Make your discount grocery stores work for you

Make your discount grocery stores work for you

Want to know where to buy cheap groceries? Want to offset winter’s high heating bills with savings on groceries? Read on to discover the best ways to bag a bargain and make the discount grocery stores work for you.

There’s no doubt the number of discount grocery stores has increased in the past decade. A trip to your local shopping centre will confirm that the range of grocery suppliers is wide and expanding.

Do you take advantage of the specials created by the heightened competition for your grocery money? Or, are you stuck in a grocery shopping rut?

Here are our favourite four budget friendly shopping tips:

1        Shop at a discount grocery store

NQR is a grocery clearance store offering cheap prices on the excess stock, discontinued lines and cancelled orders from other supermarkets. Visit the NQR website to view catalogues, access savings coupons and learn of great deals.

Costco is a membership warehouse club that is dedicated to offering the highest quality products at the best possible price. Take a friend, buy in bulk and share the savings.

Aldi is famous for their Wednesday and Saturday Special Buys™.  Committed to providing low prices on a wide range of products, you never know what you might find on sale at Aldi!

Food Factory Sales is a large warehouse located in Bayswater offering ‘fresh off the truck’ savings as well as specials on groceries and household items.

Top tip: buy only the things you need, consider how you will store bulk purchases.

2        Shop at a market

South Melbourne Market is best described as a foodie’s paradise and is open from 8am to 4pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Queen Victoria Market is best known as the ‘Vic Market’ and is one of Melbourne’s most historic landmarks. The market is closed on Monday and Wednesday.

Dandenong Market brings together over 150 nationalities under one roof and is Melbourne’s second oldest market. The market is open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Melbourne Farmers Markets bring farm produce to the suburbs and are held in a variety of locations throughout Greater Melbourne. A postcode search on their website will help you find the Farmers Market closest to you.

Top tip: visit around closing time for extra cheap fruit and vegetables.

3        Shop online

Grocery Run offers free shipping on orders over $50 and includes daily deals on regular household items.

Catch features more the 700,000 deals and discounts on groceries including pet care.

The Grocery Shop is described as a one-stop shop for everyday household needs and promises up to 80% savings on big brands.

Tiendeo is a budget hunting app that utilises ‘geolocalised catalogues’ to help you plan your shopping, access coupons and learn about great deals.

Top tip: peruse online catalogues to ensure you are bagging the best bargains.

4        Shop for home brands

The Woolworths Homebrand range includes dairy, meat, snacks and treats, along with cleaners and staple cooking ingredients.

The in-house brand at Coles is known as Our Range and features a wide variety of products including fresh fruit and vegetables, deli selections, meat and baby products.

IGA’s No Frills brand is perfect for customers looking for great value items to complement their weekly grocery needs. Each No Frills product comes with a money-back guarantee.

Top tip: don’t be afraid to try home brand items, you can’t go wrong with a money back guarantee.

Get the goods and keep money in your pocket

Remember to write a list. And stick to it. A bargain is not a bargain if it is a whole pile of food that no one really wants to eat.

Never shop hungry. Eat before you venture out or your trolley might be accidentally filled with snack foods and treats!

Dress for comfort. Wear comfortable shoes so you can enjoy walking the aisles at the market or hunting for a bargain at the store.

Take your time. Don’t shop when you are under the pressure of a time restriction. Give yourself the time you need to make careful decisions about spending your grocery money.

Do you prepare a shopping list? What’s your best bargain buying tip?

By Lyndal Phillips | Content Services Melbourne

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