Food might be an unavoidable expense, but spending a fortune at the supermarket is (thankfully) very avoidable,Supermarket shopping can often end with you shelling out a lot more cash than you expected.But, if you’re a bit smarter with your shopping, you’ll find that you can live a life of (relative) luxury and eat like a king on a shoestring budget.
Find the best times to go food shopping
For the best bargains, you should try to go shopping later in the day (ideally an hour or so before closing time, or at about 7pm in 24-hour stores). All the items that go out of date the following day will be heavily reduced. The shop just wants to get rid of them before they have to be thrown away, so keep your eyes peeled for the yellow ‘reduced’ stickers.
Use supermarket cashback apps
With supermarket cashback apps, you can be reimbursed for up to 100% of the cost of some food and drink items at the supermarket.
Before heading out to do your food shopping, always check on cashback apps to see if there are any products on there that you need. If you’re planning to buy similar things anyway, you can save yourself some money by getting cash back.
Scan your receipts to get vouchers
Is your wallet bulging with receipts that you haven’t got around to throwing out? Good! Those receipts could help fund your next online shopping spree.There are plenty of apps out there that will reward you for scanning in your receipts, and the good news is that you’re usually able to scan the same receipt into multiple apps. In other words, you can get double the rewards (or more) for just one shop.
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