Backpacker-Foodie #2 save money while shopping

How do I save money while shopping?

Before I came to Australia, I often thought about money calculation and how I should survive in Australia. How much money do I have to spend for a banana, how much is the milk and eggs? The only thing I knew was: It is more expensive than in Germany. Of course, in my opinion the groceries in Germany are super cheap! But when I went shopping, I noticed, that it is not too expensive, if you just follow some tips. Of course, it also depends on what you like to eat and what you prefer. So these are my little tricks to save some money: 

Check specials and promotions!

As I have always been a little saving fox and specials spy, I could not resist to download different apps for the grocery stores in Australia, like 1/2 prize or coles app, as well, to see all the specials and nice things without walking through the stores for hours (even if I love to do that ☺ ). Cause of checking the specials I always have a good overview, where I have to go to get my groceries for less money. For example: you can get an Almond Milk for $1,50 at Woolworths instead of $3,50. It is pretty easy to get a quick info and  I really like that the app 1/2 prize includes Coles, Woohlworths and IGA. So you can actually decide where you definitely have to go to grab a good special :-)

Check sales because of "best before" 

As in Germany, a lot of groceries have an expiry date. If it comes really close, the most of the stores reduce the prices a looooot. 
For example: I bought Mozzarella worth 5 bugs. But cause of the expiry date in two days, they reduced the price to 2,50. 
So keep an eye on those stickers. It is worth it, cause the food is in most cases still super good.
Usually the supermarkets price down around 6pm and 7pm. So if you have to chance to go to the shops around this time, go for it. Also, they usually store it in one fridge. But sometimes you can find the reduced stuff between the regular stuff. So eyes open!
It is pretty good and you can save a lot of money.

Go to asian markets

When I lived in Perth, I lived in Northbridge - a great, hip and sometimes also little creepy neighborhood. But what did I like the most? It were the asian restaurants and markets. I worked in the CBD and walked from my hostel to work and back, where I always had to pass the asian grocery stores. It was so easy to get fresh vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers or zucchini - all for a reasonable price. So go to asian grocery stores, explore the fresh fruits and vegetables and save money.

For all who live close or in Subiaco (North of the river in Perth): go to the Golden Choice Fresh Market. They have amazing prices and a lot of different and fresh vegetables so as the possibility to get lentils, oats, amazingly yummi soy crisps, rice and so on in an amount you need. I really miss this store.


If you are in Cairns - go to Rusty's Market. You want fresh Mangos and Avocados? They have 1 KILOGRAM for only 99ct. What the heck?!?!

Get supermarket brands

Coles and Woolworths have their own all supermarket chains. Often the expensive brand and the homebrand got the same content. Imagine Pasta - sometimes it is ONE company producing a high and low priced pasta - but the pasta is the same. It is just the packaging, which is different. Of course it is not always the same and there could be some quality differences between homebrand and expensive brands - but just give it a chance. Try the homebrand and save money.

All rightii, So i hope I can help some of you guys to save money and still have great food. But anyways, enjoy your time as a backpacker, have fun and eat what you love.

See you,

5 Kommentare:

  1. Can I just say what a relief to find somebody who truly knows what they’re speaking about on the internet? You, without a doubt, know the best way to deliver a problem to light and make it important. More people must read this and perceive this side of the story. I’ve just got a new way to see things differently from your insights. Thank you for sharing! I would love to see more updates from you.

    Tax Professional