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‘Only 20p’: Mum-of-three shares tips for finding the ‘best food bargains’ in supermarkets

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Yellow sticker labels are a popular way to pick up goods for a fraction of the retail price. Supermarkets including the Co-op will often reduce food towards the end of the working day or if a food item is nearing its sell-by date. 

Stacey Wilsoncroft, mum-of-three, has shared her tricks on how to get regular bargains, as well as various freebies.

She told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I try to find reduced foods quite often to save my family money on our grocery bill. I like to stock up the freezer when I get some really good reductions.

“Recently I bought three snack size pepperoni pizzas from my local Co-op which were reduced to only 40p each and the original price of these were 59p. I checked my Co-op members app and there was a coupon for £1 off any chilled pizzas so I paid a total price of only 20p for all three pizzas.”

The 36-year-old explained that her local Co-op starts to reduce food from around 3pm.

She added: “This is ideal for a mum-of-three like me as I cannot go to the shops later in the evening as my children are in bed by 7pm.

“The reduced items were in the sliding door fridge with all the fresh yoghurts and dairy products. The Co-op tends to put reduced foods on the bottom shelf and they are higgled on the shelf in red.”

Stacey freezes the pizzas, saving her money as well as time when it comes to cooking dinner.

To help her save money, the mum looks out for coupons on the apps or in the free magazines as this helps her get money off.

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She added: “My tips for finding the best food bargains are to try and get to the supermarkets at good times for reductions, generally shops start reducing from 3pm and if you can get there later in the evening, they can be heavily reduced. 

“Sometimes there may not be much left, that’s the only risk.

“Also on a late Sunday afternoon before closing you can get some brilliant reductions. I once went to Asda and at 3.30pm on a Sunday they were selling loaves of bread, bagels, hotdog rolls and fresh packs of cobs for only 5p. 

“So I stocked up my freezer and even got a huge Batman birthday cake for my son for only £1.

“Other tips are to always check the cash back apps when shopping too. You can pick up many freebies or discounts on lots of wonderful products and only buy the discounted ones if they are something you are interested in.”

Stacey also gets freebies in the post including lip palms and laundry capsules which she claims online.

She added: “I would also recommend making the most of store points and reward points.

“Last week I started putting away gifts for Christmas by using my reward points at Kiehls. I picked up a beautiful skincare set for £2.50 instead of £12.50.”

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Stacey has certainly got a knack for picking up bargains and freebies – her Instagram is full of tips and ticks for people looking to do similar.

“It’s always worth checking out when your local stores tend to put out discounted items, and keeping an eye out for the latest deals on money-saving apps or websites.”

Another popular way to pick up groceries for a discounted price or even free is through the OLIO app.

Tesco recently revealed that their partnership with the app has stopped more than five million meals from going to waste.

Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of OLIO, said: “Our partnership with Tesco has been a huge success this year, and we’re incredibly proud to have delivered so many meals that would have otherwise been wasted to communities across the UK. Tesco has been a true pioneer.

“But our work is far from done. We hope this partnership encourages other businesses to follow suit and consider how they can take a more proactive approach to minimising waste and supporting local communities. Just imagine what we could achieve if every business followed their lead.”

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