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Published December 5th 2015
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How to save on groceries
You might already know a few tricks to supermarket shopping- the most expensive products are at eye level, so shop from the top or bottom shelves; don't buy more than you need even if it's a good deal; don't shop when you're hungry or you will want to buy everything in the store. There are more ways to save money on groceries than you might think.

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Learn how to reduce your supermarket bill using these tips.

It's all about avoiding the supermarket. This will shield you from the temptations of sale products and an endless array of snacks that you just do not need. These tips help you to avoid setting foot in the supermarket, and to save money when you must venture in.

Stock your pantry online
Sites such as Kogan have consistently low prices on non-perishable products that you would otherwise be purchasing at the supermarket. Kogan has some food, mostly of the canned or confectionery variety, of both name brands and unknown brands. They have a large selection of other household products, such as cleaning, personal care, and kitchen storage products. They even stock premium branded cosmetics, all at discount prices. Shipping is a $10 flat rate for pantry items, or free when you spend over $100. Grocery Run and Grocery Shop are other options for discount online pantry stocking.

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Online shopping for non perishable goods can result in substantial savings.

Buy your milk at the service station
Milk is stored at the very back of the supermarket, in a blatant attempt to influence you to buy other products that you encounter. Even when you are just going to the supermarket to buy a bottle of milk and nothing else, it is difficult to walk out without a bag of that week's specials. Avoid the supermarket entirely by purchasing your milk elsewhere. To get the same low supermarket pricing on milk without actually having to set foot in the supermarket, purchase your milk at any Coles Express branded service station. Just like at Coles, they have $2 milk (two litres).

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Skip the supermarket altogether if you are just buying milk.

Stop at the fruit shop
Fruit shops are generally cheaper than the produce section of the supermarket, and have much more variety. Fruit shops often have better specials on produce that needs to be used up soon.
Markets are also a cheap way to buy fruit and vegetables, with a large variety of seasonal vegetables at low prices. There are huge variation in prices at markets depending on the area; a farmers' market in a hoity-toity suburb will sell 'artisan deep red aromatic apples' for top dollar, while a cheaper area will have piles of bargain produce.

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Purchasing fresh produce at fruit shops and markets will work in your financial favour.

Similarly, head to the bakery instead of the supermarket to purchase bread products. The quality is better and the prices are usually lower.

Shop less often
Less supermarket trips means there are less opportunities to be seduced by displays of specials or new and exciting products. If you are prone to buying snacks during each supermarket trip, making a regular big shop instead of a number of small top up shops will greatly reduce your snack purchasing habits. Infrequent shopping requires greater planning, which is even better for your wallet- plan meals for the week that use the same ingredients, so you will have less wastage.

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The best way to avoid spending money at the supermarket is to reduce the amount of times you set foot instore.

Avoid the aisles
Save time and money by traversing the perimeter of the supermarket. In most supermarkets, this will take you to all of the essential sections: vegetables, meat and seafood, and dairy. Only go into the aisles as necessary. Walking up and down each aisle will have you spotting products that you did not know you needed, and would never have missed. By limiting the shelf space you walk past, you will find that you spend less.

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The supermarket aisles are a trap if you are trying to be frugal.

Shop at Aldi
Where you shop makes a huge difference to your bottom line. Coles and Woolworths have improved their prices in recent years due to competition from discount supermarket chain Aldi. However, Aldi still remains the cheapest for many popular products, trading brand names for lower prices. Household staples such as bread, meat, canned food and more are at their very cheapest at Aldi.

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Where you shop affects the price of your trolley.

Use a price comparison site
It can be difficult to tell if you are getting a good deal when you are bombarded with sale stickers. Do not assume an item is good value just because it is in a cheap supermarket or being promoted at the time.
There are currently few options for online price comparison in Australia. Try Grocery Cop for comparisons between Coles and Woolworths. The site is still in development, but has plenty of useful features at the moment. It offers an online shopping experience in which you add items to your cart, calculating the price for that shop at both Coles and Woolies. Then, you can choose to check out the cheaper basket.
You can use Grocery Cop to compare prices, even if you do not wish to purchase groceries online. Simply search the name of the product you wish to compare, and the site will return the price at each store.

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Compare prices while you shop with an online price checker.
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Your Comment
I buy all my fruit and vegetables at fruit and vegetable markets. I won't buy fruit and vegies from the big supermarket chains. I do most of my big grocery shopping at Aldi. NQR is also a great place to shop for cheap food. I rarely go to Coles or Woolworths or Safeway. Their prices are way to high and my budget doesn't stretch that far. Great article.
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1018) 1036 days ago
Unless you don't have a big enough fridge, babies who drink a lot of milk or a large family you can buy enough milk to last you a week or so. No need to pay extra for it at a service station which has other tempting items too.
by r.eng (score: 2|356) 459 days ago
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