MARTIN Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert has revealed secrets from supermarket workers that could save you money.
Experts have revealed how to save money at big box stores like Tesco, Aldi and Lidl.
His advice will come in handy as food prices soar – households have been warned they could spend another £500 a year on groceries.
We collected the best tips we saw on the latest consumer website Newsletter – from buying own brands to getting the best deals.
Buy value items on brands
Workers told MoneySavingExpert that there is little difference between value ranges and big brand products.
One reader, who used to work at a biscuit maker, stated that the recipes for big brand and supermarket biscuits, such as custards, ginger nuts, and digestifs, were almost the same.
He said: “The brand and private label recipes were almost identical, the main difference used to be a bit of salt.”
Another worker who used to work in a cheese factory revealed why you should only buy cheap cheese in supermarkets.
He stated that a large block of cheese goes through a cutting machine and is wrapped in different supermarket packaging.
“M&S, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda and… Tesco’s ‘value’ blocks of cheese. All the same cheese, very different prices.
“I’ve never bought anything but value cheese since.”
It’s not the only cheesy trick you try the next time you’re grocery shopping.
Shopping expert Holly Smith previously told The Sun that you can save 50% on cheese if you buy it at the deli counter.
She said the same brands can be bought for “a fraction of the cost” and you can get the perfect sized portions to avoid waste.
Buy the top or bottom shelves
A former Tesco worker said the cheapest items would be placed on the bottom or top shelves.
They said: “Supermarkets rely on you to be in a hurry and automatically pick up branded items placed on the middle shelves at eye level.”
It’s not just Tesco that uses this tactic – you’ll notice this happening in almost every supermarket.
An industry insider told The Sun earlier that the reason for this design is that stores often like to keep private label products on sale out of sight of shoppers.
That’s because they make more money selling more expensive brand name items.
Shop at night at Asda
A reader named “Lizzie” who said she used to work at Asda claims the supermarket did three rounds of “yellow tag discounts” during the day.
He said that food that expired that day would be reduced once in the morning, once at lunchtime, and again around 7 or 8 p.m.
“Anything with today’s date is always at its lowest price tonight, much of it can also be frozen so you can shop and freeze for later.”
However, although this could have happened at Lizzie’s store, each Asda store has its own policy to reduce the price of items.
It is best to ask your local store member for more information.
What other inside tricks can I use?
The Sun has talked to many insider readers about how to save money at the big box stores, too.
An Aldi store manager said shoppers should go to stores just before they close to get 75% off red-label items, which are foods that are nearing their sell-by date.
While a former Morrisons “yellow tag man” worker said it’s worth a gamble if you wait until Christmas Eve to do your shopping.
He saw turkeys selling for £7, under £50, and bargain vegetables too.
While one wine expert said you could get bargain-priced wine from big box stores like Asda, Sainsbury’s by buying bottles from lesser-known areas like Spain and Chile.
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