New research has revealed that doing a big weekly shop can actually save you money.
The results of a study have shown a decline in the traditional 'weekly shop'; with half of Britons (51%) claiming that they no longer buy grocery items in bulk to last them for a week and instead visit the shops and buy products as and when they need them.
But is this the best option for savvy shoppers looking to save a few pounds?
Popping into your local corner shop on the way home from work may seem like the most economical option, but it turns out that forgoing the traditional weekly shop ends up costing Britons more in the long run.
Those who do a weekly shop for groceries as opposed to buying items as and when they need them end up saving £29.12 a week, or £1,514.24 a year, by stocking up. That's a pretty big difference!
Although the traditional weekly shop can save you a substantial amount of money, the research by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk has revealed that it could be a dying trend with many people no longer doing a weekly shop.
Interestingly, 76% of respondents admitted that they used to do a weekly 'big shop' for their groceries.
When asked why they once did but didn't any longer, the most common answer was 'a lack of time' (49%), followed by 'can't be bothered' (26%) and 'prefer to shop more frequently' (17%).
What these shoppers don't know is that making the time to do a large weekly shop can actually end up saving a lot of money in the long run.
Those who did a weekly grocery shop were asked how much their items for the week tended to cost, in total, which revealed an average answer of £86.52. However, when the same question was put to the respondents who didn't do a weekly shop and instead visited shops more frequently to buy items as and when they were needed, the average weekly spend for grocery items amongst these people was revealed to be £115.64.
That would mean that those who do a 'big shop' for their groceries once a week end up saving £29.12 a week; or £1,514.24 each year by stocking up. 45% of the people who just shopped for grocery items as and when they needed them admitted that they 'probably didn't get the best deals' on their purchases, either because they went to local convenience shops that were typically pricier than supermarkets or because they just didn't shop around.
George Charles, spokesperson for VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, highlights the advantages of doing a weekly shop and offers some savvy alternatives:
"Although the weekly shop can feel like a big chore when it's time to head to the supermarket, people end up saving themselves money in the long run by doing this. Popping in to your local shops as and when you need items is very time consuming and also ends up being expensive. There tends to be better deals to be had in supermarkets and it's much better to know the cupboards are stocked at home than to realise you have to head out again to get the ingredients for tea!"
"If people cannot be bothered to do the weekly shop, they should consider new click and collect services that supermarkets such as Tesco are offering to shoppers, or they could alternatively order their items online for delivery."
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