Food shopping, the one area I used to overspend massively. The hubby could never believe how much money I’d spend in the supermarket, especially on things we just didn’t need. And I went shopping when hungry, well I’d spend a fortune on junk, chucking anything chocolate based in the trolley!

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about food shopping on a budget.

How I save money when shopping?
How do I plan my meals around this kind of shopping?
What other kind of things I buy?

So I thought I’d update this post to answer a few of those questions that the original post didn’t.
If you ask most people about healthy eating or doing Slimming World on a budget then they’ll likely say meal planning is key. And whilst it is, I find the time of day I go shopping is what saves me the most.

I then create a Slimming World meal plan based on the items I’ve picked up in the reduced section alongside what we already have in the freezer or pantry.

meal planning monday thrifty & healthy meals

Not the best quality photo I know, it’s from my very early days blogging. But I bought all this in the reduced section for under £8.

Most supermarkets reduce their stock at the same time each day, for me the perfect time to head down to Asda is around 2:45-3pm. This is when they massively reduce the fruit & veg, yet there’s still lots of choice. Although each store can have different times when they do their yellow stickers so it’s worth asking.

After I’ve grabbed a few days worth of fruit & veg I’ll head to the chiller aisle to see what cheapies they have going there. I can normally pick up chicken breasts, turkey steaks, various fish & yoghurts at around half the price, usually paying about £1.50 per pack.

So instead of the usual offer of three for £10 I get mine for £4.50.

Based on what meat we have in the freezer, I will plan each meal based on what food needs eating earlier, So we might have salmon, asparagus & broccoli first, then if the salad needs eating we may have omelette & salad the next day etc.

I only buy enough to last a few days as the fresh food is nearing it’s sell by date therefore probably won’t last a full week. If I have veg in the fridge that we probably aren’t going to incorporate into a meal soon enough then I’ll make a batch of soup from one of my Slimming World recipes that both the hubby & I can have for lunch. I’ll just quickly warm his in the morning and pop in a flask to take to work.


This lot of goodies only cost £3.67 and that includes 15 probiotic drinks too – fab for adding to smoothies for quick breakfasts like my favourite Banana Iced Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

The amount of money I save by doing this is unbelievable, and most of it tends to be the higher end products such as the Extra Special range which you’d normally pay more for!

I then plan our family meals based on the meat & veg I have bought, and the good thing about this is that it encourages you to have variety as you never know what is going to be reduced. By shopping this way I spend around £35-40 a week for four of us plus a dog and this includes all my non-reduced shopping such as milk, cereal, cleaning products etc.

I know this won’t work for everyone but as I run my business from home it suits us perfectly. Plus as I’m not doing a huge weekly shop I can even walk & put the shopping under the buggy, so if like me you can do your shopping this way then save yourself some pennies too. From next week I’ll start including my weekly shopping list and the cost in my Meal Planning posts, along with any other tips to save money on your weekly shopping bill.

So do you like to have a nosy in the reduced section in your local supermarket? Do you snag yourself any bargains?


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  1. January 12, 2015 / 6:28 am

    I’d love to be able to shop like this. Is the food usually out of date or due to run out of date? Do you never do a big shop and just buy by day and plan your meal for that night that day??

    Do you use the reduced food for breakfast and lunches or is that bought from the normal aisles and is that included in the £30-40 per week?

    I’ll be going on maternity soon and doing a lot of walking to shops. I’m thinking I could do this and the reduction in the shop will help loads once I go from company to stat pay.

    • gymbunnymum
      January 12, 2015 / 6:36 am

      Some fab questions there, I’ll update the post to include more info, will tweet you when its live x

        • gymbunnymum
          January 13, 2015 / 11:37 am

          The post is now updated, I hope this answers some of your questions. I’m also going to write a Top Tips to Save Money On Food Shopping & a Top Tips around Meal Planning & making your food go further which should help too x

  2. January 13, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    That’s amazing! I used to shop like that but our local supermarket reduces things at about the same time which clashes with our school run!! So unfair. Great tips though x

    • gymbunnymum
      January 13, 2015 / 3:29 pm

      I’ll be gutted when I have to start the school run & can’t shop like this anymore. I’ll just have to find a different supermarket!

  3. January 13, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Great tips, will have to give this a try, such a brilliant way of saving money on food shopping

    • gymbunnymum
      January 13, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      It won’t suit every one but if you can do it then why not save some pennies! x

  4. January 13, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Some great tips and I’m all up for saving some pennies!
    I look forward to reading your next posts! x

    • gymbunnymum
      January 14, 2015 / 7:15 am

      Thanks! I used to spend willy nilly without even having to think about it but things have really changed since I’ve given up work to look to care for Archie so any way of saving money is great! x

  5. January 16, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    This is something that I could easily do because I also work from home and am around at this time of day. My mum says that there are often goodies in Waitrose on Wednesdays (as that used to be the nearest shop). I find Lidl are you great on price for fresh veggies too, even if you can’t make it for reductions in the supermarket. You’re doing amazingly well with your weekly budget for four! I must start to shop with a smarter head on. Thanks for sharing this!

    • gymbunnymum
      January 16, 2015 / 1:37 pm

      I don’t have a Waitrose near but I have a friend who shops like this in Waitrose and she says the reductions in there are amazing. You should really try it x

  6. April 16, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    Great tips! I’m always in at this time waiting for the tween/teen to come home but I don’t have to be in for them. I think I might give this a twirl tomorrow 🙂 x
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  7. April 18, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    A great haul for me shopping at 7pm is always a good time and 3pm on sundays at our local Tesco. Thanks for linking up to fabulouslyfrugal
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