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Want to shop at Waitrose and M&S food but still look after the pennies? Read on to discover my tips for saving at two of the UK’s Posh supermarkets.
It can be very easy to get used to shopping at ‘posh’ supermarket chains such as Waitrose and M&S food. They suck you in with their fancy displays and delicious offerings . I know some people that are genuinely horrified at the thought of shopping at the likes of Lidl and Aldi. Whether it’s the lack of branded products or the thought of having to mingle with people they consider to be ‘common’ they are definitely missing out on some serious savings.
However, there are ways you can continue you shop at some of the more upscale supermarkets in the UK and still save money. Of course there are other things to consider aside from price, such as level of service, range and quality of products as well as location of the supermarket. No point going to Lidl if the bus journey there costs more than what you would save.
So here are my top tips for saving at Waitrose and M&S food.
Saving Money At Waitrose
Although I love Waitrose it isn’t somewhere I shop often as the nearest one is about 20 miles away from where I live, but generally speaking people love it. In 2016 it was voted Which? best supermarket based on quality, value and customer service in-store. However, it isn’t cheap. In fact, some of it’s essentials items are more expensive than the own brand equivalent in other supermarkets.
So how can you save money?
The first thing I would recommend is getting a free ‘MyWaitrose‘ card if you haven’t already. As well as a free cup of tea or coffee every time you shop it also allows you to create offers specifically for you. If you head to the Waitrose website you an actually choose 10 items you would like 20% off each time you shop. These picks are amendable so you don’t need to keep the same 10 items forever. There is a handy app which you can download to look at and change these offers on the go.
MyWaitrose members get 20% off at the fresh fish counter on a Friday and 20% off Steaks at the meat counter every Saturday.
Members can also pick up a free Waitrose Magazine and a free Waitrose Garden Magazine in-store. Oh, and if you spend over £10 you can get a selected newspaper free (the cost of the newspaper comes off the rest of your shopping)
While there are loads of shopping apps out there that can save you money on your weekly shop, not very many of them have offers for Waitrose. That all changed, however, with the release of the GreenJinn app, which only has offers for Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. According to their website, using the app could save you up to £50 a month on groceries across the two stores. It’s always worth checking the app before shopping for freebies, offers and cashback on items you may well have been buying anyway.
As with any supermarket I always recommend checking out the reduced shelves for bargains. The later in the day you do this, the bigger the reductions will be. Don’t forget to look out for reduced price dry goods around the store too.
Saving Money at M&S food
M&S food is all about the branding and has become popular in recent years for its luxury offerings. In particular the ‘Dine in for Two for £10’ has been hugely popular with customers as alternative to a meal out on the weekends.
Honestly, I would love to buy all of my food shopping in M&S. The range, quality and taste is unbeatable. Unfortunately I just can’t justify spending the prices they charge on a weekly basis. I also don’t have one local enough to me to be hunting down discounts late in the evening like I do with other stores. However, I do check out the one at the local services from time to time to see if they have anything worth picking up. It’s a small store but they have a lot of ready meals which are great for freezing for days I’m really short on time.
So how can you save money?
As mentioned above the ‘Dine in for two for £10’ is a good deal. It usually includes a free bottle of wine (or soft drink if you’d prefer). On occasion I’ve seen it include a whole chicken which is great value as it would be easy to get more than one meal from it, or it could be used to feed four rather than two (and still have some leftovers!). Look at the individual prices of each item to make sure you are getting the most value for money
Kelly Eroglu from ReducedGrub.com is the absolute queen of getting M&S food for less. She has a fantastic post on the best times to get reduced groceries from it’s hallowed food halls and some amazing recipes for what to do once you’ve got your hands on all your reduced goodies.
Kelly also recommends looking out for reductions on dry goods too, she recently spotted these dough mixes reduced from £2.oo to 50p.
If you are a regular M&S shopper it might be worth considering getting an M&S credit card as you earn points which are then turned into vouchers to spend in-store. Only apply for a credit if you can afford to pay it back IN FULL each month.
When I applied for an M&S credit card there was an offer running that meant once I had spent on it I got £30 of M&S vouchers in the post. This was a lovely perk (and the main reason I applied for the card!) which I used to put on a buffet to feed our guests the night before our wedding.
To you prefer a posh supermarket to shopping at Lidl and Aldi?