A few weeks ago my friend Maureen posted a few 1/2 price sale items at Woolworths over on the Cheapskates Chatter Facebook page. One of those items was Lipton teabags 100 pack on a half price sale for $2.90. My first thought was - bargain. We love drinking tea and teabags haven't been 1/2 price for quite a long time.
I did need to buy apples and carrots too so I combined it all into one shop. For 6 boxes of tea bags, 2 x 1 kilo bags of apples and 1 x 1 kilo bag of carrots, I ended up paying $13.40. That's a really good deal isn't it ? The receipt did originally say I needed to pay $26.00 but I had a few tricks up my sleeve.
So how did I get these items so cheap ?
Firstly, I used my monthly 10% off discount on a total shop through Woolworth Rewards saving $2.60
Secondly, I had $10 in rewards money on my card. With these 2 discounts the bill came down to $13.40.
But the savings didn't end there.
The full price for all those groceries would usually cost
$34.80 for the tea
$7.00 for the apples
$1.60 for the carrots for a grand total value of $43.40 which is a saving of $30.00
I didn't pay full price for the teabags so that was a saving of $17.40 The bags of apples are for Darren's lunches. I picked the bags that had the smallest apples for a total of 8 apples per bag. Some bags only had 6 apples ( same weight ). Darren doesn't like big apples with his lunch so this was perfect for him. It's also another way of portion controlling and making the food last longer.
I also weighed the 3 bags ( carrots too ) and they were all about 70grams each over weight which is about 200 grams of food for free. I'm not going to try and calculate how much that saving was, but a saving is a saving.
I also wisely used these savings to buy real food.