My supermarket savings hacks:
Think there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Maybe there is, but only once in a while – truth is, we all spend a pretty big portion of our incomes on food. I’ve been keeping track of our supermarket spending for the last two-three years, and it works out on average to over £2,500 annually. Ouch!
Still, I think we do fairly well with our food spending – although that doesn’t mean I don’t want to do even better. Here’s what we do to reduce our supermarket bills.
Wombling + the Asda Price Guarantee hack
|Wombling – one of my penny-pinching supermarket hacks!|
If you’ve shopped at Asda and purchased more than 8 different items, you can compare your shop at https://www.asdapriceguarantee.co.uk/. If your shopping would have been cheaper elsewhere, you’ll be given a coupon to print out and redeem along with your original receipt.
The right way
The best way to get the most out of the Asda Price Guarantee is to use the My Supermarket app to compare prices between Asda and its main competitors – Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s – and separate your shopping into different sections – items that are more expensive in Asda, and items that are cheaper in Asda. If you purposefully buy the items that are more expensive in Asda (as a separate purchase) you’ll get 10% of the price back as well as the difference in price.
The lazy way
The easiest way to get big gains on your coupons is to separate your shopping into two sections: reduced price items and full price items. This is great for when you don’t have a lot of time to compare prices beforehand, but still want to maximise your chances of getting a high value coupon.
Sure, some people don’t like the idea of picking up discarded receipts, but I’m cool with it – it’s not like I’m rummaging in the bins or owt! (Actually, don’t rummage in any supermarket bins – you’re not allowed to do that, and it’s pretty gross.)
Supermarket Savings Cards
I just love this one – and it’s the perfect time of year to jump in on it! Several supermarkets run savings schemes (some for Christmas and some year-round) that reward shoppers for essentially locking in their spending to that one store.
Right now, I shop most frequently at Asda, and they have a cracking savings scheme that I’ve been using for the last two years. Their Christmas Savings Card pays out a £6 bonus after topping up to £144, so instead of saving up on this card through the year, I pick one up a few days before the bonus payout date and top up using my 0% spending credit card.
|Asda’s Savings Card – use it all year round!|
This year, I’ll probably get 5 cards. If you don’t want to spend loads of money in one go on savings cards, you can still give it a try – you can get a £1 bonus if you top up £49, or a £3 bonus if you top up £97.
Supermarket Gift Cards
Use my referral code 2VYW7WVC for a £3 credit to put towards your supermarket shopping!
|Checkout Smart – my fave!|
Of course, the big supermarkets do offer online shopping, and you can still get cashback (and use the Asda Price Guarantee) for online purchases. They can be good for buying packaged or processed goods that you don’t need to check for freshness – you can see that I like to check my fruit and veg all over first!
But the big supermarkets aren’t the only options – consider Approved Foods, which sells short-dated food that’s still good to use, and Amazon Pantry, which looks good if you’re an Amazon Prime user. I hope that gives you a few ideas – what do you think about my savings hacks?