At a time when food bills are soaring, did you know that crouching down in a supermarket can help you cut costs?
With people up and down the country struggling to pay their bills while eating three meals a day, moneysavingexpert.com ’s genius tips can help you to make big savings – and one that really caught my attention was that crouching down in the supermarket will save you loads of money.
I am the What’s On Writer for MyLondon.news, and I decided to put that to the test. I set off for my local Asda where, greatly bolstered by the spirit of Martin Lewis, I set off to the fruit and veg first. The tomatoes at the top of the shelf cost £1.20 but identical ones were at the bottom for £1. The cucumbers let me down by all costing 45p and by the time I’d grabbed milk – which all cost 99p – my tomato triumph felt like it happened to someone else. Then I went to get butter. My usual is Lurpak spreadable, which cost £2.20. Dutifully following the money-saving tips I looked down and nestled at the very bottom of the shelf was Asda’s own brand butter for only £1.
Newfound confidence added to my basket alongside the butter I soldiered on towards the bread. I usually go for Hovis super seeded, which was placed directly at eye level. Leaving my last remaining shred of dignity behind, I put my basket on the floor, looked around furtively, and dropped into an inelegant crouch that made multiple bones in my body crunch concerningly. But the pain disappeared as soon as I spotted £1.15 bread at the very bottom of the shelf.
Much the same happened when I kept crouching down. Green tea for £1.99? No thanks, I’ll take the 75p pack. £1.10 pasta? Hah, I’d rather pay 32p. I even grabbed the aforementioned treat: a four-pack of pies for £2.95. I could almost hear the brand-name ones crying as I walked straight past their £4.50 price tags. Cheaper alternatives weren’t the only thing hidden on the bottom shelves either – it’s where all the bulk buying deals live. Instead of getting three separate packs of Nespresso capsules for the wonderful Asda price of £10, I dropped low and found a three-pack of ‘everyday essentials’ – flat white, americano and cafe au lait – for £6.
Even loo roll was cheaper down low and I bagged myself the £1.93 bulk pack instead of settling for £3.30. The last item on my list was pads and even my deal-bolstered confidence wavered at the prospect. Women pay a lot just because we bleed and, unfair as it is, it just seems to be a fact in any shop we go to. I wasn’t expecting much but as I looked away from my regular £2.50 Always pads I couldn’t help but smile: the bottom shelf had a row of 50p pads.
As I skipped to the checkout, my total came to £20.97. Had I paid for the eye-level stuff, it would all have cost me £34.77. And that was just a small shop. I can only imagine the savings I’ll make next time. Because as stupid as I felt at the start of my adventure, I am now firmly a shop croucher.
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