You may have doubled your supermarket receipts lately as prices have gone up – but these mistakes can also add up to your bill.
The cost of refrigerator staples such as applesauce, hot dogs and margarine has increased by as much as 20% in some cases as inflation surges and drives bills up.
Prices could rise as much as £180 a week next year as inflation is forecast to soar above 4% – and this rate is used to see how much commodity prices are rising.
With the cost of living at a new high, you’ll want to know how to reduce your weekly store.
But these common mistakes can actually add to your bill in cash.
We asked savvy supermarket shoppers how to avoid falling into the trap of paying more for your groceries.
These tips can save you at least £110 a week – over the course of a year this comes to a whopping £5,720 a week
Buy big brands – £26 a week
Access to big brands within a supermarket alone can drive up to 40% into your weekly grocery store, says shopping expert Joseph Seager.
With the average grocery bill coming in at under £64, that means you’ll save almost £26, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Joseph, who runs the financial blog Money saving bible, said: “Why would you buy a bag of pasta for £1 when you can get an practically identical bag for 60p
“Private-brand diapers in supermarkets are super cheap compared to brands like Pampers, you usually get more in a pack.”
He says private-brand products are often eye-level on store shelves, so look down – or up – to find cheaper alternatives.
Shop at more expensive stores – £19 a week
You can easily go to the nearest supermarket instead of choosing the cheapest supermarket that takes you longer to get to.
But go to more expensive stores – thrift shopper Katy Stevens, who runs financial blog Katy Kicker, says switching to discount stores like Aldi and Lidl reduced her weekly bill by 30%.
If the average store costs less than £64, that means you could save £19 a week on groceries.
“Shopping monthly in the discount store, and buying in bulk, can save you money and cut down on food waste,” says Katy.
She says Iceland Warehouse and Farmfoods are good options for stocking up on cheap frozen portions for your fridge.
Farmfoods often has offers for people who have signed up for their mailing lists, says Katy, which can save you even more.
You can register on its website and receive deposit savings vouchers to your email address.
Forget loyalty plans – up to £32 a week
Supermarkets often have loyalty programs that offer discounts, free gifts, and money-saving coupons to attract loyal customers and keep shopping with them.
That’s good business for supermarkets as it means shoppers will be more likely to return to their stores.
It also means that customers who don’t sign up for these loyalty programs can search more for their purchases.
For example, a Sun investigation earlier this year found that shoppers without a Tesco Clubcard are paying up to 50% more for their merchandise.
Keep in mind that the cost of an average weekly store is around £64, which means you could spend up to £32 extra a week just because you haven’t signed up for the scheme.
Don’t spend loyalty points online – up to three times the value
If you signed up for a loyalty program, you might miss out on the best deals if you use them in-store rather than online.
For example, Tesco Clubcard points can be three times face value if you don’t shop in stores.
For example, you can triple the value of your points by spending them on travel, online courses, and scratch cards.
No price check per kg – £10 a week
Many families will want to do their weekly shopping as quickly as possible – especially if they have kids pulling while driving their stroller down the aisle.
But you should take the time to check the prices of items in kilograms to save cash.
Financial expert Charlotte Jessop, moderator Take care of your coin blog, says she “easily” saves £10 a week doing this.
“It’s easy to get sucked into deals and offers, but this isn’t always the cheapest way to buy,” she says.
“I always recommend that people look at prices in kilograms or liters to make sure they’re getting the best deals.”
Go shopping when hungry – £11 a week
Stomach rumbling? Remember to avoid going to a food outlet afterwards.
Shopping on an empty stomach is more likely to cause customers to overspend on food.
This may just cost you more than £11 per shopping trip, according to recent research.
Plus, you can also add to your waistline – research shows you’re more likely to buy junk food and eat it right away if hungry.
Forget about food apps – £12 a week
Downloading food waste apps can be a great way to save cash on your groceries.
For example, the food waste app Kitche tracks the food you buy and alerts you when items are about to sell by date, promising to save you £630 a year – that’s £12 a week.
Although Too Good To Go means you can buy a bag of groceries from big brands like Costa and Greggs for the lowest price.
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