Seven supermarket tips to cut your grocery store by £100, including the trolley hack


The cost of an average supermarket store is increasing, but there are ways to reduce your expenses. We explain seven tips to help you save money

Supermarkets are getting more and more expensive

The price of the average weekly grocery store has soared as the cost of living crisis continues to weigh on families.

Grocery analysts warned this week that supermarket costs could rise 15% this summer and leave shoppers skipping meals.

The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) said households are expected to pay more for basic necessities, including dairy products, bread and meat, as inflation is expected to reach 11%.

This means a typical family of four could see their shopping bill rise by up to £40 a month, he warned.

But there are ways to reduce your supermarket spending. We explain seven tips to help you save money.

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Take the “downgrade” challenge

Try swapping more expensive branded goods for cheaper supermarket labels – also known as the ‘downgrade’ challenge.

It is estimated that you could save around 30%.

This means that if you spend £100 each week on food, you could save £30 – over four weeks you will have pocketed £120.

Stick with the cheaper brands and your total savings over a year could be over £1,500.

Always look in different aisles

Don’t stay in one aisle of the supermarket.

You can often find cheaper versions of the same products in the world food and baby food sections.

For example, previous research from MoneySavingExpert found that cotton swabs can be 20% cheaper in the baby aisle.

Herbs and spices can also be found for less than half the price in the food section of the world.

Use a cart instead of a cart

If you have a basket instead of a cart, you can’t carry as much – so you spend less.

It also means you’re more aware of what you’re buying because you don’t have as much space.

Don’t forget your loyalty card

Loyalty programs for large supermarkets are free to join.

They pay you back, normally in the form of points, every time you shop.

So if you’re spending money at that particular grocer anyway, it doesn’t make sense not to have a loyalty card.

Tesco is now offering cheaper prices to shoppers registered with its Clubcard scheme.

Avoid spending at convenience stores

Shopping at your local convenience store is more expensive than going to a department store – so avoid them if you can.

Who? says shopping in smaller stores could cost you £300 more each year.

The consumer champion said households were spending up to £10.20 more each week at a Sainsbury’s Local than at a regular Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Meanwhile, a basket of groceries from Tesco Express costs an average of £279 more over 12 months.

Hunt the yellow stickers

Yellow stickers are a great way to save money and reduce food waste.

The exact time each supermarket starts slashing varies – familiarize yourself with your favorite store’s routine so you know when to visit.

You can even ask the staff for the best time for the yellow stickers.

Don’t shop on an empty stomach

If your tummy is rumbling, you’re more likely to pick up snacks you don’t really need.

Always make sure to visit the supermarket on a full stomach if you can.

Also, try to shop alone, to avoid other people influencing your food purchase decision.

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