GRO­CERY SHOP­PING

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These small sav­ings may not seem like much. But add them up and you’ll be sur­prised at how much you can stash away each year.

Buy house brands for your house­hold clean­ing prod­ucts. Here’s a rough chart show­ing how much you could save. Buy frozen meat in bulk. “I buy frozen meat twice a month from whole­saler Q.B. Food Trad­ing in Jurong. A 1kg pack of minced pork costs $6.50 – that’s $3.40 less than at my neigh­bour­hood su­per­mar­ket – sav­ing me $81.60 a year. And that’s just on one kind of meat.” – Nan­nette Ong, 36, qual­ity man­ager

Look out for clos­ing-time dis­counts, es­pe­cially for per­ish­able foods like sushi, roast meats and baked goods. “My fam­ily eats sushi at least once a week. So I al­ways pick up a box (usual price: $8) at half-price af­ter work. That saves me $208 a year.” – Stephanie Tan, 29, com­mu­nity con­nec­tions of­fi­cer ffi­cer

Take note of where your fruits come from. “I buy two pun­nets nets of blue­ber­ries a week. k. The ones from New Zealand ealand cost $6.95, while those from the United States tates cost $3.40 – they taste as good and save me $369.20 a year.” ar.” – Florence Goh, 49, home­maker

Avoid early-har­vest fruits. s. They are more ex­pen­sive, as s the sup­ply is much lower, says ays Alvin Poh, founder of Tangy y Tan­ger­ines. “For ex­am­ple, each Aus­tralian R2E2 mango go in a re­cent early har­vest cost $5 each. But in mid-sea­son (typ­i­cally y two to three weeks later), when sup­plies pplies are abun­dant, you can get one for as lit­tle as $2.”

Yearly sav­ings: $156

mango a week)

Sub­sti­tute cheaper cuts when cook­ing. A less ex­pen­sive al­ter­na­tive to ten­der­loin ($8 for 100g) is beef top­side ($1.60 for 100g).

(based on weekly con­sump­tion of a 200g serv­ing)

Make use of credit card re­bates. “Some cards give as much as five per cent re­bate on gro­cery shop­ping at par­tic­i­pat­ing su­per­mar­kets. So if you spend at least $150 a week on gro­ceries, your re­bates amount to $7.50 each week,” says An­drea.

(based on one

Yearly sav­ings: $665.60

Yearly sav­ings: $390

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