Many people now realise that Aldi is a fantastic place to shop and save money on everyday grocery items. They have their own brands for numerous household items that people buy week in week out. Whilst the range and quality has improved greatly over the years I still don’t know anyone who can do all their grocery shopping at just Aldi.
Whether it is a particular item they don’t stock, or a favourite brand you simply can’t do without, most of us will still need to venture into one of the other large supermarket chains to get everything we need for the household.
So before we head off to buy Lindt balls and Kettle chips, there are some basic supermarket tips we can all learn to save ourselves money at the checkout. With some careful planning and implementing some of the following strategies it is possible to save money on groceries and still enjoy your favourites!
Saving money on groceries starts before we walk into the supermarket whether it be Aldi or not. Many of us are used to making a shopping list. It helps us remember the tuna we need for tomorrow night’s dinner and is supposed to stop impulse buying for things we don’t need. But few of us realize the way we put this shopping list together is equally important.
Firstly obtain a copy of the weekly specials for the supermarket chains you plan to visit. Coles and Woolworths letter drop pamphlets on a weekly basis to many suburbs, but they are also available online. Then write up your shopping list in columns according to the different supermarkets, making note of what is on special at each supermarket. This way, before you head off to the supermarket you will not only have a list of the items you need to buy but also from which supermarket you will be purchasing each item from.
Don’t expect to do all your shopping from one supermarket. Sure it is a bit more running around, but the savings are worth it, and these days many shopping centers and malls have at least 2 or 3 of the different supermarket chains under the same roof.
Did you know this about supermarkets?
The more competitor supermarkets in the one shopping centre, the cheaper the prices. If you shop in a local mall or centre that has a Coles, ALDI and Woolworths in one; you are almost certain to receive more competitive prices on your groceries.
Timing is everything to save
The day and time of day you shop can also save you money. Try to do your grocery shopping towards the end of the week. The new weekly specials begin on a Monday but it often takes a few days for them to mark out all the specials on the shelves. Also most supermarket and specialty shops do their own comparisons with their competitors so often you find more things are on special towards the end of the week.
Shopping later in the day can also save you money at the supermarket. In particular bread, cakes and pastries are heavily marked down in the early evening. This is a great time to buy and you should stock up for future use. If you freeze these items on the same day you buy them not only will you never run out of bread or desert when an unexpected visitor pops in, but they will taste as fresh as the day they were baked. The same applies to barbeque chickens. They are marked down to half price in the evening and they too can be frozen. Great for an emergency dinner, or for adding variety to a soup next week!
Try to do one big shop fortnightly or once a week if you have to. If you have stocked up on bread you should only need to run in for milk until the next designated big grocery shopping day.
Try to limit the amount of ‘extras’ you buy on these days by not using a trolley and using the store basket they provide at the front of the store. This way you physically cannot carry too many extra items and you are not tempted as you make your way to the milk, which coincidently is deliberately placed towards the back of the store. Supermarkets deliberately place essentials such as milk towards the back of the store to make you walk further and tempt you to buy other things as you make your way to these items. Similarly the most expensive brands are placed at eye level so make sure you scan ALL the shelves.
Big shopping no no!
Lastly and most importantly don’t shop when you hungry and try not to shop with the children, unless of course you plan on bribing them!
How do you save your family money?
We would be interested to hear how your family saves money with their groceries?