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Getting discounted bargains in the supermarket can be pretty competitive, but one couple are sitting pretty after wangling a £51.60 Asda grocery shop for just £3.15.

Self-confessed bargain hunters Paul and June Stakes, 54 and 50 from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, are forever trying to save money on their expensive weekly shop.

Most recently, June and security industry worker Paul, picked up 45 discounted items and filled two huge bags of shopping from the bakery, fruit and vegetable aisles at their local Asda store.

Paul, who also runs family-themed YouTube channel It’s A Stakesy Thing, said: “We are a family of five, with three children who eat hourly!

The parents, whose kids are 17, 16 and 13, said: “So most of the goodies we pick up get eaten straight away as we make it a snack evening and watch a good film. We always shop for bargains – being from Yorkshire we are known for liking good deals.”

Reduced bread, veg and sweets

In the bread section the couple picked up two tiger loaf baguettes for 20p instead of £1.50, a £1.30 reduction, along with 75p off a loaf of white bread as it was 10p instead of 85p.

There were also plenty of bargains in the fresh fruit and vegetable aisles.

They spotted three packs of white mushrooms, originally 92p each but now just 5p. Then instead of paying £5.52 for three packs of sweet potatoes they paid just 30p – a huge saving.

Strawberries were £1.79 per pack, reduced to 5p each, so the family picked up five packs, saving more than £8.

Brussels sprouts bags were going for 5p instead of £1.20 each, and potatoes were available for 5p instead of £1.25.

The original price for these would have been £4.85, but instead the couple paid 20p and pocketed over £4.50.

Paul told money-saving community “Mangoes were available for 5p instead of 49p, so we grabbed two of those.

“Plus a box of fruit salad which was originally £2 had been marked down to 5p, and an 89p bag of melon and grapes was also 5p. In other words, we picked up £3.87 of fruit for 20p.”

They got a bag of oranges for 5p instead of 89p, and some prawn pasta salad at 2 for 10p – originally 2 for £3.

There were plenty of deals available in the sweet treats section.

The Stakes’s bought three packets of Dairy Milk doughnuts for 10p each, originally £1.50 and two packs of two muffins reduced from £1.50 each to 20p for both.

They then spotted four packs of cookies which had been marked down to 10p from their original price of £1.50 each. Usually these would have cost £6 so the pair were chuffed to pay just 40p in total.

A pack of five chocolate ball doughnuts was reduced to 10p from £1 so they picked those up for a 90p saving. Plus a pack of two Belgian buns had gone down to 10p from £1.20 so they were able to knock another £1 off their shop.

The bakery aisle also provided them with a four pack of fruit teacakes marked down to 10p from 75p, and a four pack of clotted cream scones were 10p instead of £1.

Finally, they managed to buy a pack of three Oreo doughnuts and a similar pack of Dairy Milk Caramel ones for 20p instead of £3, saving £1.80.

How to get the best discounted items in supermarkets
Timing is everything when trying to get money off in supermarkets.

Paul said: “Our supermarkets have certain areas allocated to yellow sticker items. We check these locations at the right time and sometimes we get lucky. There are often crowds waiting to grab a bargain, and when it’s like that we don’t bother.

‘Normally there’s regulars who will know exactly what time the yellow stickers come out and they stand at the front and put it all in their basket. We actually got there just as they were bringing it all out and there was nobody else about.”

Many items are discounted because they are about to go off, so it is important to freeze them if you can’t eat them straight away.

But all the effort is well worth it, Paul said: “Shops like these certainly help us stretch our food budget & it also gives us a chance to try things we may not usually buy.”