One woman shared how she cut her weekly grocery bill to Â£ 3.70.
Karen Kilton has grown into an expert at finding discounted bargains in the supermarket and wants to share her savvy way.
The 59-year-old opts for groceries with a yellow sticker and also uses cashback apps to reduce the cost of her grocery shopping.
Every week she picks up her purchases for 3.70 pounds and receives free bread from Olio, Birmingham Live Reports.
Karen says her best bargains are car boots and freecycle, including 50-pent clothing and a free bike.
The four-time grandma who shares her trip on Instagram as mybestforlesssaid the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “I’ve spent years discovering the best ways to get bargains, and it is now a habit to avoid full-fledged or extravagant items as I can usually find them cheaper.
âOne area where I regularly make savings is grocery shopping. I usually go shopping in Sainsbury’s on Wednesdays or Thursdays around 2pm.
“This is the first day that yellow stickers will be put up, so not the best bargain, but still cheaper than if I had shopped an hour earlier. Going out later in the evening can be a lot cheaper. I’ll buy everyday yellow vegetables and meat and.” Fish that I can put straight in the freezer when I get home. “
She added, “I also use the Sainsbury’s Nectar app as it regularly sends out offers and coupons. I save them all as one of the bargains may be in my cart! I always use a loyalty card in stores I visit.” My nectar points are going to be used for a nice big turkey for Christmas.
âAlthough sometimes I am tempted by something extravagant, I generally don’t buy at full price. Instead, I tend to go looking for supermarket brands or slightly imperfect but perfectly edible items to save money on dented cans and other items with damaged packaging. These can be real bargains, but I would advise people to check the date. Some items are close to their best-before date, but they are still perfectly edible.
âAnother money saver are cashback apps like Green Jinn, Shopmium or Checkout Smart. A big savings I recently took away were two razors. Usually they were offered at Wilko for Â£ 6. With Â£ 6 cashback for each razor that I got it for free. I found like-minded people on Instagram who helped to discover these bargains earlier than I did. I also scan all receipts in apps like Shoppix or Huyu to collect points that can eventually be redeemed for vouchers or cash . “
She continued, âIn the past few months, a community larder has opened near me. A single person can collect 10 larder items like pasta, cereal and canned items, and as many fruits and vegetables for as little as Â£ 3.70 per week. It’s not means tested and it has worked fine for me so far.
âEvery day I get notifications from the Olio app, letting me know about groceries that are offered by local shops, collected by volunteers and distributed free of charge to subscribers. I don’t often buy bread or pastries these days to help keep the weight down – an added bonus! There is also a non-food section that I browse a lot.
“Freecycle is something similar. It seldom offers food, rather household items, books and toys. My best collection so far has been a bicycle. Seldom ridden, in great condition and light as a feather. At first I got it for our grandchildren, but it’s a racing bike, not cool I guess so I have to keep it. I can’t tell you how excited I am! “
She added, âDon’t get me started with car boots, I haven’t bought brand new clothes in years! Most of my wardrobe was 50p each, but a real gem was a 1950s-style dress that is like new and fits me wonderfully. It cost 3 pounds but is worth every penny. I also bought boot scooters for 5 pounds – still in the box, with pads and gloves. Not bad for someone turning 60 in a few months! “
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said, “Wow, Karen is a bargain hunter – I learned a trick or two myself! It has to take dedication to keep the cashback and receipt scanning apps up and running, and it’s amazing that she’s Instagram uses to get quotes faster. ” with the help of other bargain hunters.
âNow that trunk sales are picking up again, it is a welcome treat for thrifty people to gather together. As they say, one person’s trash is the other’s treasure! The Olio app is also a great way to get groceries and housewares completely free. If you’re having trouble paying for groceries, that’s a godsend as you can almost always buy staples like bread without paying a dime. “