I’ve always had an uncanny talent of finding a bargain and making my dollar go further. Whether it’s finding a good buy in the sales or being frugal when it comes to our weekly grocery shop.
As many families are often on single incomes, even shaving a few dollars of things like the weekly shop can make a world of difference. So I thought I would share a few of my hot tips for savvy shopping and getting the most out of your hard earned dollars.
Plan out your weekly meals
Each week we plan out at least 5-6 dinners and lunches for the week. I always check what we already have in the pantry, and then make a list of anything additional we need. This means I’m not grabbing things willy-nilly when shopping, ending up with a bunch of things we don’t use and minimising waste!
Stick to your list
Aside from our weekly groceries, I have a running list during the week of staple items we might have run out of like toilet paper, nappies and washing powder. I try not venture of the list because ultimately if it isn’t on the list, we don’t need it!
Expensive isn’t always the best
One thing I have learnt over the years and especially since becoming a mum is that buying the most expensive of something does not automatically translate to it being the best value for money or a better product!
Is buying a name brand for more money really going to give you a different result? Nappies don’t have the most glamorous job in the world, so for me as long as they can get the job done I want the best quality for the best value.
The new ‘Little Ones’ nappies, exclusive to Woolworths are just that, offering a good quality product for a competitive price!
Compare and shop around
A lot of places have catalogues and weekly specials. If you’re out of a big item or could potentially save by buying in bulk, then check who has it on sale that week.
But it’s on sale?
I must admit, sometimes I always fall into this trap. Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you necessarily need it! Even if you do get caught up in the hype that it is only on sale for a short period of time or it might sell out, trust me if you take the little bit of extra time to think about it and it isn’t there when you go back, you most likely didn’t need it!
Reap the rewards
A lot of retailers have point systems or reward programs. Don’t be shy to use your cards at every shop and utilise points or dollars earnt! Some people think it’s stingy but at the end of the day a dollar off is a dollar saved!