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What Time Do Supermarkets Reduce Food Prices?

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It’s no secret that us Brits love a bargain, and some of us can spot a yellow reduced sticker in the supermarket from miles away. If you don’t know what the famous ‘yellow sticker’ is, this is when supermarkets reduce the price of food that has a sell by date coming up.

To make the most of these offers, it’s good to be aware of the times that each supermarket slashes their prices, as major stores like Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys all have specific times when the staff bring out their sticker guns.

To help you grab some great deals, I have put together a rough guide of when Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsburys, M&S & Co-op reduce their items – although these times can vary between stores and depending on opening times. This means that on Sundays shops will see earlier reductions.

 

Asda

Asda starts reducing their items at around 7pm, however if you don’t get there before 9pm you may miss all the bargains.

 

Tesco

The reduction times vary at Tesco, with some people suggesting their reductions start as early as 8am. Lunch time can offer between 10 – 20% off items, although you are likely to find the best offers at Tesco in the early evening, at around 7pm.

 

Morrisons

Morrisons have argued that there is no set policy on reduction times, and it’s up to the individual store managers to decide when to reduce items. The night before the item’s sell by date you can usually find items reduced by around 20%. At around 3pm on the sell by date, the item will be reduced by 50%, and after 5pm you can expect up to a 75% reduction on the item.

I usually find the best deals at my local Morrisons store at around 7pm.

 

what time do supermarkets reduce their food

Aldi & Lidl

Budget supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl also reduce their stock, however with both these stores having special offer aisles already this is less common. When Lidl does reduce their items, it tends to be early to mid morning. Aldi usually knock their items down 50% from around 7pm.

 

Sainsburys

According to Sainsburys, the times that their items are discounted are “completely store dependent”. It’s worth keeping an eye out in Sainsburys at any time of the day, although it has been reported that most stores tend to put their yellow sticker items out at lunchtime.

 

Marks & Spencers

M&S is another store where the reduction times vary, depending on what time the store closes. In stores that close at 7pm, you can usually expect final reductions at 6:30pm.

If your store closes at 9pm, then you can expect reductions to begin at 8pm. However, many people report that Marks & Spencers stores have heavy discounts just after lunchtime.

 

Co-Operative

Co-Op generally starts reducing their items by around 5pm at 5pm, and by 8pm they will usually reduce them to 75% off. 

 

Supermarket Reduction Top Tips

  • Don’t forget you can freeze things – You can freeze lots of items, from meat to loaves of bread. By freezing food, you can keep it for months beyond its sell by date.
  • Don’t buy it if you won’t eat it – Just because an item is cheap, doesn’t mean you should buy it for buying’s sake. It’s still a waste of money and if you won’t use it, someone else could make use of it.
  • Size Matters – A bigger store will most likely have better offers than a smaller store, although it’s mainly down to the store’s location. Shops are situated in city centres and areas with high rates will be more expensive than stores on the outskirts of a city or town.
  • Wait around for the bargains to begin – You could check the best before dates of items such as cakes and bread, and then linger around the aisle for a staff member to come and reduce it – but that depends how brave you are!
 
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16 Comments

  1. crazytots2018 February 10, 2020

    I know a lot of people who will also ask the staff to reduce things for them if they see them starting to put stickers on stock. Most of them will too. If you love a bargain, definitely worth asking as the worst they can say is no 😊 x

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    1. britonabudget February 11, 2020

      That’s a great idea I’ve never thought of doing that before but definitely will now! x

      Reply
  2. jupiterhadley February 11, 2020

    At my local Tescos, right at the reduced time, the shop is it’s busiest. It means you really need to plan to get a deal, but it’s great when you find something you love or a big bit of meat to freeze!

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    1. britonabudget February 11, 2020

      I think everyone has caught on what time they reduce their items!

      Reply
  3. Yaya February 11, 2020

    This is a very helpful post! The amount of stuff I’ve gotten on late night sales – but I didn’t know you can get them this early in the evening! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. britonabudget February 11, 2020

      Thank you for the comment glad it was helpful to you!

      Reply
  4. Jaya Avendel February 11, 2020

    Ooh, what a handy guide to share, and a helpful way indeed to save money! It feels so good to catch a bargain.

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    1. britonabudget February 13, 2020

      Thank you I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply
  5. Corinne February 12, 2020

    Helpful tips to know! I personally shop in the afternoon for this very reason, so I can get marked down items.

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    1. britonabudget February 13, 2020

      Great idea it’s a great way to minimise food waste whilst saving money!

      Reply
  6. katelyn | embark to explore February 12, 2020

    This is super helpful – i was expecting this to be aimed towards stores in the US so to my surprise I can actually use these tips (i’m a Morrisons shopper as I find they have the best deals, but I have an Asda nearby) so i’m noting these down for the next time i go shopping!
    Thanks for sharing
    – katelyn

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    1. britonabudget February 13, 2020

      I’m a Morrison’s shopper too as I find it cheaper! Glad you enjoyed!

      Reply
  7. thephysiomama February 12, 2020

    Some great tips here, thank you for this will be trying to catch these all at my local supermarkets 😊

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    1. britonabudget February 13, 2020

      Glad it was useful to you!

      Reply
  8. Oh, I hadn’t even thought about this as a tactic to save! Such a brilliant post, thank you for sharing! x

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    1. britonabudget February 13, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! x

      Reply

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