Monthly Archive: October 2014

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Beyond the supermarkets

This might seem odd coming from a website that has a tagline ‘total and utter supermarket geekery’ but in this post I’m going to advise against doing ALL your shopping at the big two supermarkets. I love grocery shopping and I love supermarkets, always have. I remember how exciting it was when the first large supermarkets appeared in our area as a child (yes, I know that makes me sound old). At university I took a course called...

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Meal plan and specials, Friday 24 October

Not at all sticking to my plan of mixing things up to maximise rewards, we shopped at Coles this week… Not a great move but we did get a $5 coupon (to be used within a week) because we spent over $120 (we spent $124). If you spend $150 this week you will get a $15 voucher. We wouldn’t have hit the $120 without some decent specials to stock up on. This is not a particularly healthy list...

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Buy it or make it: Muesli bars

I eat a lot of cereal bars. A LOT. When I need a snack or a top up from breakfast nothing else quite hits the spot. It’s probably an addiction and I could probably train myself to just want a handful of nuts but for now, I just want a better but still low cost option to replace the Nice and Natural bars I keep buying from the supermarket on special. Buying it The best muesli bar I...

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Our edible garden adventure – Part I

Here’s an extreme grocery hack – stop buying groceries and grow them yourself! I couldn’t tell you right now if the rewards of home gardening (ultra-fresh, organic produce) are worth the efforts (digging, planting, weeding). It is a definitely a lot easier to have someone grow your vegetables on your behalf and deliver them to a nearby shop or market on your behalf and maybe it’s cheaper too, but we are giving growing our own a go. Over...

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Why I am obsessed with saving money

This is a BIG IDEA. An idea so big it could CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Big idea part 1: If you spend considerably less than you earn and invest the rest, you can retire early and live off the investment income. Big idea part 2: The lower your expenses, the sooner you can retire, because you a) save more each year and b) you need less money invested to produce what you need in retirement. I’ve been a long...

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Meal plan and shopping list, Friday 17 October

We went shopping at Coles again this week and there weren’t a lot of bargains for us again, nothing to stock up on. Should have gone to Woolies! Yoplait yoghurt was two for $8, oat milk was 2 for $4.50 so that’s good for two weeks. Got two lots of canned chicken for hubby’s work lunch sandwiches at 40% off ($2 each), not ideal as it’s not free range but it gives him a break from tuna! We...

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Don’t throw out that veg! Make green soup!

Every week we receive an assortment of seasonal organic vegetables from The Organic Scarecrow. It costs $40 and I’m really pleased with the quality of what we get. The only problem is, they like to give us TONS of lettuce, rocket, kale, spinach and other green leaves. Seriously, there is only so much rocket and lettuce two people can consume in one week. So at the end of every week, we inevitably have a few sad bits and...

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No coupons thanks, we’re Australian

I’ve read money saving and debt payoff blogs and forums and often heard the complaint that ¬†Australia doesn’t have coupons. But really, bonus points are just the same as coupons, it’s just that you get the money off later, once you’ve pooled the minimum amount needed to collect a gift card. In the Coles (Flybuys) program that amount is $10, or 2,000 points. At Woolworths, it’s $5. But how do you get the bonus points? Supermarkets provide coupons...

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Almost a free lunch

I love getting something for nothing. If you haven’t already, you should sign up to both the Coles Flybuys and Woolworths Everyday Rewards loyalty programs. First reason: if you shop there anyway, you’ll get something for nothing. Second reason: if you shop at both, it encourages the supermarkets to increase their incentives to shop with them (i.e. the discounts they will offer to you). The basic level rewards are nothing to write home about and there will be...

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Meal plan and shopping list, Friday 10 October

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I don’t tend to shop to a meal plan. I might make a meal plan and go shopping, but come back with an entirely different shopping trolley of stuff! That’s because: a) the specials in the catalogues put out by the supermarkets only contain a selection of the offers that week, so it’s hard to know what is on special until you get there; plus b)you might get lucky with a few...