Basic tips to save money when grocery shopping

Posted October 12, 2013 by Student Profit Staff

Food keeps all of us students going so here is our quick guide to getting their most outs of your weekly shop

Buying reduced items is the quickest and easiest way to save a few pence. Every supermarket has its own discounts policies on food which is in need of a reduced price, with Asda being seemingly being the most generous.

Of course you have two make sure to ask yourself why an item is reduced – usually it’s because it will soon go past its expiry dates. This is fine if you plan to consume it that day or the next but it’s useless if you’re shopping for a meal later on in the week,

Other times items might be reduced because they are damaged or simply need to be shifted from the shelves

But don’t buy something just because it’s been reduced.

It can be tempting to take up supermarket offers but always be sure to read the fine print. A top tip is to compare the prices of the same products when its available in different quantities. For example, is buying 200 g packets cheaper than one 400 g packet?

Also make sure to see whether an offer really exists. There have been quite a few stories of shops cutting a product price when in fact it has actually increased, or offering Buy One Get One Free Deals at the cost of more than two individual items.

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Another easy way to cut your shopping spend is to downgrade your brand purchases. Switching from branded goads to the supermarket’s own version can easily save you hundreds of pounds over the course of the year.

Furthermore, in a lots of cases blind taste tests show that supermarket own brands are often as good as – if not better than – the branded alternative

Our final tip is to compare before you buy! Create a free account on MySupermarket to see which of the biggest supermarkets is the cheapest for what you want, and check weekly – prices in the isles seem to fluctuate more than the stock market these days.

And don’t rule out the likes of cheaper places such as Aldi and Lidl, who are now stocking more and more products and even cheaper prices than the big supermarkets.

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