Purchasing power. Food shopping: tips and tricks that help lower the bill

While waiting for better days, consumers are tightening their belts. And check the prices. 58% of French people now fill their cart… to within 10 euros, or less, compared to 46% in 2021, according to the latest Ipsos barometer for in-Store Media.

For food, there is no miracle solution to escape rising prices, but a few tips to know to lower the bill.

For example, it is possible to turn to the “anti-waste” sections of supermarkets, which sometimes offer products that are a little damaged or with a very close expiry date. This can concern yogurts, meat, cheeses, drinks, fruits and vegetables… and discounts of -20% to -50%.

To consume smart and reduce the monthly budget, you might as well use all the tools available. Photo Le Progrès/ Solange RECORBET

Sites and apps that help save money

In the anti-waste department, several recent applications have emerged. They are free, downloadable to your phone. Too Good To Go, Phenix or Optimiam make it possible to recover unsold items of the day offered, near you, by partner merchants (supermarkets, restaurants, caterers, chains). All at a reduced price. Good for the planet and advantageous for the wallet, this solution nevertheless requires a little flexibility and curiosity because the content of the order is not known in advance. These are “surprise baskets”.

Thanks to geolocation, Zéro Gâchis locates nearby participating brands for you. All you have to do is select the one of your choice (Auchan, Intermarché, Leclerc, Super U, Carrefour, etc.) and you get the list of products on sale whose consumption date is about to expire. Purchasing is not possible via the app. You have to go to the supermarket, towards the Zéro-Gâchis corner in which these unsold items are grouped.

Bulk, discount sales, short dates… Our tips for saving money

To extend the idea of ​​anti-food waste, there are apps that help you at home. Save Eat saves ingredients from your cupboards. The free platform offers solutions for cooking without wasting. And also every day, simple and quick recipes, personalized and adapted to the contents of your fridge, of which a hundred are 100% anti-waste. Same principle with the FrigoMagic app.

Compare prices

It is often said, the first thing to do is to compare prices. Le Progrès and the consumer association “UFC que Choisir” have set up a price comparator listing the prices of 25 everyday consumer products in the Rhône, Loire and Ain departments. The whole on seven signs of the big distribution. Prices are updated monthly. It is already possible to compare prices in May and June.

Note that there is also a comparator, via an interactive online map on our site, which lists the service stations that offer the best price near you.

More and more consumers are building their food according to promotions. Photo Progress/Richard MOUILLAUD

Hunt the promos

Large retailers regularly announce discounts with great publicity. The anti-crise.fr website brings together online all the advertising leaflets of your favorite stores and the promotional catalogs of the main brands. Via this site, you can search for advantageous promotions according to the brand, the department, the brand and even the type of discount. You can also print coupons offered by brands. The two are cumulative.

If it’s effective on the bill to pay, chasing promotions, tracking down coupons takes a lot of time.

Other sites: mavieencouleurs.fr for a wide selection of discount coupons on everyday products, especially food (cakes, pasta, etc.). Ditto on couponnetwork.fr for food and enviedeplus.com for many coupons on hygiene and maintenance items (detergent, toothpaste, baby diapers, etc.).

Food shopping on the internet: a quick solution

If the phenomenon exploded with the Covid-19 pandemic and successive confinements, it has continued since. Including for food which saw the explosion of the “drive”. In the inflationary context, consumers continue to turn to e-commerce sites. First and foremost because it makes it easy to control your budget.

This craze for food e-commerce mainly benefits the various retail platforms. Sector leaders, E.Leclerc, Carrefour and Lidl, rely on attractive prices and fast delivery.

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Test cashback, refund on purchase

Beyond the system of advantages granted via loyalty cards or apps from the store in which you shop, cashback (cashback) can allow you to earn a few euros.

Shopmium is the best known cashback refund application. Its principle is simple: just send your photo receipt via the application and you will be reimbursed in part on the products concerned by the offer, directly to your bank account or to your Paypal account.

The Quoty app works on the same principle as Shopmium when it comes to cashback. You do your shopping in the store and once you have paid, you scan the barcode of the receipt before sending a photo directly to the application. You will then be reimbursed on part of your shopping list within 48 hours. The application also lists discount coupons to print and catalogs of distributor promotions.

Same principle on Igraal Market. With this application which reimburses a few euro cents on certain products, you accumulate 20 euros in your kitty which you can then transfer to your bank account.

Finally, be aware that there are applications on which you offer to test the products and in exchange, they are offered. An example: Carrefour has an application called “My opinion makes it free”. The consumer-tester obtains the products for free if he gives his opinion via a questionnaire.

Practical: some tips for better managing your food budget

– Start by preparing your menus and thus write your shopping list before going to the shops. Avoid shopping just before lunch or dinner.

– Buy the bare necessities without falling into the trap of promotions that are certainly attractive but often out of step with the real dietary needs of children. It is difficult because the latter are often attracted by targeted advertising on the screens.

– Always have at home basic products such as milk, butter, eggs, pulses, cans of uncooked (or frozen) vegetables, tuna, mackerel or sardines.

– Favor local and seasonal products by going to the markets for example or the producers’ shops as much as possible. The products keep longer and are often of better quality than in some supermarkets and at reasonable prices. Other sources of supply: the Amap (Associations for the maintenance of peasant agriculture) and all the associations that even offer home deliveries.

– Vegetable proteins are generally less expensive than animal proteins: it is recommended to eat meat twice a week. It’s better for health, the environment and the wallet.

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