Some weeks the 'reduced' section is empty, or just home to a few sad looking ready meals. But other times there're bargains to be had. A large granary loaf for 15p, a bag of onion reduced from 80p to 8p. This week I paid a massive 27p for 2 packs of Welsh cakes and a tub of cherry tomatoes. The point is, small shops like Tesco Metros or Local Sainsburys have very, very limited storage space. That's why you see those huge delivery lorries unpacking new stock once, sometimes twice a day. If they sell fresh food it needs to be on the shelves and outta the door double-quick to make way for the next delivery. Most shops don't shift everything they need to at full price, and so the reduced section is generally re-stocked each evening. If you want to eat on the cheap it's worth doing an evening detour into one or more of these places, where you can.
Don't overlook fruit or veg that looks slightly past its best. Squidgy bananas can be made into banana bread. A bag of onions could be cut up and frozen, ready to be used as and when you need them. Apples can be made into puree, and again lobbed into the freezer.
Don't turn your nose up at the pre-packed sandwiches either. I've seen those on sale for about 10p a pack, down from well over a quid. Something like a cheese and pickle or salad sandwich could be eaten for lunch the next day, toasted under the grill or in a sandwich toaster.
What's the best buy you've come across? Or maybe your best tip for sniffing out a supermarket bargain?