Similar to a New Year’s Eve resolution, the plans we make to save money when shopping sometimes fail to meet our expectations once we look at our grocery bill.
It’s not easy to stick to a shopping plan when supermarkets are practically falling over themselves to trick us into shopping. All that advertising, the variety, and the so many temptations eventually add up to a real big chunk of change from our wallets.
For cutting your grocery bill next time you shop at Woolworths Australia you need a handful of tips to get you started. Here they are:
Prioritize your shopping
This is definitely more of a general shopping rule. Cost conscious shoppers are those people who never leave the house to do their shopping without some sort of preparation and planning. If you really want to downsize the amount you pay for groceries, you have to become one yourself.
Start your grocery list by only adding basic foods at first, the items that you know you’re going to need for sure. Once you have that covered, you can start adding some of the items that you wish to buy.
For example, meat, produce and dairy are pantry essentials that should make it to the top of your list whereas snacks, cookies and all the sugar-loaded goodies can wait farther down the list.
Check for Woolie specials
You probably know this already, but just in case you didn’t, Woolie specials cover anything from fresh fruits and vegetables (including organic) to various grocery items.
If you don’t get the opportunity to browse the printed catalogue, you can check for Woolie specials online. There are thousands of reduced items on the Woolworths website, and you can browse by various categories.
You have half-price reduced items, buy more save more products, pet-related discounts and various other themed discounts that are published weekly. If you browse the catalogue, check page 3 for half price items.
Shop Woolworths offers
Instead of buying items like drinks and snacks every time you shop, consider checking for Woolie offers to stock your pantry occasionally, but plentiful.
Woolworths has some amazing offers sometimes for stuff like chips, juices, chocolates and other snacks that you can take advantage of to replenish your pantry shelves. This way you’ll always have something close by when you feel like snacking, and you won’t rush out to the first shop for some impulse buying.
Consider a Woolworths Credit card
A Woolworths card costs $49 a year and it can be used at other retailers such as Big W, Cellarmasters, Masters, and BWS.
If you shop a lot or plan to shop more at Woolworths, the Woolworths card can be advantageous because it earns you points for every dollar spent. For example, on select products, you can earn up to 3 points for each $1 that you spend. Every 4 months, the points you earn are converted to shopping cards and you can redeem them at participating Woolworths Group stores.
Consider that an average of 2 points for dollar spent will earn you $326 a year. That’s about two to three baskets full of groceries.
Check for updates on the Woolworths rewards card
The Woolworths rewards card is a loyalty program that earns customers Woolworths Dollars when they shop for orange tag items. If you’ve noticed them in store or online, these products earn you rewards every time you shop them.
The upgrade from their previous rewards program has left some regular shoppers at Woolworths disappointed, so the supermarket is currently revising its recently introduced system hoping to bring some enhancements.