A financial expert with a net worth of $ 500,000 has revealed how she saves up to 30 percent on her purchases every week.
Queenie Tan from Sydney shared a video on YouTube describing her top tips for your next visit to the supermarket.
The first thing the 25-year-old does is make a shopping list and check what she has in the fridge and pantry to make sure she isn’t stocking up on items she already has.
Queenie also shops at Aldi for everyday needs and buys spices from the international range at Woolworths.
Queenie Tan from Sydney shared a video on YouTube describing her top tips for your next grocery shopping trip
The first thing the 25-year-old does is make a shopping list and check what she has in the fridge and pantry to make sure she isn’t stocking up on items she already has
1. Write a shopping list
Writing a grocery list before you go to the supermarket will speed up your visit and ensure that you don’t forget anything while you are there.
Instead of listing the products you need on her phone, Queenie uses the Any List shopping list app.
“I used to use iPhone Notes, but they were pretty hard to edit and they didn’t sync properly with my friend’s phone,” she said.
“With Any List, I can import recipes from my favorite food blogs and plan what I’ll eat during the week.”
After making the shopping list, she chooses which store she prefers to buy the various ingredients in to save money.
2. Shop in various supermarkets
In Australia, products sold at Aldi are often cheaper than similar items sold at Woolworths and Coles.
For this reason, Queenie buys her “essentials” items from Aldi and all other products from Woolworths.
“When I want to buy fruit and vegetables, I usually go to a fruit and vegetable store. Some things can be cheaper, like avocados, and sometimes there is a wider variety of products, ”she said.
“If I want Asian food, I try to shop at an Asian grocer.”
In Australia, products sold at Aldi are often cheaper than similar items sold at Woolworths and Coles
3. Buy spices off the international grocery shelf
To further reduce your grocery bill, Queenie said that certain condiments are much cheaper in the international supermarket.
“Curry powder in the Indian department is 2.5 times cheaper than the curry powder in the spices department,” she said.
Shoppers can expect to find a wider variety of loose condiments at reasonable prices on the international grocery shelves of major supermarkets.
4. Take into account the shelf life of items
When shopping for groceries, it is important to consider the shelf life of the items you are purchasing and whether canning can save you money.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, for example, have a shorter lifespan than canned foods, and fresh or organic foods tend to be more expensive than packaged foods.
“Honey is a natural product that never goes bad when stored properly, so I like to buy fairly large containers of honey because I know I can live with it for a long time,” said Queenie.
She also buys dried foods like chickpeas and lentils in bulk because the foods keep for months.
Queenie said that certain condiments can be much cheaper in the international supermarket. “Curry powder in the Indian department is 2.5 times cheaper than the curry powder in the spices department,” she said
5. Buy sale items in bulk
One of the best ways to reduce the amount spent on groceries is to buy sales items in bulk.
It’s ideal to buy products that can be frozen or stored in the freezer – like bread, oats, meat, fish, beans, and frozen vegetables.
“When supermarkets sell items that I buy frequently, I like to buy them in bulk, for example almond milk was half price the other day, so I bought 10 bottles,” said Queenie.
“A great way to plan your trip is with the Half Price app, which can show you the groceries that are half price at Coles and Woolworths.”