How to save money at the supermarket: Woolworths shopper reveals simple hack
Shopper swears by this little-known hack to save hundreds on fresh food, cheese and BBQ chickens at Woolies
- Customer shares simple trick to score more at the supermarket
- Kelley always buys prepackaged items as it can weigh more than expected
A Woolworths customer has revealed an unlikely way to save money on fruit, meat, cheese and even barbecue chooks.
Shopper, Kelley, claims prepackaged items often weigh more than what is advertised.
She discovered the ‘hack’ after purchasing a 400g packet of Cotton Candy grapes for $6.90 and decided to weigh the container at home.
To her surprise the prepackaged fruit weighed close to 700g.
‘It pays to check the weight of pre-packaged items,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘I picked up a couple of packs to check the quality of the grapes and noticed a difference in the weight. Grabbed a heavier pack and scored!’
A Woolworths customer has shared a simple trick to score more at the supermarket. Kelley claims prepackaged items often weigh more than what is advertised (pictured: 400g packet of Cotton Candy grapes weighs 691g)
Other customers were amazed by the tip, and some said they already use the tactic with other prepackaged items.
‘I do the same, sometimes I even use their scales to check. And did it today with markdown roast chook from Coles, I got the heaviest one,’ one shopper wrote.
‘I do this with pre-packaged produce, like cooked chickens and cakes,’ another said.
‘I do this with the meats that are 400gE, it’s great because I get the heaviest one I can find,’ a third added.
Another said: ‘I found a bag of ‘Odd Bunch’ lemons last week that were almost twice the stated weight. What a score for $3.’
A former cheese factory employee joined the conversation and endorsed the tip.
‘I used to work at a cheese factory, sometimes our 200g brie and camembert cheeses were 120g over in weight, so weighing products is always a good idea,’ they said.
‘I use the fruit scales while in store when I buy soft cheese.’
Other customers were amazed by the money-saving tip, but some insisted the difference in weight was from the packaging. Kelley ensured that wasn’t the case and shared a second image of the weight of the container – which weighed 33g (pictured)
But some weren’t convinced and insisted the jump in weight was from the plastic packaging.
‘The packaging is part of the weight in this photo,’ one said, another claimed: ‘That includes the package and the vine the grapes are on. People don’t realise but some plastic bags can weigh up to 16grams, the container may be thin but you may also be surprised at how much that actually weighs.’
But Kelley ensured that wasn’t the case and shared a second image of the weight of the container – which weighed 33g.
TOP FIVE BUDGETING TIPS
1. Keep a money diary – write down everything you spend then note down what you truly needed to spend on (food, rent, petrol, etc), and also whether it made you happy. A budget won’t work if you try to cut out what makes you happy.
2. Cut out what you don’t need – this may include online shopping, a certain food or luxury
3. Consider your big expenses – for the average person, 60 per cent of spending is for large expenses. The areas of biggest spending also have the most potential for savings. Can you change your housing? Are you willing to ditch the car one day a week?
4. Consider smarter spending – if you love going to cafes, but usually just for the atmosphere and company, meet a friend for coffee instead of brunch to save money
5. Don’t bother wasting money trying to impress people – we’re all the main character in our own lives, so it’s easy to think other people are watching what we do more than they are. Spend for things that you enjoy, and can afford. Cut the rest
Source: New Zealand finance journalist and reporter, Frances Cook
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