Seven ways to save money on your shopping from loyalty cards to recycling

GROCERY bills are rising and inflation could top seven per cent this year, says the Bank of England.That means an extra £7 on a £100 weekly shop — £364 a year. But you can cash in and save yourself hundreds of pounds with these simple steps . . . 
3There are several steps you can take to save cash while you shopCredit: David Dyson – The Sun
Get paid for your view
MYSTERY shoppers are employed by agencies working for high street retailers and other businesses who want to make sure that their goods and services are up to scratch.
They pay people to visit a specific shop or restaurant or try out a service and provide feedback.
Experienced mystery shoppers can get paid hundreds of pounds. Some pay in gift vouchers, others will give cash.
Stay loyal
ALWAYS scan your loyalty card when you get to the checkout.
You can add cards to a virtual wallet on your smartphone or use free app Stocard.
Even if you only plan to buy from a shop once, signing up could save you cash.
If you use smaller shops such as Nisa, loyalty app JISP notifies you of offers at your local store.
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Maximise points
TESCO: At Tesco you get 1 point, worth 1p, for every £1 spent. You can spend these in-store or swap them for up to three times their value on the Clubcard site.
NECTAR: Use at both Sainsbury’s and Argos to get 1 point, worth 0.5p for every £1 spent. Look out for personalised offers.
BOOTS: At Boots you get 4 points, worth 4p, for every £1 spent. You can only spend them once you’ve got enough to cover the cost of your purchase.
M&S: Its Reward card gives users two M&S points for every £1 spent.
Each point is worth 1p, so spend £500 at M&S and you’ll get £10 worth of points, which will be converted into vouchers and sent to you.
Get paid to shop
YOU can use cashback websites and apps to get paid to shop.
It works on everything from electronics to fashion and even new mobile or insurance deals.
The two biggest sites are Topcashback and Quidco. Both are free to join — or you can pay premium membership for exclusive deals.
Find the best price for the item you want and then check if cashback is available.
Once you find an offer, click on the website to buy. It normally takes 30 days for cashback to be added to your account. You can register your debit card with Topcashback to earn in stores.
Some of the best offers at the moment are 15 per cent off at M&S and Iceland for new customers or £5 cashback on JustEat when you spend £10.
Keep your receipts
APPS such as CheckoutSmart, Shopmium and GreenJinn will give you cashback if you buy featured items. Meanwhile, Shoppix and HuYu pay you when you upload pics of receipts — as they can harvest the information to sell back to shops.
Ricky Willis, of money-saving website Skint Dad, says: “If you us …