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was buying some nails at Bunnings the other day. I needed
2000 (it was a big handyman job!) so I bought 2 boxes of
1000 each. The friendly chap at the counter asked if I had
looked at the price of buying 3000 instead. I hadnít so he
went to the isle to check the price and returned with a box
of 3000. The costs was about 10% less than the two 1000
boxes. Not only did it cost 10% less, but I ended up with
50% more nails! I was very grateful for the excellent
service. - Happy Harry, Whangarei.
agree one has to check prices per kg when buying from bulk
bins. Craisins (dried cranberries) bought from a supermarket
bin were $13 a kg dearer than packaged ones from the same
shop! I was informed it was because they came in fresh from
the suppler. - WWG, Waipu
Buy products like baking soda, spices, herbs and other baking products from
the bulk bins at Bin Inn, check out the prices which are often a huge
saving on buying the same packaged items at the supermarket. I
bought wild bird seed there yesterday and its half the price of the
supermarket for the same product, also things like fennel seeds are
a lot cheaper than in the supermarket and epsom salts and
baking soda. (Epsom salt is good for some plants) I agree some
things are the same price as the supermarket but there are savings
to be had and also if you take your own container to fill up with
liquid products this can help too.
- C.P., Nelson.
Be wary of the bulk bins at supermarket, they are not always
the cheapest, I always pull out my cell phone, use the
calculator on it and work it out, often if I am buying nuts
I will find that the pre-packed ones in the baking section
is cheaper. My GF [girl friend] used to make hummus and used
dried ones, which had to be boiled up and they really stink,
the tinned ones were way cheaper and didn't require all the
cost boiling them on the stove and time to re-hydrate them.
- bobbob, Wellington.
- When visiting a supermarket which has a deli section keep an eye out
for ham bones. When the
staff have sliced off as much as they can with the big industrial
slicers they wrap it in cling wrap and generally sell it for under $4.
I attack it with a small
knife when I can get home and can usually cut off enough ham for
several dinners and quite a few sandwiches.
In winter I use the bone and fatty pieces of meat to make a
stew. - Aaron, Auckland.
- At the Delicatessen section of most Supermarkets, buy the luncheon offcuts instead of the almost double priced standard sliced. At my local, for example, 1Kg of luncheon "offcuts/ragends" costs $2.49 while nice looking standard slices cost $4.50/Kg.
always check your till receipt after doing your grocery
shopping. It is rare not to find mistakes which have cost
you money. The shop computer and the shelf prices don't
always match and the staff are always happy to remedy this.
- Katy, Whangarei
We shop at the supermarket once per month, meat shop once
every 3 months and vege/milk/bread shop weekly. I spend no
more than $250 for the month for 2 people on general
groceries - which ends up meaning $29 per person per week
for food. This
also includes lunches for work.
I buy meat in bulk, package into meal size portions
and freeze. I do not buy pasta sauces or satays etc - I make
them from scratch, much cheaper and healthier for you (I do
not have ingredients whos names are numbers).
Initially I thought it was much more expensive to
home make, but that is really only for the initial outlay
for specialised products. Buying ingredients in bulk is the
way to go but only if you have the capacity to store what is
left over - using fresh herbs grown in your garden makes for
very tasty seasoning - easy to grow herbs are mint, parsley,
basil, chives, coriander and thyme. I attempt to only buy
products whereby I can recycle the packaging (our small 80L
rubbish bin is less than one quarter full every week). And
my final oilyrag suggestion is to run a household system
which is "one product in use and 1 spareĒ (or more
sometimes - 1 have 6 kg of soap powder in my cupboard right
now) in the cupboard. This
works out well as there are times the product is not at a
reasonable price so we do not get one every month.
This works particularly well with regards to cleaning
products (I will often buy 2 spares if these are on
special). - Shih_Tzu_Mum, Auckland
used to buy my groceries every Thursday (pay day), I then
moved it by one day each week; Friday then Saturday etc,
till grocery day came around to Thursday again. When you
reach the day you started you will have two weeks grocery
money! This can then be used for unexpected bills or saved!
It really works!
A great way to ensure you use everything in the
freezer etc. Ė Susan, Hastings
in a supermarket, always head through so you can drive
straight out, NO backing, NO crashes! - Ann of Whakatane.
Shop for specials. Eg.
Every week they rotate brands so one of the ice creams and
1L yoghurts will always be on special, usually for $3.99.
Go one step further like I do and get it when the
brand you like; like Tip Top is $3.99 instead of the usual
$5.99 My Foodtown always marks bakery breads and rolls
down to 1/2 anywhere after 8.30pm every night, and marked
down cakes that don't sell are cleared to be binned wed
night, so its a sure bet if what you like is not sold out,
you'll find it that night. -
the supermarket, park your trolley (which has a
basket in it to protect the squashy goods and take up
room!!!) at the end of the aisle & walk down the aisle
choosing what you need then return to trolley. What you
can't carry, you either can't have or you will have to go
back for if REALLY needed.
Some large amounts of
washng powder are expensive per kilo,
can be cheaper in smaller amounts like one Kilo when on
special like $2 or $2.50 watch the price for the weight with
any product you buy, we feed the four of us for $240 that's
on Average $60 per person. My Motto: buy on special when you
can. - Murray Clark, Hastings.
Explore shops where you
don't expect to find grocery items. Payless (was Payless
Plastics) now parallel-import well-known deodorants and
grocery items - E.g. 375ml Jif Cream for $2.50 but it's
$3.75 at Pak n Save. Payless
also stock party items and other things you would not expect
them to. - OB1NZ,
Check out the $2 shops
too. There are items there that are identical in other shops
where you'll pay much more. - OB1NZ,
When your going to the supermarket for midweek top up
shopping use the basket instead of a trolley.
It saves time, makes you think what you really need
and saves you money. If
you have young children sit them in the supermarket trolley
as this will reduce space and help you buy less. - Bella,
doing a grocery list spend sometime on your computer writing
up a list of absolutely everything that you buy in your
grocery shop, Print it off and go around your kitchen and
home to cross off what you have plenty of. Doing this will
ensure that you don't need to go back to the supermarket
until your next fortnight or monthly shop. - N.M, Blenheim.
Make a list and stick
to it. Deviate and you'll spend more than you planned to.
Never buy pre-printed shopping lists or small notepads.
Re-use envelopes received in the mail with lots of white
spaces and use the blank backs of the letters inside. BuzzyBee,
Cards" especially ones that don't have an end date.
It might take a couple of years to fill your card,
but it's worth it at the end.
Paper Plus have cards for books, for greeting cards;
(buy 9 get the 10th one free); many cafes do (if you're part
of a staff who have the occasional coffee out, it's good to
know you'll get a free one eventually); Plastic Box does,
many beauticians etc. You
have to spend money to take advantage, but if you have to
spend, you'll do it at the place that stamps your card! -M.W.G.,
Watch for "Use today"
meat specials, often half the normal price, and
freeze for future use. Towards
the end of the week meat that is already on special becomes
an especially good buy. - Jaycee, Kawerau
prefer the option of on-line grocery shopping. It's easier
for my lifestyle, and itís actually easier to control what
you spend. On the surface of things, Pak n Save looks
cheaper, but if you know how to use your on-line shopping
features, you can make it work quite well for the budget.
One of the best features is the ability to sort items by
'unit price - low to high'. It tells you very quickly which
is the cheapest item, by bulk and price. The other aspect of
online shopping, is that if you have a set budget, you can
see straight away if you are going over it (before you buy),
so you put items back, or exchange them for something
cheaper. I have found it much more reliable to stick to a
budget.- Anyway, Whangarei.
If you are a new mum or
have multiple kids and HATE going to the supermarket you
need to give countdown's online shopping a try, its pretty
easy to do I save normally about $50 per fortnight I don't
have to drag the kids around and its actually fun when the
truck pulls up the drive and uppacking them all, and its
worth the $8 I pay for them to be delivered! - Monique,
Investigate Smile City.
A number of shopping sites plus earn points.
No need to shop to earn - when enough points, can
cash out ($30 so far and eligible for another $30 at
present), or donate to a specified charity, or bid on an
details at www.smilecity.co.nz
The website was upgraded during the latter half of
last year. - Rosy, Wellsford.
I would like to comment
on your article in Hawkes Bay Today, yesterday (06-04-10).
You have missed out on one other rare sub-species of homo
shoppiens: The super special swapper shopper.
You were talking about the rage when a shopper finds
an article cheaper, on special the next day.
The super special swapper shopper, who interestingly
enough always come in a twin pack knows what to do: Usually
the male will take the article back to the store upon the
discovery of price reduction and will ask for a refund, as
it was not the right article - or whatever excuse will do.
The other half of the twin pack super special swapper
shopper - (usually the female) will then merrily enter the
store to buy the same item at the reduced price. (A real
story, I might add, saving $15.00). - Wollfgang, Hastings.
(Very sneaky! - oily rag ed.)
Shop for food fortnightly or monthly if you can.
The more often you shop, the more you'll spend
because of impulse buying! - OB1NZ,
Never shop for food
when you are hungry - have a meal first, then off to the
supermarket! - OB1NZ,
Go to the supermarket first thing in the morning and get
some real bargains at the deli section. there are often
things, being close to their 'use by date', at less than
half the normal price. I often manage to get Champagne ham
or other really expensive stuff for a fraction of the normal
cost and have a wonderful, luxurious lunch! Same goes for
the meat section. - BuzzyBee,
Don't go shopping on an
empty stomach. Make a list of the meals you will eat during the
week and the ingredients needed for these. Only go down the aisles you need to go down. Make sure you compare value for
money- not simply on what is cheapest but look at volumes etc. A
smaller can may be cheaper, but a larger can may make two
meals...If on a very tight budget take a calculator so you stick
to it (or use supermarkets like Pak'N Save which have shop'n
go). - T.B., Palmerston
Go food shopping about half an hour before the supermarket
is due to close. You can pick up things like cooked chickens
for half price and use them for lunches during the week.
There are a lot of cut priced items on sale because the
store can't sell them the next day. - M.K. Australia.