If you're looking to save money on your food bill then you've come to the right place.
Whether you've got a large family and want to cut back, or if you're just looking for ways to be a bit more frugal with your shopping, I've collected all the best ways to help you out.
Follow these pieces of advice and you'll see yourself saving money in no time.
Let's get going!
Use cashback apps for great offers & freebies
Cashback apps like Shopmium and CheckoutSmart are your first stop for saving money on your food bill.
Regularly updated with loads of great offers, cashback apps are there to help you save money on a range of different food and drinks.
Cashback apps always have loads of great offers running at all the top supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury's, ASDA and Waitrose.
You may be thinking...
How complicated are these apps? Are they worth using just to save a few pounds here and there?
The answer is YES.
Cashback apps are straightforward and with regular use help you make lots of savings (and try out new foods for free).
To get started:
- Download Shopmium and CheckoutSmart
- Check out the offers available - some will be freebies others will be savings
- Go to a participating store and purchase the product
- Scan the product's barcode and take a picture of your receipt
- Cash will be returned to your account
These are guideline instructions - remember to follow each app's specific guides in order to claim your cashback.
Why not download the apps now and see what savings you can make?
Plus, at the moment when you sign up to Shopmium, you can score yourself a FREE jar of Nutella using our sign-up code. How sweet is that?!
Get free food from online shopping
If you're more of an online shopper than a supermarket sweeper, then you're in luck.
Stores like Tesco and Sainsbury's regularly run offers where you use a promotional code to try out a product for free.
Add the product to your basket, continue with your shop and when you're ready to checkout enter the promo code.
The cost of the item will be deducted from your total, making it a freebie!
Recent food freebies have included:
- Fajita Seasoning Kit
- Yeo Valley Yoghurt
- Flora Spread
- Nestlé Ice Cream
- Walkers Sunbites
- Primula Cheese Spread
It's always worth checking out what free online supermarket offers there are before you begin a shop. It may be worth staying in and ordering from the comfort of your home!
Look out for Try Me Free food packets
Companies sometimes run their own cashback offers for their products.
Next time you're out shopping, keep an eye out for packaging with a 'Try Me For Free' sticker. These mean that if you purchase the product, they'll provide means for you to claim your cashback (try the product for free).
They do this to give you an incentive to buy the product, with the hope that you will like it and will want to purchase again.
You can try out a whole host of delicious foods for free this way. Recent ones that we've found are:
- Rana Filled Pasta
- Yushoi Snack Pack
- The Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese
- FUEL 10k Porridge Pot
- Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Companies normally run these campaigns when they bring out a new product, so it's a great way for you to test it out for free first. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled!
Apply for free food giveaways
Another way companies spread the word about their products is by doing free giveaways.
Companies such as Cadbury's, Special K, Lee Kum Kee, Green & Black's and many more have run free food giveaways in the past.
These normally expire very quickly, so if you spot one make sure you apply as soon as you can!
Use coupons to make savings and get free food
It's always worth checking out what coupons are available the next time you do your weekly shop.
They're a great way to reduce food costs at home while still eating the products you love.
Coupons are available online to download and are normally offered directly by the company.
- Princes Tinned Mango, Peach & Mandarins
- Princes Tinned Tuna & Mackerel
- Robinsons Fruit Squash (£1 off)
- Almond Breeze Nutri+ Milk
- John West Tuna Toppers (50p off)
- Oppo Ice Cream (£2 off voucher)
- Flora ProActive Spread (£1 off)
These are just some of the coupons we've found and used over the past few months!
Don't be shy to use a coupon - they're a great tool to save some money on top products and to try out new things.
Be savvy to offers and reduced items
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One habit from my University days that hasn't worn off is an inability to go into a supermarket without checking out the reduced sticker section.
More often than not there are some amazing reductions, whether it's things you can use that day or items that can be frozen and used at a later date.
If you're a meat-eater, you can often pick up meat items in the reduced section. These work great as you can freeze and then defrost when you want them! Meat is often expensive, so this is a great way to reduce your food shopping bill.
Only make use of 'offers' if they're handy to you
We've all been there: tempted in by offers of 'Buy One Get Four Free!'. Who could say no to that?!
If you regularly use (or are interested in using) the product on offer then this is a great saving - go for it!
More often than not, people are enticed in even though they don't use (or even like) the product.
An offer is only a good one if it is of use to you!
Companies use these marketing tactics to get you to spend your hard earned cash when you don't really need to.
Always ask yourself 'do I really need this?' when shopping and you'll see your food bill reduce drastically.
Cook wisely to reduce leftovers
The simplest way to reduce your food shopping bill is to reduce the amount that you buy.
If you often find that you (or the family) leave a lot on their plates after mealtimes, it is definitely worth assessing the quantity of food that you're buying.
A good way to start this process is by plating up smaller portions and seeing if anyone goes for seconds. You'll be left with fresh food that you can freeze and reheat at a later date.
Use restaurant vouchers every time you eat out
We all like to treat ourselves to a meal out now and then, but there's no need for this to break the bank.
Restaurants like Pizza Express, Prezzo, ASK Italian, Chimichanga, Zizzi and loads more regularly run offers to help you save some money and still have a delicious meal out.
You can score yourself lots of fantastic deals at restaurants all across the country. Whether it's 2 for 1 on courses, money off your food bill or a freebie drink it's always worth checking out what you can get.
Check out all the latest restaurant offers here.
Replace branded products with supermarket own
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This isn't a new tip for you supermarket savvies out there, but it's worth repeating for those who don't already practice it.
Supermarket own brand products are (more often than not), just as good as their branded equivalents. You're paying for the brand's name, so unless you simply can't have anything other than Yorkshire Tea (guilty) then why not try out something a bit cheaper?
Even if you just swap a few products for the cheaper own-brand, you'll find yourself saving up the pennies. Remember, every little helps!
Make the most of your birthday freebies
When your birthday comes around, don't think about getting older - think about all the birthday freebies you can get!
There are lots of free food offers available to you on your birthday, and while they won't help your everyday food bill they are definitely a nice treat.
You can get a free birthday burrito at Barburrito, a free birthday main at Frankie & Benny's, a free Krispy Kreme doughnut and a free Subway cookie.
Check out the ultimate list of birthday freebies to see all the birthday free stuff you can bag.
More top tips:
Give these a go and you'll see yourself saving money in no time! I'll leave you with some final top tips:
- Never go food shopping hungry - you'll just fill up your trolley with snacks.
- Always look up and down on the shelves. Supermarkets place the most expensive products at eye level so look high and low for the best prices.
- Make. A. List. If you go to the shops without a set list of ingredients, you'll end up buying useless things you don't need.
Do you have any great ways that you save money on your food bill?