A View From The Non-Fiction Side

It’s me again. The misfit of the group and resident non-fiction diva personnel. I’m here to offer a bit of diversion on the side while you wheel around, basking in literary fiction. I write about relationships and frugal living and have popped by today to share some (supermarket) money saving tips from ‘How To Spend Less’ with you.

Today’s money-saving tips are just a few tricks to keep firmly in mind when you go shopping at the supermarket. Of course there are so many other areas in our lives where we can claw back on the amount we’re spending, but we’ll discuss these in due course.

  1. Instead of buying several different cleaners for multiple tasks, add soda crystals to washing powder to do a multitude of cleaning around the house. It’s cheaper, safer, better for the environment, and gets the job done.
  2. Before you think you’ve got a deal it’s wise to check the price per smallest unit (100ml or 100g for example). This information will be on the price tag on the shelf below the item, in almost-invisible writing which you have to bend over to read. Generally, larger items are cheaper per unit, especially with things like cereals, washing powder, toilet roll etc.
  3. Frozen spinach, carrots, beans, peas, okras, roasted (frozen) aubergines, etc taste exactly the same as their fresh counterparts and sell for almost half the price. You save in two ways: (a) The amount you pay for the product.  (b) There is no wastage. Fresh items are sold by weight but you can’t use end bits and stems. There’s also no ‘going bad’ in the fridge so you never have to throw it out.
  4. Not having a list is a very expensive way to shop. If you don’t know what you need, you’re likely to grab everything you think you want. Make sure your supermarket visits are accompanied by a list.
  5. Always look at the bottom shelf or the one above eye-level for the true price the item is worth. Supermarkets put their most expensive items on the eye-level shelves. The chopped tomatoes you pull off the shelf on your way to the freezer section could very well be selling for 20% less on the shelf right under your nose – literally.
  6. Visit ‘discount’ or ‘cash and carry’ outlets for items like paper towels, shampoo, toothpaste etc. You may find that they stock end-of-line products and sell them cheaper than your supermarket. While you’re there, buy long-life items like rice, pasta, oil, toilet roll etc, in bulk. You’ll get them for as much as half the price.

I hope these tips have been helpful to you. I’ll be discussing others as we progress. Thanks for your time and please feel free to add your own.  If you’d like to read more, you can find my book at lulu.

See you again soon. Anne

~ by yearzerowriters on October 18, 2009.

2 Responses to “A View From The Non-Fiction Side”

  1. You’ve certainly done your homework for this book, Anne, and it’s packed full of useful advice. I like the point about soda, which I’ve gone back to using, because it’s cheaper and better than most proprietary cleaners. Good luck with it – Larry

  2. Thanks, Larry. Yes, I found soda crystals to be very good for cleaning. I don’t know why more people don’t use it.

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