Australian supermarket insiders reveal the cheapest day of the week to do your grocery shopping


Supermarket insiders reveal the cheapest day of the week to do your grocery shopping – and the times to expect huge markdowns

  • Supermarket insiders reveal the best day of the week to do grocery shopping 
  • Employees said Wednesday is the perfect day to shop for weekly specials 
  • Markdowns on meat, dairy and produce take place at start and end of the day
  • Roast chickens are marked down exactly four hours after being cooked


Supermarket insiders have revealed the best day of the week to save money on grocery and the times to expect huge markdowns. 

Employees said Wednesday is the perfect day to shop for weekly specials at Coles and Woolworths because the shelves get fully stocked with new items the night before.

While major discounts on meat, seafood, dairy, and baked goods varies at every store, the markdowns usually take place at the start and end of the day.

Shoppers can expect to save some money on roast chickens when they are marked down exactly four hours after being cooked.

Supermarket insiders have revealed the best day of the week to save money on grocery and the times to expect huge markdowns (file image of Coles)

Shoppers can expect to save some money on roast chickens when they are marked down exactly four hours after being cooked. The time the chickens are taken out of the oven are printed on the bag, so all shoppers need to do is return to the store four hours later for a chance to take home a cut-price chook

 Shoppers can expect to save some money on roast chickens when they are marked down exactly four hours after being cooked. The time the chickens are taken out of the oven are printed on the bag, so all shoppers need to do is return to the store four hours later for a chance to take home a cut-price chook

Best time and day to grocery shop 

Every Wednesday for weekly catalogue specials

Markdown items usually take place every morning or before closing time

Roast chickens are marked down exactly four hours after being cooked 

Shop at night to avoid crowds

Avoid shopping on weekends

To save money on meat and bread, shop before lunchtime or around 4pm

The time the chickens are taken out of the oven are printed on the bag, so all shoppers need to do is return to the store four hours later for a chance to take home a cut-price chook.

Earlier this year, a Woolworths spokesperson confirmed that store managers can mark down deli items after four hours at their own discretion. 

Other simple ways to save money is to compare the unit prices of different brands of the same product, while it’s always cheaper to buy loose fruits and vegetables than pre-packaged products.

Loose and pre-packaged foods include meat, fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables. 

The shopping tips come just supermarket employees revealed the best times to shop for markdown items in the fresh produce aisles. 

Supermarkets are discounting items progressively through the day, with 20, 40, 60, 80 and eventually 99 per cent slashed off the retail prices of popular items.

‘In my store, all markdowns for any fresh department – deli, meat, seafood and bakery – are to be done by 11am and a further one is done again at 4pm for things that have to be cleared by that day,’ one Woolworths employee previously wrote on social media.

Many workers agreed with her, saying the discounts on fresh food items are carried out twice a day at their stores.

While major discounts on meat, seafood, dairy, and baked goods varies at every store, the markdowns usually take place at the start and end of the day

While major discounts on meat, seafood, dairy, and baked goods varies at every store, the markdowns usually take place at the start and end of the day

Employees said Wednesday is the perfect day to shop for weekly specials at Coles and Woolworths because the shelves get fully stocked with new items the night before (file image of Wooloworths)

Employees said Wednesday is the perfect day to shop for weekly specials at Coles and Woolworths because the shelves get fully stocked with new items the night before (file image of Wooloworths)

‘As far as I know, markdowns are completed before 11am and before 4pm except for bread which can vary depending on store size and production,’ one worker said.

While another added: ‘I was managing the fresh food department of Woolies up until last week… markdowns have to be done before 11am on meat, dairy, seafood and deli.’

One employee said the times the discounts take place differs at every store.

‘It’s different in every store and it varies so much,’ she said.

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia in August 2020, a Woolworths spokesman said: ‘We use markdowns from time to time to minimise food waste.

‘The availability of markdowns will vary from day to day and store to store based on stock levels and demand.’ 



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