A finance expert with a net worth of $500,000 has revealed how she saves up to 30 per cent off her groceries every week.
Queenie Tan, from Sydney, shared a video on YouTube and detailed her top tips to note on your next trip to the supermarket.
The first thing the 25-year-old does is create a shopping list and checks what she has in the fridge and pantry to ensure she doesn’t stock up on products she already has.
Queenie also shops for everyday essentials at Aldi and buys spices from the international section at Woolworths.
Queenie Tan, from Sydney, shared a video on YouTube and detailed her top tips to note on your next trip to the supermarket
The first thing the 25-year-old does is create a shopping list and checks what she has in the fridge and pantry to ensure she doesn’t stock up on products she already has
1. Write a shopping list
Writing a shopping list before going to the supermarket will fast-track your visit and ensure you don’t forget anything while you’re there.
Instead of listing the products needed on her phone, Queenie uses the shopping list app ‘Any List’.
‘I used to use iPhone notes but it was pretty hard to edit and it didn’t properly sync with my boyfriend’s phone,’ she said.
‘With Any List I can import recipes from my favourite food blogs and I can plan out what I’m going to eat for the week.’
After creating the shopping list, she picks which store she prefers to buy the different ingredients from to save money.
2. Shop at different supermarkets
In Australia, products sold at Aldi are often cheaper compared to similar items sold at Woolworths and Coles.
For this reason Queenie buys her ‘essential’ items at Aldi and all other products from Woolworths.
‘If I want to buy fruits and vegetables I usually go to a fruit and veggie shop. Some things can be cheaper, for example avocados, and sometimes there’s 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 compared to similar items sold at Woolworths and Coles
3. Buy spices from the international food aisle
To slash your grocery bill further, Queenie said certain spices are much cheaper down the international aisle of the supermarket.
‘Curry powder in the Indian section is 2.5 times cheaper than the curry powder in the spices section,’ she said.
Shoppers can expect to find a wider variety of bulk spices in the international food aisles at major supermarkets at reasonable prices.
4. Consider the shelf-life of items
When shopping for groceries it’s important to consider the shelf-life of the items you’re buying and whether tinned products could save you money.
For instance fresh fruit and vegetables have a shorter lifespan compared to tinned produce and fresh or organic food is usually more expensive as opposed to packaged food.
‘Honey is a natural product that never goes bad if it’s stored properly, so I’m happy to purchase pretty big containers of honey because I know that it will last me a long time,’ Queenie said.
She also purchases dried foods, such as chickpeas and lentils, in bulk because the food lasts for months on end.
Queenie said certain spices can be much cheaper down the international aisle of the supermarket. ‘Curry powder in the Indian section is 2.5 times cheaper than the curry powder in the spices section,’ she said
5. Buy sale items in bulk
One of the best ways to reduce the amount spent on groceries is to buy sale items in bulk.
It’s ideal to buy produce that can be frozen or stored in the freezer – such as bread, oats, meat, fish, beans and frozen vegetables.
‘When supermarkets have sales on items that I’m purchasing frequently I like to buy those in bulk, for example almond milk was half price the other day so I bought 10 bottles,’ Queenie said.
‘A good way to plan your trip is to check out this app called the ‘Half Price’ app, which can show you the groceries that are half priced at Coles and Woolworths.’