Smarter Supermarket Shopping: Learn How to Handle Unavoidable Expenses

- by Erin Redfern

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If you’ve been grocery shopping recently you will have surely noticed the continued rise in prices. The cost of groceries has been steadily increasing over the past few months, affecting consumers’ wallets and causing concerns about food affordability. However, supermarket shopping is something we can not avoid! We all need to eat! In this article we have provided you with some tips to make your supermarket shopping smarter and help you get the best for your money!

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Supermarket Shopping Smarts

We get it – food is expensive, and supermarket shopping seems to eat up most of your budget. Even when you’re paying off debt, not eating is not an option. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that you should be spending your entire income on groceries! Use these expert tips from Cashfloat to start saving on your supermarket shopping every time!

  1. Make a weekly menu and grocery list
    If you know what you’re there to buy before you get to the shop, you’re less likely to overspend on items you don’t really need.

  2. A penny saved is a penny earned- Benjamin Franklin -Cashfloat
    A penny saved is a penny earned- Benjamin Franklin -Cashfloat
  3. Look for free coupons
    You can find coupons for products you regularly use in magazines, online shops and advertisements. Make it a habit to look for and clip coupons you think you’ll use – even saving 50p here and there in your weekly supermarket shopping can add up quickly. Don’t forget to keep the coupons somewhere they will make it to the store with you (think your wallet or purse vs the bookshelf).

  4. Shop the sales for items you’ll actually use
    Don’t buy unusual ingredients you rarely or never use just because they’re on sale – they will likely go to waste. Likewise, don’t buy perishables in bulk unless you know you’ll use them up before they expire. Bigger isn’t always better.

  5. Skip the plastic tableware
    Disposable plates, cups and cutlery are rarely worth the expense. So, the next time you pass them in the household item aisle, just keep walking. Find out more about the real costs of plasticware to make informed buying decisions.

  6. Track the lowest prices in supermarkets near you

    Note the prices for your pantry staples in nearby stores and record them in this price comparison worksheet. You might find more savings at one store. Remember that £1 here and there definitely add up.


  8. Take advantage of loyalty card rewards
    Learn how to get the most out of loyalty cards and use the rewards to save on your supermarket shopping.

  9. Use cashback & money-saving apps
    Download free cashback apps like GreenJinn, Clicksnap, Checkoutsmart and Shopmium to locate product deals, scan receipts, and earn money in real-time. You can’t say no to earning money while you shop! You can also check out these 22 money-saving smartphone apps that can help you do your supermarket shopping smarter.

  10. Shop smarter and watch your savings pile up- Cashfloat
  11. Earn cashback while dining out
    You can use this website to keep up-to-date with deals on restaurants and earn cashback from the occasional restaurant outing as well .

Savy Supermarket Shopping

You don’t have to be a money-saving expert to shop smarter. All it takes is making small changes in the way you plan and shop for your food. As you incorporate these smart supermarket shopping tips into your routine, you’ll watch your grocery bills deflate, and your savings grow. Here’s to handling unavoidable expenses smartly and responsibly!

  1. Cattanach, Jamie (last updated 18/05/2020) “This Simple Grocery Price Comparison Spreadsheet Will Help Save on Food — Every Time” – Retrieved 29/04/2020
  2. Brassfield, Mike (last updated 29/04/2020) “How to Save Money: 6 Step-by-Step Ways to Save Big Every Month” – Retrieved 29/04/2020

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About The Author
Erin Redfern
Erin, a native Londoner, combines her love for the city with her passion for writing. With a first-class degree in Mathematics, Elizabeth chose to pursue a career aligned with her real passion—writing.
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