Petrol, milk and bread.
Three staples most of us buy on a weekly basis. We all know how painful petrol in particular is to buy, like, how dare they charge THAT FLIPPING MUCH just for the privilege of getting me from A to B right? Ugh. However, here’s a way to lessen that pain as I will show you how to get your milk and bread cheap (or even free, yay!) each week.
Let’s start with the base petrol discount
If you do your weekly grocery shop at either of the two major supermarkets (Coles or Woolworths) you will know about the 4c fuel discount when you spend $30 or more in store.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the deal is if you spend $30 or more you will get 4c per litre off your next fuel purchase at their sister petrol station, Shell for Coles and Caltex for Woolies. Hooray!
Now add some milk and bread for next to nothing!
Now, here’s where the deal gets better. When you go the servo with your voucher or card in hand you may have also seen that if you spend $5 or more in store you get a FURTHER 4c off your fuel, taking it up to 8c/per litre.
The problem however is who wants to spend $5 on overpriced lollies, cold pies or stale coffee? Not me! HOWEVER, in case you haven’t noticed yet, in most of the little servo shops they do have 2 for $5 milk and bread. In other words you can get 2 x loaves of bread, 2 x 2L bottles of milk or 1 x loaf of bread and 1 x 2L bottle of milk for $5. Not a bad price for the convenience, yeah?
But here’s the best part – each time you do this in conjunction with your 4c off voucher you will get your bread and/or milk for either FREE, depending on how much fuel you buy (and those big cars sometimes take a LOT as I’m sure you know if you have one), or in the worst case just a couple of bucks as your 8c discount pays for the milk and bread. WINNING!
So essentially the extra 4 cent discount for buying milk and bread in-store, comes back to you because of the petrol saving. Sort of nullifying the cost if you will.
Check out your local for the current deal
I do believe the offer is different from place to place, though sometimes the bread and milk are $2 each (not 2 for $5), in which case just get 3 x 2L milk or bread or mix it up depending on what you need.
This obviously comes to $6 but the savings are still there to be had. If you’re not going to use 6 litres of milk very quickly just put what you don’t need straight in the freezer. Yep, you can put the entire bottle as-is, in the freezer until you need it next. Just be sure to thaw the milk out in the FRIDGE before you use it (in terms of food poisoning it’s dodgy as to leave it on the bench to thaw, yuck).
I’ve used this trick for years to save money
I have used this method for years, ever since the convenience outweighed the cost for me with little kids I really didn’t want to drag out to the shops in the cold, in the rain, whingeing for lollies, ugh, NO THANKS! It turned out to be such a money saver I kept doing it! The trick is to limit your spending to no more than $5 (or $6) otherwise all the savings just get spent on other things, like overpriced lollies, cold pies and stale coffee. Remember, it’s all about saving money – not wasting money!
Don’t get caught out with the expensive brands though…
Just a word of caution, the deal is only for the Coles and Woolworths branded products (which are fine, by the way), I’ve never had a problem with either their milk or their bread, they are both great and the bread is always fresh and yummy. Don’t be caught out with the more expensive brands that will be sitting next to the ‘real deal’ so check what you pick up carefully before you pay for it or you will be left scratching your head wondering what just happened and where your money went (those brand name ones are ALWAYS cost more at the servo than you would pay in the supermarket).
I know I’m stating the obvious here but…
So many people think this is a bad tip because you can buy milk and bread for cheaper at the supermarket. Yes it’s more expensive in the petrol station but the extra 4 cents per litre saving in turn actually gets you the milk and bread for free.
As I said the conditions can differ from store to store so check out the deal at your local BEFORE you pay.