16 money-saving tips to help shoppers save amidst ongoing price hikes


As the cost of living crisis continues to rise, shoppers across the country will be looking for ways to keep their hard-earned cash in their own pockets.

Cash-strapped Scots have been dealing with rising inflation rates, which has led to increased costs on living essentials such as energy and food bills.

In addition to rising inflation rates, people across the country were also dealt another blow after chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his mini-budget to help ease the cost of living crunch.

Which is exactly why the cash saving team at NetVouchers.co.uk have put together some simple tips that can help families across the country cut down on their spending.

It comes as inflation rates reached 6.2% in February, which was the highest they had been for 30 years.

Included in the advice is 16 simple tips that shoppers across the country can introduce into their daily routine, whether they be at the supermarket for the weekly shop, or doing the housework at home.

Money experts have provided tips to help families save money amidst the cost of living crunch
Money experts have provided tips to help families save money amidst the cost of living crunch

John Stirzaker from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “The cost of living crisis isn’t going to go away anytime soon. The Chancellor has offered very little relief for families and the cost of living is continuing to soar.

“We want to help those struggling make really simple savings which will take little effort and will have an impact straight away. Cutting down on energy used is a major one – so using the washing machine when energy costs are lowest, only putting enough water in the kettle are simple changes we can all make.

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“When it comes to food shopping – thinking about where you shop, branded versus unbranded and sticking to a list are all easy changes to make. It’s about being disciplined as a shopper and planning ahead.

“Start making these tiny changes and pretty soon you’ll begin to see a difference in the cash you have left at the end of each week.”

Here are the experts top money-saving tips.

Switch your branded items for supermarket own when you go shopping. You’ll barely notice the difference and will save cash on your weekly shop. If there are some branded items you simply can’t live without, then make a few allowances.

  • Check the reduced section

When supermarket shopping, always check the reduced section and look out for yellow stickers. These items can often be frozen too so you don’t need to rush to eat them.

Plan what you’re going to eat for the week before you go shopping and only buy what you need. That way you’ll be less tempted by little extras.

If you have the storage space, buy in bulk. Big bags of rice, pasta and potatoes will work out a lot less per serving.

When you head to the supermarket, take a list and stick to it.

Families across the country will be looking for ways to save amidst rising inflation rates
Families across the country will be looking for ways to save amidst rising inflation rates

If you’re making something for dinner that can be easily frozen, cook in bulk, portion up and you’ll have lots of meals ready to enjoy. This will save you time and energy usage.

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Don’t throw uneaten food away. There’s always a way to use up leftovers.

Leave the car at home and walk instead. You’ll save cash on fuel and will be exercising at the same time.

If you’re back in the office, make your lunch and take it in with you rather than buying a meal deal. The savings will soon add up.

Running a full freezer is cheaper than running a half empty one. If you have gaps, fill them in with empty plastic containers.

  • Running you washing machine

Check when your energy tariff is at its lowest and fill it up and run then. Now the weather’s warming up, stick the washing outside to dry rather than using the tumble dryer or draping over radiators.

It comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a mini-budget to help families
It comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a mini-budget to help families

Only boil the amount of water you actually need – it’ll use less energy and save you cash.

Instead of paying monthly gym membership, workout for free. Go for a jog, get out on your bike or follow some workouts online.

Always check for voucher codes if you’re shopping online. The average saving on NetVoucherCodes.co.uk is around 18%. That means you’ll save almost a fifth off the listed price.

Instead of paying for something to be delivered, go and pick it up. If you’re heading to that shop anyway, it makes sense.

Set a realistic budget and try your best to stick to it. It won’t be easy and there are always sacrifices you’ll have to make, but if you’re saving for a treat or need to make ends meet, it’s the best way to start your money save journey.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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