THERE IS a little-known store to shop at Cadbury and Lindt Christmas chocolate is 50% cheaper than the supermarket.
Many households are looking for smart ways to save money this winter as rising bills and the general cost of living cause problems for many people.
And although energy costs are expected to fall over the summer, grocery bills are still astronomically high.
But there is a way to get groceries and essentials at a significantly reduced price.
Approved Food is an online store that gives shoppers the opportunity to save money on their grocery shopping.
These products are nearing or already past their best-before date, meaning supermarkets can no longer sell them.
However, they have still reached their best before date and are completely safe for consumption.
The best before date indicates how long it takes for the product to lose its quality, while the best before date means that it must be used by this date.
Christmas shoppers can buy Lindt Christmas Selection milk and white chocolate gift boxes for £5.99 instead of £7 in stores.
And Love Cocoa Chocolate Advent Calendars are just £10 instead of £15.
Meanwhile, Kingsbridge Chocolate Marshmallow Milk Hot Chocolate Spoons are just £1 instead of £2 – a whopping 50% off.
And 144 bars of Cadbury Flakes are on offer for £10.99 instead of the usual £13.99.
The Cadbury Dark Milk Hazelnut Bar costs £1 instead of £1.50 and the Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruitier and Nuttier Trail Mix costs £1.49 instead of £2.
Is there anything similar out there?
All you need to do is download the Too Good To Go app and set your location, and you’ll be able to choose from nearby stores offering their unsold groceries at a discounted price.
Similar to Too Good To Go, the Karma app lets you search for nearby food to pick up based on your location.
You can then purchase meals at reduced prices.
However, unlike Too Good To Go, Karma tells you what food you’re getting, so there’s even less chance of it being thrown away.
No Waste is a great way to get organized because you can scan your food and list it by expiration date, name or category.
This makes it easier for you to see what you’re running out of so you don’t buy twice as many items at your next shop.
Lists can be shared with family so you can give away unwanted foods. Plus, you can track how much you’re wasting by deleting items that you’ve eaten or that are past their expiration date.
How else can I save on my supermarket shopping?
There are many other ways to save on your supermarket shopping.
You can try looking for yellow or red stickers on products indicating that they have been discounted.
If the food is fresh, you need to eat it quickly or freeze it to have it another time.
Sometimes, timing your store to restock exactly when items on the shelves are discounted can even help you get the best deals – many shoppers have said this is usually on the evening of the case is.
Making a list can also save you some money because you’ll be less likely to make rash purchases at the supermarket.
Launching your own brand can also be an easy way to save hundreds of pounds a year on your grocery bills.
This means opting for “property” or “value” type products rather than “finest” or “luxury” lines.
Many supermarkets also offer unusual vegetable and fruit programs where you can get great prices if they are misshapen or incomplete.
Lidl, for example, runs its Waste Not scheme and offers boxes of 5kg of fruit and vegetables for just £1.50.