A guy who went shopping at Bunnings for a new barbecue saved $ 127 thanks to a last-minute brainwave at the checkout.
He was about to pay a Matador model for $ 377.40 at a store in Brisbane, Queensland at customs clearance when his wife recalled a post she’d seen in the Facebook group, Markdown Addicts Australia.
The post included a photo of a coupon for the same barbecue for just $ 250.
The woman was eager to withdraw money from their account and showed the photo to a manager, who then sold the photo to them for the lower price – sometimes proving you just have to ask.
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A Brisbane customer was about to pay $ 377.40 for a barbecue on customs clearance at Bunnings when his wife recalled seeing it for $ 127 cheaper in a Facebook group (left, a coupon for the discounted retail price from $ 250)
Similar Matador barbecues with two to three burners typically cost between $ 449 and $ 699.
Photos of the barbecue and accompanying receipt, which have been ‘liked’ more than 2,000 times since they were uploaded to social media on Saturday night, have generated dozens of delighted responses from fellow bargain hunters.
Thanks to the lady who posted the photo. A great honor for you! the woman wrote in the caption.
‘Wow. What a good manager you have in the store. A lucky buy too, ”one man replied.
‘Happy man and a night to get up! Great find, ”added another.
And it’s not the only big bargain Australian shoppers have found thanks to price cut groups on Facebook.
Earlier this month, a thrifty mom revealed the exact time she’ll get big discounts on groceries at Coles in budget group Markdown Addicts Australia.
The mother of six said she found dozens of items at the Mooroopna store in the country of Victoria, 73 miles north of Melbourne, which had been reduced to just 10c by 6pm.
Her catch included two quart milk cartons reduced to 20 cents, frankfurter sausages discounted to 17 cents, sliced ham up to 32 cents, and deli-style salami for 21 cents, along with microwavable bags of carrots and vanilla yogurt cut to 10 cents.
Photos of the low-cost store, which have been liked 322 times since uploading on Monday, have generated varying responses, with many complaining that their local supermarkets never offer such generous discounts.
“I’ve never seen this in all the years I’ve shopped at Coles. Great – well done, ”said one woman.
‘Good job! My stores never notice milk this low! another added, while a third wrote, ‘Markdown game strong.’
At the Mooroopna store in Victoria, 73 miles north of Melbourne, a mother of six found dozens of items reduced to just 10c at 6pm, including vanilla yogurt (left) and microwaveable bags of carrots (right) to 10c
Best times to shop for discounted bargains
Australian supermarkets gradually release the items over the course of the day, with 20, 40, 60, 80, and even 99 percent off retail prices.
There are no set days for price cuts as products are constantly becoming obsolete – but bargain hunters say the best times to shop are either early in the morning or shortly before closing.
Families are waiting for the right time to do their shopping so they can save a fortune on their grocery bill – as stores drop prices on perishables in an effort to sell everything they can before turning it in or donating it to charity.
While special offers vary from store to store, the mom was adamant that the best discounts are almost always found at the beginning of the evening, when staff drastically cut prices on products because they expire the next day.
“It depends on the store, but I notice that around 4 pm to 6 pm is a very common time for many supermarkets,” agreed another customer.
“It gives them enough time to sell specials before closing, especially if the best before date is that day. And it’s often when new stock comes in and they need to make room. ‘
But others have argued that the most lucrative bargains can be found early in the morning or shortly before closing – around 10pm.
Tens of thousands of Australian families are waiting for the right time to shop so they can save a fortune, as shops drop the prices of perishables in an effort to sell everything they can before handing it in or donating it to charity.
While special offers vary from store to store, the mother was adamant that the best discounts are almost always found in the early evening, when the staff drastically cuts prices on products because they expire the next day
The Facebook page Markdown Addicts Australia has grown into a vibrant community of bargain hunters since it was founded in 2019 by Kimberley Bertram, the mother of three from Sydney.
The private group, which now has 202,000 members, is a place for thrifty Australian shoppers to share their own supermarket deals and grocery ‘takeouts’.
Based on her widespread success, Ms. Bertram launched one in January Online Store of the same name that collects supermarket deals as well as special discounts, coupons, money-saving tips and recipes.
The website, which requires you to register to become a member, has sections for beauty, apparel and electronics, along with groceries, toys and accessories for pets.