Sainsbury’s is the most expensive of the Big Four supermarkets but it’s also my favourite to shop at. Here are my tips for saving money when shopping at Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s is my favourite supermarket and probably the one I shop at the most frequently. This is partly because it’s close to my Mum’s house and partly because I think the range and quality is better than Asda or Tesco. Plus there are so many ways to be saving money when shopping at Sainsbury’s
I do occasionally pop to Lidl or Aldi but find I can never get everything I need there. For example, my local Lidl doesn’t sell normal flour. They sell bread flour, wholemeal flour etc but no basic plain or self raising. No onion rings either. Or soy sauce. You get the picture. Baffling when you can at times buy a Generator or Table Saw. However, if you are looking to make EXTRA savings at Lidl and Aldi you can read my post about it here.
So how can you start saving money when Shopping at Sainsbury’s?
Coupons and Vouchers
The great thing about Sainsbury’s is there is the opportunity to use a lot of coupons (you can find my guide to couponing here). Sainsbury’s are also featured on many of the Cashback apps, including GreenJinn which only has discounts for Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. Between apps and using coupons you should be able to wrack up a fair few discounts and hopefully freebies too.
Nearly all of the fresh food I buy is from the reduced section and this helps me when sticking to my £50 a month shopping budget. It’s always worth checking out the reduced shelves and seeing if you can spy any yellow labels dotted around the normal shelves too. I find my local Sainsbury’s often have quite a bit of meat and veg reduced to half price by 3pm. Bigger discounts usually come just after 6pm and final reductions and bread and pastries is usually around 8.30pm.
Keep an eye out for reductions on dry goods too, in particular sauces, confectionery and crisps. Sometimes these are shorted dated, other times it’s due to re-branding or a line coming to an end. In recent weeks there has been 20p Mayo, 20p Popcorn and 20p bags of snack sized mars bars. All great for filling up the cupboards for next to nothing.
If you have a nectar card (if you don’t it’s worth getting one, the majority of my points come from spending on petrol) always remember to pick up any till spit coupons you may get when paying. These are often for conditional spends, eg £5 off a £40 spend, extra nectar points, or sometimes even free or discounted products. Nectar will also send vouchers in the post, usually conditional spend vouchers but sometimes others as well. If you do a big weekly spending quite a bit these are always handy to have.
There is also the option on going online and adding extra points to certain items . You can choose 5 products and the offer is automatically added to your nectar card for purchase within so many weeks. If there are items that you would normally buy listed then this is nice little boost.
While I like to let my Nectar points build up over the year, I never spend them on normal groceries. I wait for ‘Double up’ events during the year and use them to buy Christmas presents. Last year I got an Xbox one game for my brother for £10 instead of £40. This is a fab way of Saving money shopping at Sainsbury’s even though it’s not money coming directly off your groceries bill.
Taking advantage of discounts for online shopping is another way to save big. Especially when combining with money back from cashback apps. Using a combination of these two things, last year I was able to get £60 worth of shopping for free. I only paid around a fiver for delivery. Most first time delivery codes get you between £15-£20 off which is a substantial saving. However, the are delivery costs to factor in too. It also means not being able to pick up any reduced items which it’s why it’s something I don’t usually do. If you have a tendency to pick up stuff you don’t need it can be a great way to stick to a budget and only buy what’s needed.