Nearly every time you go to the supermarket, you will come home with extra items you were not expecting to buy. Supermarkets rely on this and are designed to try and persuade you into buying more stuff you don’t really need.
Here are some tips to help you reduce your bill:
Set a budget and stick to it
Set yourself the real budget you intend to spend. A good way to force yourself to stay within budget is to use cash. It is so easy to spend more than you expected when you have a credit card or debit card with you. Keep track of what you are buying and add it up. If you go over your budget, put something back.
Compare prices online
If you have the time to plan out your shop, you can compare the prices between Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and any other local supermarket. Make a list for each store and only buy those items.
Both Coles and Woolworths allow you to order online. Whilst you can pay to get items delivered, they also have the option to pick it up in-store. The advantage of shopping online is that it removes the temptation of picking up any impulse purchases. This of course, only works if you don’t buy any extra impulse items whilst browsing their website.
Buy in bulk
If you can afford to, buy products in bulk to reduce future shopping bills. But be very careful about buying extra food that you will not be able to get through before it expires. You should also be careful of buying extras of things you don’t really need. Sometimes deals like “2 for $5” only save 50 cents on a product you don’t really need two of.
Try new places
Many fresh produce items are cheaper at an actual greengrocer or butcher than at a supermarket. There are also discount retailers like The Reject Shop and Not Quite Right (NQR) which offer close to expiration products and surplus products that were not popular enough to be sold in the bigger retailers.