Smart mom buys $320 worth of meat at the grocery store for just $70, and reveals how to tell when stores plan to mark down items
- An Australian shopper has revealed a simple money-saving grocery hack
- She said she called a nearby Coles to ask when they go on sale.
- Mom timed her shopping trips accordingly and saved over $250
- On the first of his two trips, he bought $200 worth of meat for just under $50.
- Days later he picked up $130 worth of meat, bakery and delicatessen items and paid $23.77
A money-saving mom has revealed her thrifty shopping hack that saved her over $250 in two trips to the supermarket.
The Victorian shopper said she called a nearby Coles to ask when they would cut prices on perishables and timed her purchases accordingly.
They told her they had discounted food three times a day and managed to get $199.11 worth of meat for $46.97 at their first store and $129.89 worth of groceries for just $23.77 at their second.
A 30-year-old shopper revealed how she saved more than $250 on two shopping trips by calling a nearby Coles to ask when perishables would be marked down.
They told him they had discounted food three times a day and he managed to get $199.11 worth of meat for $46.97 at his first store and $129.89 worth of groceries for just $23.77 at his second.
On the two runs, she would have spent $329 on groceries if they had been full price, but she only shelled out $70.74 and saved a whopping $258.26.
I live in the country of Victoria, but on Thursday I was in Melbourne for a funeral. I went with my sister and went back to her house where my brother-in-law told me about this,” she wrote in a post on the Simple Savers Facebook group.
‘He said to call your local Coles and ask them when they do their sales… I called mine and they said three times a day.’
He was told that the morning sales are mainly in the bakery, while the biggest sales in the newspaper, meat and dairy sections occur later in the evening around 6:30 p.m.
She said she was told that the morning sales are mostly in the bakery, while the biggest sales in the dairy, meat, produce and dairy sections occur later in the evening around 6:30 p.m.
“Also, it only applies to items that expire on the same day and will already have the discount tag,” he added.
Although I did get four items that were dated the following day. So call your local Coles store and ask them.
Simple vegetable swaps to save money
❌Instead of broccoli at $12 a kilo
✅Buy cauliflower for $4-$5 each
❌Instead of fresh tomatoes at $10-$14 per kilo
✅Buy canned tomatoes for $1-$2 a can
❌Instead of lettuce for $6-$12 per head
✅Buy kale for $4-$5 per bunch or $1-$2 frozen
❌Instead of zucchini at $10-$12 per kilo
✅Buy carrots for $1-$2 a kilo
❌Instead of red pepper at $10-$12 per kilo
✅Buy canned beets at $3 a kilo
Source: Susie Burrell
The bargain hunter said she hadn’t had steak in years because she could never afford it, but she got 11 “good size” scotch steaks for just $15.52.
At his first store, he bought two chickens for $4 each, a leg of lamb for $2.42, 500 grams of minced pork for $1.60, six skewers of lamb for $1.70, and sausages, nuggets, schnitzels, and shrimp. With discount.
“I had two huge 6-pound organic chickens that were $23 and came to $4,” he said.
“I gave them to two families that I told about my victory, as we are all fighting hard and we need to help each other when we can,” he said.
The bargain hunter said she hadn’t had steak in years because she could never afford it, but she got 11 “good size” scotch steaks for just $15.52
Days later, mom used the tried-and-true tactic again and stocked up on a bunch of great deals that she said she’d keep in the freezer.
Days later, the mom used the tried-and-true tactic again, stocking up on a bunch of great deals that she said she’d keep in the freezer.
He chose a variety of meats that were under $3 each, including a package of sizzling steaks for $2.60, beef burgers for $1.70, as well as ground chicken, nuggets and breasts.
Coles customer also raided the bakery and refrigerator section for reduced sweet snacks and prepared meals and got a whole cheesecake for $1.55, a bagel for $2.50, cupcakes for $1.10 and a chicken biryani for $1.56 .
Hundreds of group members were amazed at the ‘ripper hauls’ and grateful for the tips on saving money amid the rising cost of living.
‘I’m so glad you got a great score! It sure is fantastic when that happens. Oh enjoy eating that steak,” one woman replied.
‘It’s great to get food you wouldn’t normally pay for. I get excited when I have lamb,” wrote another.
“I remember when I worked for a supermarket and people followed the person in the market… Now I’m that person who follows,” laughed a third.
The eight best foods to buy in bulk on sale
2. Canned tomatoes
4. coffee capsules
5. Tea bags
6. toilet paper
7. Puff pastry
How to save money on groceries
Buy a whole rotisserie chicken instead of pre-cut raw chicken
Use the carcass of a roast chicken for soups and broths
Add legumes and beans to ground meat dishes
Opt for vegetarian dishes each week.
Buy the best offers in different supermarkets
Shop discounts at 8 pm or before the store closes