One savvy shopper has shared how he’s managed to save over £2,000 using free food bags, samples and yellow stickers.
Adam Attew, a 32 year old retail sales assistant from Stratford, London, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk all.
He said : “Many years ago when I was a teenager, my parents would bring food back from ASDA with yellow stickers when they were reduced to 10p-50p late at night. I went once with them. So my family have always been savvy shoppers.
“In 2015 I was watching Extreme Couponing USA and wondered if anything like that existed in the UK. I found an Extreme Couponing group on Facebook and found out about cash back apps, coupons and yellow stickers.
“Since then I have been a regular bargain hunter and saved thousands with cashback apps such as CheckoutSmart and ClickSnap on Quidco. I have picked up free food, drinks and supplies, and I also regularly get discounted clothes and homeware items.
“I mainly shop in Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer. Typically the kinds of items I pick up are bread, fruit, cakes, pastries, party food, sandwiches and meats.
“Some examples of bargains I have picked up include a crispy tofu meal kit from Marks and Spencer. It was £11.50 but I paid just £1.72 and made a meal for 4. In the same shop I also picked up a rotisserie chicken for 67p instead of £6.72! I managed to create another meal for 4 with that as part of a roast dinner.
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“In Waitrose, I once paid just £5.27 for a shoulder of lamb originally priced at £21.12 and £1.49 for a leg of lamb worth £8.99. I also like to pick up Too Good To Go boxes – I got one from Morrisons where the value was over £15 but I only paid £3.
“Most of the bargains I find are usually reduced by up to 70%. I usually go to find discounts after my work, which can range from 5pm- 8pm. I will visit a few places on my way home. Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsburys usually reduce their items by 50% or more after 7pm, and sometimes it’s earlier in Marks and Spencer.
“Some supermarkets have a dedicated chilled cabinet with a yellow label saying ‘Reduced’. Sainsburys is one example. Others, like Marks and Spencer, just reduce the items and leave them in the aisles they come from, so you need to search more for them. Also, some supermarkets have a dry goods shelf for damaged products, seasonal and discontinued products.
“With the help of cashback apps, freebies, samples and yellow sticker bargains, I have saved over £2000. I love that I can buy more luxury items I would not usually buy for less. I also like that I am saving them from being wasted.
“All the food I will not use straight away I will freeze. I have bought meat and frozen it for meals in the future, doing the same with bread and cakes for a treat later in time. I have even frozen ready made sandwiches for my work lunches and they have all been fine. I try not to waste anything if possible.
“In my working week I will usually pop into the shops several times after work and pick up items. It is no guarantee but usually I get something – from bread to bacon to sandwiches. These all go towards lunches, dinners, sweet treats and future meals.
“I have started using the Too Good To Go app and picked up bags from my local Greggs, Starbucks, Yo Sushi and Morrisons after work between 7pm and 9pm. I try to get one or two a week. These provide lunch for me and my Dad as well as sweet treats and dinner.
“My advice for those seeking more bargains would be to check out your usual aisles for red labels and reduced to clear items. When items are discontinued or seasonal they are reduced to clear – from tinned meat to old stock. The freezer section can also be home to some good bargains. You just need to look out when you’re doing your normal shopping. I’ve picked up loads of items using this method.”
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Adam is a pro at finding reduced food. His idea to freeze ready-made sandwiches is a great idea. You could have super cheap lunches for a long time using that trick. I’m jealous of his New Zealand shoulder of lamb, reduced from £21.12 to £5.27. I bet that was delicious, and when you think that’s come around the world it’s an incredible price.”
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