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
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.
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.
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!
again that its only a bargain if it's something you wanted in the
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
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!
Buying in bulk is often more economical.
larger is always cheaper - check the price of smaller packs –
there are times when they are cheaper per gram/litre than the
Be sure you will
use up the product before its Use By date.
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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