A SUPER saver has gone viral after sharing her eight tips for saving up to £30 on your weekly food shop.
Kat from Manchester, is no stranger to finding a good bargain, with over 917,000 likes and 33,000 followers looking to her for advice (@katsaves).
In one of her latest videos, which has over 3,000 views so far, the 27-year-old shares hacks for how she saves money when browsing the aisles.
While Kat, who buys the food for herself and her 29-year-old boyfriend, who would prefer not to be named, is a fan of Tesco, her advice can be applied to any supermarket.
“When I actively use all of these tips I notice my weekly shop is at least £30 cheaper than when I didn't use it,” Kat told Needtoknow.co.uk.
“[I first started using them] probably over the last year, since food inflation has risen so drastically I've made more of a conscious effort to save money on food.
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“My usual go-to shop is Tesco as I find it to actually be the cheapest but still good quality.
“[But] shop around if you live somewhere with multiple shops close together, as Aldi isn't always the cheapest for everything and Waitrose isn't always the most expensive.
“Surprisingly even M&S food does cheaper products than Aldi sometimes.”
As for her eight tips, they are all very easy to apply – from why it’s helpful to use new tech such as scanning products to why it’s better to go for loose fruit and veg.
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USE A SCAN-AND-GO
According to the content creator, using a scan-and-go at your local supermarket makes it easier to stick to your budget – and you can see how much money you’re spending during the shop, to avoid going ‘off list’.
Kat said: “You can also remove items at any time if you notice you're spending too much.”
MAKE A SHOPPING LIST
Perhaps the most simple hack is to make a shopping list and avoid impulse shopping trips.
While it may sound a tad basic, Kat says it is a key step to not overspending.
Kat said: “Writing a list means you're more likely to not impulse buy because you know exactly what you need… once you have your list you just need to stick to it.”
Once you have your list you just need to stick to it
We’re all guilty of buying a huge multi-pack of fruit or veg and not using half of the stuff because it goes bad before we do.
Kat recommends ditching the bulk buys altogether – which can also be cheaper, depending on where you shop.
She said: “I've bought one onion for about 5p before, it's great if you know you only need one or two of a product rather than buying a whole packet and some going to waste.”
ALDI PRICE MATCH
A lot of supermarkets are price matching – keep your eye out for popular products that you can get for lower costs.
Kat says “The Tesco and Sainsbury's Aldi price match means [you’re] getting cheap Aldi prices for Tesco or Sainsbury's quality.
“Tesco have around 500 products on the Aldi price match.”
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SEARCH THE REDUCED TO CLEAR SECTIONS
Always look at the reduced aisle before you leave the supermarket – you might notice the items on your shopping list there.
But beware of bagging too many bargains.
Kat said: “You could find something to base a meal around for that day, but don't be tempted to impulse buy from the reduced to clear section just because it's cheap!”
With regular offers and deals you can collect points that all add up to save you money.
Download apps for all supermarkets that you use, where applicable, so you don’t miss out on offers.
Kat said: Getting the app for every shop is also a good idea because it often tells you about offers that day and some of them give out coupons for you based on your own spending habits.
“This is probably the easiest way to save money in the supermarket.”
Tesco have around 500 products on the Aldi price match
BIGGER CAN BE BETTER
While buying a multi-pack of fruit or veg isn’t always the best idea, it can sometimes come out cheaper if you’re buying food for many people, hosting a party or use one particular product – that has a long shelf-life – regularly, such as tea.
Kat says: “This is great to save money on things that don't go out of date quickly but you use a lot of, such as tea bags, getting a huge box often is better value for money than buying the smallest box.”
BUY OWN BRAND
Supermarket own brand items can sometimes be better than top brands and cost less, too.
Kat said: “Own brand is always cheaper than branded and sometimes it actually tastes better.
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“I'd suggest at least trying the own brand version of some things because you might find you like it better than branded.”
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