Parenting, Lifestyle, Budget, Money Saving

Friday, 15 November 2013

Bargain Hunting #27



Food shopping can get more expensive around Christmas time as everyone enjoys having a few more treats however you can save money on food shopping with a few simple steps. This will enable you to buy that special Christmas present for that loved one or buy more chocolate to indulge in.

Buy In Bulk - If you buy things in bulk then this can often be cheaper. Ben and I sometimes visit wholesalers to get fizzy drinks in bulk. We often do this at Christmas time when we are expecting guests. We sometimes also manage to pick up stocking filler treats for the rest of the family.  We find it is much cheaper than your regular supermarket.

Compare Supermarket Prices - Use the website mySupermarket.co.uk to compare the price of a basket of goods at the UK's 'big four' supermarkets - Asda, Sainsbury's, Ocado and Tesco. As a lover of internet food shopping this is great for us as I am able to compare prices and I always manage to save a few pounds, it also means I miss the Christmas rush at the supermarkets and I can get my food delivered in the comfort of my own home.

Try cheaper cuts of meat - Choosing a cheaper cut of meat, such as braising steak over fillet steak can work this winter. You can use a slow cooker to make meals and this will gradually break down the fibres in cheaper meat, giving great taste at a lower cost. You can also visit local butchers as often they can do a better deal on meat than your local supermarkets.

Use Vouchers - I love using vouchers to pay towards my shopping, weather its £5, £1 or £10 it is money saved which I am able to use towards something else. I often find vouchers in magazines, newspapers however I also check sites on the internet such as http://www.moneysavingexpert.com

Buy Reduced items - In our house we have 2 freezers, both freezers are normally always full. I often buy reduced items and I end up freezing them. Just because they are reduced does not mean they are not good quality and not edible. Before buying reduced items always plan what you are going to do with them, if you plan on eating them that day as the date code ends eat them, if not see if they have a freezing option and stick them in your freezer to eat at a later date.

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