Saving money is on just about everyone’s mind these days. Why pay full price when you can get something at a discount? However, cheap can also mean that the quality of the product is inferior. For how to save money on premium food one has to get a little creative or even a little cheeky.
1. Smile and make friends
Whether you shop at a local store, a supermarket deli counter or a farmer’s market, make friends with the attendant. Learn their name, strike up a conversation and get to know them. Before long you’ll build a relationship and the attendant will be more inclined to inform you of deals and discounts than if you are just a nameless customer. Think about it, who would you rather keep up to date of a deal, someone who never says two words to you or someone who makes an effort of getting to know you?
2. Know when to shop
When you shop is equally important. It’s unlikely you’ll find bargains or discounted items during the weekend. People walk in and out of stores all day and business is booming. During the week, especially in the late afternoon, things tend to slow down. This is when prime cuts of meat, ready made salads or deli sandwiches might be priced down. If you can, keep an eye on when fruit and veggie deliveries are made. If deliveries are made every Wednesday, chances are that fruit and veggie prices are slashes dramatically on Tuesdays. Stores want to get rid of their stock before new stock arrives.
3. Buy in bulk
When items do go on sale, stock up. You can divide chicken pieces or sausages into different portions and keep them in the freezer for months. The same with fruit and vegetables. Buy a whole bag of beans, peas, or carrots and store them in the freezer. You can even freeze herbs. When basil, rosemary and thyme are in season, stock up on them and divide them in ice cube containers. If you fancy peaches, strawberries or raspberries, buy them in season and by freezing them you can enjoy them all year round.
4. Compare prices
It pays to compare supermarket prices. Before you buy steak, fish, veggies or fruit, have a look what other stores have to offer. The supermarket where you usually shop might even be prepared to match the price of their competitors.
5. Save on wine
If you enjoy a glass of wine, or you’re entertaining and you want to impress your guests with premium chardonnay, visit Wines Direct. At Wines Direct you’ll find wines from all over the world with prices that won’t have you choking. You can even get virgin wines voucher codes of £40 or even £100 if you buy in bulk.