Save on your shopping
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Getting fit with your finances doesn't need to stop at home. You can save money when you're out and about.
The daily shop can put a bit of pressure on your wallet. There are however some quick tips you can use to save on your trip to the supermarket. Check out our tips below to find out more when walking down the aisles.
Make a list of your usual weekly shop. What meals could you plan ahead? Will you be hosting any family or friends?
Could you buy any items in bulk? If you do, make sure you have enough room in your fridge and/or freezer. You may need to have a clear out.
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Get your vouchers ready
Scour the internet for vouchers. The more you can save on your shop the better. Just like in magazines, there are a range of websites which offer vouchers for discounts on everyday products. Take a look before you go out shopping to see what you can save.
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Set a budget
It could be tempting to overspend when you're down the aisles. You may be enticed by a tasty treat. Make sure you stick to a limit. Figure out how much you can afford to spend and take this out in cash. This way you will stay within your budget.
Don’t go hungry
Make sure you’ve eaten before you set out to the supermarket. If you go out hungry you could be tempted to buy more. Eat your breakfast, lunch, tea or a snack before you head out.
Get to know 'use by' and 'best before' jargon
Do you know the difference? The 'use by' date means that you should use that item before the date printed. After that, you should throw it away. With 'best before', this is the manufacturer's view of when the item has reached its best quality. You can still use it after this date but it may lose its taste or quality.
Shop in the evening
Supermarkets tend to reduce items throughout the day. You might find that some items can be reduced by up to 75% after 7pm. The downside to this is that you may lose out on what you were looking to buy as they may have been snapped up.
Buy own brands
Save money by going for own brands rather than high end products. You might not notice the difference in taste.
Make sure you look out for these own brands. Supermarkets tend to put higher priced goods at eye level to catch you. Look above and below eye level to find the cheaper products.
Try the local market
It’s not just the supermarket you can go to. Try your local market or smaller shops to see if you can find a better deal on the items you need to buy.
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