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Eat, Shop, Save: Kate's shopping tips

Kate Hardcastle, gives Lorraine top supermarket tips in Eat, Shop, Save Photo: ITV/Eat, Shop, Save

If you want to save serious money it's time to get organised with the weekly shop! Too many of us hit the supermarket with no idea of what we really need for the week and end up filling our trolley with things that don't get used and eventually end up in the bin.

Write it down!

The starting point for a cheaper supermarket visit is to write down the meals you plan to make for the week - try using a meal planner board with the days of the week set out on it.

Then think about everything you need for those recipes and make a shopping list. Making a list puts you in control of your weekly shop - nothing gets forgotten, top up shops become a thing of the past and there are no unnecessary impulse buys when you're going up and down the aisles.

Writing everything down and making a list will help you to save money. Credit: ITV/Eat, Shop, Save

The list will be key to saving money but there are other things you can try to bring your shopping bill down...

  • Try swapping from big brands to own label versions.
  • Look for bargains in the discounted section. - Consider replacing some of your fresh food buys for cheaper frozen versions - there are good savings to be made on frozen fish portions and some frozen fruits.
  • Make sure you check out coupons and vouchers online. There are plenty of websites you can download them from and the more you have in your pocket the more money you'll keep for yourself!

When our Eat, Shop, Save families tried these tips they saved large amounts of money at the checkout...so see if it can work for you!

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