Shropshire Star

Saving on prescriptions, food and school uniform – Money Saving Amy shares her latest hints and tips as the cost-of-living crisis rumbles on

As families struggle to get by through the cost-of-living crisis, the Star has teamed up with ‘Money Saving Amy’ in a bid to help families with some handy hints and tips.

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Amy Grayland

Hello everyone. This week I have tips on how to save, or earn cashback on a variety of items and leisure activities, that I hope will be very helpful as the cost-of-living crisis continues, writes Amy Grayland.


The following apps are brilliant for free and discounted food, drink, toiletries and more.



Checkout Smart

All three of these apps work in similar ways, you can filter to the shop you are in and then see what goodies are available. You buy your item as you usually would, and then make sure you get your receipt. Once you’re home you scan both the receipt and the item into the app and you will then be reimbursed for the item. There’s lots of freebies available on these apps such as free chocolate, free drinks, free dog and cat treats and much more. There are also lots of discounted items, recent handy ones have been a loaf of Hovis bread for 70p, a bottle of 7up for 50p and £2 off toilet roll.

The great thing with these apps too, is that you can pay for the items using a gift card that can be purchased from Jam Doughnut, Airtime rewards or Top Cashback, to gain you even more cash back. Plus you can still scan your supermarket reward card such as nectar cards or Tesco Clubcard.

Some of the supermarkets will offer Christmas bonuses, which is another handy way to gain more money in time for Christmas. Asda have a “Christmas saver pot” that’s offering the following bonuses:

•£10-£19 = £1 bonus

•£20-£24 = £2 bonus

•£25-£39 = £3 bonus