Yellow sticker shopping is something I love doing. I know that if I play it right I can get some great food at a massive discount. Ever since I was young I remember my mum hunting for yellow stickers while we were food shopping after school. Its something I’ve always known I suppose.
When to hit the shops to get the best bargains
If you hit the supermarket in the late afternoon or an hour before they close you often get the best reductions. It may take a little trial and error to see what your local stores reductions times are. In my experience the reductions tend to be 25% off after midday, 50% off after 3pm and 75% off after 5/6pm.
Is it a bargain if you don’t really need it?
Okay so you don’t want to be buying anything just because it has a yellow sticker on it! I tend to look for items that I know we will eat and that I have on my list already.
Will it be safe to eat?
Get to know the difference between sell by, best before and use by dates.
Sell by/Display until = This is simply a date that the supermarket staff use for stock purposes.
Best before = This date is about quality not safety. The product is still safe to eat but may have lost some flavour and/or texture.
Use by = This is the most important date as this determines wether a product is safe to eat. You can prolong the use by date of a product by freezing but always refer to any packet instructions or freezer guidelines. Remember to defrost safely in the fridge and use your common sense if it doesn’t look or smell right, don’t eat it!
What are the best yellow sticker items to look for?
Personally I always look for any bread type items that are reduced. I like to keep a loaf in the freezer at all times. Meat is another good one, again I freeze what we won’t need on the day. Other items such as bakery cakes or desserts can be good to pick up if we fancy a treat after tea. I recently picked up a box of eggs that were nearing their sell by date for less that half their original price. Other regular yellow sticker items include pittas, breakfast muffins, crumpets, milk (emergency milk for the freezer), fruit and veg, olives and lots more.
Do you go yellow sticker shopping for bargains? I’m intrigued to know what the best times for reductions are in your area?