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Grocery & Shopping Tips

Grocery Shopping


  • Shops are often open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and some shops are open on Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Larger out-of-town supermarkets may be open until 10:00 pm hours a day from Monday morning until Saturday evening.


  • Look for car park (parking lot) signs to make sure you only stay within the time permitted. Fines can be issued if you stay too long, even in a supermarket car park.

Shopping Carts (Trolleys)

  • Insert £1 coin or token of the same shape to unlock; once you return the cart, take your coin. You may find some keychains with a token that works in place of a £1 coin. 


  • Weigh your produce before checking out


  • Most supermarkets will expect you to pack your own groceries.
  • BYOB - Bring Your Own Bags or pay 10p - 50p per bag
  • In the UK people prefer to use reusable bags and if you ask for a bag there will be a charge for it. Buy some reusable bags and take them with you when you go shopping

Membership Cards

  • Consider registering for off-base supermarket points cards. These are free and earn you money off coupons which can be used on your shopping. Sale prices may only apply if you have your card with you to scan at checkout.
  • Some supermarkets may offer these coupons to be used for days out attractions or eating out too.

Grocery Delivery

  • Many supermarkets offer online ordering and a delivery or click and collect service.

Common off-base supermarkets include Tesco, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Asda, Iceland, Waitrose, Morrison, Aldi, Lidl.