A woman has revealed how she manages to buy yellow sticker shopping and discounted grocery bags on the cheap.
Lauren Roddick, 33, from Glasgow, regularly gets yellow sticker goods and Too Good To Go bags from Morrisons and says the supermarket is ‘excellent value for money.’
The elderly care assessment nurse, who shares her yellow sticker bargains on Instagram as scrimpy_slimmer, only spends £30 a week on her grocery shop using discount tricks.
Some of her most recent yellow sticker bargains include 37p meatballs, 38p fishcakes and 82p burgers.
Lauren told money-saving community LatestDeals: “The main shop I go to for yellow sticker bargains and Too Good To Go bags is Morrisons.
“A recent yellow sticker haul in Morrisons got me a pack of chunky haddock slices for £1 down from £4 and four quarter pounder burgers for 82p down from £3.25.
“I also picked up six butchers steak burgers for £1.20 down from £4.80, 12 pork meatballs for 37p down from £1.45 and two cod fishcakes for 38p down from £1.50.
“My normal weekly shop for myself, husband and the husky dog is on average £30.
“I’ve got two fridge freezers so I freeze the majority of my items.”
Another trick Lauren uses for cheap shopping – as well as making the most of yellow sticker reduced food – is the Too Good To Go app.
It connects hungry Brits with food chains and supermarkets with leftover food that would otherwise be thrown away.
You typically can’t choose what to get from retailers, as the selection is made up of whatever food it doesn’t sell that day.
Also, be aware the type of chains signed up vary depending on where you live.
The idea is to fight food waste, so you’re paying for food that is either close to its sell-by date, or that the retailer couldn’t sell.
Lauren said: “The other day, I purchased two of the Morrisons bags through the Too Good To Go app, both costing £3.09 each.
“In the first bag, I got five plain bagels, six potato scones, four potato farls and three passion fruits.
“As well as one melon, a bag of satsumas, a lemon swiss roll, six apples, a large loaf of bread and a small loaf of bread.
“Then in the second bag, I got eight yum yums, eight chocolate chip cookies, two punnets of grapes, two packets of vine tomatoes, four large cheese baps, one sourdough loaf of bread and a small-seeded loaf of bread.
“I always find that the Morrisons bags from Too Good To Go are excellent value for money!”
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Savvy shopper Lauren also shared her clever system for finding the best yellow sticker bargains.
She said the time of the day is super important – as is looking in the right sections of each supermarket.
Lauren also revealed that she checks on when supermarkets reduce the price of items – and add the yellow stickers.
The bargain hunter said: “The time of day I go to the supermarket varies depending on what I’m looking for. If I’m looking for yellow stickers, my local Morrisons in Giffnock.
“They will reduce items first thing in the morning, then further reductions are made later on about 1 hour before the shop closes.
“If I’m looking for fresh fruit and vegetables it will usually be reduced and sitting at the end of that aisle.
“Fresh meat and fish will be at the butcher aisle and for ready meals and other cold items, they will be kept at the end of the cold meat aisle.”
Lauren recently used an item from her Morrisons Too Good To Go bix to make cocktails.
She received passion fruits so she simply scooped out the pulp, put it in ice cube trays and then added them to cocktails.
She described the treat as ‘lovely’ and revealed nobody would know they came in the bargain boxes.
The savvy shopper shared some more of her top tips, revealing she freezes bread.
Lauren said: “I always freeze my bread so I will make sure it’s sliced before it goes in the freezer. I also make meals for my Dad so extra portions will go to him.
My normal weekly shop for myself, husband and the husky dog is on average £30
Lauren Roddick, 33
“I cook every day and I make dinners from scratch five days per week so there is very rarely any waste.
“My tips for those wanting to do similar would be, plan plan plan! I use a weekly menu planner and write out a shopping list every week.”
Lauren also revealed another one of her savvy yellow sticker shopping tips.
She said shoppers should venture into the world food aisles for bargains – as they are often missed.
Plus, it’s great if you’re trying to save money.
Lauren said: “For spices, tinned tomatoes, beans and lentils etc, go to the world foods aisle as I’ve found it is always cheaper.
“Plus, Morrisons Too Good To Go bags are fab for fresh fruit and veg. I’ve never had anything that looks past its sell-by date!”
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘Lauren is an inspiration to those looking for ways to shop more cheaply at Morrisons.
‘By combining yellow sticker bargains with Too Good To Go bags, she has managed to keep her weekly grocery shop impressively low. Well done!’
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