Save big shop­ping at night

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

SHOP­PERS crav­ing gro­cery bill sav­ings should try go­ing to the su­per­mar­ket at night.

Kill Bills! au­thor Joel Gib­son said fill­ing your trol­ley af­ter din­ner, or at other times when you are not hun­gry, less­ened the like­li­hood of im­pulse buys.

Evening shop­pers could also of­ten take ad­van­tage of end-of-day spe­cials and price re­duc­tions as stores tried to get rid of stock, es­pe­cially baked goods, fresh pro­duce and other per­ish­ables.

The money sav­ings ex­pert said with gro­ceries be­ing the sec­ond-big­gest house­hold bill for most Aus­tralians be­hind home loans or rent, cus­tomers should be cau­tious of the tac­tics su­per­mar­kets used to try to con­vince us to spend more.

“Ev­ery square cen­time­tre of your lo­cal su­per­mar­ket is care­fully de­signed to max­imise the amount of stuff you put in your bas­ket and to max­imise the mar­gin they make from those prod­ucts,” Mr Gib­son said.

Mr Gib­son said de­vel­op­ing good habits to avoid pay­ing a pre­mium and avoid mak­ing too many un­planned pur­chases could save house­holds about $1000 a year.

“Shop at two or even three su­per­mar­kets and pick the eyes out of their spe­cials and their spe­cial­ties,” he said.

Mak­ing a list and check­ing what you had in your pantry and fridge and ac­tu­ally needed was also cru­cial. “Im­pulse buys are the en­emy of gro­cery sav­ings,” Mr Gib­son said.

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