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
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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.
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Yearly savings: $665.60
Yearly savings: $390