Savvy mum shares shopping hacks that could cut £100 a month off your family food bill


Claire Chadwick told where shoppers can find a “treasure trove of goodies” and how they can slash the cash off their food bills when they do they grocery shop

Claire said she can easily save £1,000 a year
Claire said she can easily save £1,000 a year

A savvy mum has shared her shopping tips that could save you £100 a month off your family food bill.

Claire Chadwick’s clever hacks include the best time to grab a bargain at the shops, looking for yellow sticker bargains as well as using cashback apps and vouchers.

The step-mum of two boys, aged seven and 10, even revealed the supermarket where she gets the most yellow sticker items, reports TeesideLive.

She told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “I get most of my yellow sticker items from Tesco – purely because that is where I tend to go for my main food shop – but I also find lots of bargains in Sainsbury’s.

“I tend to find anything and everything during these trips and share them on my InstagramClaireSavesCash.

“The ‘yellow sticker’ area really is a treasure trove of goodies and I love the excitement of not knowing what I will find! Some of my favourite bargains have been tins of ‘bashed’ carrots for 8p, an ‘Indian snack collection’ box for 49p, a packet of sausages for 88p and a unicorn baking kit for just £1.”

The savings on yellow sticker items soon add up
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Claire said the items can be used as “the star ingredient” or an accompaniment to an existing meal and even said it “really helps me mix my meal plans”

So when is the best time you can grab a bargain?

“The end of the day tends to be the best time to pick up a yellow sticker bargain,” said Claire, “Items with a close use by date are reduced throughout the day but the reduction tends to be greater the closer towards a store closing time – this helps the store to sell the items before they have to be removed from the shop floor.”

And Claire said it helps to know whereabouts in your local supermarket you can pick up a bargain.

Claire said it helps to know whereabouts the yellow sticker items are in your local supermarket
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“I’ve scoured the aisles at my local large supermarket and smaller express store and know exactly where the yellow sticker shelves are located within the store,” said the assessment, data and examinations officer.

“There usually tends to be an ambient area for tins/bottles/packets etc, a chilled area for meats/pasta/sandwiches etc and an area specifically for fruit/vegetables. I’ve also located the ‘flower’ section and have found some great bargains there too.”

And although you may not get big savings on individual items, it soon adds up.

Claire scours the aisles to grab a bargain
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Claire said: “I can easily save over £100 a month. Just a couple of pounds per week can soon add up.

“It’s the little changes like this made to your weekly shop that can really save you so much money with little effort. By getting into the habit of adding a few ‘yellow sticker’ items into your basket each time you shop, you can really reduce your food bill.

“Any additional or surplus food we make, intentionally or unintentionally, is always boxed up into a reusable container and is put into the fridge to be consumed the next day for lunch or into the freezer to be consumed another day. This applies to extra portions of meals like chilli and spaghetti bolognese or any surplus vegetables like onions – they are chopped up and frozen for future use.”

‘Little changes are what can really save you money’, says Claire
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She also uses an app called Too Good To Go, picking up a bag from a local convenience store that had items worth £14.46, but she paid just £3.50.

Claire also picks up freebies and discounts by using cashback apps, loyalty cards and vouchers.

“I am always finding ways to get products for free. I recently got a free drink by using CheckOutSmart at WHSmith. I have saved over £459 by using this app.

“I also use Nectar points to pay for drinks in Caffe Nero. For 350 points (a cash value of £1.75) you can get a voucher for a drink. So for exchanging 700 points (a cash value of £3.50) I was able to get two large speciality hot chocolates that would have cost £7.60.

“By downloading cashback apps such as CheckOutSmart, food waste apps such as Too Good To Go and making good use of your loyalty card points in combination with browsing yellow sticker bargains, you can easily reduce your food shopping spend by over £1,000 a year.”

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