New research from Tesco reveals that half of shoppers are visiting three or more grocery stores every week, with over a third (38%) admitting doing so to find the best bargains.
However, the survey of 2,000 UK adults also found that while savvy shoppers have the best intentions to save by looking around, they often end up spending more – paying an additional estimated £128.61 each month for items not planned for.
Only a third (35%) of people stick to their shopping list, with additional items costing on average £10.60 per visit.
This results in an unplanned overspend of an estimated £31billion across the UK every year with shoppers spending much more than the offer or intended saving is worth.
However, Tesco says the trick is to shop at one supermarket with everything under one roof, the average shopper can not only save money, but also time.
In fact, on average almost six full days and 757 miles are spent each year on grocery shopping and associated travel time.
If UK adults shopped for groceries once a week at a one-stop-shop that does it all, they could potentially cut this time by 86 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds, while saving on average £1,543 a year.
This saving is roughly enough for a family of four to take a week’s holiday, have a three-course meal out each month, or take seven trips to theme parks throughout the year.
Alongside saving time and miles, savvy shoppers know the benefits of using loyalty rewards such as Tesco Clubcard, with over three quarters (78 per cent) saying they take retail rewards into account when looking for deals, including money off and loyalty points.
Commenting on the research findings, Tesco Chief Customer Officer Alessandra Bellini, said: “We know that saving money is really important to customers, but that searching out the best deals can be time consuming and sometimes costly.
“With hundreds of Aldi Price Match products, customers can be confident they will find their basket staples and must-have brands at great low prices in one place at Tesco, saving themselves unnecessary extra trips.”
In a bid to make shopping and saving even easier for the nation, Tesco has partnered with TV personality and savvy-shopping mum Kate Thornton to compile a list of tips and tricks for smarter shopping.
Kate Thornton said: “We all want to save money on our everyday items, but sometimes shopping around can actually cost you more in time and money. Looking at tools such as price match initiatives can do all of the hard work for you, meaning you can spend less time researching and travelling from store to store and more time doing the things you love with family and friends.”
Kate Thornton’s top 10 shopping tips
1. Think ahead with your deals
To stop yourself from having to put in the hours to tick off your shopping list at the lowest price, pick a store that does it all. Tesco Aldi Price Match means hundreds of products, including big brand names, are matched to Aldi prices, giving you the ‘best of both worlds’ and saving you the extra trip.
2. Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry
You’ll end up buying way more than you intended and will be led by your belly to overspend. This applies when you shop online as well as in-store. Fill your belly before you shop, and your bank balance will thank you later!
3. Batch cooking
If you have the freezer space, cook batches of your family favourites and freeze them for those days when you don’t have time to cook from scratch. This also enables you to make great use of any special offers or deals – for example, a mincemeat multi-buy deal could see you spin out a bolognese and a lasagne, and then just pop one in the freezer for a rainy day.
4. Meal plan
Meal planning might sound tedious – and unless you’re in the mood it can be, never more so than after almost 18-months of lockdown and endless cooking. But it will save you time and money in the long run, and also allows you to bulk buy ingredients at lower prices, or those that are on offer.
5. Work to a shopping list
Know what you’re shopping for and stick to the list, especially if you’re working to a budget. It’s so easy to be swayed into buying unplanned items if you don’t have a list to keep you focused!
6. Prepare, compare
Once you’ve drafted your shopping list and planned your meals ahead of going shopping, make sure you’re getting the best deals possible by using price comparisons. The Tesco Aldi Price Match initiative will help ensure that you are getting the things you need at a great price.
7. Freeze fresh produce
I know it sounds daft, but you can freeze ginger, kale, spinach, even mashed avocado, along with loads of other fresh ingredients. Our freezer is full of bags of frozen fruit that was on the turn in the fruit bowl that we use for smoothies, and I chop and freeze onions, garlic, spices and shallots to make cooking from scratch less time consuming. Doing it this way, not only are you not wasting lots of good ingredients but you’re also extending their lifeline.
Did you know there are a number of ways you can stay up to date with the latest money saving and benefits news from the Daily Record?
You can join the conversation on our Money Saving Scotland Facebook group for money-saving tips, benefits news, consumer help and advice plus the latest shopping deals.
Sign up to our weekly Record Money newsletter to get our best stories sent straight to your inbox. You can sign up either by entering your email address in the sign up box further up this page or click here.
8. Don’t forget your loyalty card
Loyalty schemes are one of the easiest ways to gain access to exclusive deals, rewards and savings. Tesco Clubcard not only gives customers exclusive deals through Clubcard Prices but allows you to collect points which can be used for money-off vouchers. There are also over 150 rewards partners they can be redeemed with so you can enjoy days out, visits to restaurants and other treats for yourself and the family
9. Make your freezer work harder
Remove packing from your groceries and freeze food in freezer bags rather than bulky boxes and packaging – you’ll be amazed how much harder your freezer can work by freeing up more space.
10. Don’t be afraid of tinned food
It’s so easy to immediately go for the fresh items because they tend to be at the front of the shop and one of the first things you see, but often you can find just as good produce at a much lower price point if you look at the tinned food aisle. Stock up on these and put them in the cupboard and they will last longer. Our larder is packed with tinned kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, sweetcorn, chickpeas, tuna and crab.
Get the latest money-saving and benefits news sent straight to your inbox. Sign up to our weekly Money newsletterhere.