Money-saving Tips for Shopping at Groceries

Grocery ShoppingMost prices of consumer items in Australia are on the rise and many of us tend to find it quite hard to snag some bargains at the supermarket.

To make things worse, we tend to use credit cards more than we should for grocery shopping. A survey of 1,000 Australian shoppers found that 52 percent feel compelled to swipe their cards for daily expenses such as food and household items, due to a lack of available cash on hand.

It’s easier said than done when it comes to the idea of avoiding debt, but you could prevent yourself from being overwhelmed with debt — and save money — with simple tips such as doing shopping during evenings. Online retailers also provide shoppers with a good way to get the best bargains.

Smart Buys

Grocery shopping during evenings may sound terrible because you already look forward to getting home after a busy work day. However, most stores put up discount tags on items such as fruits, vegetables, and other perishable items at this time, Simon George & Sons reveals. Fruit and vegetable wholesalers commonly restock at night as well, so shopping even after a long day means you’re extra sure of buying fresh items.

If your budget won’t be able to cover fresh fruits and veggies, look out for sections at the supermarket with oddly shaped ones. The chances are these items are a bit rough around the edges, but still good for consumption. Take note, however, that you’re better off picking those with a hard surface (e.g. apples, potatoes) as undesirable parts are more easily chopped off.

Government Taxes

For those who are fond of online shopping, you may need to check if your favourite website is still accessible. Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison said that the Australian Taxation Office plans to block foreign e-commerce websites that don’t pay goods and services tax on their products for sale in the country.

For what it’s worth, try to do business with Australian online retailers instead. In this way, you’re not just supporting local jobs and economic growth, but also promoting Australian-made products.