A SUPER savvy mum has revealed her trick for slashing the cost of fruit and vegetables in supermarkets.
Using her clever hack can cut the cost of your fruit and veg by half.
Savvy shopper Stephanie found she could halve the cost of veg by buying it loose
Stephanie, a mum of two, advises shoppers to avoid pre-packaged fruits and vegetables as they can cost much more.
She the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group on Facebook, a group set up by money blogger Holly Smith.
She said: “Money saving tip… Buy three onions in a pack from Tesco – 85p. Choose three onions and place on scale – 36p.
“It’s the same with other fruit and veg too.
Packaged onions cost 85p at Tesco, twice the cost of packaged ones
“I always used to just grab the packs of fruit and veg and didn’t realise how cheap they are if you use the scales.”
The post got over 2,500 likes, with Facebook users flocking to say they would try the trick next time they shopped or that they’d used it successfully in the past.
Rebecca Wilson added: “Yep! I learnt this about a month ago! I buy a lot more fruit and veg now and waste less too.”
User Zoe Curry said: “We do this with bananas. Two packs of five is £1.80. Ten bananas on the scale approx £1.10.”
Plenty of posters said that bananas are always cheaper individually, while other commentators mentioned that mushrooms and even apples can work too.
Plenty of users were quick to point out that as well as saving money on a shop, buying fruit and veg this way is also better for the planet.
Samantha Goodacre said: “And it saves the environment from unwanted packaging as well as a bargain, bosh!”
Onions were far cheaper if you bought them individually at Tesco
Georgia Erin agreed: “Not to mention you aren’t taking home a load of plastic that isn’t needed!”
But while it works with onions and bananas, it doesn’t necessarily work on everything.
Potatoes and carrots, for instance, were divisive.
Andrew Smith said: “Doesn’t work with potatoes. Cheaper in Sainsbury’s to buy a pre-pack bag than to pick your own loose.”
But Chris Anderson found that potatoes were cheaper in Asda. He said: “A small bag of 4 potatoes Asda is 99p – 2 loose potatoes same size 10p.
“Go figure. Receipt to prove cost of 2 potatoes if needed.”
How to get a discount on your food shoppingHERE’S our top tips for cutting the cost of your weekly shop.
PREPARE Research the items you want to buy and find out the cheapest price. Websites like PriceSpy, PriceHistory and CamelCamelCamel will give you historical data on prices so you can see how much you should pay.
GET FOLLOWING Follow your favourite shops on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and sign up to its deals newsletter to get the latest on any offers. We post the best deals in our Sun Money FB group too.
LOOK Search for discount codes on websites like MyVoucherCodes.co.uk and VoucherCodes.co.uk to see if you can get money off at the till.
EARN CASHBACK Check websites like Quidco and TopCashback BEFORE you place your order. Cashback websites PAY you to shop. All you have to do is click through their links and the money is added to your online account, usually within 14 days.
BE DISLOYAL Swapping supermarkets can save you 30 per cent off your grocery bills, so make sure you shop around.
DROP A LEVEL Try switching all of your branded or premium goods for lower level ones and see if you notice the difference.
If you do, switch back, but if you can’t stick with the cheaper option.
And while some users had found that carrots were cheaper loose, others found that packs were less expensive.
Some items always seem to come out more expensive individually.
For instance, loads of commentators said that it was far cheaper to buy peppers in packs.
Stacey Swayne said: “Peppers are a good example of when it’s cheaper to buy them already bagged. They’re more expensive loose for some reason.”
Kate Horwood agreed saying: “Works with most, although I’ve found peppers cheaper bagged.”
If the supermarket has scales, you can use them to test which method works out cheaper: loose or packets.
But many shops have removed the scales until you get to the checkout.
It doesn’t matter though, all you need to do is to compare the price per kilogram of packaged versus loose and you’ll soon work out which is better for value.
If you’re looking at two similar items, you should always go for the cheapest per kilogram if you want to save money.
This isn’t just true for fruit and veg either. Looking at the cost per weight can save you cash on everything from tomato ketchup to meat.
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