Monday, 4 October 2010

Reducing Your Food Bills (2) ??? Supermarket Special Offers

We all love a bargain! We feel clever when we have got more for our money such as Buy 1 get 1 free, 2 for £2, economy packs etc. Supermarkets know we love them too which is why they encourage us.

The key to making the most of these offers is knowing what you want – and knowing prices.

Buy One Get One Free

  1. Don't buy just
    because its a bargain. A bargain is only a bargain if its something
    you would normally buy. If you buy something just because its on
    offer, the result is you spend more than you intended – unless it
    substitutes for something else that is more expensive.

  2. Know your prices –
    make sure the price hasn't gone up making the 'free' less of a
    bargain. It pays to know the prices of the items you regularly buy –
    prices fluctuate alarmingly sometimes.

  3. Share with a
    friend. If you are concerned about taking the buy 1 get 1 free
    resulting in waste, team up with a friend to take the free item and
    share the cost. This will work only for basics or things you know
    your friends will buy.

Two for £x

Where you can get two or three for a fixed price this can appear to be a bargain – but again beware!

  1. Remember once
    again that its only a bargain if it's something you wanted in the
    first place

  2. Check the saving
    (take a calculator) as sometimes the saving is only a few pence. If
    its something you only need one of this month and one of next month
    it might be better to buy just one – buying more still costs more
    out of your budget

  3. In combination
    buys ask yourself if you want all that is included – eg the
    sandwich 'meal deals' that most supermarkets do, often include a
    sandwich, crisps and a drink. If you work in an office where drinks
    are available (eg water) it may be cheaper to forgo the 'meal deal'
    by not having the drink – or the crisps – an apple will be
    cheaper and healthier!

Economy Packs

Buying in bulk is often more economical.

  1. Don't assume
    larger is always cheaper - check the price of smaller packs –
    there are times when they are cheaper per gram/litre than the
    economy size.

  2. Be sure you will
    use up the product before its Use By date.

  3. Ask yourself if
    buying the bigger pack will make you simply eat more (eg smaller
    packs of crisps, chocolate, biscuits might be the wiser buy unless
    you have lots of self control!)

Please feel free to comment on your shopping experiences and share your thoughts about saving money at the supermarket.

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