Supermarkets are retail chains with offers leaving us perplexed as to which place we need to visit to make the most of. Over the years I have learnt few things which made some sense and eventually made a lot of sense to my wallet.
Once when I was at the checkout counter, the friendly staff at the counter asked me "Savings or Credit" and I told her "It is funny they call it 'savings' account when all we do is 'spending'".
Supermarkets have great discounts, but they also have spend analytics which allows them to analyse where we spend our money to help to convince us to buy more than we need.
For instance, supermarkets place chocolates at the height which is convenient for children and leave it in a rack below an item where a mother usually stands. And with all their data warehousing data, supermarkets figure out that someone buying beef patties tend to always buy onions.So they would attract consumers by providing an offer with the patties when the prices of onions are high. And at the end of the day when you walk out buying beef patties on sale and a bag of overpriced onions, it makes you think twice if it is really a deal.
Top Tip So the best way to make the best out of supermarkets is to spend 2 minutes looking at their catalogues online or before you walk into their store . If you had a bit of time, the best idea would be to subscribe to Australian Catalogues. This website gives you all of your supermarket catalogues in one place for you to browse and find out the deals you would be interested in. And the key is to buy only the item you need and not the others because they are on a sale.
Also it would be a good idea to roughly calculate your spend as you stroll through the store to keep an eye on how much your bill would be. This would be handy when your bill is in the range or $25 or more and less than $30.Supermarkets like Coles provide fuel discount coupons for your bills of more than $30 so it would be better to spend the $30 in one bill than to spend $20 and then spend $10 couple of days later.
In a hurry we tend to miss small details but overall they could help us save.