Our supermarket shopping habits have changed in recent years with many of us abandoning the traditional weekly shop at the same store in favour of going where the bargains are. But how do you know you're getting a good deal? Use our top tips to shop smart at the supermarket.
How to get best bargains
- Use rewards cards "Use offers, points and discounts on everything, whether it’s money off, free delivery or in-house deals including Sainsbury’s brand match, Asda's Price Guarantee or Tesco’s Clubcard. Take advantage of supermarkets' double-up points events, too," says Anita Naik of Vouchercodes
- Check your receipt for money off your next shop, or for discount vouchers for items. Just remember to take them!
- Check weekly deals Budget supermarkets run weekly savers on meat and veg. Aldi and Lidl also offer themed special-buys. Check their websites to see what's on offer
- Sign up free to MyWaitrose Cardholders to save 20 per cent on ten items with Pick Your Own Offers in store and online. Your offers change seasonally
- Sign up free to Marks & Spencer's Sparks card to unlock food savers once you've collected enough points
- Check Lidl's in-store newsletter for money-off coupons
- Check out frozen-food stores Iceland and Farm Foods for keen prices
- Find marked-down bargains Most supermarkets have an area with a damaged or close to sell-by date items that get heavily discounted. This should be your first point of call
- Time your shop "Smaller convenience stores start marking stock down daily between 5pm and 6pm. The 24-hour superstores differ, so ask staff," says Hannah Maundrell at Money
- Don’t forget those bags for life 5p doesn’t seem much for a plastic bag, but over the years it will add up.
It's a fact: 52% of us impulse buy in-store, typically buying 11 things a month because they're on sale
Online shopping trips
- Follow online Sign up to supermarkets' newsletters to get information on sales
- Sign up to social media "Stalk supermarkets on social media including Twitter as many use their accounts to promote offers," says Hannah at Money
- Sign up to cashback sites TopCashBack and Quidco to earn money while you shop online
- Time your delivery Booking an early or late slot should save money. Click and collect serves as a cheap alternative if you’re passing, too
- Don't spend to get free delivery Watch out for this trap, if you’ve only come on to buy one thing for less than the delivery, you’ll be tricked into buying more for the free delivery which works out more expensive than the original charge!
4 apps to save you cash
- mySupermarket compares prices at all the major supermarkets
- Vouchercodes use this app in the supermarket to check for deals.
- Snap n Save take a picture of your receipt and send it to TopCashBack to get cash back on your shopping. Also try Quidco's ClickSnap
- Basket buddy from Hot UK uses crowd-sourced information to get you up-to-the-minute grocery deals.
Did you know: Aldi was named best supermarket in 2015 by Which? for high-quality products at everyday low pries.
- There are more money-saving tips in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.