Thrifty woman cuts weekly grocery store bill to just £ 3.70
A thrifty shopper shared how she managed to cut her weekly grocery store bill to just £ 3.70.
Karen Kilton has become an expert in finding great bargains in supermarkets and is keen to share her wise manners.
The 59-year-old opts for food with a yellow sticker and also uses reimbursement apps to reduce the cost of her groceries.
Every week, she shops for £ 3.70 and receives free bread from Olio, Birmingham Live reports.
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Karen says her best deals are car and Freecycle boots, including 50p clothes and a free bike.
The grandmother of four, who shares her journey on Instagram as mybestforless, told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: I can usually find them cheaper.
“One area where I regularly save money is grocery shopping. I usually shop at Sainsbury’s around 2pm on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
“Yellow stickers are being applied for the first time on this day so it’s not the best deal but still cheaper than if I had been shopping an hour earlier. Going later in the evening can be much cheaper. I’ll buy everyday vegetables with yellow stickers and meat and fish that I can put right 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 there may be one of the great deals in my cart! I always use a card from loyalty in the stores where I go My Nectar points are used for a nice big turkey at Christmas.
“Even though I am sometimes tempted by something extravagant, I usually don’t buy full price. Instead, I tend to look for supermarket brands or slightly imperfect but perfectly edible items to save money. I will also check the area where the stocks of dented cans and other items with damaged packaging go. It can be a real bargain, but I would advise people to check the dates. That said, some items may be near their expiration date, but they’re still perfectly edible.
“Another money saving is redemption apps like Green Jinn, Shopmium or Checkout Smart. One big saving I recently picked up was two razors. Usually £ 12 they were offered for £ 6 at Wilko. With £ 6 off each razor, I got them for free. I found like-minded people on Instagram who helped me spot these great deals sooner than I would have. scan all receipts to apps such as Shoppix or Huyu, to collect points that eventually become redeemable for vouchers or cash. “
Karen kirton (Image: LatestDeals.co.uk)
She continued, “In recent months, a community pantry has opened near my home. One person can collect 10 pantry items such as pasta, cereal and cans and as many fruits and vegetables. which she needs for only £ 3.70 per week. This is not a means test. and so far it has worked well for me.
“On a daily basis, I receive alerts from the Olio application informing me of foods offered by local shops, collected by volunteers and redistributed free of charge to subscribers. It’s not often that I buy bread or pastries these days. helps keep weight off – an added bonus! There is also a non-food section that I run through often.
“Something similar is Freecycle. It rarely offers food, more housewares, books and toys. My best collection to date has been a bicycle. Rarely ridden, in great condition and light as a feather. I originally collected it for our grandson, but it’s a road bike, not cool I guess so I have to keep it I can’t tell you how delighted I am!
She added: “Don’t get me started on car boots, I haven’t bought new clothes in years! Most of my wardrobe costs 50p an item, but a real gem was a stylish dress. 1950s which is like new and looks great on me. Cost £ 3 but worth every penny. I also bought myself roller skates for £ 5 – still in the box, with towels and gloves. Not bad for someone who will be 60 in a few months! “
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Wow Karen is a bargain finder pro – I learned a tip or two myself! and it’s impressive that she uses Instagram to get deals faster with the help of other bargain hunters.
“Now that garage sales are starting to come back, it’s a treat for frugal people to go and put down roots. As they say, one person’s garbage is another’s treasure! The Olio app is also a great way to get groceries and housewares completely free. If you are having trouble paying for food, this is a godsend, as you can almost always buy basic foods like bread without paying a penny. “
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