Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2
2. Food Shopping 3
3. Clothes 6
4. Books and Magazines 7
5. Miscellaneous Money Saving Tips 8
6. Conclusion 10
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Many wholesale supermarkets offer you discounts for buying products in bulk. This is a good way to save only if you have somewhere to store a dozen tins of everything and 10kg of rice and flour. If you have a large pantry or a place to store non-perishables this can be a way of taking advantage of unlimited quantity specials. You will need to use the products before they go out of date and start to deteriorate.
Get together with family and friends-If you don’t have the room, split the items between your family or a group of friends. Having 4 members in your group is enough. Everyone puts in their share and one of you goes and buys the products and then you split them up equally amongst the group.
Sometimes cases of tinned food are cheaper than buying each tin individually but if you can’t store it there is no point in buying it. Find out what your family and friends buy and split a case, say of baked beans.
Bulk dry goods are usually cheaper to buy at the local supermarket. You do need to do a price comparison as bulk does not equal cheaper. Check the price per kilogram, pound or litre to make sure that the bulk quantity is not more expensive than the smaller quantities.
If your family like bolognaise sauce, make a big batch and freeze portion sizes for using later. It is just as easy to make a big batch
Make muffins in large quantities and freeze to pop in lunch boxes or to take out when friends drop in
When you go shopping you don’t need to buy the big and popular name brands, sometimes the supermarket brands and generic brands are just as good and are a lot cheaper
If the kids will only eat a name brand cereal, buy it once and keep the box and reuse it or use a plastic container for cereal and they won’t be the wiser
Much of the time the major brands also manufacture the supermarket brands and put plain labelling on it, check place of manufacture for a clue
You will need to try a few different ones as not all the generic and supermarket brands are as good as the brand names but there are a lot of products that you can be saving money on by choosing supermarket brands.
Plant a veggie and herb garden
One way to save on your food budget is to grow some of your own vegetables, herbs and salad products.
Choose varieties that are disease free and pest resistant and start your veggie garden.
Grow plants like tomatoes and peppers in pots on the verandah if you don’t have room for a vegetable garden.
Make a herb garden in a large pot with basil, parsley, chives and rosemary
Growing a few vegetables of your own is not hard and you don’t need lots of room. A raised garden bed made from timber or bricks are the easiest way to do it. There is no heavy digging and the condition of your soil doesn’t matter.
Clothes are another expensive items particularly for growing children. Avoid buying brand names as they will son grow out of them. There are ways to save money though.
End of season sales
Buy clothes at the end of a season and save. The stores just want to move the merchandise and cut costs by more than 50%. Some stores send unsold stock to thrift stores so keep an eye on your local outlets.
Don’t dismiss buying a garment that is a second. Look it over and you might notice the label is on upside down. There is often absolutely nothing wrong with the clothes.
It may be the end of a run or colour they are no keeping
Printing may be offset or wonky
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Books and magazines
Most of us read magazines and books and if you subscribe to the magazine you can save up to 40% in some cases. At the very least you will get one or two copies free.
Subscribe to home delivery for the newspapers
Subscribe to the online version of the paper
Buy an eBook reader and buy the electronic version for a fraction of the soft or hard cover version
Join the local library or book club
Lots of people are given books as presents and will never read them and they take them to a second hand book store. You can buy a brand new book for half what the shops are asking. Even books that have been read a few times can still look almost new.
Always take advantage of any discount coupons that are available for the places that you shop at and for the products that you buy
Look for school holiday offers in local papers and magazines
Don’t feel ashamed to use coupons no one will think less of you and the shops are offering everyone the same chance to buy products at reduced prices
Look online for coupons as there are a few sites that allow you to print them off and take shopping with you
Ask the sales person if there are discounts for students and seniors. Many stores do give a discount but only if you think to ask
If you are a regular customer to a store ask if you could have a discount or for their best price on what you are looking at buying. Make sure that you want to buy it anyway
Look for discount shopping days-many stores have a cheaper day during the week where you can save 10% if all purchases
Look for buy one get one half price or free, or buy two and get one free
Search out some clubs that after paying a small membership or joining fee you are eligible for members only discounts e.g., Amazon Prime
Many cinemas have adults at kids prices one day a week
Always collect your product rebate if one is offered. The company counts on most people thinking it too much of a hassle to collect. Find them on new product releases and often at the pharmacy on products like blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters.
At a lot of check outs they will ask you for a discount code, if you haven’t got one just Google discount codes and find one
Check out eBay for cheaper products-many are brand new and cheaper than the stores
Look for free shipping when buying online, many stores will have it as a special offer
There are a lot of sites on the internet that you can subscribe to that alert you to daily deals in your city or area. Every day they will send you an email with the specials for the day listed. They can be a straight out discount or a discount only if a certain number of people take up the offer. The offers come in all shapes and sizes
Restaurant vouchers for local eateries and cafes
Holiday accommodation at home and overseas
Flights-national and international
Beauty specials-haircuts, waxing, makeup deals
Entry to attraction like zoos and aquariums
Sign up for online price alerts to let you know when certain products are on special
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