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Supermarket Club Card Savings vs Budget Supermarkets
04 August 2018 @ 18:57

How to Save Money on Food Shopping; Consum vs Lidl


We all handle our economy in different ways. Some of us believe that the best way to save money is to cut our food bill as much as possible. As long as you are still eating healthy foods, there is no harm in that at all. But it is easy to slip up and start to eat less healthy food just because it is cheap. 

I decided that I would do an experiment and see how much money I could save by shopping in my local budget supermarket for one month, and how much money I could in money off vouchers in my regular supermarket. 

My grandma always used to tell me that if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves. Is that still true? Shopping today is far more complicated than it used to be. We have many more supermarkets. They offer different deals and new shopping experiences. Multibuys or 50% off the second product is rather a new thing, and I am sure that our grandparents would be very confused about the concept. Do I believe in multi buys? The jury is still out on that one. 

How would our grandparents feel about club cards? I am sure that they would find them hard work. After all, all of the supermarkets are different. You can pick up extra savings and choose how you spend them. You can even spend your club card specials on non-grocery items. The modern shopping experience would certainly have many of our grandparents confused.

At first, I was confused as well. As I wanted to get it right, I wrote down the weight of the items that I normally bought. So, if I normally bought a multi-pack of tuna ( 3 tins at 80 grams each) I wanted to make sure that I could buy the same quantity in the other store. Walking around the store, I soon realized the budget supermarket would not be cheaper on all of the items I would normally purchase during my weekly shop. I also decided that I would only buy supermarket own brands and leave top brands out of my price comparison. 

It was rather a big project to take on, but at the end of the two months, I finally sat back and look at the results. Yes, the club card savings soon added up, but when I checked my statement online for the month, I found that I had not accumulated as much money as I thought I would. My friend is an addict to this supermarket, but even with her club card savings, I am pretty sure that she is not getting such a good deal. 

My weekly shop in the budget supermarket saved me a lot of money every week. Savings soon add up when you are saving 20 centimos on every packet of dog food you are buying, and 2 Euros to on cheese. It helped that the budget supermarket had special offers on every Thursday, Saturday, and Monday. They also had other deals I liked such as a box of three pizzas which I could just add extra toppings too. On average I saved about Euros 10 per week by shopping in the budget supermarket, and sometimes more. 

I am almost a convert to budget supermarket shopping, but any items which are cheaper, or the same price, I still buy in my regular supermarket. Even though I buy less in my regular supermarket, I still get a monthly money off cheque as I take advantage of special offers which offer good value for money. And grandma was right, the pounds do look after themselves when you look after the pennies or centimos in my case.

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