Food is one of the things in life that we need to have. How can you save money on this essential item in your life? The best tip I have to save, is to get reduced items. Supermarkets all have different times of when they reduce their items. I will share these with you below.
Best things to get.
Fruit and veg
As fruit and vegetables have dates on it shops have to sell them before that date but normally it will be fine for days as it is still fresh. The best tip is to use your eyes. If it looks good and is a bargain grab it. You can also get vegetables and blanch them for a few minutes and freeze and use when you wish. Berries like blueberries can be popped straight in the freezer and used for breakfast or in smoothies.
Supermarkets will often have meat reduced and this is great to pop straight in the freezer and use at a later date as long as its frozen on that day it will be perfectly fine for up to 3 months.
Sandwiches and bread
If you work nights these will be perfect to take to work with you. If you want you could take to work the next day for everyone else. Just be careful with filings like egg, tuna, and prawns. With bread, you can do the same and pop in the freezer and use when you need. Or leave frozen and take bits out when you need to for toast and defrost by using the defrost button on the toaster.
Whats stores and when
Asda: Often start around 7pm,most bargains are gone by 9pm.
Co-op: 50% around 5pm, 75% around 8pm.
Marks and Spencer food: Final reductions about 6:30pm for stores that close at 7pm and around 8pm for those that close at 9pm. Some start reductions just after lunch.
Morrison’s: Reductions tend to start late morning/lunchtime but dont have a set policy so its up to the individual store manager.
Sainsbury’s: Officials have said that its store dependent. Some stores start around 1.30pm, others say big reductions start around 7pm.
Tesco’s: Some stores can start as early as 8pm and bigger discounts early evening bewteen 6pm and 7pm. I find my local tescos has good deals around 5- 5:30pm.
Aldi: Doesnt reduce the price of food over the course of the day.
Lidls: Only seem to have a 30% reduction policy but some say they can put the stickers on up to 3 days before the sell by date.
Waitrose: Some can be as early as 5pm till 6.30pm but people have said they have found bargains as late as 8pm.
Market stalls: I used to work as a greengroccer and on a saturday night we used to have to sell out. As we were not opening up until the next week so had to get rid of the produce we had brought. Most greengroccers will go buy the stock fresh that morning, so unlike the supermarkets, it will last a lot longer. The best times would be from 3pm when prices start getting reduced. Up to 6pm which will be the last few bits, but do check with your local one as they will all have different times.
Hope you have found this post helpful. Feel free to comment if you have found different times in your local stores to help others.
Emma and the girls x