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Family Reveals How They Paid £3 For £50 ASDA Shop

ImogenGroome
June 16, 2021, 3:00 PM
  • Paul and June saved £48 on their recent ASDA shop
  • They picked up all of their groceries for 10p or 5p each
  • The couple reveal how they time shopping trips to make huge savings

Grabbing bargains in the supermarket can be addictive if you know where and when to go, and one family has got their shopping technique nailed after revealing how they recently saved a whopping £48.45 on their ASDA groceries.

Paul and June Stakes, 54 and 50 from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, are regularly tasked with bringing in groceries for their three children aged 17, 16 and 13. Paul, who works in the security industry, and June, who is a housewife, picked up two loaded canvas bags full of shopping from the bakery, fruit and vegetable aisles.

Paul, who runs YouTube channel It’s A Stakesy Thing with his family, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘We got 45 individual items in this yellow sticker haul and at full price everything would have come to £51.60, but we paid just £3.15.

‘We are a family of five with three children who eat hourly! So most of the goodies we pick up get eaten straight away as we make it a snack evening and watch a good film. We always shop for bargains - being from Yorkshire we are known for liking good deals.’

The first aisle June and Paul visited was sweet treats. ‘We picked up three packets of Dairy Milk doughnuts which were originally £1.50 and had been reduced to 10p each, so we paid 30p instead of £4.50 for those.

‘There were also two packs of two muffins reduced from £1.50 each to 20p for both, saving us £1.80. They were Kellogg's Nutri Grain and Fruit Fibre varieties.

‘Next up we noticed four packs of cookies which had been marked down to 10p from their original price of £1.50 each, so we picked up some oat and fruit cookies, milk chocolate and salted caramel ones, plus some Dairy Milk Oatie Bakes and Shortie Squares. Usually these would have cost £6 so we were chuffed to pay just 40p in total.

‘A pack of five chocolate ball doughnuts was reduced to 10p from £1 so we picked those up for a 90p saving. Plus a pack of two Belgian buns had gone down to 10p from £1.20 so we were able to knock another £1 off our shop.

‘The bakery aisle also provided us with a four pack of fruit teacakes marked down to 10p from 75p, and a four pack of clotted cream scones were 10p instead of £1 so we saved £1.55 on those two bargains!

‘The last sweet treats we got were a pack of three Oreo doughnuts and a similar pack of Dairy Milk Caramel ones for 20p total instead of £3, saving us £1.80.

‘In the bread section we picked up two tiger loaf baguettes for 20p instead of £1.50, giving us a £1.30 reduction, along with 75p off a loaf of white bread as it was 10p instead of 85p.

‘At this point we moved into the fruit and veg section and there were plenty more bargains to be had. First we picked up three packs of white mushrooms which had originally been 92p each but were 5p instead. The same savings were available with three packs of sweet potatoes, so instead of paying £5.52 we paid just 30p, saving over £5 in the process!

‘There were some particularly good savings on strawberries, as these were originally £1.79 per pack but they had been reduced to 5p each. We picked up five packs of these. At full price we would have paid £8.95 but instead we handed over 25p, saving over £8!

‘Brussels sprouts bags were going for 5p instead of £1.20 each, and similarly potatoes were available for 5p instead of £1.25. The original price for this lot would have been £4.85 but we only paid 20p and pocketed over £4.50.

‘Mangoes were available for 5p instead of 49p, so we grabbed two of those. Plus a box of fruit salad which was originally £2 had been marked down to 5p, and an 89p bag of melon and grapes was also 5p. In other words, we picked up £3.87 of fruit for 20p.

‘A bag of super easy peeler oranges was 5p instead of 89p so that was our last fruit bargain. On the way out we spotted prawn pasta salad which had been 2 for £3 originally. We think we got a better deal with yellow stickers - 2 for 10p!’

Paul and June are impressed with their haul. ‘Our supermarkets have certain areas allocated to yellow sticker items. We check these locations at the right time and sometimes we get lucky. There are often crowds waiting to grab a bargain, and when it’s like that we don’t bother.

‘Normally there’s regulars who will know exactly what time the yellow stickers come out and they stand at the front and put it all in their basket. We actually got there just as they were bringing it all out and there was nobody else about.

‘This haul is probably the best we have done. Shops like these certainly help us stretch our food budget & it also gives us a chance to try things we may not usually buy.

‘Now all that’s left is to shout the kids down and they’ll come and raid everything!’

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘Paul and June have completed a truly impressive shopping haul here. Not many of us can say we saved £48 on our groceries, or that we picked up 45 items for £3!

‘It’s worth checking out when your local supermarkets begin marking down food and timing your grocery shops accordingly. You may not always get lucky, but when you do be prepared to grab what you can and freeze as much as possible. Tricks like these will save you huge amounts of money in the long run.’

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