When buying drinks out at the shops (for the kids) instead of buying the cold Bratz - spiderman ect juices from the food mall - buy them off the shelf at bilo or woolies - they are only around .95c. While out If we are having lunch I will go and buy some youghurt's for the kids (they love youghurt) and breadrolls too.)
I buy sultana's, marshmellows, bikkies ect in bulk then sort them into little zip tie bags and have them on hand (especially for when out or in the car)
I just bought a carton box full of individual sized rice chips for $4 (at the warehouse) great for the kids snacks and better than chips.
I also buy powdered milk - if anyone in the family doesn't like it - I mix it with some "normal" milk which helps.
I shop at aldi's for quite a few things. I find their products pretty good and great value.
I have found some great bargins shopping on certin days at certin times for meats and dairy ect. AT Bilo I will often get 2L milk for 40c to $1 and 1L for 10c - They are near their used by date but we have a second hand big chest freezer and place them in their - and have found no problems yet with them. This also goes for youghurts and flavoured milk as well. (I found custards don't freeze well) They do have baby custards from time to time as well as the baby pouches of vegies.
They will often mark down their meats too - I have found at bilo you have to look out as the other day I found some topside steak marked down with a $3 off sticker (at full price it was $15/kg and was around a kg packs. But I had a look underneath and exactly the same product - no mark down sticker - dates are fine - marked at $5.00/KG!!!!!
Shop at OP Shops - Ok this one I do lots - I have found the most amazing op shop who sells baby/toddler clothes such as bonds, osh kosh, fred bare ect for $2 a piece and they are like new!!!! (some with tags still on
) There are also opshops that sell larger things like furnature - some great bargins like $10 prams - like childcare or peg perego which have nothing wrong - just need a good clean. Also floor mats (big ones) for kids floors for $10 - designer foot rest (I always grew up calling them poof's
) for $5. Let's not start on the kids toys!!!! most in perfect condition!!! It is very surprising!
I also have found that our local K-mart have a little hidden trolley/basket with oddments and one off's of kids clothes ect which are marked down greatly - Like for DD I found a dora the explorer shorts for $2 (I think it was part of a pyjama set) and little nickers for my DD also for 50c (whinnie the pooh and friends) which was from a singlet/undies set.
Continuing with K-mart - near the Lay-by at our store they have a markdowns trolley - which has things that have been missing something from a set, broken, brought back for some reason ect that are greatly reduced. This is great if you have someone in the family who can fix things (my dad is great at electronics) The things I have found hear have been amazing. (leapfrog table for $20 - Fairy bike for $10) A good time to check it out is after christmas and around toy sales times!!!
I have found our Big-W has one too but they only bring theirs out every so often. So it is the luck of the draw if they have it out!!
Also another one who makes own baby foods. Also things like making jelly up in washed out youghurt containers (can also add fruits too)
Making bulk dinners up and freezing them (say make them up on a sunday) Ohhhhhhhhh and the slow cooker - I loooooooooove my slow cooker!!!
I invested in a sodastream (they were on a huge sale and also had a 15% off the whole store so I got it for about $60 - my mum got hers in the mark down trolly for $45 becuase it was missing 1 bottle to make it up in and one syrup bottle it came with) It costs $10.50 for a refill which lasts a fortnight at our place (we usually get some cordial - which is berri brand) from Aldi for $1.99 for the kids to add to the sodawater)
Almost forgot - It is an idea to shop around. For example I used to shop at Forest Lake woolies, and one time I poped into Inala woolies (I pay rent at the shopping centre) and found their woolies cheaper for exactly the same products
They also have bigger bargins!!! It is crazy as the shops are only really a 5 min drive away from each other - only thing that is different is one shop is in a "lower econimical" suberb compared to the other!!!!
Edited by ~AmandaJane~, 12 January 2007 - 06:04 PM.