1. Shop online. An extra charge is added to certain items. You may pay a dollar more than the same item in the supermarket.

2. Buy brand items. The major supermarkets provide their own brand on many items. There are also cheap brands that are not the supermarkets own. Remember, eye level is buy level.

3. Buying branded medications. The generic item is usually cheaper and contains the same active ingredients.

3. Ignoring the $2 shop. This shop stores many items that you wouldn’t think about. Spend some time in the shop to acquaint yourself with the stock before shopping elsewhere.

4. Paying for parking. There is always somewhere that is free to park but you must be flexible to walk or to move your car. If you are able/prepared to walk a few blocks to a hospital, you should be able to find free parking in the surrounding streets.

5. Not doing your research. Online may not be cheaper if you factor in the packing and postage fee. Read the small print.

Posted by deb_gs, 28th April 2015

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  • All great tips,where you can save money it can go something else!


  • NO 2. Generic (store) brands are normally cheaper unless the big name products are on special. It you insist on buying big brands you are often paying a LOT more.
    Bear in mind that the store branded products are produced/manufactured by big national/international businesses. pre-packed fruit and vegetables are mostly from your own state.


  • Yes I really hate paying for parking!


  • why not


  • Great list, I hate paying for parking and always try to find somewhere free to park, however when I was pregnant, a lot of the time the free spaces filled up too quickly and I was left having to park in the hospitals paid parking bays, I hated that.


  • I hate paying for parking!


  • yes it is convenience vs money.


  • Too the extreme, I sometimes spent months to make sure I get a bargain before making the purchase.


  • Yes, all valid points!


  • Good tips , thanks for sharing.


  • Great tips. I still buy online, but only when there are sales on and I know I am getting a cheaper price than in store. I tend to only buy those products which have free postage too.


  • Number 1 isn’t a problem if you know your prices.


  • The online shopping is absolutely true. Products online (in Coles for example) are often more expensive than in the shop.

    • I like to shop in store and touch products and compare products and I do love coffee afterwards; so no online shopping for me! ;)


  • Yes, these are great tips and easy to follow


  • I am a sucker for saving money. I will often park a 10 – 15 minute walk from the shopping centre so I don’t have to pay for parking which helps with exercise (or make sure I leave in the 3hr free period) and always shop around and will go to multiple shops (supermarkets in same centre) to get my items at the cheapest price. A little effort can make quite a difference over a year!

    • Parking further away from the shops is always a good idea for extra exercise and it sometimes saves damage to car doors! ;)


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