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One of my strongest areas when it comes to saving money is slashing the cost of my weekly shop. With a combination of purchasing food from the reduced section, couponing, using vouchers and apps like shopmium and checkoutsmart during 2016 I manged to get my food shopping down to just £12.50 a week (or roughly £50 a month) It took a fair amount of effort and a bit of shopping around but the savings were soon adding – I estimate that over the course of that year we saved upwards of £2000 just by being careful and shopping smart.
However, the reality is that not everyone can go hunting down bargains late at night or get to lots of different supermarkets. Whether it’s due to illness, lack of transportation or working long hours for some, doing an online grocery shop is a much better way to go.
There are some fantastic benefits to doing an online grocery shop and these include:
- Much less likely to impulse buy
- More likely to stick to a list
- Can easily see how much you’ve spent
- No kids or partner to sneak any extras into the trolley
- Shopping online can make meal planning much easier
- Easier to find own brand and economy products
While you may not be able to grab those yellow stickers there are still plenty of ways you can save on an online grocery shop.
Loyalty Doesn’t Pay – Shop around!
The majority of supermarkets have pretty decent welcome discounts for placing a first online order. Discounts vary between retailers but most offer around £20 off a first online shop costing £60/£80 pounds. Some supermarkets will then offer further discounts to keep you coming back so keep an eye out for these.
At the time of writing (20/08/18):
- Sainsbury’s are offering £18 off a £60 shop
- Ocado are offering £20 off an £80 shop plus free delivery (saving between £1.99 and £6.99)
- Waitrose are currently offering £20 off your first five online shops with them when spending over £80 saving a whopping £100
- Morrisons £12 off when you spend £60
If you took advantage of all of the above offers over a few months you could easily save £150
Make Sure you get Loyalty Points when doing an online grocery shop
It’s never worth shopping at a supermarket just for the loyalty points, but if you’re a regular online shopper it’s worth making sure you’re Tesco/Waitrose/Nectar card is set up to your online account. It’s also worth remembering that it’s often not worth spending your points on groceries – with Tesco in particular you’ll get much more value converting them into vouchers to be used on other things – such as cinema tickets and meals out.
Remember To Use Cashback Sites
Topcashback and Quidco are probably the two most well know cashback sites and both have offers for a range of supermarkets. It’s worth that remembering you can’t always combine cashback with vouchers codes and those listed above will save you a lot more cash that you’ll make from cashback. However, if you’re a regular online shopper and have used all the above offers it’s definitely worth doing.
Shopping Apps Can Save You A Fortune
There are loads of apps which you can download onto your phone See this post for more information that will save money on your weekly shop. While many of these are geared towards shopping in-store there are features that allow you to filter offers for online purchases too.
Ditch The Basket
A lot of online supermarkets have a system whereby they save your main shopping items each week into a basket or trolley so they are ready and waiting for you when you log on. While this is amazing for speed and convenience, it may not be quite so good for your wallet. Like with shopping in-store, price online fluctuate greatly week to week so it’s worth checking what your paying for these items against any price changes or special offers. This is also a great opportunity to downgrade items to own brand if you’ve previously bought branded items because they were on offer.
Invest In Delivery Passes
One of the biggest pet hates people have about shopping online is the cost of delivery. While some o f the big supermarkets do offer free delivery for spending over a certain amount this is usually pretty high – often £75 – £100. One way around this is to purchase a delivery pass if you know you’ll be using the same supermarket a lot. If you work from home or are often home during the day you’re definitely at an advantage for saving – midweek middle of the slots nearly always come in cheapest, with weekends and evening being much more expensive. Investing in a delivery pass is a great way to get around this.
Below is an example of how a deliver pass might work.
Example: An Asda delivery pass costs £5 a month (when bought annually) and can be used for unlimited deliveries. It means you won’t pay extra for those popular time slots such as weekends and evenings and you can book your preferred times well ahead of time. There is also a money back guarantee if the service fails to save you money.
MySupermarket.com Makes Comparing Easy
MySupermarket is a comparison site that allows you to check how much your weekly shop would cost at any of the big supermarkets. It will then tell you where to go shopping for the cheapest trolley full and this includes an online grocery shop.
While on the My Supermarket website you can actually add items to your trolley and send them to your shopping basket at your favorite supermarket. The best offers of the week come up when you view each supermarket so you can be sure you’re seeing all the best deals too.