AN ex-Home Bargains worker has spilled the beans on life inside the discounter – and how shoppers can save even more cash when they shop in store.
The anonymous tipster has gathered some great insider information over the two years they spent working at the discounter and now they’re sharing them you.
Alamy An ex-staff member has revealed top tips on when to shop at Home Bargains
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, they revealed behind-the-scene tips from exactly what time staff reduce the price of food to the best time to shop brand new stock.
Here are seven tips on how to save money at Home Bargains:1. Get half price food between 8am and 9am
The best time to get a discount on food is early in the morning because that’s when they’re reduced.
If chilled items such as meat, yogurts, pies, fruit and vegetables that are on their use-by date then 50 per cent will be knocked off the price.
If it’s not sold by the end of the day then it will go to food waste.
2. Price tag code reveals how long an item is in stock for
If the price tag has the code “ONE” on the bottom left-hand corner on it then you’ll know that the item is only available for a limited run.
Skint Dad ONE means that the product will only be in store for a limited time
Skint Dad REG stands for “regular” and means that the product will be stocked again
This is different to ones that say “REG” on them, which means that it will be regularly restocked.
So if you spot a bargain on one of these offers you should take advantage of it as soon as you see it because it won’t be around for long.
3. Get 10 per cent off imperfect stock
Once a day, the stock is checked to make sure it’s not been damaged.
If it is, then its price tag will be reduced by 10 per cent.
But damaged doesn’t mean that it’s broken, sometimes it’s just because the packaging has become a bit squashed.
4. Star Buys are displayed at the front of the store
Home Bargains flag certain products as “Star Buys” which is often a limited run of branded goods, but a bit like Aldi’s Specialbuys, once they’re gone they’re gone.
So if you don’t want to miss out, head to the front of the store to see what’s on offer.
5. Get to the store early to check out new stock
New stock arrives every day and is sorted and put onto shelves by staff for 7am.
The best time to check out the latest products is at 8am when the doors open.
6. Branded food is way cheaper than it is as the supermarket
It may seem like an obvious one but you can scoop some real bargains on branded foods compared to supermarket prices.
A five pack of Burtons Fish ‘n’ Chips crisps only costs 49p and same packet is £1.20 from Tesco and £1.80 from Morrisons.
7. Keep an eye out for bargain garden plants
Always look out for reduced garden plants because often they really go down in price.
You’ll find them outside the front door and for a fraction of the price that you’d find anywhere else.
For example, I once bought an orchid for £2.99 that would have cost me around £10 from the supermarket.
The Sun has contacted Home Bargains for comment.
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