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How Not To Over-Spend On Your Weekly Shop

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When you go supermarket shopping, you may find that there are sneakily placed items and tempting treats that are likely to lure you into purchasing more than what you intended to spend in the first place. A supermarket’s job is to encourage you to spend money, which is why when you’re trying to save extra money or want more cash quickly, you need to be aware of the following tricks, hints and tips.

Don’t Get Sucked In…

Supermarkets have a knack of placing certain things in certain areas of the store so they are there to tempt you when you walk by. Have you ever noticed the following things:

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  • Store layouts make us walk around the whole store to get everyday products

  • Sweets, magazines and other goodies placed by the tills

  • Their most profitable items are eye-level on shelves

  • Signage that looks like a sale but isn’t

  • ‘Special offers’ that don’t save you money

We’ve all been fooled by these supermarket commonalities, but now you’re aware of these money grabbing strategies and you notice them next time you’re doing your weekly shop, you’ll be less inclined to spend that extra few pounds on a chocolate bar you didn’t want or a magazine you don’t want to read.

Take Action…

When you go shopping, you need to take action to stop yourself from getting lured in to the bait. Here’s some things you can do to save yourself some money:

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  • Get a smaller trolley or basket than you usually would

  • Take your own plastic bags, every penny counts

  • Make a shopping list of what you need and stick to it

  • Buy value or own-brand products (you won’t be able to tell the difference!)

  • Shop online to avoid in-store temptations

  • NEVER go shopping on a hungry stomach

  • Save coupons and vouchers

  • Don’t be fooled by special offers that aren’t so special

  • Get discount vouchers online

  • Consider getting some of your goods from lower price supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl

  • Write a meal plan for the week so you only buy the foods for your meals

  • Know the difference between expiry dates, ‘best before’ means its okay a few days after the date, ‘use-by’ means you shouldn’t use it after that date, and ‘display until’ is for the shop assistant and means it’s okay a few days after this date

By following these simple tips you can save yourself a lot of money so whether you’re saving or need to tighten your purse strings, your weekly supermarket shop no longer needs to burn a hole in your pocket.

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