5 Savvy Shopping Hacks: How to Save Big on Everyday Expenses

Are you feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living? Do you wish you could save more money on your everyday expenses without compromising on your quality of life? If so, you’re not alone.

Many South African consumers are struggling with finances and looking for ways to stretch their rands further. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of savvy shopping hacks that can help you save big on everything from groceries to utilities.

Read on and discover how you can make your money work for you!

1. Plan your meals and make a shopping list

One of the easiest ways to save money on groceries is to avoid impulse buying and food waste. By planning your meals ahead and making a shopping list, you can buy only what you need and use up what you have. You can also take advantage of specials and discounts by checking the flyers and online deals before you shop. Read our 100 Ways to Save Money to Save Money on a Budget in South Africa.

2. Compare prices and shop around

Don’t settle for the first price you see. You can save a lot of money by comparing prices and shopping around for the best deals. You can use apps, websites, or online tools to help you find the cheapest products or services in your area. For example, you can use PriceCheck.co.za to compare prices of various items across different stores, or EskomSePush.co.za to monitor load shedding schedules and save on electricity.

3. Use coupons, vouchers, and loyalty programs

Another way to save money is to use coupons, vouchers and loyalty programs that offer discounts, cashback, or rewards. You can find coupons and vouchers in newspapers, magazines, flyers, or online platforms like SnapnSave.co.za or Hyperli.com. You can also sign up for loyalty programs from your favourite stores or brands and earn points or rewards that you can redeem for products or services.

4. Buy in bulk and stock up on essentials

Buying in bulk can help you save money per unit and reduce the number of trips you make to the store. You can buy bulk items that have a long shelf life, such as rice, pasta, beans, canned goods, toilet paper, etc. You can also stock up on essentials when they are on sale or clearance and store them for later use. Just make sure you have enough space and storage containers to keep them fresh and organised.

5. DIY or repurpose what you have

Instead of buying new things, you can save money by making them yourself or repurposing what you already have. For example, you can make your own cleaning products, beauty products, gifts, decorations, etc. using simple ingredients or materials that you can find at home or at a low cost. You can also repurpose old clothes, furniture, containers, etc. into something new and useful by following tutorials or guides online.

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