A financial expert has revealed the top three tips and tricks she uses to save money while shopping.
Queenie Tan, from Sydney, said before buying anything, she makes sure to factor in the cost per wear, sleep on it and use a cashback reward system.
The 25-year-old shared the hacks in a video posted on TikTok, where she has gained a loyal following for her money-saving budget advice.
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Smart saver Queenie Tan (pictured), 25, has shared her top three tips for saving money while shopping
First, Queenie looks at cost per wear before buying any clothes, shoes or accessories.
“Cost per wear is the cost divided by how often I think I will wear something,” she explained.
“So if I buy a pair of shoes for $150, but I wear those shoes 100 times, the cost per wear is $1.50.”
Queenie said she’s sleeping with her decision to buy something so she can make sure she really wants to buy it.
First, Queenie considers cost per wear before purchasing wearables. “Cost per wear is the cost divided by how often I think I will wear something,” she explained
Queenie said she always “sleeps” with a decision to buy something so she can make sure she’s sure and uses a cashback reward system to get cash back on her purchases
“Finally I’m using Cashrewards when I shop online so I can get my purchases back in cash,” she said.
Cashrewards is a program that gives Australian shoppers back some of the money they’ve spent when they buy something online or in-store from hundreds of select retailers.
The video has been viewed more than 22,000 times because many viewers were grateful for Queenie’s “smart” tips.
This isn’t the first time the avid saver has given her expert financial advice.
In a previous video, Queenie shared exactly what to look for in Coles to save money on your groceries, and the tricks that keep her grocery bill low every week.
She religiously scans the aisles looking for ‘Dropped and Locked’ tickets, as it means that the price of that particular item has dropped and will remain at that new price until January 31, 2023.
Queenie also keeps an eye out for ‘member price’ tickets when she’s shopping at the supermarket as this means scanning your Flybuys card at the till to get a discount.
Queenie religiously scans the aisles looking for ‘Dropped and Locked’ tickets, as it means that the price of that particular item has dropped and will remain at that new price until January 31, 2023
“Member pricing is available until Nov. 29,” Queenie said in a… Instagram video.
“Member prices are not available at Coles Express,” she added.
Elsewhere, the 25-year-old will always stock up on whatever she likes to buy at half price, like oat milk — which she can keep in her cupboard at home.
When it comes to keeping her bill low in general, Queenie says she always starts with a shopping list, and she’s a fan of the “Any List” app.
Elsewhere, she’ll always stock up on whatever she likes to buy at half price, like oat milk — which she can keep in her cupboard at home (pictured)
“I used to use iPhone notes, but it was quite difficult to edit and it didn’t sync well with my friend’s phone,” Queenie said.
“Any List allows me to import recipes from my favorite food blogs and plan what to eat that week.”
After making the shopping list, she chooses which store she prefers to buy the different ingredients in to save money.
Queenie Tan’s Secret Grocery Shopping Secrets Revealed
1. Make a list: Queenie swears by the ‘Any List’ app because you can import recipes from your favorite food blogs and websites to plan what to eat for the week.
Queenie (pictured) always makes a list before going shopping and scans her fridge and pantry
2. Shop in different places: The 25-year-old loves to visit different supermarkets for different things. For example, she gets her daily necessities from Aldi and then goes to Asian grocers or Indian stores if she wants Indian. Queenie said it’s cheaper this way.
3. Take Herbs Off The International Aisle: Queenie said getting your spices from the Indian section is 2.5 times cheaper than the curry powder in the spice section.
4. Consider the shelf life of items: When you’re shopping, it’s important to think about the shelf life of items and whether canned items might be a better idea. Queenie also likes to buy larger things that can be stored well to save money, such as honey – which she always buys in a large container.
5. Buy Sale Items In Bulk: One of the easiest ways to reduce how much you spend on groceries is to buy sale items in bulk. You can try using an app called “Half Price” which will show you everything that is half price in Coles and Woolworths.
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For example, Queenie likes to get her daily essentials from Aldi and then her spices from the international aisle at Woolworths or Coles.
‘If I want to buy fruit and vegetables, I usually go to a fruit and vegetable shop. Some things can be cheaper, for example avocados, and sometimes there is a wider variety of products,” says Queenie.
“If I want Asian, I try to do my shopping at an Asian grocer.”
Finally, Queenie said one of the easiest ways to reduce how much you spend on groceries is to buy sale items in bulk.
“When supermarkets sell items I often buy, I like to buy them in bulk, for example almond milk was half price recently, so I bought 10 bottles,” said Queenie.
“A good way to plan your trip is to check out this app, the ‘Half Price’ app, which can show you the groceries that are half priced at Coles and Woolworths.”