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#1 Wendy.D

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 04:14 PM

I thought we might get a nifty little list going:

For example, I:

1) Keep my dockets for those 'little extras' shopping lists and stick them to my fridge so I can see where I am buying things I don't need (kind of a name and shame thing laugh.gif )

2) I live close to the CBD which saves me about 50% on bus tickets as I get a '2 section' ticket (I lived in a 2 section area for a year before I figured this out, I could've saved hundreds!!)

3) I try to walk instead of busing/driving whenever possible (good exercise too!)

4) I shop at places like the Central Market (Adelaide) as the fresh food is heaps cheaper, esp meat and vegies.

5) I no longer buy my coffees (this saves me about $15-20 per week!)

6) I make my lunches (basic sandwiches, saves me about $25-40 per week)

Anyone else got little 'tricks of the trade' that they use to cut costs? smile.gif

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 04:33 PM

- We live close to the city near a great bus straight to work (saves on parking, and the bus ticket is cheap)
- we only have one car - the above helps with this. We live a 5-10 minute walk from Subiaco so we're able to shop, eat out etc without having to drive
- We cook in bulk so we have stuff in the freezer for when we dont feel like cooking - less need for unhealthy and expensive takeaway!
- FH takes 'sandwich stuff' to work each week - proscuitto, avocado, tomato, cheese etc and puts it in the fridge there. He walks to the bakery every morning and gets a fresh roll and makes up his lunch at work every day. I take leftovers or get something cheap from the cafe at the bottom of my office building
-we buy our fruit and veg from the markets (which we often walk to!)
- We have a great coffee machine so we have coffee (or milkshakes!) at home instead of out
- we're not afraid of splurging on things that will save money in the long run - i.e buying a gas heater because the running costs are minimal

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 05:34 PM

we buy an entertainment book-then we get lots of dinners out while paying heaps less, lots of movie vouchers etc, and it encourages us to go out while still saving heaps of money compared with paying retail.

We walk everywhere we can, and read the newspaper online rather than buying it which saves a fair bit of money a year.
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Posted 27 June 2005 - 08:37 AM

I've just started buying a quarterly train ticket instead of weeklies - this saved me 2 weeks of travel.
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Posted 27 June 2005 - 11:36 AM

I plan our weekly meals based on what is on special at the supermarket.

We buy meat in bulk and freeze it.

We buy our fruit and veg from the markets.

I walk to work. Its only a 10 minute walk.

I buy all our clothes at the end of season sales.

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Posted 27 June 2005 - 01:20 PM

Where do you get the entertainment books from?that sounds like a good idea.

I try to save my money by

1.Keeping my woolworths dockets to buy petrol at Woolworts petrol station
2.Using blankets instead of turning on the heater( & Snuggling up to dh biggrin.gif )
3.Buying some homebrand products to save $$$
4.Help Greg make morning tea and lunch to take to work


Can't think of anything else at the moment.

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Posted 27 June 2005 - 04:04 PM

H2B always has sandwiches for lunch and cheap brand chips for smoko.
I try to make a big pot/bake of something to freeze for my weeks lunch.
If I want a hot choc at work, I have a stash in my bottom drawer. They're the N3scafe ones so cost about 50c each, but still cheaper than buying out and I don't have one everyday.
If I can save a dollar or two on facewash that sort of jazz by going to B!g W (if I'm going to the mall) I will.
The account my pay goes into earns interest, so we're making money off my pay.
If I've got a fuel voucher, I use it!!
We try not to go out on weekends too much nowadays.
If I need something, and it's on special - I buy it, even if I won't need it for a while (eg. Bought some g@rnier moisturiser yesterday for 95c!! Was in the bargain rack!! Gotta love that!)

Oh and the dog only gets the cheap brand stuff (she always eats it all too) rather than oooh my d0g is on special but still dearer than the cheap stuff, but it's on special (my MIL2Bs logic, dear not-so-old thing).

Thats all I can think of for now!
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Posted 28 June 2005 - 08:13 AM

QUOTE (Mrs Meyer @ Jun 27 2005, 01:20 PM)
Where do you get the entertainment books from?that sounds like a good idea.


we got ours through a work fundraiser but the entertainment book www sells them or tels you where to get them.
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Posted 28 June 2005 - 08:21 AM

*Buy our meat at a wholesale butcher
*Stock up on Nappies/Formula/Drygoods when they are on special
*Buy items in bulk like Laundry Powder in 30kg boxes, 1kg dishwashing powder, 18 rolls of toilet paper, 1 litre floor polish (cheaper from hardware shops btw) etc.
*Own a front Loading Washing Machine
*Use Eb@y (buy and sell)
*Buy Eloise's clothes a season ahead when the sales are on
*Make extra dinner to make leftovers for lunches
*Make all Eloise's food and freeze dinners in advance for variety
*Use cloth nappies through the day (well bubblebubs wink.gif ) for Eloise
*Do our pharmeceutical shopping online it's much cheaper-
*Bundle our Telecoms/Internet/Cable TV through the one supplier
*Make my own birthday and Christmas Cards
*Buy a stash of kids pressies for Birthday parties etc when they are on special
*Likewise start Xmas and birthday shopping when I can take advantage of a sale. (I plan these pressies well in advance)



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Posted 15 July 2005 - 02:31 PM

Kids, Butchers paper and paint!

Makes great wrapping paper and it's almost free, Plus the reciever gets a bit of art as well.

I always look for sales.
I do my Xmas and birthday shopping at this time of year (thank god my hubby and kids are in Sept and Jan)
I try and avoid ducking into the supermarket because you always buy more than you need.
I cook big meals and freeze the leftovers for lunches or next week.
Buy my meat from the butcher not the supermarket.
I buy Home brand for rather a lot of things actually, (have learnt the hard way what not to buy in the generics though let me tell you)
Fuel up at woolies to get that little extra off.
Single bill the home and mobile phones.
Hand me downs for the kid/s
I have all those cards where you earn points etc and it gives you % off, flybuys, millers, priceline etc.

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Posted 16 July 2005 - 01:47 PM

You ladies are fantastic!

I used to be a really good saver - and bargain hunter, then i sort of slacked off!

I am lucky because if i work a fair few times while klay is away i only have to buy certain amounts of meals because otherwise i will eat dinner at work.

If something is on special i will buy up stash it away for later

Get all the "loya customer" cards and make sure they are stamped everytime i go to them (hair dressers for when i get my eyebrows done)

Now we are buying a house i am going to be really getting back to my tight bum days and saving as much as spossible!

I think my wedding can atest to the fact that i am a bargain hunter wink.gif smile.gif
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Posted 16 July 2005 - 04:09 PM

*Fruit and Vege always from our local Market which is amazing
*I write a shopping list and don't stary from it unless there is something that I genuinely forgot to put down
*We use Fluro light bulbs instead of regular ones. Lighter room, lower power
*Use vouchers we receive in the mail or on dockets
*Shop in the sales and use long term laybys to pay things off
*Set myself a spending limit for a particular day and stick to it. Mostly $20 is my limit which is more than enough to buy me lunch and a drink
*Draw money out of my banks ATM only to say being charged $1.50 per time I do it.
*Don't throw away leftovers, freeze them for later.
*When buying sauces from the shops, I only ever use half at one time, that is more than enough. I freeze the otherh alf for later.

Lots of little things here and there really smile.gif

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 01:40 PM

* Make Petes lunch every day for work (which he prefers anyway)
* Make a shopping list and stick to it
* Buy meat in bulk
* Just swapped to buying pet mince for the dogs as is 1/2 the price and better for them than the rolls
* If we need new clothing, i look around (my friends are amazed at how i manage to find the cheapest price all the time)
* Check out the bargin rack of shops that i am in (amazing the savings there!)
* Use vouchers/shoper docket thingo's
* Very very rarely eat from a fast food place - i make myt owb hamburgers instead
* Have contol of the money (h2b is hopless at saving)
* Buy presents etc when things are on speical
* Buy certian things in bulk

Thats all i can think of atm
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Posted 24 September 2005 - 12:58 AM

Man guys you girls are so clever. I just wrote down your tips. I don't have any but I agree with buying homebrands and I have an Action card which means once you get to $1500 pts you get a $20 voucher to buy fresh food.
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Posted 24 September 2005 - 09:33 AM

* We stock up when non perishables are on special especially bathroom type items, toilet rolls, shampoo, toothpaste etc

* I use E^jo cleaning cloths so this cuts out many cleaning products & saves $$

* Washing powder we buy in bulk when its on special (15kg box)

* Cloth nappies for Olivia during the day at home, cloth liners and wipes too

* Aaron takes lunch to work instead of buying

* I bake biscuits & cakes for Aarons lunchbox instead of buying them

* We buy our chicken from a wholesaler which saves us about $5 per kg on skinless chicken breast fillets, we buy a few kgs at a time and freeze

* Red meat we buy from the butcher and get what's on special and freeze

* Often when cooking dinner I'll make a double amount and freeze 1 lot so there is always an easy meal in the freezer that we can grab and re-heat instead of resorting to takeaways

* everything gets stored in Tup@erware so we don't use much cling wrap/foil/sandwich bags etc

* We buy plain label in a lot of things at the supermarket. I'll try it once, if its good then we switch to plain label otherwise some items I still find name brands better.

* Watch tickets and prices in the supermarket, one of the 2 supermarkets we usually go to are very slack about changing their tickets and there will sometimes be 2 different tickets for 1 product. If it scans at the higher price I take it back to the service desk and get a refund under their scanning policy. Last shopping trip I got $9 refunded for 2 items scanned at the wrong price.

* I try to use the clothes airer in bad weather instead of the clothes dryer. But when I do use the clothes dryer I try to limit it to the cheaper electricity tarrif times, evenings & weekends.

* clothes shopping at end of season sales

* I shop for birthday and Christmas presents in sales and store things away until needed
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