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How to Save Time and Money at the Supermarket

SupermarketSupermarkets are experts at persuading shoppers to buy things that they don’t really need. This cycle often leads to stocked cupboards filled with food that nobody in the family will ever eat and which eventually ends up as waste. According to the BBC, the UK wastes over £12bn worth of food each year which could have been avoided if shoppers knew exactly how to save both time and money while at the supermarket.

Shop Online

You can buy almost anything online and for a great deal cheaper too. Shopping for food is a lot less time consuming if you’re organised and thanks to online shopping and fast delivery services, people no longer need to wait in long queues at the store. It is also easier to compare prices on the web to ensure that you get the best deal possible, so make sure to shop around before making any big purchases.

Plan Ahead

Before you hit the shops it may be worth sitting down for a few minutes to write out a budget and shopping list. If you have a budget set for each shopping trip then you are less likely to overspend in the store. Only withdraw the amount that you have set yourself for the week and try your best to avoid making any unnecessary purchases. Planning ahead will save you a lot of time as you will go into the store knowing exactly what you need and where to find it.

Don’t Waste Food

Try your best not to waste the food that you already have in your home. Many people tend to forget about the things hidden in the back of the cupboard and end up re-buying them again. Have a look through your cupboards in the kitchen before you go out shopping. Buy only what you need and remember to never shop whilst hungry as this will end up making you buy more things that will probably just end up in the back of your cupboard. Make sure anything you buy that you won’t eat is safely frozen for use later on – if you need more fridge freezer capacity, view appliances online.

Coupons and Vouchers

If you have a look online, or through a newspaper or magazine,  you are bound to come across a coupon sooner or later. Many supermarkets release vouchers and coupons to use on selected store products. Collect as many of these as possible and use them at the till to benefit from discounts and special offers.

Cheaper Brands

Just because some brands are more expensive than others does not necessarily mean that they are any better. According to www.moneysavingexpert.com, if you can’t tell the difference between the lower brand level goods, then why pay more for it? This is a good point and it shows how dropping a brand level or two will not only save you money but you may find even better products. Try to opt for the cheaper branded goods such as a supermarket’s own labels to help you to save money on your weekly shopping costs.

A #morrisonsmum is a Happy Mum!

Just recently we were asked by the lovely ladies at BritMums to take a trip to our local Morrisons supermarket and give our verdict on the whole experience. We were sent £80 of vouchers to spend and told to shop for our Bank Holiday weekend, a challenge we accepted with relish! Our closest store is actually quite little and we wanted to make sure we had the biggest variety of choice possibly, so we travelled a little farther afield and went to the store 5 miles miles away instead. We went on Saturday evening (braced for it to be ridiculously busy!) and were pleasantly surprised by how good the atmosphere was inside the store. Although there were a lot of shoppers in store, the aisles were wide (important if you’re shopping with a buggy and a trolly) and the shop was really well laid out.

IMG_20140503_181437 We’d been invited to a barbeque on the Sunday and decided to pick up some bits to take with us. Much to our delight, there were lots of offers on meat and barbeque items, which meant that we got some lovely grill steaks, kebabs and chicken for just a few quid each. We also bought a whole chicken for a mid-week dinner, which was seasoned and stuffed and were not only surprised by the low price but also by the quality of the meat, which is guaranteed to be from a source of highest welfare standards, something that’s really important to us as a family.

IMG_20140503_181337We were also really impressed with the variety of produce on offer – there was a rather exotic herb display which was being kept fresh with a regular stream of dry ice, and the had not one but THREE varieties of aubergine. Three types of aubergine! I didn’t even know that there was more than one variety of aubergine, so I got an education that day, too!

IMG_20140503_183852Perhaps my best buy of the trip was the quick dinner that we grabbed for that evening. Obviously, we’d need something quick to munch on once we got home and unpacked our shop, so we headed to the excellent fresh pizza counter that Morrisons has and found a huge 14″ Ham and Pineapple pizza for just £3.70. We coupled this is a bag of onion rings which cost just 85p, which means that our dinner that evening cost £1.51 per head for the three of us, although there was MORE than enough food to serve 4, so it’s probably more like £1.13 per head. The pizza itself was seriously delicious – Husband commented that it was one of the best ‘cook at home’ pizzas he’d ever had and he’s tricky to please in that department.IMG_20140503_181535All in all, our shop included barbeque fayre, dinners for the week and even a bottle of wine (Mine and Husband’s favourite brand of Rioja for about 2/3rds the price we usually pay) and came to just over £92. Husband and I were so pleased with the value of the shop that we commented that even the extra 15 minutes in the car to get the bigger store and expenditure on petrol was worth it for the excellent savings (and, incidentally, we got a voucher for 10p off of every litre of petrol at a Morrisons filling station with our receipt, too!). The staff were friendly and helpful, the own-brand goods were of a disproportionately high quality for the price, the store was clean and well laid out, and we’ll definitely be going back for our next big shop. IMG_20140503_185053I’m not just a #morrisonsmum…we’re now a #morrisonsfamily!

Things you never think about…until you become a parent.

  1. Note to self; I must remember that Sausage has been eating lumps of red Play Doh, before I change her nappy and panic about all the red bits in her poo.
  2. Hmm, I wonder if there’s a more practical way to deal with an attached child than to have them actually sitting on your lap while you pee?
  3. Oh, wow, she moved over a bit, that means I now have FOUR WHOLE INCHES of my kingsize bed, all to myself!
  4. I wonder if I can cut her hair/fingernails/toenails while she’s asleep, so I can avoid being kicked in the teeth/stabbed?
  5. I wonder if Aunty Mabel actually took flying lessons so that they could get those shots where she’s flying the plane, or if it’s a man dressed in a wig and headscarf? Also, what happens if Pippin needs a pee or a poo while she’s in the air?
  6. OHMYFUCKINGGOD, stepping on a Peppa Pig toy hurts more than stepping on a plug. A plug which has been sharpened for use as a weapon.
  7. I wonder if I have time to wash my hair today? No? Okay, it’s only been a week anyway.
  8. No, Mylene Klass, I will not be buying your range of kids clothing from Mothercare, on account of the fact that I don’t want to dress my kid as a miniature hooker.
  9. Wow, I actually empathise with the woman at the next checkout over who is trying to wrangle a screaming child whilst loading a weeks worth of shopping onto the conveyor belt. Because sometimes, kids scream, just because they feel like it.
  10. Oh. My. Goodness. I had absolutely NO IDEA that is was possible to feel this much love for a person, and be so obsessed with their every move, like it’s an addiction and you just can’t get a big enough fix. In fact I think I might just go right ahead and explode and cover everyone with my insides which look like a big rainbow, covered in hearts and bunnies and sugary treats, all because I love my baby SO FUCKING MUCH.

Dedicated to Sausage, who makes my heart grow bigger, every day.