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Renting a property can burn a hole in your pocket, and let's face it, every dollar counts. One of the biggest expenses that you’ll come up against is your grocery and everyday purchases.

Smart shopping: How to save money on groceries and everyday purchases

Renting a property can burn a hole in your pocket, and let's face it, every dollar counts. One of the biggest expenses that you’ll come up against is your grocery and everyday purchases.
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Renting a property can burn a hole in your pocket, and let's face it, every dollar counts. One of the biggest expenses that you’ll come up against is your grocery and everyday purchases.

But fear not, my frugal friends, for we have some tips and tricks to help you save money on your shopping without compromising quality or quantity. So, let's dive in and start saving those hard-earned dollars!

Make a list and stick to it.

Want to save some cash? Listen up. Snacks and sweets can be tempting, but they should only come home with you if they're on the list. Making a list and sticking to it is a savvy way to reduce impulse buying. Planning your meals and writing out what you need will save money in the long run. Trust your wallet.

Shop around for the best deals.

Don't be a one-stop shopper and assume you're getting the best deal. It's time to channel your inner bargain hunter and shop for the best deals. Different stores offer different prices for the same items, so take the time to do your research. Check out online shopping apps and websites to find the best deals. And hey, if a store has a loyalty program, sign up! You could be missing out on some sweet discounts or freebies.

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Buy in bulk.

Buying in bulk can be a total game-changer when saving money on groceries. Load up on non-perishable items like pasta, canned goods, and more. Plus, it's not just limited to food items; stock up on cleaning supplies, toiletries, and more. Ensure you have enough space to store it all, or you might end up with more clutter than you bargained for.

Don't shop on an empty stomach.

Shopping when your stomach is growling can be a recipe for disaster. Your eyes will be bigger than your wallet, and you'll end up with more than you bargained for. Instead, make sure to fuel up before hitting the aisles. You'll be less likely to splurge on those tempting, unnecessary purchases. And if you're feeling hungry or stressed, put a temporary hold on the shopping trip.

Consider generic or store-brand products.

Why pay extra for fancy labels when you can get the same quality for less? Generic or store-brand products are a great way to save money on your grocery bill without skimping on quality. 

Use coupons and discount codes.

Why pay full price when you can score a deal? Coupons and discount codes are a savvy shopper's best friend when saving money on groceries and everyday purchases. Whether you're flipping through the Sunday paper or scouring the web, you're bound to find discounts aplenty. And remember to check if your favourite stores offer exclusive codes for online purchases or in-store deals. 

Make your wallet happy with cashback apps.

Score some sweet deals and get paid to shop by using cashback apps. These handy little helpers reward you with cashback or other nifty perks for shopping at your favourite stores. So, go ahead and treat yourself while your wallet thanks you. Some of Australia's most popular cashback apps include ShopBack, Cashrewards, and Honey. So, go ahead and treat yourself.

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Don't be afraid to negotiate.

Haggling may not be a widespread custom in Australia, but negotiating can be smart when making significant purchases. Ask the salesperson if they can sweeten the deal for that shiny new appliance or trendy furniture. Don't be shy – you could be leaving money on the table if you don't at least try.

Saving money on groceries and everyday purchases is like winning the lottery without buying a ticket. Being a savvy shopper is the way to go, whether renting or owning. So, don't forget to make a list, research, buy in bulk, avoid shopping when hungry, give generic brands a chance, use coupons and discount codes, try cashback apps, and don't be afraid to haggle. With these tips in mind, you'll be on your way to becoming a savvy shopper and saving more of that hard-earned dough.

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