A SHOPPER has divided opinion with a “money saving hack”‘ for cutting supermarket bills.
But some branded the move a step “too far” after he posted evidence of using his frugal hack while buying his groceries.
Writing on a Facebook page where people share tips on how to spend less, the man admitted to taking a pen knife to the supermarket to cut off heavy broccoli stalks.
He wrote: “Gobsmacked at the broccoli in-store today as all of them had stems that were huge and if you’re paying by weight then all that stalk you don’t use is a waste of money.
“So I got the trusty knife out and trimmed them babies down. Haha ok, it’s a tiny tiny saving but it all helps.”
The man posted a picture of his handiwork with the knife seen sitting next to broccoli with short stems, proving he carries out the technique while buying the nutritious vegetable.
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But the tip didn’t please everyone, with some calling it “embarrassing”.
One person said: “Ridiculous! Just grate it and use it in salads/soup/stir-fry.”
Someone else said: “How embarrassing is this. I’m all for saving a bit but this is downright ridiculous.”
Others thought he was missing out on one of the best bits of the broccoli – despite the cost saving, writing: “The stalks are really tasty and can be used in stocks or cooked with the rest of it.”
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Some people thought the move wasn’t silly at all, with one person saying it was “a great idea for people who don’t like the stem”.
The man did have some supporters, with one person admitting they “do that all the time” while another said “Good for you.”
He later told Manchester Evening News he was surprised about the negative feedback, saying: “Why should I pay for something I don’t want or use? I’d understand if it was in packaging.”
The dreaded grocery shop can be awful when you’ve got a strict budget to stick to.
Browsing the aisles trying to add up your trolley total so you don’t spend too much is no ones idea of fun.
Lara Joanna Jarvis has shared some helpful tricks to keep your shopping bill as low as possible.
Her shopping tricks and tips might seem obvious, but if you don’t utilise them you’ll never reap the benefits.
It comes as a mum-of-two reveals how YOU can save hundreds on your groceries with a few simple swaps.
Gemma, who lives in Billericay, Essex, with husband Adam and their kids, son Brody, eight, and two-year-old daughter Bronte, says: “As a mum I know how expensive food can be.
“But you really don’t have to spend a fortune to feed your family a decent meal – no matter how much you earn!