As the cost of living continues to rise many people are looking for ways to make their shopping cheaper. From shopping around to bulk buying, it is possible to save some pennies.
A shop known for selling some great bargains and products at a discounted price is B&M Bargains. A new superstore B&M Bargains has opened in Leckwith and we decided to put to the test if you can do your weekly food shop at B&M.
The short answer is no, you can not do your weekly food shop at B&M. The only reason for this is that they sell very limited fresh food and no freezer food. You can keep up to date with the latest What’s On news by signing up to the newsletter here.
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This made it a struggle to be able to make full meals, as the only meat I was able to purchase was bacon and there were no vegetarian or vegan alternatives, and you wouldn’t be able to have any classic freezer meals like pizza and chips. However, this is not to say there was not a bargain to be had!
From discounted bread for just 10p to Nando’s sauce for 69p there are still plenty of essentials you can grab in B&M to make up the bulk of your weekly shop. You can also substitute some fresh ingredients, like carrots and potatoes, for the same food in tins.
First up, bread. I was able to grab two great bargains of branded bread for just 10p! They were going out of date on the day of purchase but as someone who freezes my bread anyway, I was not fussed by this. There was also a range of fresh bread you could choose from however most bread prices started at £1 so can definitely be picked up for cheaper in supermarkets.
Fresh food wise the choice was very limited with just a small fridge section. I picked up cocktail sausages, cheese, and bacon from the fridge section, which is not enough to make a meal every night of the week. Other items on offer in the fridge section included ham and cooked chicken.
B&M is known for its cleaning and household items and this shop did not let me down. I picked up The Pink Stuff cleaning spray for just 95p, bin bags for £1, and a jumbo kitchen roll for £1.29. There was plenty of choice with cleaning products, as to be expected in B&M, and you could easily pick up anything you would need.
There were plenty of tinned goods to enjoy with some more appealing than others. I picked up baked beans, chopped tomatoes, tuna, and chickpeas which would all normally feature in my weekly shop. I also picked up chicken meatballs, canned peas, canned carrots, and canned potatoes which I would not normally buy but were the alternatives to B&M having no fresh food.
A bargain was Nandos Medium Peri-Peri sauce which was only 69p! Normally these sauces can cost anything upwards of £1.50 so this is an impressive saving.
Overall shopping at B&M can be a little bit more expensive as there are very few own-brand items. Naturally buying branded items, like Heinz and Coke Cola will be more expensive than picking up own-brand supermarket versions.
While I really enjoyed shopping at B&M, the aisles were large and spacious and so many other sections to enjoy including an extensive homeware and garden range, I would not rush back to do my weekly food shop. This is simply because you can not buy fresh or frozen food.
I will be going back to B&M however to grab some bargains like the Nando’s sauces and reduced bread. It is also somewhere I would go if I need branded cleaning products, for those tough stains. B&M is always a shop I will happily pop into, I never say no to a B&M trip, as you just don’t know what bargains you might find.
My full shopping list:
Krave cereal, 410g £2.50
Coke Cola 1.25l £1.25
Kia Ora orange 1.5l £1.00
B&M Flexi Loop Bags 0.40p
Surf Caps (laundry tablets) £2.99
Shower Gel 400ml £1.00
Jumbo Kitchen Roll £1.29
Gu Chocolate Brownie Dessert 50p
Hair bobbles £1.00
Tinned carrots 0.59p
Six pack of Frazzles crisps £1.00
Warburton Sandwich Thins 0.10p
Nivea deodorant £1.00
Warburtons Toastie bread 400g 0.95p
Cocktail sausages £1.10
Danish unsmoked bacon £1.15
Batch 300g 0.59p
Curry sauce £1.25
The Pink Stuff spray 0.95p
Nandos Peri-Peri Medium sauce 125ml 0.69p
Oxo chicken stock £1.69
Chicken meatballs in tomato sauce 0.85p
Chopped tomatoes 400g 0.50p
Pasta 500g 0.75p
Braces Multiseed Bread 800g 0.10p
Heinz beans and sausage 415g £1.10
Egg fried rice 250g 0.69p
John West tuna, three tins 145g each, £2.49
Nescafe coffee £2.00
Dolmio Bolognese sauce £1.00
Heinz ketchup 570g £2.00
18 refuse sacks 70l £1.00
Lion Bar four-pack £1.00
Red Leicester cheese 250g £1.90
Fibre bars £1.00
Chicken curry noodles £1.00
Tinned potatoes 400g 0.65p
Oreos 154g 0.59p
Chickpeas 400g 0.45p