1. Branded isn’t always best
While it’s tempting to always buy the well-known branded product, it doesn’t always mean it’s best. You can save a lot of money by replacing a branded product with a supermarket own and quite often the taste is so similar, you wouldn’t notice the difference.
2. Shop around
When shopping on a budget, your expenditure can drastically vary depending on where you choose to shop. Supermarkets often vary in price and you might be able to shave pounds off your weekly shopping bill by choosing to visit a smaller supermarket chain.
3. Find discounts and vouchers
We all love a good bargain and supermarkets are notorious for having offers such as ‘buy one, get one free’ and ‘half price’ on our favourite products. Usually these offers are short lived and sporadic, so you want to make the most of them when you can. Some supermarkets may give you money off with a student card too, so this is worth looking into.
4. Don’t shop when hungry
It can be very tempting to do a shop when you’re hungry, but it can be a bad idea and you may find you leave with more than you went in for. You’re more likely to fancy everything in sight which might boast well for your kitchen cupboards but not so much for your bank account!
5. Take your own carrier bags
The 5p carrier bag charge might not seem a lot, but if you’re a regular in your local supermarket or convenience store, the pennies will soon add up. We all have that one bag in our cupboard that is stuffed full of plastic bags, so why not reuse them? Better still, invest in a re-useable canvas bag which is also better for the environment.
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