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BEAT THE SUPERMARKET

Your supermarket is manipulating you into spending more money – read on to discover how to shop smart and save serious cash

The way groceries are organised in a supermarket is deliberate. Sure, it might seem like you’re on a gruelling assault course when all you want is two pints of milk – and that’s because you are. Your ‘path to purchase’ is carefully engineered to expose you to as many buying opportunities as possible. Here, you’ll find easy ways to sidestep supermarket booby traps and save yourself a packet in the process.

Loyalty lowdown

Three major supermarkets offer loyalty schemes: Tesco Clubcard, Sainsbury’s Nectar and Morrisons Match & More. They all differ slightly in how quickly you rack up points and how much those points are actually worth.

In Tesco, you’ll get one point for every £1 you spend and the points are worth 1p each, so you’ll save £1 per £100. Sainsbury’s also dishes out one point per £1, but they’re only worth 0.5p, meaning you’ll save 50p per £100 spent. Morrisons gives you five points per £1, and one is worth 0.1p, so you’ll wind up saving the same amount as in Sainsbury’s – 50p per £100.

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Transforming your home on a budget? You’ve come to the right place. Begin your bargain hunt with a stop-off on page 6, where you’ll find the best décor buys the high street has to offer – starting from just £2. Next, get your fix of design inspiration with our four fabulous real homes; Rebecca Hadley’s stairs (p.16) and Janice Issit’s bathtub (p. 46) are feats of creative magic. Steph and Abbi on the HomeStyle team have completely demystified the dark arts of DIY on page 61, from tool box starter kits and tiling masterclasses to solving your worst decorating disasters. For those DIY-ing to add value to your home, flip to page 80, where we’ve brought a whole new meaning to packing on the pounds – you’ll be totally amazed by how easily (and cheaply) you can send your asking price through the roof. Elsewhere, cook up a storm with frozen produce (p. 72), read our ultimate guide to wooden flooring (p. 96) and explore the many different ways you can upcycle and embellish junk shop finds with Juliet and Amanda on page 83. And lastly, our super stylist Pippa is back with three fun room ideas with print and pattern (p. 90) to give our schemes a whole new spin. Enjoy.