Win A Hamper Full Of ALDI Stuff

Win A Hamper Full Of ALDI Stuff

ALDI is fairly popular amongst Lifehacker readers, both for its regular discount groceries and its one-off tech specials. What’s better than cheap groceries and tech? Free groceries and tech, which is what you’ll get if you win this hamper.

As part of its ALDI Making It Possible competition, the supermarket chain has thrown us a hamper full of random items of tech and assorted groceries to give away to one lucky Lifehacker reader. Specifically, the hamper contains:

  • 1 MEDION Full HD 1080p HDMI Network Media Player (Life E85015)
  • 1 Fission Stereo Headset with Detachable Microphone
  • 1 Amicroe Bugs Portable Speakers
  • 1 Medion Optical Bluetooth Mouse
  • 1 Traveler 4GB USB with MicroSD cardreader
  • 1 Visage Mens Hair Clippers
  • 2 Ultracell Rechargeable AA 4pk
  • 2 Ultracell Max AA 4pk
  • 2 Ultracell Max AAA 4pk
  • 1 Oceans 11 Blu-ray DVD
  • 1 Oceans 12 Blu-ray DVD
  • 1 Gran Turino DVD
  • Assorted ALDI groceries

For your chance to win this prize, just tell us in the comments:

What’s your best tactic for saving money when you’re doing your weekly shop?

We’ll pick the best suggestion after the contest closes on September 8. Full terms and conditions are here. Get hinting! And thanks to ALDI for the prize.


  • When I’m doing my shopping, I always have a supplementary list of items that have a long shelf life that I am running low on. These are like canned fruit or spaghetti and I only buy them when they are on special and buy it in bulk.

  • Seriously, all I do to save is shop at Aldi, I’m lucky enough to have one near my work and two close to home – I always have so much in my trolly and it cost probably half what it would at Coles or Wollies, and it’s almost all made in Australia.

  • We browse the catalogues each week and work out what we need that’s on special. It might sound like sucking up but we have found a lot of things from Aldi’s that are cheaper and better that the big supermarkets.

  • Leave the wife at home.

    If the wife’s already at home, take as much cash as you’re planning on spending; no more. No spare $$ at the checkout = no temptation to overspend 🙂

  • Don’t be locked into a certain brand, try some of the Aldi products, you probably haven’t heard of the names but once you’ve tried them you won’t go back to the items you “usually buy”.

  • Don’t look at the stuff at the beginnings and ends of the rows – go straight to the middle. In my experience they tend to put the flashier items there and the basics in the middle (ie weet-bix will always be halfway down the aisle, but chocolate biscuits or Coc Pops will always be at the front).

    Also, don’t drive. If you have to carry it home you won’t want to buy too much.

  • One word: Planning.

    I basically make sure i always have a list while shopping, never shop when hungry, buy non perishable items in bulk and look out for specials.

    Also i try to avoid shopping with my kids if possible.

  • The best way to save is only shop at coles/woolies/aldi for key items (such as toilet paper and deodorant). The rest of the groceries are bought at weekend farmers markets. Amazingly cheap and the freshest produce.

  • I always break things down to unit pricing to figure out which brand is the cheapest or best value for money.

    So for example, if its toilet paper, there will be a price per roll, or if its laundry powder there will be a price per kilogram.

  • I take my Mum with me. nothing says put that packet of chips down like the cold stare of death reaching into my very soul. heck even talking about it it feels like the temperature has dropped 10 degrees, i swear she knows when I am talking about the you don’t need that stare, we call it the Shining.

    Other than that Meat wholesalers if you stick to whats on special you can save heaps too.

  • Keeping a shopping list, buying as much of it as possible from Aldi, then the odd things from Woolies.

    Aldi need to have more checkout lanes open though, I appreciate Woolies self serve!

  • Trying one new unknown, but cheaper alternative product each time i go shopping. From this i decide what cheaper alternative is in fact cheaper in quality, on the other hand what item i am paying way too much for!!

  • I take my 4yo son with me – his job is to crawl under all the aisles and in the checkouts for dropped coins.

    He treats it like a treasure hunt while I save on shopping. Win-Win.

  • Do not over-buy so you don’t have to throw anything out because it’s gone bad. All the while make sure to buy healthy food. Eating and living healthy are very important factors in your quality of life (so don’t over-indulge on those chips). And while we’re at it: If you can, walk to the shops. That saves you money on transport. It’s the full package that counts.

  • plan your meals and have a shopping list, but also have a small budget for a treat to spoil yourself – and always look at the unit pricing, sometimes the name brand is cheaper.

  • I walk the grocery store in reverse. There is usually an entrance near the fresh stuff, and the end is in dairy. Supermarkets are designed this way on purpose. By going backwards, I start with the heavy and unhealthy and move to the healthy. Usually, I’ll skip the unhealthy aisles because I haven’t had my internal healthy guilt meter filled. Saves me loads of money.

    Also, if I didn’t need it last week when it wasn’t on sale, I don’t need it this week when it is on sale.

    Next, buying to complement what I still have at home instead of buying to make entire new meals. Less waste in the end.

    Finally, reading Lifehacker gives me cheap alternatives. Don’t spend nearly as much now as I did when I was ignorant about household cleaners and such.

  • Keep a list of essentials, mark them off as they get low and stick to a budget, Buy Luxurys only if it fits your budget for the shop.
    The Smarter you shop the more luxuries you allow yourself 😀

  • Avoid shopping at Coles & Woolworths, where possible. Stick to a list. Take advantage of the special if it is on your list. 4c/litre off only saves you $2.40 on a full tank (60L).

    In SA, we have Foodland which is our competition to Coles and Woolies, and my basket pricing is comparable to our local Woolies, which is extra 20km drive to get at. Adelaide is looking forward to Aldi coming.

  • I save loads by bulk buying meat that is discounted because its close to its sell-by date, and then freezing it. Other tips are avoiding processed foods, meal-planning so that perishables aren’t wasted and bulk-buying non-perishables when they are on special.

  • The best thing we do to save money is look for foods were a little bit of work can save you serious dollars.

    You can buy a whole uncooked chicken for under $10. A big 2kg costs $12 at Aldi. If you have a good knife, in under five minutes it is turned into wings and legs for BBQing, thighs and oysters for a curry, breast for a stirfry or pasta and carcass as the base of a soup.

    Make a soup that is big enough for two meals and you have meat for 5 meals (family of three) plus some left overs.

    This one change has saved $15 from our weekly grocery bill and opened our eyes to other bulk buy and labor related possibilities.

  • Don’t shop at the big supermarkets. Find an area with lots of smaller shops and literally shop around for the best price for individual items. Yes, it does take more time but after a while you work out which shop sells the cheapest of each thing that you regularly buy. Buying in bulk is one thing but unless you find somewhere that sells the bulk in a decently dicounted way, you’re not saving much. The rewards you get from store cards and every day rewards cards etc still don’t outweigh the savings you get from being selective in where you buy things from.

  • I usually try to find a quite store or go at a quite time with a trench coat on so I can slip a few items into it, saves a heap when I get to the checkout and the only thing I’m actually buying is milk because its too big to put anywhere.

  • Use a list (Out Of Milk for Android), take advantage of specials, look at the unit pricing to see what’s the best value and, when possible, try and shop close to when the store marks down fresh goods.

    The supermarket I shop at each week is open 7 days and marks down items first thing in the morning.

  • Bulk bulk bulk! Those massive bags of rice are great because you can go for a year or more without buying more.

    And go for those Medion tech specials. Bought my wife the laptop that was offered a few weeks ago. It’s more powerful than my desktop, has more features and was cheaper. I don’t know how they do it, but they do it.

  • My three point plan
    1) I eat a snack before I go shopping
    2) Write a list and stick to it
    3) Routine: I do a big shop Aldi every Monday and a small shop locally on Fridays

  • Don’t shop in the one place (if possible)
    Buy in bulk where possible if economic.

    Don’t buy it all on the one day, wait for days that are specific specials, like a local butcher every Saturday has skinless chicken breast for 6.99KG beats the 13.99KG Coles & Woolworths want.

    Local butchers & local fruit & veg shops will be cheaper & usually better quality than the supermarkets (at least they are here)

    Because of these rules we eat rather well for a decent price.

  • Tips for saving money

    1. Shop at Aldi’s
    2. Live right near Aldi’s to save on petrol
    3. Dont buy things you dont really need (like Aldi Night Vision Goggles or Wooden Dinosaurs)

  • I have a few proven methods:

    1. Make sure you have to walk at least 20 minutes home after shopping this way you will only buy what you need (other wise you have to carry it quite far).

    2. Go online and view the super markets specials of the day and choose which supermarket you want to go to.

    3. Look for the cheapest not just by price but by Quantity, weight and price combined.

    4. Shop regularly this way you can buy certain thing that are on special and that are fresh and you get more value for your money.

  • Shop and Cook Simple.
    Cook chicken and veg 4+ nights a week, I can easily get chicken $7
    Limit meat to under $13 p.k.g.
    And at least 1 veg meal per week.
    And use a green grocer, sometimes more expensive than aldi, but bigger range.

  • If you don’t mind the taste, stock up on long life milk when it is on special. Sure, it’s not necessarily any cheaper than regular milk, but it doesn’t go off as fast once opened, and knowing there’s a few cartons in the pantry means you don’t need to duck into the supermarket mid-week and run the risk of impulse buys.

    Shop fortnightly, not weekly. You will have a better idea of what is in the pantry and you’ll be hungry enough to eat it all.

    Stock up on frozen veg, canned tomatoes/tuna etc when on special, good for quick, easy, healthy meals when the fresh stuff runs out.

    Cheap cuts of meat might take a bit of practice, but a well chosen, well cooked piece of stewing steak often turns out just as good as anything I ever ate down the pub.

  • I either walk or cycle to the shops. The physical carrying limit means I generally only come away with things I actually need.

    It wouldn’t work for a family, but one person can fit a weeks worth of food in a backpack without much effort.

  • We plan out our meals 2 week in advance, and work out what products are required. @KikkiK have a great meal planning pad that allows the planning of 3 meals per day x7 (including Snacks)

    Chicken and Red meat is purchased in bulk from meat supply and freeze into required lots. 
    Fruit and Veg is purchased weekly via Aussie Farmers direct. 
    Milk and bread and juice are also delivered via Aussie farmers direct bi-weekly, as we find their milk stays fresh much longer the supermarket brands..

    My wife shops Fortnightly at ALDI to purchase all of the staple items (rice, canned foods, cereals, pre packaged items etc). A weekly shop is then done to pickup any specialist items from Coles or Woolworth’s that cannot be purchased from ALDI, preventing regular pop ins to the supermarket. 

    When cooking meals, we try and plan around 2 meals per week that will double up as freezer meals for those busy days, and plan at least 1 or 2 roasts (lamb or chicken) per fortnight to allow for extra meat for rolls / lunches.


  • The best way to save is asking around for the best products and sticking with them.

    While buying homebrand products because it’s cheap might be the principal recommendation, you actually save more in the end by sticking to the products that nets you the best results. For instance, the Aldi laundry detergent is on par in terms of quality cleaning compared to the more recognized brand names.

    Best advice therefore is to shop around and that quality beats quantity.

  • Go to a place where Woolworths and Coles are across the road from each other (e.g. on Carlisle St in Caulfield, where they even ‘share’ the car park).

    This gives you the opportunity to make the most of specials in both supermarkets with minimal additional effort, and will save you noticeable $$.

    You can also do this with any 2 supermarkets, e.g. Aldi’s next to Coles.

  • All I can do to try and save money is pray Aldi come to Adelaide like that said they would back in 2009 but have since backflipped 🙁 something like 200 stores on the east coast but cant manage 1 or 2 across the border?

  • Whether you’re doing a weekly shop or picking up a few items for your next meal base your choice of meal around the items that you notice are on special, particularly meat as it is often the most expensive incredient in any meal.

  • What i do is plan what is for dinner each day of the week. I then work out what i need to buy, so that way when i go shopping i only buy what i need and i don’t have any wasted food. Saves money by being more efficient.

  • I’m single and I eat alone most nights, so my biggest saving tip is to skip the weekly shop and buy every day or two instead. That way I only buy what I need, I take advantage of specials as they arise, I skip through the shorter checkout lines, I always eat fresh, and I don’t spend money on extra food that spoils before I can eat it.

  • Don’t let the wife do it, stick to a list that you have prepared before going shopping and ultimately order the list to match the consistant layout of most ALDI stores!

  • I use a lot of things to help me save.

    Have a list and follow it. But not just any list.. I list the items according to priority, the most important items on top.. going down to the unnecessary items like lollies and biscuits. When food shopping, I have a “menu” all planned in my head (have you noticed that we eat mostly the same thing at home over and over?) so i focus on getting the things that i know i will use to minimize waste.

    Buy in bulk. Getting enough for two weeks is fantastic. Each trip to the markets is an opening for temptation to buy little things that I don’t really need, so for as long as i don’t go that often, I don’t get tempted. Also, If i spot something ON MY LIST that’s on special, i’d take an extra bit more (meats can last longer in the freezer)

    Use home brands as much as possible. Although not applicable to all, some home brands are just as good as the top priced ones yet cost only a fraction. That $10/kilo bag of muesli is not any better than the $2/Kilo.

    Have a budget. This goes hand in hand with the list. If it’s pretty low on the list, just come back for it later if it still fits the budget.

    Cook at home. Chicks dig this. Chicks dig this a lot.

    Grow your own herbs. 3 pots of herbs = $10 and can last a couple of years. A bunch of herbs from the chilled section, $2.50, good luck making it last a week.

    Stick to one shop (the closest near you). Even if that other branch has that one item at 90% off, that’s another shop and it’s just more temptation to buy things you don’t really need. At the end of it all, you might end up spending a few dollars more than from going shop to shop, but in my experience it’s worth it! If after two weeks my fridge and cupboard are empty, then i know i’ve gotten the maximum value for my money.

    At the end of it all, the real savings come from maximizing my money by eliminating things that i don’t really need, and keeping waste to a bare minimum.

  • When I go shopping I often:
    – Go when i’m not hungry
    – make special trips for general groceries (ALDI) and fresh fruit and meat (fruit grocers and butchers)
    – bring a list and budget!
    – compare price per 100g
    – if i’m especially tight i buy $20 worth of vegies and make soup to last a week at least

  • My wife and I split up the shopping list between us and run around the store finding the items like a treasure hunt – first one back to the cash registers with ALL their items wins. We may look a little crazy running around, but it’s fun, quick and because there’s no time to browse we only end up getting the stuff on the list.

    (I’m pretty sure she cheats because I always end up with the stuff that’s hardest to find)

  • Create a network of people like a team, work together to find the best deals, you don’t live
    in town? Find somebody that does and work of each other to get the most out of your money

  • My best tactics are to shop close to home, have a list, buy australian and to subscribe to the ALDI newsletter so I can add any speacials to my list before I leave the house

  • Wait until all the catalogues are out, buy in bulk items we use a lot and keep in storage. Shop at a variety of places such as aldi, woolies, coles and fruit/veg shops. We take our time shopping and basically don’t buy any snacks throughout the month until the last week where we treat ourselves.

  • Never shop hungry and always stop in a corner before you go to the checkout and go through everything one by one saying to yourself ‘do I REALLY need this?’

  • The best way i save by shopping is get the Alcohol first, essentials second, making sure i get the priorities right. Na, seriously i only shop for cheaper brand products (ie- homebrand, black and gold, etc). they honestly taste the same to me (especially after the alcohol)as known brands

  • Take an interest in your receipt.

    Total of receipt (minus cashout), divide by:
    # of items on receipt, divide by:
    # of people you’re shopping for

    This is how much you spend on average per item for each person. It’s not perfect, but is a useful number to keep an eye on and can help in comparing value between stores.

    I think grocery stores should let you input the number of people you’re shopping for on the keypad and then have them do that calculation for you on the receipt.

  • I still live with my parents, so the only shopping I do is for videogames. But I’m a master of that. Always search through all the stores to see what’s cheapest, check on trade values to see what I can buy cheap in one place and offload elsewhere for profit – and most importantly, enter competitions all the time so I can win free games that have a high trade value, and can be transformed into other games I actually want. Made it through the whole of last year without paying more than $40 for any game.

  • Shopping during the afternoons on weekdays and during the evening during weekends. Many stores usually mark the price down during the afternoon, as there are less customers. During the evening, products such as bread, will be marked down significantly .

  • I have a barcode scanner linked to a range of online supermarket websites via 3G. The scanner queries the interwebs for any listed prices for the scanned item, then compares the median value against the price in the store that I’m shopping in. the scanner is also linked to a large battery and transformer, which are in turn linked to my face via 2 electrodes. if the item I scan is less than 5% cheaper than the median retail price, it delivers a 15,000 volt shock to my face, which discourages me from buying the item. thus I always go home with the best bargains. although sometimes I go home with nothing.

  • I always have my list split into “need to have” and “nice to have” items.

    The “need to have” ones are things I need for that week’s meals. The “nice to have” are things I already have in the pantry but will bulk buy if it’s heavily discounted tht week (stuff like soap powder, toilet paper, soft drink etc.)

    Works for me!

  • Mine is probably a combination of taking my PDA so I’ve got a running tally of how much I’ve spent and prepping meal ideas in advance so I know exactly how much of everything I need

    Yes, I AM an anal nerd

  • Stick to a list of what you actually need for the week. It is better to order a carton of milk or a loaf of bread less then what you actually end up using, then it is to get extra and having it go off.

    Also don’t be swayed by deals, unless it is something you actually need. Too many people will walk down an isle, see stuff on special and get it just because it is cheap.

    Also plan your meals out for the week so you know what meats and groceries you’ll need.

  • It often costs extra for drinks if you buy them cold and straight from the fridge section, but if you take them from the shelf and leave them sitting in the fridge section while you shop, you are able to save millions! 😀

  • If I dont go to Aldi I am befuddled by the choices, like a roo in the headlights; and end up standing in front of a wall of eggs trying to calculate the best value for various cruely to taste ratios.

  • *Walking: No petrol costs!
    *Bring a bag: Don’t have to buy those bags from ALDI!
    *List stuff to buy, and bringing only exactly the amount of $ needed.
    *Don’t go to shops hungry.
    *Don’t even glance at the other shops
    *Items on special > Items not on special

  • I buy on a day to day basis for fruit and veg. I sort of know when a new shipment of supplies arrive for the local aldi, so Im also aware when they start to mark down items to make way for new stock. Other items I depend on ozbargain for coles/woolies specials.

  • We have a three tier shopping system at the Case de Martin:
    – First we buy items that last us a long time on one shopping trip. We only shop for these and not for anything else.
    – Second: we buy perishable food that we’ll eat in the next couple of days. 3 days is about the max, and we plan all meals for that time. This cuts on wastage (food spoiling or being thrown out – can you tell I used to work in the foodservice industry).
    – Third: my partner shops at many outlets and uses the specials, close to use-by date sales to save on meat costs as much as we can.

    We are beginning to shop more at Aldi, which we had not done until recently (last 2 months) and I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of food available.

    Hope this helps someone out there save a little money. And win me the prize. Feeding four people (two of them hungry teenagers) means I don’t have a lot of cash left for goodies at the end of the week.

  • Pay attention to what items you’re buying – try to plan what can be used with what to make how many meals. Anything that doesn’t fit into it, doesn’t get bought.

  • There are two things I always do whenever I do my weekly shopping.

    First, never ever shop hungry. Shopping hungry is a guarantee that you will buy stuff you don’t need/want.
    Second, always pay cash. Make a weekly or monthly trip to the ATM and get an X amount of money. By doing so you will make sure to not surpass your budgeted amount of money and you will also be able to keep better track of it during the week/month since it is right there in your wallet.

    Especially the cash thing, might be a bit old school but it works. That is all what counts…

  • Our latest tactic, driven by the credit card surcharge Aldi enforce, is to withdraw cash before walking in. This limits our spend, puts a stop to impulse purchases, and restricts the desire to pickup the extra couple of bottles of diet Regal cola that I don’t really need.

    My wife keeps track as we go on her iPhone calc, and we very rarely miscalculate and have to put something back.

  • I buy eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables from a growers market on Saturday morning (cheaper and lasts longer than a supermarket), bulk meat from Mondos Wholesale, generic brands and the biggest sizes from supermarkets.

    All of this is planned using a list to make portion controlled meals.

  • Using an iPhone app to keep track of prices and what you’re looking for, I shop around! I check the specials at Coles, buy all the branded groceries needed, and then I go to Aldi for the regular milk, eggs etc. I also avoid the supermarkets for my vegetables and fruit – the Saturday markets in the city or the Sunday markets locally provide fresh produce at low cost. Perfect balance (:

  • Buy discount meat and just throw it in the freezer till it’s needed, and always buying tins of tomatoes and beans.

    Tin of tomatoes + chilli beans = instant (cheap) meal

  • Invest time! If your mall has all 3 stores (Aldi, Wollies & Coles) get prices for all items on your shopping list from each of these, compare and go with the cheapest. It may take a couple of hours but the money you save will be well worth it and you get the exercise as well :). You dont have to do the compare every week. Doing it once a month will ensure you are taking advantage of updated prices.

  • I save money with extreme rigidity: if it hasn’t been put on the list and is not needed, then I am not paying for it if it gets bought.

    It’s saved me a fair bit of cash for other important expenditures.

  • Games games games. Either its: buy tonights meal with 10 dollars using only specials, or fresh food or base it around a cheap meat. Make looking for specials a game. Also growing your own vegetables seasonally and using recipe monkey to find the extra ingredients at the supermarket helps a bunch too.

  • Be willing to go to a different supermarket if things you buy regularly are out for a great price. Of, course it is easier if, like me, you live in a country town where said supermarkets are about a 1-2 min drive from each other.

  • Buy seasonaly and be prepared to try something New if it’s at a special price, your taste buds might thank-you and you hip pocket certainly will !

    Use the ‘net to find interesting recipes for that well-brought purchase : )

  • Take last weeks receipt and do one of two things:

    1. Challenge yourself to get everything you need at a better price from last week.

    2. Get everything you bought last week pop it in a couple of plastic bags, place receipt inside and walk out.

  • Mine is an extension of the shopping list idea. Not only do I have a shopping list that is written before I leave (so I don’t go buying something that is already in the cupboard) and ensure that I stick to it, but the items are listed in aisle order. The benefit – I skip aisles that don’t have anything I need and thus avoid any temptations they have to offer!

  • Never, ever shop on an empty stomach.
    Every time, without fail, that I shop whilest hungry my cart magically fills up with junk food.
    Have a small meal before leaving for the shops, and you’ll be more tempted to make sensible healthy shopping decisions.

  • The best tactic for saving money in my weekly shop is to always go just after a satisfying lunch. this suppresses the urge to over-buy many junk food items as well as using smaller proportions during my meal calculations. Also, doing the shop just after lunch means its still daylight and i’m usually not to tired or in any rush so I can be smarter with deals and discounts in-store

  • Shop around — I’ve got four supermarkets within walking distance and I hit them all on shopping-day.

    Check specials first — great for the fundamentals like rice, noodles, bread, milk, etc. Aldi’s great for this, but my local Asian grocer’s a goldmine.

    Black & Gold Frozen Veg — around $2.20 p/kg, useful in oodles of meals.

    Oh, and take a list. That’s bloody handy.

    Also, COOK! As often as possible! In bulk! The freezer is your friend. Pies are a godsend — spend a couple of hours, you’ve got practically-instant meals for weeks.

  • I make a weekly list based on meals I can cook largely with what I already have in the pantry, but allow a little for restocking the pantry with some things like herbs, spices, condiments etc, or you’ll eventually be up for a big spend all at once.

    Allow for more meal ideas than you need.
    You can then drop the meals that prove too expensive and choose the ones where you can save because of good specials. Meat prices are often a determining factor here.

    Then there is a seperate fixed budget allowed for bulk buying non-perishables when I see a super bargain. This budget rolls over if I don’t find anything one week, so I have extra to spend if there are lots of things another week.

    Laundry, cleaning and bathroom products are especially good to stock up on when they are super cheap, as they can really blow the weekly shopping budget out if they are all needed at once.

    Sorry for the wall of text, but keeping to a strict budget has dug me out of a deep hole and allowed me to recently become debt free, so I’m a little pleased with myself. :p

  • I buy most of the stuff generic branding, the majority of it is as good if not better than name brand and costs nearly a fraction of the price.

    Of course some things don’t always have the same quality but you can then adjust the list from there.

    Sticking to a list is also beneficial as then there’s no impulse buys.

  • I use a new paper meal plan sheet every week and fill out three meals and two snacks times three people.
    I write the shopping list on the back and take it with me to Aldi.
    Yes, it’s a chore, but it saves me time and money, and I never, ever waste food.

  • “$3 per kilo of fruit? Too Expensive!!”
    “$3 for a packet of chips? What an awesome special! I’ll get 3 packets!!!”

    Sometimes it comes down to priorities. $3 of fruit goes a lot further for snacks than $3 of chips and also saves on health bills in the future. Not saying that you can’t splurge a little on the naughty stuff but if you keep this example in mind when you shop, you end up with a lot more food for a lot less money.

  • Think like a chef: Nothing gets wasted!
    Make a menu of the meals you plan to prepare, then plan further meals based on left over ingrediants and condiments, not to mention the leftovers themselves! (last nights stew, tommorows pie- saturdsays BBQ, curried sausages and bread and butter pudding on Sunday!)

  • I keep an Excel file of my pantry and fresh foods. I keep the last paid price in there and the required quantity I want to keep stock of and the maximum quantity. When I shop I use that list to always optimize my inventory: maximum stock when it’s cheaper, required stock or no stock when it’s the same price or more expensive.

    For meals, I buy anything on special and make a meal out of it. My Excel file keep menus with the ingredients most expesive to cheapest to estimate if it’s a relatively cheap meal or not.

    It seems complicated, but after a few shopping round it is actually quite simple when you have a iPhone in your pocket.

  • Plan your meals in advance for a week, make them on Sunday and freeze into containers..then microwave every night. It’s like takeaway convenience without the hefty price tag. Not to mention making a list on the ALDI online shopping list to curb impulse buying of potato chips 🙂

  • I try to stick to my list, and buy “no name” or store brands where possible. I also compare prices between stores to make sure I’m not being ripped off. Buying bulk (in reasonable quantities) in items such as shampoo can make a big difference when such items are on sale.

  • 1. Made your food from sratch yourself, learn if you never done it before.
    1. Check your fridge before doing your planning. Use up with whatever there first, so no wasting food.
    1. Check what’s on special at your favorite supermarket/market.
    1. Plan what to cook/eat to build out the actual budget. Tweak and substitute when necessary.
    1. Be realistic with the budgeting so you can stick with it.
    1. Get seasonal fruits and veggies.
    1. Bake your own cakes/cookies if you can.
    1. Don’t buy bottled water, buy a water bottle instead.
    1. Eat rice more

  • My favourite way of saving money during the weekly shop is to add up the items as you go in the supermarket, to ensure that you’re “on target”.

    Other than that, much of my advice has already been given, but I would summarise:

    * Pick a realistic budget, and stick to it.
    * Don’t shop hungry.
    * Stick to a list
    * Plan meals that have common ingredients.
    * Plan your meals each week
    * Shop ‘to season’ (i.e. don’t try to buy Mangos in Winter)
    * Check the ‘price per unit’ calculations. Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy the smaller items.
    * Give the ‘no name’ brands a try – who knows, you might like it?
    * Ensure you try to use up *all* your ingredients and left overs
    * Work lunches can cost $$$. Buy bulk items that you can then make your lunch at work. Tuna, Soups are good way of a cheap lunch
    * Shop at places like Costco or ALDI for things that will keep – like Toilet rolls, detergent.

    Good luck and happy saving everyone!

    – Ryan.

  • Me and my wife go though the supermarkets emails first and incorporate the specials into our shopping app then we will goto Aldi first as they usually match the specials then we finish off going to the other supermarkets to grab the rest. Works well and we save a fair bit of cash.

  • Shop on the days before a shutdown (e.g. before long weekends, or evenings/weekends if your local isn’t open 24/7) because stores will need to get rid of stuff expiring during that period. Also remember that “use by” is not the same as “best before” – the latter is still good!

  • Shop after 6 or 7pm (later if possible) as this is when products tend to get the best discounts due to used by dates, you can save anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars and makes a huge difference on the total cost of your groceries.

  • *Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach
    *Have a list & STICK to it!
    *Don’t be afraid to purchase ‘no name’ brands (generally they’re all made in the same factory)
    *budget for luxury items (always purchase the on sale items)
    *Order online – Saves time and effort

  • I take out however much money I’ve budgeted for groceries from an ATM, then leave my cards at home when I do the actual grocery run so I cannot possibly spend more than I budgeted… no matter how tempting it is to stock up in bulk on the special-of-the-week or clearance items.

  • I just buy what i need when i need it. And buy fruit,veg and eggs from a market or good greengrocer – Lasts for weeks as opposed to days. Bulk is good but only on high use products.

  • I use a Kanban approach at home – when we run out of a staple, keep the can/packet in a recycling area until the time comes to shop – then make your list. Never run of peanut butter again! To save money, buy the fresh produce you need at Aldi or elsewhere, and simply replenish your missing staples – don’t buy extra biscuits,chips, softdrink etc … Kanban lean manufacturing also works for lean waistlines and lean budgets!

  • Go out for dinner/lunch just before – so you dont have an empty stomach.

    Also when buying thigs like say honey. Just buy the one thats on sale, even if its not your regular one =D

  • Buy in bulk, buy online.
    Catchoftheday’s grocery run and similar sites have saved me a bunch! Buy online, save time at the checkout and get it delivered to your door.

    Perfect for any busy people!

  • My wife’s shopping tip is to leave me at home, I tend to double the weekly shop with impulse buys where she has a list of what’s actually needed and she sticks to it. She plans out dinner for the week for 2 adults and 3 kids and knows ahead of time what she needs and what we have. Her super power is organisation.

  • Bronx says he needs to write a list with a few categories such as fresh fruit and veg, meat, cans etc. Then he grabs the catalogue and looks for the best prices.. Once he knows what Bronx calls his people and the go get it… The secret is to have ‘people’ to do these things for you.

  • Definitley having a list (and a budget!), and I use a calculator as I go, so you can see how quickly all those extra treats add up, and there’s no nasty surprises at the checkout!

  • I wait until all my food at home is finished.

    Eat before I plan to go shopping. Never shop on an empty stomach. Avoid the candy section/isles.

    Check Ozbargain for the local MyGroceries posts – Both Coles and Woolworths.

    Shop 99% at Aldi, get the Coles/Woolies promo’s only for items on special & on items I need.

    Forgo the 4c discount – I save heaps at Aldi anyway.

  • A few things in combination produces the best results;

    1. Know your prices, the difference between market price and supermarket price can sometimes be astronomical. Staples usually don’t vary much but it is good to have on hand when you maybe end up in Woolies or Coles so you know you’re not paying much more.

    2. Only buy what you think can be used or stored. Less waste equals more value per purchase.

    3. Aldi factors in well with alternative brand name products. If you’re unsure of a product, the best thing is to simply try it.

    4. Keep a budget and a list. This ties in with the first point, if you know your prices, you can budget for the week. My personal weekly budget ranges from $30-$50. A small point here is to avoid dropping by the shops to get something you missed. Being organised before a shopping run saves time and money.

    5. Learn to augment food. Meals don’t have to be boring, many sauce based foods can be made slightly different or accompanied by a different side dish. Also, less meat helps in saving too.

  • Local Wholesaler for fresh vege and fruit, GoLo for bulk cleaning supplies and canned goods and coles for No Brand everything else.

    The only thing I dont skimp on is meat and poultry.

  • Write a shopping list. Check it twice. And while you’re shopping, buy one extra thing. A small treat for yourself – a CD, a chocolate bar, a soft drink.

    One treat a week is something that you can afford and keeps you happy.

  • keep a list of regular items so you keep a feel for consistent prices. know the common weights and volumes so you don’t get suckered by a low weight, low price special. remember that the things you need (fruit and veg, milk, meat and bread, non-GST foods) are usually around the outside walls of the supermarket. lastly, avoid busy times (after school, after work) if you can, so you don’t get pressured into jet reaching out and buying just to get away from the crush.

  • Walk. Save on petrol and car maintenance. Also the thought of having to carry something home can make it much easier to leave the things you don’t really need on the shelf.

  • 1. Start conversations with random strangers in the supermarket.  Pepper profane insults directed at them throughout the conversations until you fear for your safety.  Guaranteed to speed up your decision on double vs triple choc biscuits.
    2. Shop while loudly humming the theme song to ‘titanic’.  Besides potentially forgetting to buy unnecessary goods, it will make your shopping experience EPIC.
    3. Instead of using a shopping trolley, attempt to juggle your purchases.  If anyone queries you, advise them that this was how people shopped “back in the day”.  Also can be used as a lead in to point 1.

  • When I go shopping with my wife, she gets a trolley and I get a basket. As we go around, all my spontaneous “Oooooh, I have to have this” purchases go in the basket (usually homewares and electronic goods) and she puts all the actual shopping in the trolley. At the end whilst she goes through the checkout I wander back around the store putting my stuff back. This has the added bonus of removing me from the responsibility of putting items through the checkout where I invariably put raw meat and bleach with the fruit. Every four weeks I’m allowed to keep one of my basket items.

    Reading this back, I’m thinking maybe I’m not really an adult. But it works.

  • I like to make friends with people who fancy themselves Masterchefs. Convince enough people to invite you to dinner each week and you barely have to cook or buy food to make dinner at all.

  • You can save money by looking around at catalogue specials etc, but the thing that requires the least effort and the most savings for me is to have a pre-determined list of things I definitely need and things that I may buy if there is a good special. I won’t buy anything that’s not on the list, no matter how tempting.

  • Shop on a sunday late, items like bread are nearly always marked down, shop after a meal, it takes the temptation away, use a list and try to stick to the list.
    An Aldi app so you can create your list a list before you go into a store would be great and you could see what bargains are available.
    The last one for me is a bit counter intutative as when we really want to save money we grocery shop online – you pay for delivery but you only buy exactly what you need.

  • I like to write a weekly shopping list of each meal including snacks and work within that list for ingredients, eg if mint is on the list I use it for two different meals during the week so that I buy less food and save money.

  • I’m currently 18 and go to tafe, food used to be around 90% of my payslip but its an easy fix guys!

    ONLY BUY WHAT YOU NEED. Just because something on special doesn’t mean you need it. Only buy stuff you need works. Saving isn’t saving if you’re spending alot just because its on special.

  • To save on weekly shopping, I plan all of the groceries I need for the week and use to see if Coles or Woolworth’s is offering a better price.
    To compare with Aldi, I subscribe to their weekly email so I know two weeks in advance what specials they are having.

    Makes for easy weekly savings.

  • I personally struggle to save money on my shopping. Generally 20 packets of Mi Goreng and a dozen eggs doesn’t have a lot of room for savings. Actually I lie. Sometimes I can get the Mi Goreng a couple of cents cheaper if I buy in multiples of whatever 2/3/4/5 for 1 special they feel like running that week.

  • Take advantage of the coles – woolies price wars and check both catalogues for the cheapest on essentials and bargain deals before heading out.
    Both have enough shopping centres that for most people there’ll be both close enough.

  • The best suggestion I have is to pick your time and shop around. Lately I’ve standardized on going to my local Coles and Woolworths at 3:30pm on Saturday (mine aren’t open on Sundays). When I can’t do that, I buy in bulk. I went on a holiday to Tasmania and back fom Perth and we stocked up at Aldi in Ararat, Horsham and Cheltenham and that saved heaps, we bought so much so we only just ran out of cheap good stuff. (So I need a top up from Aldi, hint hint 🙂 )

  • Plan out your meals for the week depending on what’s on special and keep an eye out for ‘specials’ that aren’t really on special, but just have a special tag on the shelf.

  • Also my flatmate is religious with the catalogues. She even knows when a new one is due. It’s then just a matter of making food delicious food with those options as a base.

  • Doing the shopping is like a multiple choice exam, study for recall not recognition or you’ll end up buying a whole lot of stuff that tricks you into thinking you need it with pretty packaging.

    If you shop at woollies this can be further offset by putting your entire shopping (including that new HDTV) through the self service as 50 grams of carrots 😉

  • 1. Make a list and stick to it, resist buying extra goodies
    2. Buy stuff that’s on special
    3. Fresh meat is best bought just before store closing time…up to 85% discount. Similarly with bakery items.
    4. Avoid the Big Two…For fresh veg, the local Spud Shed is your best bet.
    5. Buy in bulk….but be careful, the more you have stashed away, the more you tend to use if you’re not careful.
    6. Leave the sprogs at home.
    7. Resist those last minute purchases at the checkout eg choccies, pop, mags
    8. Generic/home brands are just as good as labeled stuff (probably made in the same factory)
    9. Follow unit pricing.
    10. Limit your spending to a set amount of cash

  • be aware also that ALDI has a customer satisfaction policy,, “if you aren’t satisfied, return the item to the store for a refund”, so for each shop i try one item i usually buy elsewhere, win win… if i like it, i’ve saved money (ALDI is cheaper folks) and if i don’t i take it back with my receipt, staff are always good about it… 99% of the time i’m going back for more not a refund

  • We buy the majority of our food once a week then go to the supermarket each day and see what is on special, especially meat which has a used by date of today. It means we get to eat organic chicken, steak etc for a really cheap price. Its like having a little “mystery box” challenge each night, making the most of whats cheap.

    If nothing is available we always have a few frozen spag bols to fall back on!

  • My mother and father raised the four of us on around $50k a year comfortably (including buying a house) by planning meals weekly and by getting takeaway once a month max. Proper planning and a controlled budget make it very easy.. oh and as some others have said, we never went shopping on an empty stomach 🙂

  • Whenever I go shopping I make sure I have my list prepared in my tablet and try to stick to that list. The other thing is to keep a running total of the purchases (app on tablet) as well as knowing what you paid for each item the last couple of times you bought it. First step is to always see what you can get off your list from places such as Aldi then look for catalogue specials elsewhere.

  • Just find one really good special each week on a staple household item (not chocolate) (well, okay, maybe chocolate), check the used by date, and buy enough supply to keep you until a little before that date. This is a simple step to implement, but saves a lot of money in the long run. It also means you can slowly build a supply of food and essentials in case of an emergency.

  • We have made a few changes recent. We only shop fortnightly (save for milk/bread) and this has greatly cut down on “I’ll just get some of this too”.

    We have been planning our meals, making a list and sticking to it as well. When planning the meals, we have a look at what we already have in fridge/freezer/pantry and incorporate that too.

    Since doing this we have not even been getting close to our grocery budget so we have a lot more money to put into our home loan which is great.

  • Don’t by small-portion snack foods. Snack foods tend to be high in calories and nutritionally empty. Instead, buy carrots and peanut butter, or crackers and cheese.

    Invest in some good storageware, and buy items in bulk (like large tins of canned tomato’s – great for all kinds of cooking!)

  • Check the cupboards before you leave home and make a list. Have dinner, lunch whatever. Basically eat (and drink) beforehand so that bottle of coke and pack of chips don’t suddenly look more appealing. Use a basket, not a trolly

  • Being a first year engineering student has taught me to be very strategic.
    The best way I’ve learnt to save money on shopping is firstly plan out what you want to buy (focus on homemade meals that can be made in bulk and stored for later in the week. Think soups). Once you’ve got your shopping list, go to the store while focused on another problem. I usually go while I’m working on revision so that my mind focuses on the work and I don’t get distracted by other purchases available in the shop.

  • Buy the discounted version of whatever products you need. There is very little difference between big name brands and the store brands, especially in the wheat and meat products.

  • Fear as a tactic/motivator for saving when shopping

    -Fear that you will get fat
    -Fear that you will not save enough money for your next holiday.
    -Fear of your wife yelling at you for any of the above occurring.

  • Compare weekly specials from all supermarkets and stock up with the best priced product (cheapest may not be best, read the contents)and plan for most petrol economical route and avoid using cards if a fee is charged. Doing all of this of course by spending within your means.

  • Shop with a buddy with a plan. Agree at the start that you’re allowed one indulgent purchase each below a set amount, say $5. That’s it, one thing, nothing else. And at the end you have to show it to the other person. Sometimes the thought of showing them a tub of ice-cream or a trashy magazine or whatever is enough to make you put it back and say “nothing for me today”. Or if you can’t resist, then that’s your one and only treat.

  • skim the catalogs before shopping, and do my weekly groceries at a big center that has the three majors (coles/woolies/aldi). I usually hit Chermside or Mt Ommaney in brisbane since they have all three, and Big W/K-Mart/Target all in the same physical location – makes cherry picking the specials a lot easier.

  • It takes time. Start at your closest, most convenient supermarket and buy home brand. For each home brand item you don’t like, buy a more expensive or branded item. You work towards a blend of items, never spending more than you have to. My noticed version of the is to shop at Aldi then pop to the Coles or Woolies next door for items I can’t get there (or very rarely, where I don’t like the Aldi version).

  • My most time honoured tactic for saving money? Stock up on ‘reduced to clear’ items!

    These items are normally marked down by 25 to 75%. You’ll need to learn your local supermarket’s ‘RTC cycle’ and be there when the goodies first get marked down, although some items like fruit, veggies and bread are continually marked down.

    Meat, milk and bread close to expiry can usually be frozen until needed, while fresh produce can be eaten immediately, or frozen for smoothies or baking.

    Oh, and you’ll have double the ‘reduced to clear’ joy if you find a supermarket that’s just opened in a new community. These are
    fully stocked like all the other stores, but with less people shopping, there’s always a better variety and quantity of stuff on clearance. Enjoy!

  • Browse through catalogues, check the unit pricing, TV commercials. The most important would be subscription for catalogue (either in the mail box or in the email) so you know how much are you going to pay for it and how much are you saving.

  • 1) Progressively list inventory and cross out when used
    2) Build list of items to purchase
    3) Scan for specials online
    4) Scan for specials off line (eg catalogue)
    5) Break shopping into groups where store with specials are geographically close to each other or somewhere on the way back from work (Note to self: By bulk only when it makes sense to buy bulk not just because its cheaper)
    6) Rinse and repeat

  • I try to buy the things i like in bulk when they’re on special. I also get out the exact cash i plan on spending and leave the rest of my money and bank cards at home, that way i can’t go over budget and i won’t make any spur of the moment purchases that i’ll regret.

  • 1. Make a list of what I need
    2. Read through catalogues of of discounts
    3. Go online for other products I need (print out prices)
    4. Go to deal sites to try and find cheap discounts.
    5. Go to shops buy items, looking for generic brands, plan for advance meals if items are cheap. Try to bulk buy if savings are cheap. Eg, by a big can of Milo, and put it in a smaller can for convenience. Only buy what I need. Try to take my own bags, so you don’t have to pay, or use boxes (from Aldi products)
    6. Enter competitions like these to try and save some $

  • Do yourself a favour. Make a list, and time yourself to be in and out as quick as you can. Try to beat it each time. If youre too busy trying to beat your time, you wont have time to look for other things.

    Also — shopping on Friday nights leave the supermarkets quite dead and relaxed and free aisles.

  • I need to budget everything as im only on a pension, i save quite a bit of money by shopping at Aldi’s so much cheaper than franklins , coles, and woolies. Meery Christmas to you 🙂

  • I keep a note on the fridge and as things run out, whomever in the house used or opened the last one writes in on the list. Then go through the catalogues from all the stores for ideas of new or a change of products – then shop at Aldi – everything’s always cheaper there and their range increases all the time. And never ever shop hungry – or with the kids after school – or with my elderly mother. Mum has the sweetest tooth on earth 😉

  • definetly do not take the kids and partner. the budget and the list is out the doors otherwise. Be s savy shopper sort through catalouges to get best offers stock up on such offers and go to a large shopping centre such as westfield cause you can get coles, woolworths and aldi all at on spot so you dont waste fuel and time driving around. remember every dollar counts!

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