SHOPPING SAVY: June Hofstetter, Elaine Holt and Mavis Griffiths share their tips for budget food shopping.
SHOPPING SAVY: June Hofstetter, Elaine Holt and Mavis Griffiths share their tips for budget food shopping. Chrissy Harris

Ways to save from the wise

THE older and wiser of Gladstone’s society have been budget grocery shopping longer than they can remember.

They have been young workers scrimping on small wages, running households full of children and teenagers, and now, in their restful years, they budget according to what they get from a pension or retirement fund.

Vera Boehm said some of the things she does to budget buy is look out for specials on products that can be stored for some time and she does use.

“I don’t buy much beef. I always buy home brand. If something is one special and costs less than home brand, I’ll get it,” she said.

“I live on my own. I only spend $50 a week.”

Ms Boehm use to live on a dairy farm, where she make her own yogurt and cheese, along with her own clothes.

“I only brought the basic foods,” she said.

These days, she’ll have eggs and baked beans for breakfast, or oats. Then at lunch, she has a hot meal with meat and vegetables. But dinner is the smallest of custard and fruit.

Barbara Appleby said she buys bulk, because in the end, it is cheaper, and things that can be frozen.

Both ladies try to save money by turning their hot water systems off for most of the day, only to have them running for hot showers and washing the dishes.

June Hofstetter said she buys almost everything on special and particularly likes the two-for-one specials, even soap two-for-ones.

“I wish we had ALDI,” she said.

Ms Hofstetter said people in Maryborough tell her all the time about all the specials the store has.

She said one other tip she had for pensioners was to go shopping at IGA, on the Dawson Highway, on Thursdays.

Mavis Griffiths said she has a lot of soups, stews and salads. Elaine Holt said she only buys what she needs.

 

Tips for budget food buying

  • Buy bulk.
  • Buy food on special, but only foods you will eat and can store.
  • Cook soups and stews as they cost less to make so much more.
  • Don’t do the grocery shopping when you are hungry.
  • Meat off cuts are cheap and good to use in soups and stews.
  • Plan your week’s menu before you go shopping and buy only what you need.
  • Only go grocery shopping once a week to avoid buying any extras you don’t need, and reducing fuel usage.


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