Mum shares genius hacks to get cheap food in supermarkets including 20p pizza

Being a parent is expensive work, so any money-saving tricks are often welcome.

And mum-of-three Stacey Wilsoncroft has found some genius hacks to get cheap food in supermarkets including 20p pizza and £1 birthday cake.

The 36-year-old stay at home mum from Derby opened up to money-saving community on her tips.

She said: "I try to find reduced foods quite often to save my family money on our grocery bill. I like to stock up the freezer when I get some really good reductions.

"Recently I bought three snack size pepperoni pizzas from my local Co-op which were reduced to only 40p each and the original price of these were 59p each. I checked my Co-op members app and there was a coupon for £1 off any chilled pizzas so I paid a total price of only 20p for all three pizzas.

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"I went into the Co-op after collecting my eldest son Leo from school which was around 4pm. I know this isn't the greatest time of day to pick up some reduced bargains but the good thing about our local Co-op is they do start to reduce foods around 3pm onwards.

"This is ideal for a mum of three like me as I cannot get to the shops later in the evening as my children are in bed by 7pm."

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Stacey said the reduced items were in the sliding door fridge with all the fresh yogurts/dairy products.

She added: "The Co-op tends to put reduced foods on the bottom shelf and they are highlighted on the shelf in red.

"I only paid 20p for all three pizzas which should have cost £1.77. The great thing about them is you can freeze them too and save for times when the children just want a quick pizza for dinner."

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The mum also said she also looks out for coupons on apps or in the free magazines you get at the supermarkets and she use three different cashback apps to look for free foods or to get some money back on foods too.

She also said for food bargains, it's worth visiting supermarkets at good times for reductions.

Stacey added: "Generally shops start reducing food from 3pm and if you can get there later in the evening they can be heavily reduced. Sometimes there may not be much left, that's the only risk.

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"Also on a late Sunday afternoon before closing you can get some brilliant reductions. I once went to Asda and at 3.30pm on a Sunday they were selling loaves of bread, bagels, hotdog rolls and fresh packs of cobs for only 5p. So I stocked up my freezer. I even got a huge Batman birthday cake for my son for only £1."

Stacey also regularly posts on Instagram as stacey.savvy.shopper, where she shares her in-store bargains.

Stores also send her freebies, which she admits is a "thrill".

Tom Church, Co-Founder of, said: "Stacey has certainly got a knack for picking up bargains and freebies – her Instagram is full of tips and tricks for people looking to do similar.

"It’s always worth checking out when your local stores tend to put out discounted items, and keeping an eye out for the latest deals on money-saving apps or websites."

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