Tips to help families stretch their cash while doing the supermarket shop during school holidays

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With the summer holidays on the horizon, many kids will be excited at the prospect of spending the next few weeks having fun.

This year, however, might bring a bit more strain to families across the country, mainly due to the current cost of living crisis. With rising food costs and energy bills, many households in Scotland have been feeling the pinch of rising prices this year.

One place that many families will begin to see rising prices this summer will, of course, be on their weekly supermarket trip. Prices on supermarket shelves have been steadily increasing over the past year, but they are said to rise further this summer.

The latest data from Kantar has revealed that grocery price inflation jumped to 8.3% over the four weeks to June 12 – up from 7% in May and its highest level since April 2009.

The soaring increases in the cost of food and groceries means the average annual shopping bill will increase by £380 in 2022 – more than another £100 since April alone, Kantar said. In response to the rising inflation rates multiple households have begun switching up their shopping habits, which has included buying only own-branded items to reduce costs and looking for yellow sticker bargains.

So, to help families keep their costs down at the supermarket this school holiday, money-saving experts from Netvouchercodes.uk have helped provide crucial tips that can help families save extra pennies during the weekly supermarket trip.

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If you are looking for ways to help stretch your cash at the supermarket during the summer holidays, then here are 10 handy tips that will make your budget go further.

Families might find higher prices in the supermarket this year
Families might find higher prices in the supermarket this year

Yellow stickers

One of the most sought-after items in supermarkets, reduced labels shine as bright as the sun for some shoppers, with people queuing up for hours to find special discounted food to take home for dinner. Head down to your local supermarket around 7pm on weekdays and at 3pm on Sundays to get the best deals. Some change the times each day to stop manic shoppers, so bear that in mind.

Discounted treats from the bakery on a Sunday

While many don’t usually do their food shop on a Sunday, it might in fact be the best time to get exclusive deals. Keep an eye out on the bakery section and listen for announcements, as many sell bread and cookies for 10p to get rid of remaining stock.

Analyze special offers

Some offers are worth it, but some clearly aren’t. Read the label to find out whether the ‘larger’ bottle of fabric conditioner is worth more than the middle size. Stop and think if you need to get the buy one, get one half price deal on hair products. Do you need to get them right this second?

Don’t head straight for the checkouts

More chains are taking the initiative to use a ‘scan as you shop’ method, so as you collect your grocery items you can check how much you’re spending. Not only is this an efficient way to shop, but it also helps you save each week and stop spending on unnecessary wants.

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Families have had to change their shopping habits this year
Families have had to change their shopping habits this year

Use loyalty cards

Check a supermarket’s website to see whether they’re using a loyalty scheme which can let you earn extra pennies on every purchase you make. Even on a weekly shop this can equate to an additional £5 every single month

Turn on your emails for offers

Try not to assume generic supermarket emails are all junk and clutter, some provide very helpful advice on the latest promotions in store. From lowered prices to special deals and how long they may last for.

Make a food shop money pot

Saving is sensible and one of the best ways to budget your food shop is creating a money pot allocated to food shopping. This could be separating food money to household cleaning items and deciding how much you’re going to spend on each different type of product every week.

Freeze your food

Who isn’t starting to meal prep more? Freezing food before it goes out of date can be one of the best solutions to save that extra couple of quid. Deciding what you’re going to buy and when you want to have it, can benefit your pockets tremendously.

Shop around the store

This may only apply to people who have multiple shops in close range of each other but having a little exploration can be made quite fun. Perhaps you can get your meat from one shop, then your cupboard items from another and then guilty pleasures from the next. Make it a quick and snappy daytime trip to investigate the exclusive deals.

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Don’t forget to treat yourself!

The essential tips to save are advantageous, but don’t forget in the process of saving to still enjoy the little pleasures of life. Treat yourself and your family every now and again.

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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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