I thought we’d go back to our ‘roots’ today and look at some coupons, vouchers and discounts to help with the cost of living increases.

1. Food

If you’re struggling to pay for your groceries sign, up to the App toogoodtogo and you can get bags of food that’s about its sell by date. Bags of food come from supermarkets or restaurants and can be either free or very cheap (for example £3 instead of £30).

A similar one is Olio (where Tescos distribute their surplus food).

Also, watch your local supermarket for when they put their ‘reduced’ food out.

2. Coupons

Generally with coupons, you need to look for them in magazines, at events and on ‘junk’ mail. Also if you join loyalty schemes you often get sent loyalty discount vouchers.

NB offer feedback or enter competitions because even if you don’t win, entrants usually get sent a voucher. If you don’t, then ask!

3. Search for Discount Codes

Before you shop for anything or go for a meal anywhere, click onto the internet and see if that outlet offers a discount code – almost ALL will.

Look at vouchercodes.co.uk and then follow the links to restaurants or whatever you need. They have a search facility to look at the specific retail outlet and you click on it and get the code – download it and click.

You can also sign up there to get vouchers automatically sent to you.

4. Watch for Specific Vouchers

For example, free extreme cookie ice cream if you enter FREEXTREME at the Sainsburys online checkout. This will only be given to the first 7,000 customers and will expire on July 19th. (you need to order a minimum of £25). Sainsburys also have 7,000 free dark chocolate ice-cream – the code is FREECADBURYICE.

Always look for supermarket offers online before you shop – they ALL do it.

5. Use a Cashback Site

If you do have to buy anything without a voucher or coupon, then buy it from a cashback site like topcashback.co.uk or quidco.com. Check their sites to see what cash you might get back (normally 5% – 15%) to compare to get the best deal.

You don’t have to pay full price for anything with a little bit of planning – you may have to adjust your agenda or menu but you can get cheaper! Have fun with doing something different.

Gill Fielding

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