Starting your own stockpile is an easy and simple way to stop you from spending more and more each time you hit the supermarket. A stockpile is a collection of products and objects that you regularly use in everyday life – buy in bulk that you keep in storage in your home. By buying these items not when you need them but when they’re on offer and at a good price, this will help you save long-term.
Yellow stickers are good for cheap and easy food
2. Up cycling
Buying second hand furniture is a lot cheaper than splashing out on something from the shops, and up cycling is a great way of transforming an old object into something that looks new. Otherwise known as a revamp, up cycling furniture can be simply done just by giving it a lick of paint and a buff and polish. Consider chalk paint for ease and a shabby-chic look.
3. Cash-back apps
There are a number of apps available on your mobile phone that can help you get cash back every time you shop. Two examples are Shopitize and CheckOutSmart. Each app will have weekly offers on a range of products, with a certain amount off each item. If you see an offer you like, all you have to do is go into the supermarket and purchase the product. Once you’re back home, click on the item that you have bought and unlock the reward. You will be asked to take a photo of either your receipt or the product’s barcode as proof. Once the photos are sent, the offer will be verified and you will then receive your cash back. A word of warning though – only use on items that you actually need!
The most well known and obvious of offers but with so many others flying about, it can get lost. BOGOF, otherwise known as ‘buy one get one free’, is regularly used at shops and supermarkets and is worth taking advantage of if it’s an item you regularly use. It can also be labelled as two for one. Other offers to look out for include three for two and buy one, get one half price.
A free way of possibly getting your hands on free samples or vouchers is by taking advantage of freepost addresses. Many companies will have these which allow you to send a letter to a manufacturer, simply saying how much you like something, if you have an idea for a product, or even if you aren’t happy with something. If you’re lucky enough you will get a reply with coupons included or even a couple of samples. It’s worth doing if you have a favourite item that you use a lot.
6.'New to you' sales
Perfect for mums wanting to get rid of their children’s outgrown clothes or new grandparents on the lookout for some items, ‘new to you’ sales are normally held at village halls and community centres regularly. Visitors are asked to bring along their old items, which can be bought by other visitors for bargain prices second hand. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as they say.
7. Price guarantee
If you regularly shop at a supermarket chain, it’s worth checking your receipt for price guarantees. If a certain product that you’ve bought is available for cheaper at another supermarket, you will be able to get the difference in money in the form of a voucher, which means money off next time you shop.
8. Yellow sticker
Another one for supermarket shoppers – yellow stickers are good to spot if you’re on the lookout for quick and easy food that will be consumed straight away or frozen. Items with a yellow sticker will have money knocked off, either because they are nearing their sell-by date or they are slightly damaged. They are still perfecting edible though and great for saving some extra cash.
9. Reduced to clear
Shops including Boots, B&M Bargains and Wilko will all have reduced to clear shelves – normally labelled in red. These will hold items that have been discontinued by the manufacturer and need to be taken off the shop floor, and will therefore be marked at much lower prices. It’s worth quickly checking out if you’re passing through as they can occasionally feature products that would usually come with a hefty price tag.
This offer can look like a simple way of saving money, but sometimes you can end up spending a lot more. The offer is the purchase of two or more items at a special discount compared to the price when bought separately. It’s always worth doing your calculations and working out how much it would cost to buy those items individually – as you can sometimes be caught out.
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