MEET the nation’s super shoppers who make a living from helping the rest of us save money.
These family bloggers and influencers have slashed their own spending while still enjoying a family life to the full.
Their clever ideas can help you cut your weekly grocery shop costs by up to half – saving thousands of pounds a year.
Here are the 15 top tips on how to save money – so see how many you can use.
1. Esther Mukoron from MoneyNuggets.co.uk
Stop the takeaways. Cooking at home can be a chore but takeaways are one of our most expensive ‘money drains’.
Two big family takeaways can equal the cost of a weekly shop.
2. David Jack Taylor from thinkingthrifty.uk
Shop using price-per-unit. Quite often that ‘special offer’ isn’t quite so special when you break it down. The biggest box or tin isn’t always the best value for money.
3. Kelly Eroglu from Reducedgrub.com
Lots of blogs tell you to make a list for when you shop – but I say have an open mind. See which food is reduced and plan your meals from there. If you see a good deal, grab it.
4. Corinna Phillips from inspiringlifedesign.com
Be a new customer. First timer buyers typically big discounts of 25 to 30 per cent so shop around for any services like broadband, mobile phone contracts or utilities.
5. Kathy Cakebread from glitzandglamourmakeup.co.uk
Vow never to pay full price. There’s always a way to get it for less. Use Tastecard to save money on meals out and Quidco and TopCashBack to get cashback on groceries.
6. Vicky Eves from ibeatdebt.com
Want to buy something which is a ‘non-emergency’ purchase? Wait at least 24 hours and sleep on it. In most cases you won’t want it by then and you’ll save cash.
7. Will Pointing from greatdealsmadeeasy.com
Use the Google Chrome plug-in ‘Honey’ when you shop online. It automatically trawls the web for the latest discount codes and, messages you when it finds one for the item or retailer you are looking for.
8. Charlotte Jessop from lookingafteryourpennies.com
Meal plan. I cut our food shop from £130 to £65 a week simply by planning what we eat. Not only does meal planning save you money, but it cuts food waste and takes all the stress out of meal times.
9. Natalya from cottageretreatist.wordpress.com
Always do a stock-take before going shopping – it’s amazing how many great recipes can be made from a few storecupboard items.
10. Holly Smith from extremecouponing.co.uk
Shopping online? Be clever with your voucher codes. See if you can use multiple voucher codes on the same offer known as ‘code stacking’. Always tried expired codes too as they often still work.
11. Jordon Cox from JordonCox.com
Send your favourite supermarket food brands a quick email to say how much you like them. It may mean they send you a discount coupon.
The more effort you put in, the better too. I once sent a poem to a drinks company and got £20 worth of coupons in the post.
12. Marco Grossi from stocardapp.com
Keep an eye on promotions that offer bonus loyalty points. These can build up very quickly and earn you more points for the same amount of spend.
13. Christine Gouldthorp, from PriceRunner
Don’t just check the current price. Compare historical prices too as it will allow you to see if a product is cheaper at a different time of year.
14. Cathy Crewdson from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk
Sign up to retailer’s newsletters and you usually get a first order discount code of around ten per cent.
15. Claire Roach from dailydealsblog.co.uk
Don’t be afraid to buy value groceries. Lots of economy ranges taste exactly the same.
If you can down-brand just 25 per cent of your shopping you can save as much as £1,000 a year.
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