Tara Talks: Be a Savvy Shopper

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Whether you love to shop or loathe it, knowing how to be a savvy shopper will save you money and more often than not make your life that little bit easier.  First of all, I have to say, if you can shop local and support a small business, that is brilliant. There are some great tips on how to do just that right here. If shopping locally isn’t an option for whatever reason, don’t worry. Here are some top tips to help you make the most out of your shopping budget, food organisation and shopping experience.

Shop Local

One of the reasons I encourage people to shop locally is, as well as supporting small businesses, it can actually be a great way to be a savvy shopper. Yes, your local shops are unlikely to have the same number of items to choose from a large digital retailer, but that can work to your advantage. Only have a relatively small number of items to choose from generally means that you get into the store, buy what you need and leave. Browsing which inevitably leads to more spends.

Be a Savvy Shopper: Butchers and Greengrocers

Again, these are local businesses but as well as they, their produce is fresher, you can buy as little or as much or it as you need as items are prepackaged and your butcher especially will be able to translate weights and money, give advice on the most affordable cuts of meat and how to best cook them. Many greengrocers and butchers also deliver locally if you are buying a certain amount so this could be an option if your local business offers it.

Use Your Local Milk Delivery Service

Do you have a milkman or milk woman? These days they deliver much more than just milk, including eggs, juice and more. Yes, their prices may be a little higher than the cheaper stops but you aren’t going to have to go out for these items, won’t be sucked into buying other items and you will more than likely save more money in the long term.

Ask Your Pharmacist

Your first port of call if you need any medicines is to ask your pharmacist unless of course, it is for something serious and urgent. By speaking to your pharmacist you may be able to find suitable over the counter remedies that are cheaper for you, certainly cheaper than a prescription fee, saves the NHS some money and means you not using a GP appointment if you don’t need one. This saves you time sitting in a health centre and frees up an appointment for someone who really does need one.

Take Your Own Bags

Who is still buying bags every time they go shopping? Seriously, at one point I thought I was going to have to have a reusable bag amnesty to get rid of the bulk of bags cluttering up my home! We all need to be a savvy shopper and leave some in our cars, in our bicycle saddlebags, in our backpacks and handbags. It’s cheaper than buying new, better for the environment and means that we don’t house loads of bulky bags when our kitchen space could be better used in another way.

Are You a Savvy Shopper?

When it comes down to it there are so many ways that you can save money by being a savvy shopper. There are certainly more ways than those I’ve noted down. What are your best tips?

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