Over the last few years my family has been expanding, we are now a family of four, six if you count the dog and the cat. Over this time I have been amazed at how much the price of our weekly food shop has increased. The Hubs and I often play the supermarket game. You know the one, when you’re stood at the checkout trying to guess how much the bill is going to be and then hoping you’re wrong, but far too often you’re right and you let out a choking noise which makes the person behind you fear they’re going to have to give you the heimlich maneuver. But then you put on your best botox face, force a smile whilst handing the cashier your card. I walk out muttering to myself in disbelief at how much it costs to feed such tiny people. I’ve got to say though, it isn’t all bad, I go to the supermarkets that play music so it kind of feels like a karaoke session, much to my delight – perhaps not for the other shoppers who hear my singing. Although I’m convinced that this music playing isn’t intended just for our enjoyment but rather it’s trickery, a clever distraction technique which makes us load up trolleys with things we don’t need and spend even more money!
More recently I’ve been a bit lazy with the food shop and avoided the big supermarkets in favour of my local Co-operative food shop. If I’m honest I can’t say this helped the finances as I usually find the Co-op quite pricey, although their £5 frozen meal deals are amazing. One evening I was at my local Co-op and was paying for a few discounted items I had picked up when the most wonderful thing happened. The female store assistant, otherwise known as my bargain hunting fairy god mother waved her magic wand and let me in on a little secret. ‘Come back at 8pm’ she said ‘any products that have todays expiry date will be reduced to 10p’ and with that I skipped merrily down the road thinking about all the money I could save and the nice wine I can treat myself to as a result.
So I decided to put it to the test, most evenings last week I trotted up to my local Co-op at 19.50 to see what 10p goodies I could pick up. I saved a small fortune.
Here’s some of the things I’ve picked up in the last few days
|Item||Original Price||What I Paid|
|Topside Beef Slices||£3.15||10p|
|Meatballs & Parmesan Mash||£4.08||10p|
It can be a bit hit and miss, some days there may be plenty to choose from and other days not so much. It all depends on how much has been sold during the day once it has had it’s first price reduction. As far as I know this isn’t a national policy, some stores do this others don’t. So it’s worth asking your local Co-op store what their reduction policy is after 8pm, and remember this only applies to the food that has todays expiry date. Sometimes the store is busy and so the staff don’t have time to label the items. Don’t let that put you off, if you are one of the lucky ones and your local store does the 10p prices, the staff will put it through the till for 10p.
Personally I think this is a great move from the Co-op. Not only does it reduce food waste but it also saves us a few pennies, which is always welcome. Much surplus food also gets sent to food charities and if Co-op have food left that they not able to sell or donate then this goes to a local depot and is used to produce energy and compost.
In the last few days at Co-op I spent £1.20 and saved myself a whopping £35. Of course I don’t have full choice over what we are going to eat as that is dependant on what is available, but when there is savings like that to be made I don’t mind playing it by ear and getting a bit creative. An extra £35 a week in the pocket makes all the difference when you have a young family. That can be a new pair of shoes or a family trip out.
I’d love to hear about your 10p bargains and how much you have saved, I seriously get excited about finding bargains. So feel free to drop me a line in the comments.