Top tips to bring your big shop online basket costs down in time for Christmas

ARE your “add to basket” clicks putting too much on the weekly groceries spend?

With supermarkets’ Christmas delivery slots opening this week and food prices creeping up, it is time to think about ways to cut costs.

Try these tips to bring down the total of your big online shop . . . 

MEAL PLANNING: The power of a meal plan should not be underestimated.

Get a headstart by using the 30-day meal planner free trial on the BigOven app.

Add ingredients you think you need and it will match them to recipes.

You could also buy a few items in bulk, which means you can double up on meals and freeze them to make your shop go further.

TIME IT RIGHT: Off-peak delivery times can save you a fortune.

At Asda, a lunchtime slot costs around £2 but an evening one can reach a fiver.

Make a further saving by looking for delivery included, like at Iceland, where it is free if you spend £35 or more.

COMPARE YOUR PRICE: I used to love mysupermarket.co.uk, which allowed you to compare your basket with other supermarkets. But it no longer exists.

You can check individual items at trolley.co.uk — it takes more time but is worth it for the bigger items.

I try to note down the things I buy in every shop and just do a quick check of the supermarket retailer websites to see who is cheapest first.

CHECK THE OFFERS: Many super-markets offer tempting discounts if you are new to shopping with them.

Asda has been offering a £10 discount, as has Waitrose.

And if you go to thesun.co.uk/vouchercodes you can get £12 off a £60 spend at Sainsbury’s or £5 off at Iceland when you spend £45.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BASKET: There are several new online stores where you can find a great deal.

Approvedfood.co.uk sells food near to its sell-by date and there’s new stock every day.

Buy a bulk pack of 12 Eat Natural apple ginger and dark chocolate bars for £5, usually £9.95.

Individually, they normally cost more than £1 per bar, so that’s a great deal.

Prices on this page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers are subject to availability.

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What’s new?

THIS is not a drill!

Asda has started a flash deal with two choc tubs for £7 until Thursday.

This includes Celebrations, Heroes, Roses, Quality Street as well as sweet tubs such as Swizzles Sweetshop and Haribo Share the Happy tubs.

Usually £4 each, so it’s time to stock up.

TOP SWAP

PLAN ahead for Christmas with the Yankee Candle advent wreath, above, for £24.99. Or pick up the Fabulosa tea light advent calendar, below, for just £3.99 at B&M.

SAVE: £21

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