I'm a savvy shopper… the M&S bargains I swear by – it's so much cheaper than you think | The Sun

IF you're looking to cut costs and save money, Marks & Spencer isn't necessarily the first place most people would think to shop.

Known for their high end goods and the catchphrase, 'this isn't just food, this is M&S food' means many of us assume shopping there to be out of our price range.

But actually, you might be be surprised.

Savvy shopper and M&S fan Polly Arrowsmith says: "The perception is Marks & Spencers is expensive, and for some goods, that is true.

"But you get what you pay for and they do always have good deals too."

Here, she shares the affordable items she always buys from M&S…


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Basic bargains

If you need to pop to the shop for a pint of milk or a loaf of bread, for your staple day-to-day items, Marks & Spencers is actually often the same price as other supermarkets.

Polly says: "Items like eggs, milk and bread can be the same price as Tesco, Sainsbury's, and Waitrose."

For example, four pints of M&S Select Farms British Semi Skimmed Milk is £1.65 – the same price as the Sainsbury's equivalent.

A loaf of M&S Super Soft White Thick Sliced Bread is in their 'super savers' range and costs 85p, while a Sainsbury's loaf is the same, and a Tesco loaf is a fraction cheaper, at 80p.

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Four pints of semi-skimmed milk is 85pCredit: M&S
A loaf of bread doesn't cost a lot of doughCredit: M&S

Meal Deals

If you're looking for a fancy meal without the restaurant price tag, M&S has some excellent high quality meal deal offers – just look out for when they're on in your local store and online.

Polly says: "You can buy a main, side, starter and dessert from their gastropub range at £12, and they're very high-quality dishes.

"There's also the stir fry deal – choose carbs, protein, vegetables, and sauce for £7.

"Also on at the moment that is directed towards families is two pizzas and two sides for £12.

"The Valentine's deal is always a great  one too – a starter, main, side, dessert, Prosecco, and chocolates for £20."

Their Indian, Thai, or Chinese meal bags cost £12 for a full meal for two – a fraction of the cost of an actual takeaway.

If you fancy a pizza night in, you can choose toppings including triple hot pepperoni pizza, stonebaked cheese and ham, and Plant Kitchen's vegan three-cheese.

Side dish options include chicken munchies, garlic dough balls and loaded potato skins.

Shop the sales

Make sure you check out M&S sales.

Polly says: "Today for example Percy Pig bath bombs are £1.99, down from £9.60.

"You can also buy Percy Pig cards, wrapping paper, and gift tags for as little as 15p at Islington M&S.

"Special Percy Pig products also come out for Valentine's, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father's Day, Halloween, and Christmas, so associated goods always discounted by 50 per cent straight after."

Clever clearance

You can get most of these M&S  deals online with Ocado, plus additional deals not available in store, and keeping an eye on deals, sales and clearance items can really pay off.

Polly says: "Last week for example I got a 300g bag of M&S cashew nuts for £3.33, saving 35 per cent, with a use-by date of August 2023.

 "I also got a side of salmon for £12.50 down from £25 and the week before I got a beef rib at £15, down from £65 under clearance."

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You can also pick up great clothing in the sales, both online and in store.

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