Store brand buyer Amanda Greham enjoys the finer things in life, with a next-to-nothing bill.
Store brand buyer Amanda Greham enjoys the finer things in life, with a next-to-nothing bill. Louise Starkey

Mother knows best when it comes to saving on groceries

SLASHING the grocery bill is as easy as slicing a piece of bread, according to mother of three Amanda Greham who runs by the 'mum knows best' saying.

From an early age, she's learnt how to survive through any financial situation, by following a few simple tips.

"Don't ever go shopping hungry," she said. "I never go shopping without a list as I always end up buying extra that I don't need."

"It's something my mum has always taught me."

Now, she's looking to dish the goods. For as little as a few dollars, she is able to treat the kids, provide home-made popcorn for movie nights and prolong the life of almost any soon-to-be out-of-date item. It may be something "you can freeze" or "make up" that night, she said.

"The simple things are often the best... We make a couple of cake mixes every couple of weeks, and cut them up and freeze them in sandwich bags."

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Mrs Greham said costs could even be cut, just by looking in your cupboard.

"If I've got a couple tins of baked beans and a loaf of bread that's toasted sandwiches for dinner one night," she said. "That's only couple of dollars."

"Instead of buying spaghetti sauce at $3, you can buy a tin of tomatoes and add a jar of herbs in it, just from in the cupboard."

The also Salvation Army worker said families should keep an eye out for groceries on sale.

"The first thing we do when we go shopping is go to the clearance section.

"For toilet paper, it says on the label how much you're paying per 100 sheets.

"Sometimes it's cheaper to buy three small packets, instead of just one large one... Brands aren't always the best.

"Check, because you might find a brand that's half the price and tastes just as nice."

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Posted by Daily Mercury on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

 


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