Remember to try out these hacks next time you do your weekly shop!
Let’s face it, it can be quite hard to stick to a budget when it comes to shopping. From adding a few extra snacks that you can’t resist to your trolley to finding it hard to successfully stick to popping into your local supermarket just once a week, with the cost of living crisis it’s not unusual if your weekly shop to have risen in costs recently.
Luckily, people on TikTok have been sharing hacks and tricks to help you score some bargains and slash the cost of your weekly shop, whether you prefer to shop at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda or Aldi.
TikTok is well known for users sharing tips and tricks. And with the current cost of living crisis, there is a growing trend in hacks for shopping bargains in particular.
Here are 10 foolproof TikTok tips to try next time you’re doing your weekly shop:
1. Buy frozen instead of fresh
It’s always cheaper to buy things that are frozen and it will save you money in the long run as your food will last longer. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. Frozen fruit for smoothies can often be more expensive than fresh fruit, just because it’s cut up and pre-frozen when you could buy it fresh and freeze it as soon as you get home.
Always check both fresh and frozen to make sure you’re getting the best value for money especially when it comes to frozen vegetables that are often way cheaper, and freeze things as soon as you can to make them last longer.
2. Download food waste apps
Food waste apps such as Too Good To Go and Olio show food that’s going out of date at your local supermarket, bakeries and restaurants. You can go and pick up perfectly good food that they need to take off shelves as there’s only one day left before the use-by date.
3. Always look for yellow stickers
Yellow stickers show food in supermarkets that’s been massively reduced, normally because it’s on the last day of its use-by date. Anyone that’s a keen shopper will know that yellow stickers can help you save on some perfectly good food items and TikTok is full of people going yellow sticker shopping- looking for yellow sticker items and cooking a full meal for less than a few pounds.
4. Buy wonky vegetables
Wonky vegetables are often cheaper, as although there’s nothing wrong with them they’re often misshapen and won’t sell otherwise. Many supermarkets offer boxes of wonky fruit and vegetables for significantly cheaper, and the products are just as good as what’s on the shelves.
5. Check the world food aisle
The world food aisle is a magical place, where you can find some really good savings. You’ll be able to find good value herbs, spices, chickpeas and sauces which may be from brands you haven’t heard of, but are often in bigger portions for less money.
6. Shop the bottom shelf
Not many people know that the bottom shelf is often full of bargains. Supermarkets often put the cheapest things on the bottom shelf, as not a lot of people are willing to crouch down and prefer to shop at eye level, picking up the things that are right in front of them.
The bottom shelf is also where value brands and own-brand stuff tend to be kept, whereas the branded and more expensive items are at eye level.
7. Check the baby aisle
You don’t need to have a baby to shop in the baby aisle. Actually, the baby aisle will often have cotton pads, baby wipes, baby oil and other toiletries for half the price of in the regular aisles, so if you’re looking for toiletries you might be able to score a bargain here.
8. Switch brands
It’s no secret that big brands tend to be way more expensive than the budget and value ranges, but often there’s very little difference between them. While you might love well-known brands like Heinz and Kellog’s, they don’t come cheap. Switch to a budget or value brand instead and see the cost of your weekly shop go down each week.
9. Always bring your bags
Plastic bags haven’t been free at supermarkets for a while, but somehow, we always get caught out and forget to bring the bags, especially when doing a spontaneous shop. If you drive always keep bags in your boot or hang a bag of bags for life on the inside handle of your front door in your home, so if you are heading out you’ll never forget to bring the backs with you.
You can also simply put your purchases straight back into your trolley and keep a laundry basket in the boot of your car to put them into to make it easy to bring them into your home.
10. Use student discounts
Luckily with your Student Beans account, you can get loads of food discounts to help you save a bit on your food shopping. Don’t forget to check out our deals at Iceland, Getir as well as all of our offers on takeaways and food subscription services to make sure you’re never paying full price for your food.