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I am trying to save money now, I know Lidl and Aldi are cheap places, but I realised that Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Asda discount food which event makes cheaper than Lidl and Aldi? If I a buy in a bulk in a big store like Asda or Morissons would that save too?

How do you save on food?

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Lidl and Aldi are good choices you already picked. I think Costco is sometimes pretty cheap too because they do items in large quantities, but you have to legit shop around many places because prices vary from store to store at various times (promotions). Iceland js good for frozen food.
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I am trying to save money now, I know Lidl and Aldi are cheap places, but I realised that Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Asda discount food which event makes cheaper than Lidl and Aldi? If I a buy in a bulk in a big store like Asda or Morissons would that save too?

How do you save on food?

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If you live in a city normally there is a fruit market selling cheap groceries and much better quality than supermarket chemical ridden stuff.

I live in Leicester so you can get 10 peaches,plumbs, oranges etc for one pound which is far better quality and cheaper than any supermarket.

I'm sure your city would have a farmer's market of some sort like this.
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If you live in a city normally there is a fruit market selling cheap groceries and much better quality than supermarket chemical ridden stuff.

I live in Leicester so you can get 10 peaches,plumbs, oranges etc for one pound which is far better quality and cheaper than any supermarket.

I'm sure your city would have a farmer's market of some sort like this.
The market place is a good idea as said by Anon. In Loughborough's market the fruit and veg just has more vibrancy tbh
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I stay in Glasgow.. never saw one. But will try to find one on the internet.
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I am trying to save money now, I know Lidl and Aldi are cheap places, but I realised that Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Asda discount food which event makes cheaper than Lidl and Aldi? If I a buy in a bulk in a big store like Asda or Morissons would that save too?

How do you save on food?

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Don't buy things that you have to throw out when they go off. Freeze bread. I go to a splatter of Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Tesco and Sainsbury's as they are all bar Aldi in close vicinity so each has their own perks.
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I do my big shops at Asda and little top up shops at Lidl. I buy own brand foods as they taste the same and are so much cheaper.
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If you want the best quality and cheap prices- Asda

If you want really cheap prices and decent quality- Lidl, Aldi or Herons Food.
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I simply do all my shopping at Sainsbury's. I'd rather pay a little more for quality and convenience than shop around. At the end of the day, if I'm spending £20 a week on food I might save £5 on my shopping but it takes an extra hour or more to do if I'm shopping around for cheapest prices. My time is worth far more than £5 an hour. I save on food by buying quality food, in bulk where possible from one place because the time saving is far more valuable than the monetary saving.
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I simply do all my shopping at Sainsbury's. I'd rather pay a little more for quality and convenience than shop around. At the end of the day, if I'm spending £20 a week on food I might save £5 on my shopping but it takes an extra hour or more to do if I'm shopping around for cheapest prices. My time is worth far more than £5 an hour. I save on food by buying quality food, in bulk where possible from one place because the time saving is far more valuable than the monetary saving.
You are right. It applies same for me, another solution might be to order online, what do you think?
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I am trying to save money now, I know Lidl and Aldi are cheap places, but I realised that Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Asda discount food which event makes cheaper than Lidl and Aldi? If I a buy in a bulk in a big store like Asda or Morissons would that save too?

How do you save on food?

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Lidl. It's the closest supermarket to the university and it's just cheaper.
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I am trying to save money now, I know Lidl and Aldi are cheap places, but I realised that Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Asda discount food which event makes cheaper than Lidl and Aldi? If I a buy in a bulk in a big store like Asda or Morissons would that save too?

How do you save on food?

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I shop at Aldi for everyrhing I can get there and Morrison’s for all else. Eat healthy and don’t buy processed rubbish and ready meals because it’s that expensive unhealthy **** that racks up costs
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I am trying to save money now, I know Lidl and Aldi are cheap places, but I realised that Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Asda discount food which event makes cheaper than Lidl and Aldi? If I a buy in a bulk in a big store like Asda or Morissons would that save too?

How do you save on food?

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There's an asda down the road and since we don't have a car it's not practical to go to lidl or aldi.
So to keep our food budget down this year; I've started doing meal plans, weighing out all the pasta (as i tend to do too much of that), we go shopping around lunchtime or later as that's when they reduce a lot of the meat and bakery stuff that we can freeze ( for example i just picked up 9 crumpets for 37p which i can stick in the freezer for breakfast for a few days). I'm also really creative with leftovers, like making french toast with stale bread and I keep seasoning in to make my own sauces. So far we're keeping on track to spend less than £190 a month on the two of us.
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You are right. It applies same for me, another solution might be to order online, what do you think?
It's hit and miss in my opinion. In the case of fresh foods I'd rather pick myself. I'd rather see which fruit and veg I'm buying and in the case of something more expensive like a steak I'd definitely want to pick for myself. And if I'm going to a store to do that I might as well do the entire shop.

A middle ground of being able to have the long lasting stuff like toilet paper and canned goods available as soon as you walk in the store so you just go and grab fresh things like fruit & veg, meat and bread would be ideal. But by complicating the system you end up pushing costs up further.

As far as time goes, I'm hesitant that online shopping is actually more time effective. It takes me 10-15 minutes to drive to my local Sainsbury's. I feel like that time saving would be eroded by simple things like not being able to find the right product online, dealing with products that aren't correct or have been replaced and having to wait in for your delivery.

The ideal solution is to get someone else to do the shopping for you, such as a maid. But at this point we've breached into the territory of spending money to generate time. The time involved shopping can be reduced to zero by spending money on a solution that does it for you.

And that's all it basically is. Time vs money. I consider money an infinite resource whereas time is limit. Spending more time on shopping around to save money sounds completely backwards to me. It's like spend all your gold on dirt.
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It depends on what we want to buy. Normally we shop around - Morrisons, Tesco, Lidl, Poundland - all the supermarkets and shops are in one area so it is easy to have a look and buy what we need. Normally we make a list of things we want to get and then go shopping. We generally have a fair idea of which supermarket does a specific thing with good quality/low price.
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Aldi and lidl are obviously cheapest. Iceland is very good for frozen things. In general you'll save more by having some vague meal plans and cooking a bit than you would buying ready meals day to day. If you enjoy masochism you can buy frozen meat and veg which is far cheaper than fresh. Frozen fruit is cheaper too but that can actually be very nice. Frozen raspberries are better than fresh bois imo, unless you're using them to bake something.

Also, canned stuff is cheap. Canned fish is pretty damn nutritious. Only thing is it tends to come in a very different form than their not-canned equivalent so a lot of it is iffy to use in recipes, and taste will vary. In the big supermarkets if you find their 'cheap ****' range that stuff is a bargain. Tesco, morrisons, asda and sainbury's have their own line of products with basically no graphics on the packaging at all, just white boxes and the name of the thing written on. Always very cheap, and usually the same quality. Philadelphia soft cheese is usually >£1 whereas tesco everyday value soft cheese is less than 50p.

Last point, supermarkets will discount stuff that's use by date is about to run out, as they legally can't sell it after that point. If you go later in the day they sometimes get discounted further. Close to closing time can get you some mad deals. Big supermarkets like tesco will usually have the odd corner in an aisle with this discounted stuff dumped in. My mum lovingly refers to this as "the **** corner". Look for yellow labels, they have the new discounted prices on em.
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Lidl and Aldi are good choices you already picked. I think Costco is sometimes pretty cheap too because they do items in large quantities, but you have to legit shop around many places because prices vary from store to store at various times (promotions). Iceland js good for frozen food.
Costco requires a membership which is a bit hard to get hold of. Of course if you've got one, or know somebody that has one so you can go, then it's a magical place.
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I am trying to save money now, I know Lidl and Aldi are cheap places, but I realised that Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Asda discount food which event makes cheaper than Lidl and Aldi? If I a buy in a bulk in a big store like Asda or Morissons would that save too?

How do you save on food?

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I've lived alone since I was 18 so know a fair bit about budgeting on things like food. If you're really short then obviously snack foods and foods that have a short use by date are best to avoid and you should aim to make larger meals to keep yourself going throughout the day and eventually you'll stop craving snacks haha. I often shop at Tesco's, Aldi, Lidl and Costco. I shop at Tesco's just because I have a clubcard so that every few months I get cash vouchers to spend there depending on how much I spend there throughout the months so it pays you back. Llidl and Audi obviously because they're cheap and Costco is amazing for buying things in bulk, I live in the south and my nearest Costco is Southampton but I'm sure there are others around!

I cook in bulk also and freeze things, making a big Bolognese and freezing some of it for another day is a much more cost effective way rather than having to buy expensive things such a mince every week so sometimes what you cook and what you do with it is just as important as where you buy things.

Pasta dishes are often the cheapest to cook, buying a big bulk bag of pasta and some spices will set you up for months and then all you need to do is spend a few p on some chopped tomatos.

That's obviously if things are really tight which I think its better to plan for that and then have some spare money to occasioanly treat yourself to a nicer meal or some snack foods or a takeaway or something!
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Lidl and Aldi are good choices you already picked. I think Costco is sometimes pretty cheap too because they do items in large quantities, but you have to legit shop around many places because prices vary from store to store at various times (promotions). Iceland js good for frozen food.
Anything you can't find in Lidl or Aldi is cheapest online due to imports.

Non groceries in Lidl or Aldi can be pricey as they sometimes try to sell items of better quality.
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£1 shops have perfectly good food... for £1
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Marks and Spencers. They've got high quality rib eye steak only for 4 pounds.
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