A supermarket worker has revealed how you can cheat the system and get up to 90% off groceries – and it’s easier than you think.
Al Baker, 48, from Aldershot, Hampshire, made headlines after sharing how he was living on yellow sticker bargains after his £300,000 debt forced him into bankruptcy – and thus saved £10,000 over two years.
Now the father-of-two – who worked at his local supermarket until May 2022 – has shared how other shoppers can get the best deals too.
Al Baker worked at his local supermarket until May 2022 and has now shared how other shoppers are getting the best deals. Here he has managed to pack pork sausages which have been reduced in price from £2.47 to 13p, as well as British ground beef originally at £5.54 and reduced to 28p.
The easiest methods of cutting costs for Al were figuring out what time he could secure discounted items or yellow-tag merchandise. These yellow sticker bargains include big chickens ranging from £3.10 to 16p
“Having already been in a position where I didn’t know how I would pay for our next grocery store, I can understand anyone who goes through sleepless nights and wonders how they’re going to feed their family,” said Al, who shares money-saving tips. the money. her blog The Penny Pincher.
One of Al’s easiest cost-cutting methods was to identify what time he could score discounted items — specifically the coveted yellow sticker purchases.
Al, who works at his local supermarket as part of his “side business”, says demand for such items has increased “dramatically”.
Al Baker, 48, from Aldershot, lived on yellow sticker bargains and managed to save £10,000 over a two-year period.
The father-of-two says demand for discounted items has recently increased “significantly” due to the cost of living crisis. So packing strawberries and raspberries from £2.99 at 60p and mangoes from 79p at 16p is a trick worth learning
But for many it’s hit or miss – unless you know what time to get there.
He said: ‘You may have to deal with a larger number of rival bargain hunters, but it’s still worth the trip to grab a yellow sticker deal.
“Each supermarket will have different times to cut their clearance food, so it’s always worth asking a member of staff at your local supermarket what time they take out the cuts.
“You will see the first reductions in the supermarket where I work – around 30% off regular prices – from around 9am. The last discounts start around 5:30 p.m. and hit the shelves around 6:30 p.m.
“Each section of the store will have a different maximum discount rate, typically ranging from 70% to 90% off the regular price.”
To achieve optimal success beating the competition and landing the best deals, Al has some stellar tips.
TIME IS EVERYTHING
Al says it’s imperative to avoid the rush by arriving early – advising to approach the front of the store when the bargains are on.
Interestingly, there’s a specific time of the week that can garner the best deals for savvy shoppers – but there’s a reason it’s not popular.
Al said: “Saturday night tends to be the best night for the large number of discounts, and Monday night is usually the quietest night, in terms of the number of people in the store, so it’s a great night to get in and try your luck.
“Friday tends to be the busiest night as lots of people in the store grab bric-a-brac to start the weekend.”
So if you’re happy to give up your weekend drink, Saturday night could prove to be very fruitful.
Here Al managed to get a pizza from £4.50 to 25p and interestingly he says Saturday night is the best time of the week to get the best deals for savvy shoppers and Monday night is the calmest.
PARTNER IN CRIME
Having a partner can help tremendously when closing great deals.
Al said: ‘Take someone with you if you can and then you can split up to try to be in two places at once.
“Often you can find discounts in separate areas of the store at the same time, and that way you’re more likely to grab something from more than one section during your visit.”
SEE THE CONTEST
You might think the supermarket isn’t the place to be on your toes, but with the competition for the best deals heating up, Al recommends keeping an eye on your wares.
He said, “Keep your basket/trolley with you at all times. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of people take a yellow sticker from someone’s cart when they weren’t looking! »
He suggests you empty your freezer before heading to a discount store. Many meats and cooked dishes etc. can be frozen, so it’s good to plan ahead. Here he managed to source turkey shoulders, chicken breasts, prawns and takeaways that reduced everything can be frozen for another time.
DON’T BE GREEDY
Al also advises against overdoing it – however tempting the offers may be.
He said, “Take only what you need. I know it can be tempting to take heaps of product, especially if there’s excess stock of a particular item, but if you’re not going to be able to use it all, then leave a few for that others can use it.
“It also keeps your bill down and means you’re not stuck with tons of something that could spoil before you use it.”
Being aware of which products you need — and which ones will help you cut costs — as well as how much space you have in your home to store them is an important key, according to Al.
He added: “Most vegetables, meat, ready meals, bread and even dairy products such as butter and cheese can be frozen, so this should be kept in mind when examine the reductions.
‘Remember larger items such as meat joints or large packets of food can always be cut/split into a smaller amount, therefore potentially taking up less space, but also allowing you to use this purchase for several meals, rather than just one. . Invest in a supply of freezer bags.
“But also, know how much free space you have in your fridge/freezer before you go shopping, the number of times I’ve come home with items, opened the freezer to find it already full, causing a major reorganization, and it’s not fun!
And finally, Al encourages everyone to be courteous to staff members and other shoppers.
More importantly, Al advises not to overdo it. He said, ‘Take only what you need! I know it can be tempting to grab tons of products, but try to resist. But these beautifully sweet clementines were a fabulous buy from £2.00 at 15p so he had to buy two
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