“Working out the cost per item/per gram is a great way of seeing how much you’re saving and if the deal is worth buying. For example, an individual can of baked beans on sale for 70p and a four pack for £3.50.

“This adds up to 70p extra when buying the multipack, which could be another tin of beans. Supermarkets will display how much an item is per gram which makes it easy to compare the amounts on offer.”

Pay attention to time

“A lot of supermarkets start the reductions at around 6pm, if you’re looking for meat and fresh produce, this is perfect – you can often pick-up meat for more than half the price it retails at.

“What’s more, you can freeze a lot of the items on offer if they’re near their sell-by date.

“If you don’t have the time (or desire!) to be going out to do your shopping, but still want discount, shop online through sites like TopCashback.co.uk and get money back on your groceries instead.

“You could also check your bank provider for perks, enabling you to layer your cashback deals.”

Be mindful

“It’s important to spend mindfully under any circumstances – evaluating what you need for the week, versus what you want in the moment.

“With online shopping, book a delivery slot a week or so in advance (where possible).

“You can review your shopping list and checkout much closer to the delivery date – perhaps there’s an item that’s now on offer that wasn’t before?

“For in store shopping, make and stick to a list and remember that supermarkets work with brands to carefully position goods in places that meet your eyeline.

“Before mindlessly putting it in your trolley, again, consider if you need it right now.”

See if you can switch

“Shopping around and switching brands can also save you money- and it’s not a big a faff as you might think.

“The free app ‘Latest Deals’ has a supermarket comparison tool which is a great place to start.

“Remember to look at both well known brands and supermarket own when you shop as well.

“Own brands can be cheaper, but if branded items are on offer, you may save more opting for that instead. The trick is to be flexible and not committed to one brand over another.”



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