Household Money saving Tips: Groceries, Appliances, Hardware, Fuel, etc.
The amazing thing that I found about retail in Australia is just how negotiable they are with prices.
The golden rule has to be “don’t pay full pricefor anything” and use the phrase “is that your best price?”
This could be a very popular discussion so please add to it. There are plenty of people out there who know how to save a $ and that’s really important when you are setting up your new life and getting by with perhaps one income.
The big supermarket chains have loyalty cards.
Register for a loyalty card as soon as you can and provide a valid e mail address so that they can send you promotions.
An Everyday Rewards card from Woolworths gets you discounted prices on a range of instore goods, plus it gets you a 4 cent per litre discount at the petrol pump when you fill up at a Woolworths / Caltex registered fuel station. This fuel saving can be increased to 8 or 10 cents per litre if you spend $5 in store, and milk and bread are not overpriced in the service station shops, so it makes sense to pick them up when you refuel.
Woolworths rewards bad customers more than it does good ones! If you don’t use your rewards card for a while expect an incentive via e mail offering you $10, $15 or even $20 off a $100 shop…that’s a good saving.
On the subject of Woolworths…did you know that if an item scans incorrectly (wrong price) then the item is free? Don’t accept the lower price…just politely point out their policy and get the item for nothing. (My son works for Woolworths and he knows prices…never a dull moment when he shops with me!).
Woolworths have gift cards that you can purchase for a 5% discount off the face value of the card. You can also get these from the RAA shop if you are a member. If you combine this 5% discount with an employee discount card then that’s a 10% discount every time you do your shop. Woolworths allow a secondary card to be issued for every staff member they employ. Something to remember if you have family that work there.
Coles have a Flyby Card which accumulates points. These points can be cashed in for a Coles / Kmart gift card. Just scan the card at the register and start accumulating. The petrol discount at Coles service stations is also applicable.
There’s a wholesale supplier in Adelaide…. bulk grocery/ household called Campbells.
You can register with them if you have a business and they send you 5 access cards. Savings can be considerable especially if you have a large family, birthday party or function to supply.
Never pay the full ticketed price!
Look around, use the promotional pamphlets and then go to a store like Good Guys who will beat any price. They will also continue to beat that price for a further 30 days so if you see it cheaper after you have bought it…just go in and get a bigger discount.
Example: you see a fridge at Harvey Norman. Get them to write the price on a card and then go to Good Guys (or other stores that price match) and they will beat the price every time.
There’sa price war on at the moment between Bunnings and Masters.
You can use it to your advantage. Bunnings will beat any price by 10%. Just ask a team member at Bunnings for a pricematch and you’ll get a discounted price…on anything that’s cheaper elsewhere (same brand, same product).
Masters have been advertising specials to attract people into their new stores. If you know that it’s sold at Bunnings, take the ad in and get it there. It’s likely that Masters will have limited stock but your local Bunnings may have stock!
Remember to be polite. The Bunnings registers (tills) have a price match key built into them and it’s an easy process. You don’t get if you don’t ask!
I recently bought some tyres from Beau Repairs. They first quoted me $120 per tyre. I phoned K Mart who had them for $97 and I went in and got them to write the price on one of their cards.
The tyres were then discounted to $90 per tyre for exactly the same brand, same tyre…just $30 cheaper per tyre at Beau Repairs. It did make a difference who I spoke to in the store though. The manager said “we don’t want to lose a sale and a repeat customer”.
Managers have more discount authority. Whether you are buying from Bunnings, Beau Repairs, Good Guys etc try to get a manager/person of authority to deal with you as they have more discretion with discounts.
I am sure that there are many more household money saving tips out there…this is just a small sample of many ways to save money
If you have any please share…..