My family and I have been shopping at Kids on the Terrace since I was a young child. It is a bargain hunters dream for those looking for high quality, affordable kids clothing. While they sell a good range of very reasonably priced new clothing, the best part is that they also buy and sell high quality second hand clothing. They are perfect to buy and sell all the items of clothing that outlast your kid's growth spurts. So not only can you find a fantastic bargain, you can also make some money back on things that would have otherwise gone to waste.
The store has a lovely character, and the staff are fantastic. While we would only go in every month or two, the staff knew us by name and would always greet us warmly and chat happily while you shopped. I cannot reccommend Kids on the Terrace highly enough![less]
Most of the discounts are there for the taking, but make sure to take in your own out-grown clothes to sell!
We buy all our weekly fruit and vegetables for just $10 at Matilda Fruit Barn. This is a terrific saving compared to IGA, where it was previously costing us around $25 - 30 per week and the produce wasn't very good quality. Each week they run an ad in the Glass House Country News, with a cut out coupon offering 10% discount. Well worth a visit! Phone: 5496 9066 for more information.[less]
Their weekly specials are great, at the moment you can buy tomatoes and apples for only 99c/kg! Everything is priced really well.
Known locally simply as "Wray Ave", A Galati & Sons is just around the corner from Fremantle Hospital. The fruit and vegetables are often not an even size or shape and would be rejected by the big supermarkets on those grounds but are perfectly fine! Good prices, good quality and good range of Italian style deli foods.[less]
You can buy the best meat ever at Lindens! Fresh, preservative free (as much as possible- they state you have to freeze or cook the mince on same day as purchase, as there are no preservatives). The chicken breast they sell is amazing - hormone free, and they always have specials. Best of all, they will deliver virtually anywhere in Melbourne, and if you spend enough in one go, delivery is free![less]
either their bulk packs - they will edit them for your preferences, or online go to their pick-a-pack section or daily specials
You can get great bulk deals on fresh and frozen meat at Super Butcher. There is plenty to choose from including meat, chicken and seafood. They offer 'buy one get one free' specials and much, much more. They do have an online shop but you get the best specials by going in person. The actual shop is in a huge (very) cool room and they cut your meat to your liking onsite once you have made your choices. Be sure to take a jacket so you can shop in comfort![less]
They also have a weekly email service with the latest specials that you can sign up for. The prices are a little better than WW or Coles but the quality is much much better. Some of the specials are awesome.
Mummys Market is a Indoor monthly market that is held in Tweed Heads and Bangalow it is a market for baby/children and mummy related items. Items are gently used or new, and are at bargain prices. New items must be below retail price. Items found at Mummys Market are nursery furniture (must meet the ACC guidelines) clothing, toys, safety items, books, maternity items and anything else baby, child or mummy related!
There is also a dad's corner for dads to read the Sunday paper and have a coffee. There is a play pen supplied so dad can pop baby in and give those little pram legs a stretch; this also gives mum the opportunity to shop without bored children! They even have a movie running for the older children to watch. The great thing about keeping the kids entertained this way is that mums shopping without bored children don't make hasty purchases. It also gives them time to chat to other mums and pick up hints and ask questions about the products they are looking for.
Mummys Market also when available has free speakers on the day, on all kinds of topics such as homeopathy use within the family. Yet another way to pick up hints and save money!
The prices are cheap, the service is good and the stall holders don't mind haggling as they don't want to take their items home. So don't be shy, ask if they will accept a certain price. It's a fun, relaxing morning from 8am until 1pm.
There is also a cafe there that is very reasonably priced. Run by a local mum, it offers fresh and simple food at great prices. You have to try the home made Chai, delicious![less]
These indoor markets are run once a month in Tweed Heads at the civic centre,and Bangalow at the A and I hall.They are always indoors so come rain hail or shine they go ahead.
You can also have a clean out yourself and earn some money,get rid of last seasons kids clothes to buy for this season.We have had mums bring there items along to sell and now are regular stall holders.They are building up there own little businesses,have found a way to earn extra dollars and being a sunday dad can mind the children. Some mums even bring there older ones to help on the stall.It's very much a family affair which is what we are about.
Hand Me Downs is a recycled children's clothing store, which caters for premature babies through to size 14. They also stock shoes, toys and baby needs. The shop is clean and the workers are super friendly and helpful. They even have a play area where you can let your kids safely play while you browse nearby.
Items are of very high quality as they require all items (sold on consignment basis) to be washed and ironed before they will take them into the store and they also check them thoroughly under bright lights.
Items are arranged in size and priced according to brand (so a Country Road item might be $10 but a Target one would be $4). When they have been on the shelf for a certain length of time they halve the price, so there are many bargains to be had!
I have been able to buy the majority of the clothes and many pairs of shoes for my two girls, saving us stacks. I also sell items there and I like to let it accumulate on my account, so that when I go in and need something for my kids they just take the cost of my account, which means it costs me nothing out of my pocket! There is also the option to just collect your cash as they sell your things.
I used to buy and sell on eBay but I find that this is a better use of my time. Even though they take commission for the sale of my things, I reckon I come out on top financially compared to eBay![less]
The prices are generally all pretty good, but if you are wanting an even better deal check the end of the racks in each size where they have the items they have marked down to half price (because they have been there for a month and not sold). There is a high volume of stock turnover so there are always things being marked down.
It is worth also considering the total life and cost of an item - for example if I buy my daughter a dress for $8 and she wears it for a season or two and I take it in to sell it for $8 and they take $4 commission then overall the dress has only cost me $2 a season!!! In order to do this clothes do have to stay in good condition but I find with many items I can choose brands which last the distance and take care of them with this end in mind!
Trade Secret is a great clothing store that sells quality brands at discount prices. If you're after cheap quality bras this is definitely the place to go! They have designer brand kids and adult clothing at decent prices, as well as standard brands for really good prices. Last week I was able to get two sports bras that normally retail at $60 for $15 each! I have also managed to get two pairs of really good quality Speedo swimwear (that you would only usually be able to find in the designer shops) for $30 each, marked down from $120. There are other Trade Secret stores throughout Brisbane and around Australia.[less]
Check the sales racks - they are usually the best reductions. Everything in the store is reduced already though.
Chung Vinh Phat is packed full of Asian goodies including cooking utensils, fresh vegetables, frozen goods and all the usual Asian cooking needs.
My favourite section is that they have the best rice pasta - $2.50 for 400g! A huge saving compared to the supermarket. Even better, this pasta freezes really well so you can use it for cooking prepared meals without thinking you will end up with slosh. Check it out![less]
This one is on the shelf - $2.50 for 400g is $0.63 per 100g. Compare that to the supermarket!
Katies is a popular fashion chain, so this information may well apply to all branches. I source all my work clothes here for an extremely good price. They throw out 'out of season' stock all the time but we are talking about navy blue and black pants and jackets, which are not really out of fashion, just a season old. I pick up pants and jackets for about $20 each and often when you buy two items you get a further discount. I also buy my casual clothes there and can pick up tops for as little as $5.95. My daughter needed black pants for work recently. I headed straight to Katies and picked up two pairs of linen pants for her for $10 the lot! Even current season stock is discounted most of the time, so you can always find a bargain.[less]
Just sort through the clothes on the discounted rack.
Clear It is the place to shop for heavily discounted clothes from hip designers. Here you can find brands such as Soup, Revival, Dangerfield, Pulp Kitchen, Princess Highway, Coo Ca Choo and Alannah Hill. Pick up an all-Australian frock for just a few dollars! Venture upstairs for some excellent bargains.[less]
To get the best price, buy the beautiful perfect quality Alannah Hill fabric and make your own clothes out of it. You can find some really simple patterns online (most of her stuff isn't too complicated) and save yourself literally hundreds of dollars per piece, look fantastic, and be very proud of yourself too!
This excellent butcher is located on a small shopping strip in Valentine. The staff are very friendly and will even open the door for you when you leave. When was the last time that happened in a store? They can be contacted on 4946 8355 F: 4946 8355 or email email@example.com for more information.[less]
The best way to save money is to by a meat pack. They start at $50 up to $150 per pack - I buy the $150 pack once every 3-4 weeks and can save up to $37 on meat. The $150 pack includes 2 x 1.5kg roasts (Beef & Lamb), eggs, 1/2kg of bacon, a kilo each of lamb, sausages, premium mince, scotch fillet, rump, t/bone steak, lean diced beef and lean beef rissoles. The meat is packed on trays, wrapped and labled for easy storage. The staff are very friendly and will alter the packs to suit you and will even assist with getting to the car. They only ask for a couple of days notice before.
The cheapest place in the area to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables is at Swansea Street Market. While it's not a fancy market,the prices are so good it doesn't matter. They are open seven days a week and close at 6.00pm week nights, making it very handy to pop in after work.[less]
Buy in season produce and in bulk.
Quite simply the best fish and chips and hamburgers on the Central Coast! Fantastic value.[less]
Rock up and wait or call and order 4976 2039
TruSpice is an Indian grocer with a large range of authentic spices, herbs and much more. They pride themselves on excellent quality goods, rapid service and customer assistance. Whether you need advice with preparing a great curry, or help selecting a product, their staff can assist. Open until 7.00pm most nights, parking after 5.30pm is free and you can usually park just outside then! For more information and a list of products, visit their website.[less]
Preorder for bulk (25kg) bags of a lot of the flours (including corn flour, rice flour and plain flour). The prices are quire reasonable, eg corn flour (made from corn not wheat) $9.40 for 5kg.
The Fruit Shack is a store that always has lots of fruit and vegetables on special, although I find any independent fruit and vegetable shop pretty good depending on their location. Obviously those within shopping centres can at times be as pricey as the major supermarkets themselves! However, I can definitely recommend the Fruit Shack for competitive prices.[less]
Keeping an eye out for up and coming bargains.
The St Vincent de Paul store in Geelong is a awesome thrift shop. They sell good quality clothing, as well as toys, homewares and manchester. A great place to grab a bargain![less]
Depending on the week will depend on what is on sale but one thing they have got on a regular basis is their $3 clothing rack and they rely on their staff to keep pricing just low enough to please customers but not to low to make enough of a profit. Also you can ask the staff to hold items till you have the money.
Prices are great at the Golden Circle Factory! For example, you can get 3 x 750g stirfry veges for $3.00 and jars of jam for $1.00. They also stock pasta sauces, tinned salmon and tuna and cans of soft drink for 60c. The list is endless. Well worth a look!
Open seven days: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm, Saturday 9.00am - 3.00pm, Sunday 9.00am - 2.00pm.[less]
It's a factory outlet, so prices are much cheaper than the supermarket.
The Spud Shed is a fruit and vege store which has terrific deals. You can also get bulk meat, though I'm not sure if they cut it up for you as my husband does that for me. Definitely worth asking though. On my last visit I found the following bargains:
Apples 40c per kilo
Cucumber 40c each
Whole butternut pumpkin 49c each
2 litres of milk $1.89
These are just a few of their great prices![less]
The products are already cheap no need to ask.
Large Variety of Fruit and Veg
This hidden gem is a second hand clothing store. The quality of the clothes is excellent. Everything is very clean and sorted according to size and then into pants, tops, jackets and so on. It is very easy to find your size and the garments you are looking for. Prices are also excellent at just $5 and $6 a piece. There are also shoes, handbags and books. Take a look![less]
This shop is situated in a group of industrial units near Campbelltown station, next to the hotel which is on the corner of Blaxland and Badgally Roads, Campbelltown.
I live approx 150km away from Shepparton, but even doing my maths considering my fuel costs and so on, I'm still way out in front with the load of food I purchased from Ardmona!
All the items I purchased were Aussie made, and most are well within their use by date. Do your homework first by checking out their website to check out their specials at that particular time.
For example I purchased:
12 snack packs of apple/banana/strawberry puree for $4.00
12 x LARGE (790g) tins of pears in juice for $7.50
24 small snack packs of pears/two fruits in passionfruit or tropical jelly for $5.00
12 x 425g cans of baked beans for $5.00 lot
Large jars Australian jams for $1.00 and $1.50
Pre-cooked rice pouches (ready to heat) from $1.00
35 Chupa Chups for $2.50
8 x packs of delicious 'VERI DELI' snack biscuits for $7.00
The list is endless, but they have a wide range of items, not just fruit. If you spend over $70 they also give you a 5% discount if you have an RACV card.
I have enough different varieties of fruit and meal bases in my pantry to last right over the winter months. I spent $112, but have calculated that even with fuel costs I have saved double to triple that compared to what I would pay elsewhere and on things I would normally buy anyway.
Check out the website frequently to see if it's worth a trip up there![less]
Check out the website frequently.
Best priced Indian on the Sunshine Coast! Dinner from Tuesday to Sunday, closed Mondays. For more information and to download a copy of their dine-in and takeaway menus, visit their website.[less]
The food is already cheap, but if you have a large family like myself, you can order extra rice to make it go further.
I had always thought the Brisbane Markets at Rocklea were too far away to be of any value to me. But recently, I happened to walk down Sherwood Road from Sherwood railway station and the markets were about fifteen minutes away!
We went back on a Saturday morning to the Farmers Markets and managed to fill my trolley-walker and another two green bags full for $40! Most of our fresh fruit and vegetables were only $2 a kilo (mandarins, bananas, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes and so on) and we managed to get some $1.50 bargain bags of things like lemons and mushrooms. All fresh, and exactly the same as in the greengrocer. Our greengrocer actually shops at these markets!
Flowers were a steal with a large bunch of oriental lillies for $5, or gorgeous sunflowers for $10.
Entry to the markets is $1 per pedestrian, or $3 for a carpark (including entry).
There is also public access to the wholesale side of Brisbane Markets on Thursdays and Fridays for a few hours in the morning. This would be cheaper again! Find out more at http://www.brisbanemarkets.com.au/cms/
We estimate a saving of at least $30 in that one trip, and have worked out that it is cheaper for us to walk to these markets once a fortnight and catch a taxi home, than it would be to maintain our current shopping at the local greengrocer.[less]
There is a large selection of vendors here, so you really don't have to worry about trying to get a discount - everything is already at near wholesale prices.
Here you will find farm supplies but much, much more! I get 25kg of feed grade quality bicarb soda for use in cleaning. They also have a large supply of bulk pet food and garden things. Simply drive in and load up (or the guys will help you do it).[less]
Bulk buying helps but have a chat with the guys as they nearly always have some give away from some company which is promoting something.
This store is a wholesaler of beef and has other meats such as lamb and pork. They supply many stores around the state with their products. The meat is fantastic quality, and they also have yummy sausages and hamburgers. The staff are quite good and will cut things in a certain way if you ask, as well as give you advice on the best cuts for certain dishes. They also have very cheap dog food in rolls and cheap bones for dogs too!
For more information you can visit their website.[less]
Bulk is the cheapest way to buy products. Eg. 5kg of sausages is $3.99 a kilo. There is the option to buy smaller packets of meat too for usually around $3 more a kilo but I usually buy the bulk and freeze them separately.
The Spud Shed is located at the eastern end of Wanneroo Markets, or further up Prindiville Drive if coming from Wanneroo Road. It is a grocery stall with nearly 50% devoted to fruit and veges and a limited range of other products. Prices are extremely cheap for most products. You can be guaranteed to find fruit for 99c a kilo every week. The quality isn't always the best, but it's about the same as what you get at the supermarkets anyway! They also have 99c loaves of white and multigrain bread, but they do have Tip Top at a cheap price too if you want better quality multigrain. Milk is consistently $2.49 for two litres and we buy 1kg of ham off-cuts for $5.99. Other products rotate depending on what they can get in, but I've never seen the products cheaper in normal supermarkets except for the meat, which you can get cheaper. It does get very busy so try to not go during peak times. Note as the store is so busy, the staff are not available often to answer questions.[less]
The prices are all set in the store so you can't bargain. However, as it's part of the markets, if I get time, I walk through the fruit and veggie stalls first and look at the prices, then go to the Spud Factory and whatever is more expensive there I go back to the stalls afterwards.
Crazy Don's is a discount, low cost food store. They have a lot of British products and things close to or over their due date, stock runouts and so on. It' a great place to pick up gourmet items at a reasonable price, such as homestyle Brie and Camembert cheese, which normally retail for around $10 or more for $2! They have a good selection of frozen foods as well. For more information and the latest specials, check out their website.[less]
It's a discount store already so thereis no angling for better prices than those marked.
Dough Fusion is an award winning bakery franchise. The Dough Fusion store on the esplanade at Coolum Beach makes gourmet pizzas. These pizzas cost between $12 - $20 each, depending on the selection. They have regular specials and currently have a deal where you can purchase two pizzas and a garlic bread (quite a large garlic bread!) for $20, which feeds two adults and two children easily. While their specials have always been advertised in the Coolum Advertiser (local paper), staff tell me that they are going to stop advertising and offer the deals to locals only. To get the specials in future, you just have to ask for it. The deal is takeaway only on Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm. Right opposite the bakery is Tickle Park, which has a great playground, picnic tables, skate park and the beach!
Update: They are now giving out a keytag to 'locals' with the special on it. Ask for one when you go in.[less]
Dough Fusion is located on David Low Way, Coolum Beach. It is in the set of shops that is opposite Coolum Beach Surf Club, right where the pedestrian crossing lights are. (Not hard to miss as there are only two traffic lights in Coolum!).
This is an online scrapbooking products store. I have found the prices excellent compared to most others. I love to scrapbook and find that with just a few purchases my budget can go out the window but by shopping here my dollar goes that little bit further. If there is something in particular you are looking for, Sharon will always try to get it in for you.[less]
Just send Sharon the owner an email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bare Skin & Beauty is a beauty salon where they have everything from waxing to facials, massage, spray tanning, pedicures and manicures and professional make up services for weddings debutantes or that special occasion. Great service with friendly professional staff.[less]
Each month Bare Skin & Beauty have special offers on their products and services and these are listed on their website or you can be added to their email offers and receive these via your email each month. As a super special saver mention you are a simple saver member and you will receive 10% OFF any service or product everytime you visit!
East Coast Fabrics is a small habedashery store selling all the same materials as the larger Spotlight but at a maximum price of $7.99 a metre and most of the time they have fantastic bargains at $1.99 per metre.
They also supply a few embroidery supplies at less than half the price of Spotlight and have heaps of sewing knick knacks like buttons, zippers, lace and so on. All really well priced![less]
Go there before heading to Spotlight or Lyncraft
A party shop just for kids. The Speckled Freckle Party Place has a great range of kids party supplies and all the popular themes. They have a huge range of party bag fillers that are great quality without the pricetag![less]
All the prices are cheap but they have a great sale section with heaps of bargains. Products are all great quality but the prices are so much better then anywhere else I have found. They have a flat fee postage rate and deliver Australia wide.
Moree Meats is located in the Bakehouse Quarter, near North Strathfield station. It sells cheap, high quality meat and is also located right next to ALDI for easy once-a-month shopping! You have to take a number and line up from right to left but it's pretty efficient service once you're there.[less]
They have regular specials, i.e. 2 kgs mince for $12, 2 kg chicken breast for $14 etc. You can also buy in bulk (i.e. sides of beef).
This store sells the best meat around! You can also get fruit and veges here. The service is great and the staff are great too! You can buy in bulk or in smaller portions.
just go in and shop no hassel just quality
This is a great place to pick up cheap 'brand name' perfumes. Keep them in mind, especially around Mothers Day's, Father's Day and Christmas![less]
Look at the specials marked with big stickers showing the heavily reduced savings.
By doing my fortnightly shop at Maxi's instead of Safeway and ALDI, I save between $50 and $100 each fortnight, while buying the same food items!
Sadly now closed![less]
Always check the use by date!!!
I find this shop often has some great specials, but the regulars include two delicious, hot chickens for $12, 1kg bag of dog bones for $1.00, white, wholemeal and multigrain bread $1.20, two litres of milk for $1.80, 2kg sausages $7.00 and often 4kg packs of medium mince $20. Prices like these are just too good to go past! Sides or legs of lamb are much cheaper than elsewhere and you can also buy bulk chicken pieces for a very reasonable price.
In the same group of shops the fruit barn always has some great specials as well. If it's very hot the quality goes off as it's not air conditioned, but there are often so many bargains, such as boxes of tomatoes for $6.00 and bananas for 69c a kilo that it's well worth taking a look.[less]
Look out for specials, but usually just go in and check it out.
This is an online shopping site. You can visit to collect your goods if you wish but for bulk items being sent to the Metro area up to 20kg is around $12.50 or $13. They have a garage sale area and specials are frequent. Service is very good too. For very good quality bed linen it is cheaper than going to a retail shop. It is best to contact the shop before visiting. Contact and map and directions are on the website.
It certainly is worth a look![less]
Regular perusing of the website's garage sale area will definitely tempt anyone looking for a bargain.
Hush A Bye is great for all things baby. You can check out their range online and order it for delivery. They did stock the brands that I was interested in, although the range may be a bit less extensive than Baby Bunting. BUT the online prices are generally cheaper than the bigger stores. PLUS if you go into the store and speak with the lovely chappie who works there you can ask for the best price which was cheaper again. The item you want may need to be ordered in so ensure that you get it on time.[less]
I was told by another Mum to go into the store and ask for the best price. My friend had bought several items but I was only ordering a pram. The price he gave me was about $30 less than the online price (as they don't have to organise the delivery) but overall it was about $50-$60 cheaper than Baby Bunting.
Specialty Foods is a wholesale butcher. They sell scotch fillet for $8.99 per kg! Here you will find great service and awesome prices. Shopping here has quartered our meat bill and we are now eating much better quality meat too!
After shopping at Specialty Foods, it is obvious supermarkets are making a big profit on their meat!
Check out their website for all their prices.[less]
Buy in bulk! By buying a slab of meat, you save around $5/kg on their prices (which are already cheap). They will slice the meat for you, and trim the fat!
I love this store, which based in Camden - a little country looking town not far from Campbelltown & Narellan
This store has great gifts which are not common in most gift stores, and they are all very well priced. To add to the fun of shopping, the back of the store is dedicated to Lifeline used clothing. The clothes you get there are all washed and pressed and hanging in coloured order on the shelves. Everything is neat and tidy and you can browse very easily. You will find most big brand names there also. My daughter was always dressed in Pumpkin Patch clothing and other brand names. Little did people know about my secret Treasures On Argyle!
I have bought many gifts there at very affordable prices. Even my favourite pair of jeans come from there, top brand name for $9.00!
The only thing about this store if you don't buy the gift item when you see it, you are likely to miss out, so snap it up while you can.[less]
The prices are all as marked. But they quite often have sales on discontinued lines at great prices.
This store has a great range of second hand and new furniture, electrical goods, clothing and household items. New stock is delivered daily, so it pays to keep watch. When I was recently furnishing my disabled son's new unit, I got a 3 seater tartan sofa in mint condition, and extremely comfy to boot, for a mere $75. An extendable dining table for $40 and 4 matching chairs for $35 came in the next day, and the day after scored us a double ensemble also in mint condition for $120.
The staff are also prepared to bargain on older stock, so if you know that something has been on the shop floor for a while (assuming you are prepared to drop in regularly), you can often negotiate an even better price.
This store has also yielded many items of clothing, shoes, luggage, books, household items such as lamps and side tables, and a stack of linen. All for bargain prices even for an op shop.
Delivery is available at a very reasonable price and they will supply phone numbers of their carriers.[less]
Drop in often and keep note of what's in stock. New stock arrives daily. Anything that has been there a while can usually be bargained for a better price, although prices are already fair.
Real bargains are always outside the front door, such as outdoor setting for $15, and bikes for under $10.
CIT Hairdressing is a training salon at the Canberra Institute of Technology. It is open to the general public and staffed by apprentices who work in the industry. This enables you to get a quality cut at very reasonable prices. Just go to the top floor of C Block!
Monday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Bookings are essential.
Phone: 6207 3246
For a list of hairdressing and beauty prices, visit their website.[less]
Just ring 02 a6207 3246 & make an appointment.
Beautifully fresh meats acquired from local farmers. They also stock fish. Super friendly people, highly recommended for quality and service![less]
Order in bulk once a month or once a quarter and they will give you the specials they have planned during that period.
You will also generally get a few freebies like extra sausages and free range eggs, soup bones, etc.
Green Line Organic Direct is an online business which delivers organic produce straight to your door. We get a weekly delivery of a $45 box of organic fruit and vegetables and it saves us a lot of money compared to our local greengrocer - plus it is organic which means great taste. On the few occasions where we have received something not 100% we have always been given an immediate credit, no questions asked.[less]
Box of the week in various sizes or you can order a la carte. Join up with Greenline and get free delivery in the metro area.
Ray's sells not only nuts but also dried and glace fruit, dried pulses and many other items in bulk. He also sells a great range of herbs and spices. All the nuts are roasted on the premises and they also have great honey at the best price we can find in Melbourne. Everything is so fresh as the turnover is high. Check it out![less]
The prices are all the best.
Visit the Yandina Markets for terrific deals on herbs and spices! Here a husband and wife team sell spices and dried herbs they import/source and grind themselves - their stall smells divine! Often in a range of bag sizes they are much better value than the tiny packets you can buy at supermarkets - especially great if you cook a lot of Asian food. They have a much wider range of spices than any shop I can think of on the Sunshine Coast and also sell cooked Indian treats, oils, pappadums and similar.
While cheaper and fresher than comparable spices from the supermarket, the range and value means that you can make up your own spice mixes and pastes rather than buying them - much cheaper again. Who needs takeaway! Borrow an Asian cookbook from the library and start experimenting![less]
Follow your nose and rock up to the Yandina Markets at the soccer fields on Saturday morning. They are in the last isle closest to the cricket club.
Food Lovers (aka Lucas Trading) is a bulk Italian food shop that stocks lots of everyday and hard to find baking supplies, as well as gourmet style pasta at good prices. A great place to buy bulk baking powder and lentils as well as much more![less]
just go there....
You can make some terrific savings at the Grocery Club. We like to go there after our usual visit to Rocklea Markets. The products vary but we have picked up two kilos of chicken for $6, plus varying cuts, casserole bases and sauces for just $1. Anything we can't get from here or the market we just pick up from the supermarket afterwards. Some items are out of date but are usually just surplus stock and we have never had any problems.[less]
You need to keep an open mind, and dig around the freezers, but the gems are there more often than not.
Hope this helps, Peta Hood.
Bargain Threads sell designer clothing at discount prices. You can pick up fantastic labels for as cheap as $30. Every so often they have a 'fun night' where they discount even further. At the last one of these all new clothing was discounted by 20%, plus champagne and finger food and a hair and make-up demonstration![less]
Either wait for the special rack to appear outside the store Or attend one of the special discount nights.
Clayton Fabrics is located near the Dandenong Plaza and has a huge range of exciting fabrics at the best prices in the south east. There is lots of glitter, micro dot, sheer embroidered fabrics and much more, all at such reasonable prices. It makes your head spin when you walk in, you just want to buy it all!
The more you buy, the bigger the discount you get. The only downside is they are a CASH ONLY outlet, no ATM facilities available. Although the good side to that is you can only spend what you have in your purse![less]
You don't have to even haggle the guy will give you a discount without even asking.
Diana Ferrari is THE place to buy lovely shoes at a fraction of the normal retail price - even if you have big feet (size 10 or 11) like me! I always buy my shoes from this shop - they have the latest styles, and I the think the most I have ever paid was $70. EVERY pair has lasted for ages and ages, and I thrash my shoes![less]
Just pop in!
'We Care' is a Christian run supermarket for pensioners and the under privileged. It sells everything you would expect from a normal supermarket, but at very low prices.[less]
just sighn up with your pension or centerlink details
Attached to Hardwicks Meat Works is their factory shop. Here you can get amazing value on meat if you don't mind buying in bulk. Most meats are almost half the price of what you pay in the butcher shop, and come vacuum packed so they last for a while in the fridge if you don't open them. It's a great idea to portion the meat and freeze what you are not using straight away. They also sell bacon and other pork products, frozen fish and chicken. All the meat is stored in a cool room, and you wheel your trolley around in it - so take a jacket, it gets cold![less]
At the JK Spice Bazaar you can buy your spices, rice, oil, split peas and much more in bulk. All stock is authentic Indian and at a very good price. They sell 250g, 500g and 1kg quantities on a lot of the common spices used in Indian cooking but most are ones we all know. Keeping in mind how much it costs to buy a bottle or 50g packets of spices at the supermarket, my recent shopping trip to JK Spice Bazaar included:
Coriander 500g $5.30, Turmeric 500g $3.35, Paprika 500g $5.45, Curry Leaves 100g $3.00, Chilli Powder extra hot 500g $5.60, Cloves (whole) 100g $2.00, Cardamom (ground) 100g $4.40, Garam Masala 500g $6.00, Cumin (ground) 500g $7.00.
Some of them are cheaper than others. It's also a good place to get cashews in small pieces - a kilo was only $9.70![less]
prices are this cheap all the time.
store is open every day and has parking our the front.
Here you can pick up large quantities of ham, legs, shoulders, sliced meats, sausages, steak, mince and more for about 60% of the usual supermarket prices. With volumes of 3kg and up, it's good to get together with others and make a saving. They do however sell ham by the kilo - it's the best tasting ham for the best price! Convenient location and easy parking.[less]
Just ask if very large volumes.
This is a little jewellery store with a good old fashioned owner jeweller. They sell and fit new watch batteries for $6.00, compared to as much as $25 at other jewellers! The repairs are also much more competively priced that the large jewellery stores.[less]
Just ask for a quote.
This store has all the usual normal appliances, but they also have a seconds store inside the general store, which is great for a bargain. They are a small family owned company, who I would much rather give my hard earned savings to than the commission hungry sales people at the larger stores![less]
We are very loyal customers, and even though we do all the usual shopping around, we find the service and price at Little & Rabie to be excellent and competitive. They are always happy to price match to the larger stores like Harvey Norman and also have a VIP Supporters card that will give you a further 5% off your haggled price.
They will even keep an eye out for a particular seconds item for you!
This op shop is different to others as most of the merchandise is brand new! They sell good quality, fashionable clothing, shoes, costume jewellery and accessories. Some of the stock is "preloved" but this applies to some articles of clothing only and they are still top quality! All of this at op shop prices! The store is only small but has an upmarket boutique look. Well worth a visit![less]
As with all op shops, the prices are very low!
At Detergents Galore you'll find great prices on bulk detergents of all kinds. They make and sell market leader equivalent cleaning products in bulk sizes direct to the public at a fraction of their cost. 100% Australian owned, they offer maximum quality for minimum prices. A friendly, family business - they even help you carry your loot to the car![less]
Fantastic friendly service and FRESH cooked food. They have free tea and coffee - even if that is all you want they will direct you to these first, unless you want a cappuccino or other 'special' coffee, then you pay. We highly recommend stopping in at the Serpentine Roadhouse for food, drink, toilet stop or fuel. Don't confuse it with the one on the other side of the road![less]
For the cheapest meals and coffee in town, go to Pasta d'Vine! Here you will find fabulous home made pasta and pizza. Choose from dine in or takeaway. They have a deli section too, with meats, cheeses and so on. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffee, whatever you like! They also sell delicious Movenpick Swiss ice cream/sorbets to take away or eat in. You can even buy freshly made frozen ravioli pasta and a choice of sauces and parmesan cheese to take home to cook. The whole lot costs around $10-12 and would can feed between 2 - 4 people. They have different dishes available on different nights for eat in menu.
Gourmet Night on Friday night is a three-course fabulous dinner for $28, with plenty of mouth watering choices available. They also offer tapas on the same night and wine is available by the glass or bottle. The menu changes fortnightly.
Coffee is priced at only $3.80 for a mug (cups are cheaper). Lunch prices are fantastic too, just $6 for scrumptious home made quiche and salad. Highly recommended![less]
Head to the Caloundra turn off (Sunshine Coast), take Steve Irwin way until you pass the Zoo then carry on until you reach Beerwah. Turn right at the lights, go over the overpass take the Simpson street exit at the roundabout and it is on your left opposite the train station in Simpson Street.
Savers is a second hand franchise which is available in various locations throughout Australia. This branch opened in Shepparton in 2009 and has racks and racks of mens, ladies and children's good quality second hand clothing. Unlike a lot of op shops it is run like a retail store, with clothing separated into gender, type (pants, shirts and so on) and size. Usually mens second hand clothes are difficult to locate as we wear them to death but they have heaps of everything and very cheap. They also have household items, furniture, bedding, the list goes on![less]
No need to haggle, prices are already low.
Fresh, loose, bulk foods - buy as little or as much as you like! Fantastic for bread bakers but also includes dried fruits, cereals, spices, sweets, pastas, sugars and so on. A fantastic range that continues to grow. I love this shop, which is located in the old Coco's centre. The owners offer good old fashioned service and deserve to be supported![less]
There is no price for packaging and you can bring in your Tupperware.
For excellent bargains I usually purchase from the Md stall at nearby Laverton Market, where the owners sell their products on weekends. You can get great prices on toilet npaper, dishwashing liquid, paper towels, laundry powder and disinfectant. For example, you can get 20 litres of dishwashing liquid for $25. It comes in big drums and I buy it once a year, as long as my husband doesn't forget to close the spiggot and let it run out on the garage floor![less]
Weekdays you can buy from the above address.
Unique Glass Design isn't an actual shop but a registered business run by two glaziers with many years experience. They specialise in:
- glass splashbacks
- shower screens
- glass balaustrading
They do a beautiful job, they are prompt which is very important, and will undercut any quote you can get. Just ring them for a prompt quote anywhere in Melbourne metropolitan area. If unsure, just ring them and see if they will come to you. Phone Mark - 0423 068 730 or Shaun 0419 110 060[less]
MENTION YOU ARE A MEMBER OF SIMPLE SAVINGS AND THEY WILL GIVE YOU A 5% DISCOUNT OFF THEIR ALREADY LOW PRICES
Benara Fresh is a great fruit and vegie store. It's clean, well set out and has friendly staff and great prices. You can even pick up free vegie scraps for your chooks here![less]
The specials are clearly posted, you can also buy bulk trays to get best prices.
Bevilles is a jeweller that sells more than jewellery. Here you will find gifts at reasonable prices, such as Maxwell Williams mug sets for $20 or plates, bowls and pasta sets for $10+. Perfect for weddings and engagement parties![less]
Have a look at the table at the front but don't forget the bargains at the back too.
My naughty 'hidden gem' store - confectionery made on site and sold direct to the public![less]
1kg to 5kg bags of lollies. Perfect for parties or keeping a stash in your drawer at work.
Todae is primarily an online eco-friendly site that shows the general population how not only to help save the planet, but also to become self-sufficient. My interest in products is primarily in solar powered products which will save me power in the long run. I don't have solar panels and am not sure if I will install them as we are unsure how long we will be living where we are. But there are products that you can use that will power smaller appliances like iPhones, portable gamers and laptops to name just a few.
I work in the energy industry and know how much power bills have increased over the past few years due to tariff changes. We can't fool ourselves. In Perth we have been insulated for quite some time with no tariff increases since the 90's but have had large increases the past couple of years with more to come. If we can power our smaller devices, this will decrease our power bills... maybe not by much, but if you have a large household with teenagers, this store may be something that will help reduce your reliances on the power grid and put more money back in your purse/wallet.
I live in Perth so I can't tell you how the Glebe store operates but I have gone to the online store to buy my products. Some products may look expensive but long term savings are the things you need to look at. If you buy a product that will save you electricity in the long term, it is a saving.[less]
Obviously if you buy one product at a time, postage may be expensive. I tend to buy my products and have them sent together. I have not done this, but if you had several people buying together one particular product, it would not hurt to ask for a discount.
This is a great little hairdressing and beauty salon in a country town. The cuts and colours are terrific and the prices amazing! You won't get these prices in the city! It's a good place to relax and chat with staff who treat you as if they've known you forever and are on for a good yarn. Karen and Meg have a keen eye and will offer suggestions of style and colouring and you walk out feeling like a million bucks! It took me years to find someone who can do that. They also tell you how to care for your hair without pushing any products on you. The extra services such as straightening and special styling (especially for the teenage girls who go in for just a trim but come out with fancy styling) don't cost any extra. The salon caters for the whole family and on Tuesday no appointments are necessary. Beauty treatments and massages are also available from a qualified therapist.
Phone (03) 5456 4752[less]
You don't need to do anything special to get their cheap prices - it's all part of the service.
Toni is the best hairdresser! I have been going to her for years. She has done countless up-dos for me for special occasions and helped me change my hairstyle when I had no idea what to do with it. She is lovely to chat to, remembers everything I tell her for next time, and doesn't scold when I come in way overdue for a cut and my fringe is embarassingly long![less]
A regular trim is about $25 and I think she is totally worth it! Make sure you go in with clean hair and if they ask you whether you want it washed say no or be prepared to pay a fair bit extra.
I have been seeing Betty for my acrylic nails and waxing for over five years and I cannot recommend her services highly enough. I constantly get compliments on my beautifully painted natural nails and take great delight in telling people that the nails are actually acrylics! Betty uses the high end non-toxic Creative Nails brand, and also does waxing for myself and my partner. Every couple of months I have a lovely pampering pedicure from her. Betty is helpful and no-nonsense with a great sense of humour and is without a doubt the best nail technician and waxer I have ever had. Yes, you can get cheaper services from the Asian nail bars or you can spend a lot more with another Creative Nails technician but they still won't be as good. For the price, Betty's work is superb. Highly recommended by a complete control freak who has to have her nails and everything else just so![less]
Betty has been known to give a bit off the total to repeat clients if they have multiple services, but it would be very poor manners to try to barter with her from the offset. Her prices are very good value!
Tania is a young hairdresser just starting out in her own business, however, she and her staff provide fantastic service and great haircuts. They only accept cash but the savings are worth it. I have my short hair cut and streaked every month for a total of $55![less]
Don't let the name of the store put you off! You can buy one-kilo packs of meat there too! At Lilydale you sign up and get a member's card. Each time you shop, they keep a tally of how much you spend. When you've spent $500 on meat (and who doesn't with growing children!), you get FREE MEAT! The ladies are helpful, and you can substitute chuck steak for gravy beef and not know the diference! Try them, they're great![less]
This is a family owned and operated small business specialising in organic flours, gluten-free products, boutique cake mixes, sweet things and more. You can get cake decorating supplies including Wilton, bread pre-mixes, free range eggs, local honey, jams, pickles and olive oil and even cake tin hire. Classes are held and parties are catered for. There is a free membership club.[less]
Just ask. Simple Savings members will be offered a discount but you will have to ask and mention where you saw the offer!
Jennifer is a single operator salon. When you are there you feel like the only person in the world that matters. She doesn't mind if you have to bring the kids and they are able to run around outside. Her prices are very reasonable. She mainly works Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and bookings are essential. I feel as though she really listens and when my teenage daughters go there she takes the time to explain what will and won't work about a particular style they are keen on (which is great, as some of their styles are a little over the top!)[less]
She has a set rate for adults, high school, primary kids and preschoolers. I suppose to get the best price, just ask. I dont have colours or perms done so I dont know what the prices are like for them.
At Tumbi Wholesale Meats you get:
- Great quality at affordable prices
- You can buy in bulk or smaller quantities are available
- They will slice your meat free to meet your needs
- They have a huge range freshly prepared daily on the premises
- As well as meat you can also buy bulk frozen products (such as fish, veges, chips and so on)
Well worth a visit![less]
- Ensure you take advantage of the bulk buys
Save up to 60 per cent off normal retail prices on chicken products at this Central Coast factory outlet. As part of the Inghams Enterprises group (Australia's largest producer of chicken and turkey meat) Chickadee continues its specialisation in pre-prepared chicken products - and now turkey products - all at fabulously low prices.
You'll find everything from chicken schnitzels to burgers, drumsticks, nuggets, spicy strips and a range of chicken wing dishes such as Devil's Wings and Wing Dings - perfect for dinners, entertaining or kids' snacks. If you have a taste for turkey, there's mince, sausage, roasts and more on offer.[less]
The stock & specials change quite regulary. I would suggest you call for the current specials & promotions, so you can make the most of your visit.
For example; in the month of May 2010, if you visited the shop on a monday & said "Mum's the word", you were then given an extra 20% off the total of your purchase!
Trading Details: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.15pm, Saturday 8.30am to 3pm
EFTPOS, MasterCard, VISA
The Spud Shed has been in the Mandurah area for quite a few years now. It started off in a large, shed-like building, selling mainly fruit and vegetables. The interior has changed many times and is now a very large open-plan airconditioned shed with six or eight checkouts and a very large carpark with lots of shopping trolleys for your convenience. The Spud Shed has a large variety of fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat, bread, nuts, dried fruit, lollies, soft drinks, frozen vegetables, frozen fish and just about anything you would need in the way of dry goods.
The fresh food is well priced, but I find that some of the packaged groceries are a bit costly, but then they don't have the buying power of the larger supermarkets. However, if you need a particular food item, you will more than likely find it at the Spud Shed and they are open 7 days per week from 7.00am to 9.00pm.
A great place to shop and save money.[less]
2L Milk $1.99, Bread 99 cents loaf Eggs $2.99 doz or 2 Doz for $4
10 kg Bag Potatoes $3.99 or 99 cents kg Carrots 79 cents kg Onions 50cents or 99 cents kg
Apples from around $1.25kg Bananas $1.49kg Broccoli 2 for $1.00 lettuce 69 cents ea
Bulk meat such as Whole Rump for around $7kg or all other meats and chicken sliced and packed.
Countrywide Food Market sells a large range of seafood, frozen meals, vegetables, chips and berries, as well as catering size tinned foods, sauces, condiments and bakery supplies.
They also stock party food, finger food and bulk catering supplies; for example, jelly mix, toppings, spices, Cadbury choc buttons, cheese, butter, frozen ducks and chickens. Canteen supplies include frozen pies, mini pizza, mini lasagne, dim sims to name a few. Catering size frozen cheesecakes and cakes include Sara Lee Brand and at Christmas they bring in products such as plum puddings, pavlova shells, frozen turkeys and hams.
There is also an outlet in Camdale on Bass Hwy. They also have at least one outlet in Melbourne and possible in other areas too. Google them and find out if they are in your city.
Open Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings in Devonport. Stock up and save![less]
Look for the on sale items. Sales are usually advertised in The Advocate, or letterbox flyers.
SOS Hair is a single person salon and Samantha is extremely competent, particularly with colours and nothing is too much. The colour products she uses are natural and do not have that chemical smell so often associated with hairdressing salons.
The salon and its approaches are wheel chair and disabled person friendly and she has many clients (male and female) who appreciate that.
Her prices do not reflect the high quality of service she provides, even better than any high priced city salon.[less]
She also provides a mobile service for people who are unable to get to the salon, Mondays and occasionally after hours. Phone 0439 720 541
Newtown Fruit Shop is a small, local greengrocer that stocks good quality fruit and vegetables, as well as low priced bread and milk. Best of all are their free range eggs, which are advertised as local and guaranteed to be from free range hens, for only $2.99! The staff are friendly and there is plenty of parking. Check it out![less]
Thebarton Foodland is one of the smaller Foodland stores . It has limited parking but the friendly service of the employees more than makes up for any inconvenience experienced!
The bulk meat specials at this store are amazing. They regularly sell whole porterhouse steak at $5.99 per kilo and whole rump at $5.99 per kilo. They will slice the meat for you for free. Chicken wings are usually under $2 per kilo, and chicken leg fillets (leg and thigh in one) are about $5.99 a kilo.
I live about 10km away and even though this distance regularly takes well over 30 minutes due to neverending roadworks, it is still worthwhile, as I buy in bulk and package and freeze three weeks' worth of meat at a time. For our family of seven carnivores, including three teenagers, this is a real hidden gem![less]
Check the local Messenger newspapers on line for free - they seem to advertise in a different edition each week.
Otherwise phone the store and they will give you a run down on meat prices.
Be prepared to wait up to 30 mins to have your beef sliced, the butcher is often quite busy.
Wentworthville NSW 2145
(02) 9636 1142
This is a small butcher's store on the main street of Ringarooma. They have cuts of meat ready to sell on show and give great advice when you're not sure how much you need to feed a certain number of people. They have lovely fresh meat and great prices all year round.[less]
I order in advance and they always give me good prices when I buy in bulk.
This small grocery store sells the most excellent, fresh-caught prawns around. They have their own trawler and catch them fresh every day. The price is very reasonable, ranging from $13 a kilo up to $18, depending on size. I have had their prawns several times and have found them to be top quality. They also have a small selection of seafood, but it is fairly expensive and I can't vouch for the quality of that as I've never bought it.
This store is being overshadowed by the new shopping centre that is being built on the corner of Old Cleveland Rd East and Main Rd, just two doors down from them. The owner says she is staying and I hope people support her small business, especially by buying their prawns from them.[less]
They are open 7 days a week from 6.30am to 7pm.
This small group of shops is a block back from Blacktown train station, near to Blacktown RSL.
On the ground level there is a seafood shop, butcher, fruit and vegie market, bakery and supermarket - produce is super fresh and prices are super low!
I haven't ever been upstairs, but there's a hairdresser and restaurant, which I would assume are both reasonably priced too.
The seafood shop is my latest love - they sell fresh salmon "offcuts" (i.e. from filleting) for $2 (for almost a kilo) SO CHEAP! They sell whole FRESH fish, with beautiful clear eyes (the best freshness test) for low prices - I bought 500g of green prawns, salmon offcuts and a whole snapper for under $25 last week!
The butcher, too is very cheap and very fresh - I highly recommend their chicken. You may need to do some "trimming" (fat) but the meat is good quality.
Everything is usually open past 5pm, although I'm not exactly sure how late...
I LOVE these guys :)[less]
At the seafood shop, they will gut your fish for free! They usually offer, but if not, then just ask :)
The Asian Supermarket sells in bulk - we regularly buy boxes of Asian brand name instant noodles (e.g. Mi-Goreng) so that packets work out to under 50c each (about 40c from memory). They also have rice, catering supplies, sauces, drinks and LOTS more available to purchase in bulk.
These guys specialise in unit (rather than weight) pricing, which makes it very easy to track your spending. The quality is really good and the prices are some of the best on the Central Coast. They also sell a variety of breads, which are very competitively priced.[less]
Ask for a flyer at the front desk (showing the current week's specials) and check the bins at the front of the store (under the awning, on the pavement) for the best bargains.
Passionflower has natural skincare products and gift baskets available in-store and online. Handmade in Ballarat, using cold pressed vegetable oils, pure essential oils, nut butters and such, products are made in small fresh batches to ensure freshness.
In-store you can browse the products, oils and gift options, enjoy the Coffee House beverages, cakes and slices. Bookings are available for groups including mums groups, book clubs, business and social get-togethers.
Meditation is held two nights a week, often followed by chats over herbal tea. Relaxation or Deep Massages, Facial and Body Treatments appointments are available.
03 4308 0488
0447 520 885[less]
Special offers and new arrivals or services are updated regularly on Passionflower Massage and Coffee House facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ballarat-Australia/Passionflower-Massage-and-Coffee-House/127811170567560?v=wall&__a=21&;
Keep an eye on the Wall Page and the status offers 'bottomless cuppas', discount meditation nights, pamper nights at short notice and its usually a great deal!
Now with CUPCAKES in the Coffee Shop - mmm
Being of European heritage I get quite hairy! I have known Hayley Kraulis for nearly 5 years now and have always gone to her for all my waxing needs! We met when she first started and before either of us had kids. :)
She works from home which is nice and relaxing and very comfortable. She is friendly and geninue and also offers other services such as tanning, makeup acrylic nails and manicures and pedicures on top of waxing.[less]
Before I met her it would cost me over $70 just to get a full leg wax (no bikini) but at Hayley's I can get a full leg wax, bikini line, underarm, upper lip and arms done for less and be left with change.
I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs to wax (shaving is not an option for me) as not only will you save money but you will walk out feeling wonderful! ;)
I highly recommend Renea Davies at Think Feet for her tremendous service. Her personality and straightforwardness put me at ease instantly. The treatment was short and painfree and the cost unbelievably affordable. She gets a thumbs up from me! =)[less]
I buy a lot of fresh food and nuts and some unusual ingredients. Kakulus Brothers is a fantastic plus to buy some ingredients that you pay the earth for in health food shops.
Because it is located just outside the Perth CBD in Northbridge, parking is limited but there is some street parking. It is close to bus route. The only snag for some would be the lack of Eftpos but that is how they keep the price of their product down. They have friendly staff who are always happy to help if you have questions. I thoroughly recommend this shop and if I lived closer I would be shopping there every week instead of once a month![less]
I would like to recommend a beauty therapist in Brisbane. Her name is Nabi and she has recently transitioned from working in a salon to starting her on mobile services. Nabi is very professional and talented, not to mention her extremely reasonable prices.
She can do massages, waxing, facials and also make up (she did my wedding makeup!)
Please look on her website to get a full pricelist but to give you an idea:
Head, shoulder & neck massage 30mins $30
Eyelash Tint $15
Half Leg wax $25
This includes her travelling to you so you can be pampered in the comfort of your own home (excellent if you have children)![less]
Have a beauty party! Invite a few girls over (minimum four people) and pay only $50 each. You choose five services each, e.g. eyelash tint, half leg wax, eyebrow wax, neck and shoulder massage, toe nail buff and polish.
How good is that! See her website for more details or call her on 0421 736 622
If you ever go to Redcliffe you need to give this place a try for a fantastic low cost meal. This is my favourite fish and chips shop - my husband and I will drive 20 minutes just to get our food from here!
This is a family business with really nice owners... The food is very good and wide variety but it's the quantity that really gets us coming back.
Minimum chips is $2.50 I think and this seems like almost a kilo of chips! More than enough for three people and there will still be left overs!
The seniors pack is $8.50 I believe, which includes fish, chips and a can of drink! We have been to other shops along the beach that charge $10 just for a piece of fish and chips!
My other favourite is the 'steak works burger' at $8.50. It's HUGE and has everything on it you could possibly put on a burger. Very, very yummy![less]
Don't order too much - there will be plenty to go around!
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This op shop has really good stuff. It doesn't have that op shop "smell" and all the clothes are scrutinised before they go into the shop. I do about 95% of my clothes shopping there. In the interests of full disclosure, I do volunteer there half a day a wek. The volunteers aren't allowed to buy anything before it's been in the shop for two days and we are told that if an item comes in that we would not be happy wearing, (in terms of quality) we throw it out and don't put it in the shop.[less]
Their prices are reasonable and with the exception of wedding dresses the most expensive clothes item in the shop is $10, (winter coat).
These guys have a family owned business that has been operating since 1981 on the Gold Coast. I'm a raving fan. They have a fantastic product and really great deals, you just need to ask at the counter and they'll point you to where they are on the menu. You just need to know where to look! There are stores all over the coast, some are franchised. If you are going to holiday on the Gold Coast, Maries Pizza truly have the pizza to try! 13004MARIES is the number to call.[less]
Have a look at the website www.mariespizza.com.au/special-offers before you go in to order. They have excellent coupons to print out. You can save a bundle.
Luke, the owner and mechanic at the workshop, is very approachable, honest and reliable. He picked my car up and delivered it back to me the same day. He did a service on my car and even cleaned the front windscreen and put tire shine on my wheels. He only charges $85 for a standard service which is why I went there and even though I knew more work had to be done, he quoted me before doing it and it was heaps cheaper than what I was quoted from a mob down the road six months earlier. Great service and best of all great Price![less]
Call and book in for the $85 service. You wont be disapointed!
Call Luke on 5438 0124
I drop in to Conga Foods once every 3 or 4 months. There are lots of Italian imported products like pasta, jarred olives, peppers, capers, cheeses, 1kg bags of frozen berries, frozen chips, frozen vegetables, coffee for machines etc. Sole Mare tuna is very much cheaper than the supermarket and they also have a section with almost out of date or damaged packaging products where you can pick up items very cheap. Lots of other things as well...
They are at 70 Bell Street, Preston, between Chifley Drive and the bridge as you are heading towards Heidelberg. They are open between 8:30 and 4:30 M-F and not sure about Saturday.[less]
This place has the best Thai food on the Central Coast!
Lunch is $8.90 which includes a sit down meal with a soft drink or bottled water.
Dinner is only slightly more expensive and offers bigger portions.
The service is friendly, prompt and quite satisfactory.
If you like Thai food you will not be disappointed![less]
The prices are always great!
Open Monday to Friday only - 10am to 3pm[less]
It's A Community Store. The store is run for the benefit of the Ballarat community; staff are all volunteers. The store is run to break even only.
Who is behind it? The store is a joint community project of Wendouree West Community Renewal, UnitingCare and St Vincent de Paul Society.
Can I save money? We compared the prices of some basic stock lines with competitors and there is the potential to save by visiting regularly. The stockist appears to be IGA.
This meat depot is open Saturdays and Sundays only but is excellent value for money. Their prices are lower then the supermarkets on special. Most of the meat is packaged in bulk but they also cut to order. When I went a few weeks ago lamb cutlets were around $17 a kilo compared to $29 at Coles and spring lambs legs for $6.49kg.[less]
Be prepared to buy in bulk, I found a tray of 22 NY Steaks for just under $20. I have a very large freezer so am able to get at least 3 months' worth of meat from one shopping trip! I spent less then $100 and bought some things like cutlets which I normally think are too expensive, but came home with what I worked out to be over $250 worth of meat if I had bought it at the supermarket on special!
This is a warehouse catering to Middle Eastern cookery with a large range of dry goods as well as tinned items many in catering sizes. It is a veritable Aladdin's cave of common nuts, grains and spices and a glimpse of an exotic world of less well known ingredients. I buy 2kg yoghurt for $5.00 (half the supermarket price) as well as bread flour and much more. They are open six days a week.[less]
Endless Beauty is a fantastic beauty place in the main street of Hall Village (just up from the pub).
Mady runs the shop and does all the treatments, although from time to time Alyson (the owner) will pop back in to do clients - with her adorable kids in tow!!
The facials are amazing and it has a stand up solarium - much safer than lying on those rays! Prices are very reasonable and there are always offers going on.[less]
Boho Hair and Beauty is the ONLY place I get my hair done - and I now live in Victoria! I schedule my trips around my hair appointments :)
I started going there when it was under a different name - and my regular hairdresser Kristin was fantastic. She has since bought the shop and taken it from strength to strength. It is a credit to the salon when you can walk in, say 'do whatever' and you have never walked out with a cut/colour/style that you dont like.
Kristin, Casey and the girls are just amazing. The prices are good too ($150 is the most I have ever paid after a complete transformation) and they now have beauty out the back![less]
This is a great flower shop which always has great service, reasonable prices and fantastic flowers.
The flowers are always the highest quality and I cannot recommend them highly enough.[less]
Recycled Textbooks specialises in second hand school books for secondary schools in Victoria. You can buy and sell your textbooks and out of date books are donated to World Vision. Books are priced according to condition. It is a small store so be prepared to wait in the busy season but the saving can be worth it. They will also post books out.[less]
For brilliant servicing of your vehicle, at a fraction of the price of the previous place we were getting ours done, I can't recommend these guys highly enough. Not only that, but last week when I had a dizzy spell when I was picking the car up, they took me (and my car) home a half hour drive away, and that was after hours. Pricing is also fantasic, and I reckon they're the best thing since sliced bread![less]
Talk to Dean and say Mary sent you!
This business is run in a home salon. The owner is very friendly and because she doesn't have the usual expensive shop overheads her prices are very reasonable. She doesn't do gel nails but her acrylics are great! I was a nailbiter before my first set and I was surprised how well they stayed on considering how little nail I had to fix them to! She does some very pretty decorations too.
A full set will cost $65 and infills are between $38 and $44 depending on how much it's grown out I think.[less]
Casey does eyelash extensions in her home salon, which only costs $85 instead of the $110+ that other salons are charging. The service is friendly and professional and nothing is too much touble. She also does waxing, (men & women) spray tanning, manicures and pedicures. I had lash extensions done for New Year's Eve and am now a convert! Her phone no is 8790 0475 or 0418 127 808.[less]
Premium quality disposable nappies and wipes. Snookums brand. New to Australia. Haven't seen it sold in shops yet. You can order online from the website. Free delivery for Queensland area. They have a few stockists. Prices are quite cheap and competitive. Nappies come in four different sizes (newborn to extra large). Prices range from $27.50 to $36.00 for a box of 100. You can also ask for samples. Wipes come in two sizes, e.g. a pack of 80 for $2.50.[less]
Register on the website for specials. Also if you are in the Northern Suburbs, Melbourne, give them a call on 0403221283/99421509 as they offer even more discount on the listed price.
I heard about Jeweller Direct through a friend, and have been there to get a few items of jewellery made. The service is fantastic, and price much better than we were quoted through a few jewellery stores - as in this situation you are dealing with the jeweller directly.
I have told a few people about this jeweller, and they went to him to get some jewellery restored and said the prices were fantastic! They had shopped around, and the cost of restoration was just too much (given the items were inherited) but Peter is fantastic. I would highly recommend him for getting any gemstones set, any jewellery restored or any special custom-made gift for someone lucky.[less]
Baby Central is a small shop with lots of good quality, clean second hand baby and toddler goods for decent prices. They cover a range of items from furniture (cots, bassinettes, change tables, play pens and portacots), clothing (from newborn to kindy, shoes too), things to get around (prams - including twin and double prams, baby slings and carriers, car and booster seats), bedding for all seasons and toys galore.
The staff are helpful and friendly, and the store has parking at the rear, away from the main road.
Baby Central is open Monday to Friday from 9:30am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri, and on Saturdays between 9:00am - 1:00pm and is right next to the Westfield Shopping Centre in Strathpine.[less]
When you pay for your items on your first trip, they give you a 10% off voucher for your next visit. Unfortunately I forgot mine the second time around, but I won't next time!
This is a Korean /Japanese restaurant that has the best sushi I have ever eaten in my life. The other food is supposedly good but I always get the sushi so cannot personally comment!
The sushi is made fresh in front of you (as in if you have cooked chicken in yours, they cook the chicken there and then; the only pre-prepared stuff is the rice) and is AMAZING.
The owners and staff are fabulous. I got my hubby to pick up some takeaway for my birthday and when they found out that it was my birthday they made me a 'sushi cake' with all different types and flavours of rice and decorated with smoked salmon roses.
They also treat our kids like princesses, which is very important to me when choosing a restaurant.[less]
Just eat there! The food is extremely reasonably priced. Although they do sometimes have an 'All Sushi $3' deal of a day time.
I discovered these people by accident when having trouble with my car and unable to get to 'my' mechanic. I thought it would be expensive to have fixed but the man fixed it on the spot and refused payment! 'Just a little thing. No problem. Enjoy your day'.
They have been my mechanics ever since and never try to cheat me despite me having no clue about cars. I have found them to be much cheaper than other places.
I fortunately have the advantage of a sister who works for a mechanic so can get rough diagnoses and cost estimates. The man at ZK Auto always tells me the same thing and comes in at, or below, the same price I have been told - and he doesn't know I know this!
I LOVE them for their decency. It is hard to know whether you are being ripped off with something you know nothing about and I feel confident with them.[less]
DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) Moorabbin claim to have 100 Big Brands with up to 70% off. My shopping experience last weekend confirms this.
I was sauntering around actually looking for a pair of Globe shoes for a male relative. I found what I wanted within 10 mins for $79 which was $60 less than the RRP of $139.
We must have still be in shoe mode when we came across Colorado. This brand is well known to us and we do buy most of our shoes from Colorado but in the normal retail stores. At the back of my mind I had been looking for two types of shoes which I was going to try to get online to save money, but because I have 'tricky' feet, I didn't actually order.
The selection at Colorado was huge and they were already discounted PLUS another 30% off the discounted price. Here I picked up a cute pr of walking shoes with all those adjustable little straps to make your fit perfect (exactly what I was after online) $109 down to $34.48 saving $74.52. Also I could not go past a nice pr of ballet flats made of black leather with some fancy cutouts $109 down to $34.97 also saving $74. Just perfect for autumn with my 7/8th pants or leggings.
My DH found some good quality shorts. One at $13.97 down from $60 and a high end pair for $34.97 down from $89.
Our total bill was $118.39. We made a massive saving and it also saved me the headache of buying shoes online and the uncertaintly that comes with that (i.e. are they actually comfortable? Remember my tricky feet?) I got to try before I bought.
I was very happy with my items as they were exactly what I had been looking for at great savings. Don't go to the regular store. Try DFO. I recommend this Hidden Gem store.[less]
Service was basically self service, although the staff did come to see how you were going from time to time. Everything was there though and the staff were quite friendly. There was no special time, alth weekend. We must have been there at the end of the season,so there was the extra 30% off an already heavily discounted product.
The Gepps Cross Markets are great for their fresh fruit and vegetables. They arrive direct from the growers fresh in season and best of all are at least 50% cheaper than shopping at the local green grocer even cheeper than the supermarkets. I know that it is local and seasonal. Stall holders change from week to week, it depends what they have ripe for sale.
Prices are cheap enough that I am able to make my own preserves, such as apricots $2.00 a kg (3kg makes enough jam for my family for a year). Bananas are $1.99kg whereas elsewhere is $5.00. Baby squash are $2.00 a kg and I have never seen them less than $5.00kg and never as fresh as these ones! I could go on but the list is too long!
It costs $1.50 per person to get in but this fee goes to charity. So I am not just saving on fresh fruit and veg but am helping a good cause too![less]
I go every Sunday as that is the only day it is open from 8am to 1pm. You can haggle with some of the stall holders but it really isn't neccesary. Prices really are so cheap. There is a lot of competition so it keeps the prices down. If you go after 12 it is even cheaper but you only have what is left.
Good range of children's clothing (used and new) plus toys and books. Also has good ideas for gifts for children's birthday parties.[less]
Keep an eye out for the end of season sales. Also the specials rack is great for everyday clothing.
This store stocks second hand quality womens clothing. It's the Red Cross shop called the Red Cent. The staff are really friendly.[less]
Everything is already a great price so you dont need to haggle. I have got some gorgeous clothing here that everyone comments on.
The fruit stall/shop on the Woombye Palmwoods Road has great prices and a good range of the slightly unusual. It also usually has local produce, often at a great price - e.g. at the moment they have local lychees for $5.00 a kilo when the shops have them at at least twice the price. Stonefruit is $3-$4 dollars less than elsewhere. It's like a market stall you can go to every day! The people are lovely too.[less]
I love this shop as I save so much money every time I shop there. The biggest savings are on grocery items. Some of the items may be reaching their expiry date or just gone past it. Examples of savings are - Masterfoods Caesar Salad dressing (2.2kgs) for just $2.95. Packets of pasta for 95c and buy one get one free. They sell all kinds of products including a great range of dried herbs and spices which are locally made. The containers are much cheaper than what you buy in the supermarkets. When I was moving house, my friend could not believe how many large catering containers I had in my cupboards - she thought I was nuts! But I honestly save so much money on regular grocery shopping because of the way I am able to buy at Wally's World. They also sell a variety of products which you would find in regular discounted stores, but I definitely think the biggest saving is in their grocery line.[less]
I will often ask if they will give me a discount for buying a box instead of a single item. Examples are chips and packet noodles. Also I have mentioned to them about my back being sore and they always help carry my groceries out to the car if I buy a lot (they will do that anyway). Talk about great service! Everyone is really friendly in the store and because their prices are so cheap, there is no need to barter them down. It is always good to go to the store when they have just had a delivery and are putting the goods out on the shelves but there is no particular day.
I have found this to be the best place to purchase bulk meat. The Prime Valley Pastoral Company sells excellent quality lamb and beef at reasonable prices per kilo. You can buy either a half or full animal cut to you requirements. I buy a full lamb every 3 to 4 months and usually costs around $150 mark. The main supermarket stores usally charge $10 plus per kilo for lamb and this company charges $7.20 per kilo.
You order by either ringing their office or online through their site. Place your orders on Monday and it will be ready to pick up on Friday. The company does not have a delivery service but they are looking at getting one in the near future. I pick up our order from the site, my order is ready when I get there and they have EFTPOS. Your meat will be placed in a large plastic bag and you have to divide it up at home. On hot Adelaide days I would recommend taking an Esky to put your meat in.
The meat is succulent and flavoursome and freezes extreamly well.[less]
The meat prices vary according to the market value. Last year lamb was $6.70 per kilo. But it is still way cheaper to buy it in bulk like this than the supermarkets.
Top quality local produce at really great prices. Usually at least half the price of supermarkets. Not only do they sell fruit and vegetables, but also milk at $1.99 for 2 litres plus they have a nice selection of grocery items at prices you have to see to believe. Service is friendly and quick. If you ask someone will carry your purchases to your car. You will not buy fruit and vegetables from the supermarket again after shopping there![less]
Shop there for the prices and the quality of the stock.
I recently went here with my three children to stock up on school shoes and runners and managed to buy six pairs of shoes for $150! The service was fantastic and the shoes are great quality.[less]
Their shoes are always well priced!
This little shop in rural Tasmania sells pre-loved clothing and shoes. They are all in good condition, clean and smell nice. The shoes generally range in price from $2.00 to $5.00 a pair but the best bargain is the clothes - six items of clothing (ANY clothing item) for $5.00. That equals 80c a garment! The shop is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am till 4pm all year round. They also have a Food Bank attached to the shop which is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am till 4pm, you are eligible to shop at the Food Bank if you have a current Health Care Card or Pension Card. The cost per item of food is $1.00 per kilogram. It is all good quality and "in date". It is staffed by a group of 'older' volunteers from the local church, which is nice because they have the time of day to talk with you. Also the men will carry your purchases to the car for you (especially great when you are pregnant - as I am - or not able to lift) without you even having to ask for assistance.[less]
If you don't want to buy six items of clothing generally you only pay a little bit more per garment e.g. $1 - $2.00. You can also ask them to 'keep an eye out' for something for you (e.g. at the moment I am in need of maternity garments) and they will, putting it aside for you until the next time you come in. You don't really need to do anything to great a deal (just be nice I guess!) as they exist to help the local community.
I like this shop because it competes with six other op shops in the area, is behind the local pub and has a car park right out the front (comes in handy if you shop up big)! The prices are fantastic and you can grab some real bargains. They often have special weeks or days where things are reduced, such as last week all clothes with a blue tag were $1.[less]
I usually look in from time to time, it's always a great place to go shopping for bargains.
Franklins in Broadmeadow is the best supermarket in Newcastle area because:
* I always get a park right at the door (no more than 5 metres from the cash registers!)
* I have never had to queue at the deli (actually - I don't think I have ever seen more than three other customers in the store!)
* The trolleys dont require a token/coin (and in fact I am often met by a happy employee keen to take my trolley back inside for me - or I walk the 3-5 metres and do it myself)
* With less than 10 staff employed there I am always greeted by a friendly and welcoming familiar face
* They have all I need in their six aisles (unlike many of the bigger supermarkets that have up to 14 aisles where I find I buy more (and spend more) than I need)
* It is located next to Stangers (a discount butcher) which sells bulk amounts of meat/chicken that I split with a neighbour.
* It is always really clean - especially the deli which is something I am fussy about
* They have much tastier and cheaper BBQ chickens than other supermarkets (less than $9 - and there are SOOO many yummy meals you can whip up in a flash if you have a good BBQ chicken on hand!)[less]
I go to Franklins at Broadmeadow in Newcastle on either a Monday or Friday because that is when they have the best "mark-downs". I stock up on (and freeze if I need to) yoghurt/juice/cheeses/cream/dips/flavoured milk/regular milk/smallgoods which are "marked down" to half price once they have 5 remaining days until the "best before" date.
Other perishables like Latina pasta and pasta sauce are always significantly reduced too, and they have a great cart of slightly overripe fruit marked down considerably and perfect for banana cakes/ frozen for smoothies, and veges slightly past their prime and a great price for putting in casseroles/stews/soups.
I find they always have significantly reduced meat and chicken there for 40-50% off if it has a day or two until its 'best before ' date.
Overall - they are much more generous with their 'marking down' of perishable goods than any of the other supermarkets I've tried (Coles/Woolworths/Aldi/IGA/Bi-Lo).
Also - I read that the Franklins loyalty program was found to be the best value of all of the supermarket loyalty programs. Currently, if you have a loyalty card, you are entitled to an extra amount of advertised specials and this extra amount is significant when added up over a month ($28 just in a single month for our family of 4 this year!!)
Finally - any day you spend $5 or more they will offer you a free Sydney Morning Herald/Sun Herald newspaper. I go on Sundays, do two transactions, and drop the spare newspaper into my neighbour (who usually meets me at the door with something fresh from his garden!)
For all your herbal tea needs, don't waste time, just go straight to the person with the best service and knowledge I know. Patrick O'Brien is a caring, knowledgable and efficient supplier of herbal teas. He visits the Yandina Markets, QLD every Sunday and also operates a website if you cannot get to the market. You can also do as I do and call Patrick personally and he will take your order, give helpful hints and send your herbs promptly in the mail. I buy four or five packets at a time and Patrick always put a free bag of herbs in each order. If you visit the market regularly he has a reward system so for every certain no of bags you get a free one. I have found Patrick's prices are cheaper than two other outlets I previously sourced my herbal teas from of the same quality, but with better and more personal service.[less]
You don't have to do anything special to get the best price or service from Patrick, it just comes automatically. Patrick is passionate about his products and this comes through when dealing with him.
I have slashed my fruit and vegetable bill by half since shopping at this store. It is a no-frills store - it only has what is in season and while the variety is less than what you find in the supermarket, the prices are fantastic. Prices before the Queensland floods included bananas and apples for $0.79c/kg and tomatoes for $1.99/kg. The reason why they sell so cheaply? They buy what the major supermarkets reject. But while the quality may not be 'top notch' (i.e. marks on the fruit and veg) the taste is still the same and lasts just as long.[less]
Shop there any day of the week! Their prices are just fantastic!
A trip to the abattoir doesn't sound like much fun really, does it? Especially to little ones. However, what I was expecting and what I got were completely different things. For a start, the BEST customer service that you could ever ask for! The lady warmly greeted me at the door and allowed me to look through the small coolroom at my own pace. That in itself would have been OK customer service. Knowing her product, how to cook it to get the best out of the cuts, and how to slice down larger portions of meat into steak and other cuts also bumps the customer service up another notch.
However, I always have my two little ones with me. My son is almost 2 and daughter almost 4. When Luke was around 15 months old (back when I started going to the meat packers) he was in his pram. I didn't want to get him cold in the coolroom so I left the pram just outside the plastic strap door and grabbed what I could quickly. If he started to cry I'd jump out pronto. However, the lovely lady who runs the store gave him something to play with and chatted to him to keep him at ease. If anyone has been in this situation you would know what a Godsend this is. Again, customer service up another notch!
One day I turned up and the same lady was using her camera to take a photo of a butterfly and had my little girl enthralled. The kids ended up playing on the grass together while I shopped and she rang up the bill. It was just beautiful to see my two enjoying the trip to the abattoir. It's a very small store; very quiet and no real traffic, and I could see out the window so I felt comfortable enough doing this. The same day, just as I loaded both the kids into the car, Jessica decided she desperately needed to go to the toilet. It was urgent. I amost thought she would have to go on the grass. I quickly asked the shop lady if I could use their toilets and she took me over through her office so Jess could use the toilet there. But that isn't where the customer service ended! She also attended to my son for the time we were in the toilet, who was still in his car seat with the window down and door open. She showed him toys and talked with him again. Honestly, she was an absolutely wonderful business owner and also a wonderful person to be so thoughtful.
I'm not advocating this business be a child minding service by any stretch of the imagination, and I'm sure if I wasn't the only customer at the time the shop owner wouldn't be able to help me out like she had. However, it was the little things that just made this place a real gem. The brilliant combination of customer service, product knowledge, product pricing, and that little bit of extra care that just makes the experience so much more enjoyable.
Price-wise and quality-wise, I just can't do any better. The meat is absolutely beautiful, often having great marbling. The prices, well quite a few cuts were around the $6.50/kg mark and the knowledge was on hand on how to cook them to get the best from them. Even the more expensive cuts of meat like eye fillet can be found for under the $20/kg mark and then cut up and stored in the freezer for special dinners. Quite a wonderful saving when you consider the cost of going out and ordering this cut of meat or even just buying it from the big chain supermarkets.
I'd really like to thank this business, more than just saying thank you. They have saved me time, money and by showing such wonderul customer service they will keep me coming back. By posting this I'm hoping to help promote a wonderful husband and wife who run this business.[less]
Generally the prices are far lower than anything I've seen in the supermarkets for years. The specials are listed in the local paper, which gives an indication of pricing. They also advertise specials on the notice board outside the gates. In addition, they have a pricing list that you can take away. Prices are low and everyone gets a great deal.
The prices are also listed on their website as a PDF file so you can work out how much you are likely to spend. However, as it is in bulk some pieces need to be cut down and bagged up.
Here is the link to the PDF and times the store is open.
About a year ago, I discovered this hairdresser in the heart of Glenelg, through a friend, who told me about his prices. You will get the cheapest haircut in Glenelg here. Most hairdressers in this area charge from $55 from but these guys charge from just $35 for a cut and from $60 for a full colour. In my experience, this is much cheaper than most good hairdressers.
Tony is a really down to earth guy, who works alongside another hairdresser, but charges his own rates. He has told me a few times that he doesn't believe in overcharging people for haircuts, and if he can help people out a bit by offering reasonable prices, then he will.[less]
Tony offers these rates to all of his customers, but you need to call him directly on 0415 571 511. The bloke that he works alongside charges different rates, so make sure you get Tony.
Preston Market has excellent prices for fresh meat and fish. The vegetables are also well priced. The market has clothing stalls too, but really it's the food I visit for. I grew up in the area and even though I'm on the other side of town, there is not anything to compare it to.[less]
Just go and look! Like most markets, there will be markdowns of fresh fruit and veg towards the end of the day. Not sure about the meat or fish.
This small church-run Opshop is very well organised and the prices are really low. The clothes are well sorted and every week some items are on special for $1. There is a play area for the kids with tea and coffee available. I love this shop as the ladies are so friendly and helpful and really care about those that visit They offered a young mum with 2 DD help and support without judgement.
Monday 9 -12,
Wednesday 9 - 4
Friday 9 - 12
Saturday 9 -12.[less]
The basic clothing lines are priced from 50c to $2.50 with items such as wedding dresses costing up to $100. Items cannot be purchased from the sorting area only from the shelves but if you are looking for something just ask.
This store is great for party food, has wonderful products and great brands at a fraction of the price of supermarkets. My favourite are the Patties Lamb & Rosemary party pies. They also do party packs cheaply. They have a butcher onsite and sell bulk frozen vegetables. The staff are helpful and will even carry the stuff to your car if you have too much to carry. The best thing is they open at 7am on Saturday mornings.[less]
This store offers fundraising for schools and kinders and when it is set up you get 5% discount and the school or kinder also gets a 5% rebate.
Zi is a small store in the South Fremantle Market Place shopping centre, which has great clothes at AMAZING value. They stock the same ranges as a lot of other stores, but at up to 1/3rd off the price (ten dollar Spiced Sugar skirts vs 65 dollars in Subiaco stores) as well as some other ranges. They also act as the outlet for their sister store Zodium, so you can sometimes get up 75% off garments that are a little more 'high end'. The best thing about the store is not just the prices; the owner and staff are genuinely interested in fashion and making people feel good, so their advice is always honest and they would never let you walk out in something that made your bum look big! They have regular sales, and f you join them on Twitter or Facebook, they will let you know of any sales, and will often give you a discount for mentioning that you found them on either of these sites. One final plus point isthat there is heaps of free parking right out the front![less]
Follow them on Twitter, or 'like' them on Facebook and they will let you know about their sales (fairly regular events) and sometimes give a discount if you mention that you follow them through either of these mediums. Also try to go at the weekend when the owner is in. She will often give you a discount.
This shop is amazing! It only stocks brand names but prices start at less than $10. All items are organised according to type and then size making it easy to find something instead of sifting through piles of jumbled stuff! They also stock accessories and a few quirky items. The ladies that work there are friendly locals and very helpful; they don't pester you but are there when you need them. I went in there looking for an item to wear on a night out. I found a silver dress that, after a further 20% off due to a sale, I paid only $14.40 for! All my friends thought the dress looked great and was a bargain! All items are in good condition; they have a strong policy of only accepting washed, ironed and 'on hanger' items. The store works on consignment by appointment only and only keep things in store for three months and add new stock every day! If you are looking for a new item for an event this is the place to go![less]
To get the best price it is best to purchase a few items and then get them to alter the price. Also end-of-season sales work well and it's store-wide!
This wonderful wholesale butcher is located in Fairy Meadow, about 5 minutes from Wollongong. They sell a range of steaks in bulk amounts and will cut them to the size you want for free. They will even leave some for you to use as a roast and will give you the fat for the dogs. They also sell chicken breast thighs, sausages and pork and lamb roasts all at very reasonable prices. The service is awesome and I have never had a bad experince since shopping there over the last three years. This store is a hidden gem as it's not too well known and these days service this good is quite a rarity.
the sell there steaks all sorts in bulk ammounts and cut it up for for free to the size of the cuts you wish for and will even leave some so you can use it as a roast as well as give you the fat for the dogs. they also sell chicken breast thighs sausages, pork and lamb roast really cheap the service it awesome and i have never had a bad experince since shopping there over the last 3 years. this store is a hidden gem as not to many know about it and you cant get service as good as this around much[less]
Ordering in bulk can insure a better deal (although their prices are already very cheap!).
Sax is a clothes store aiming for a market of about 18-45 year olds. Something they do really well is to stock avariety of interesting dresses, which is quite a rarity these days. Their clothes are unique, especially for a smaller market like Hobart.
The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help you find what you need or make suggestions if you need help. They also believe in the clothes they are selling and seem to take real delight in your happiness over a new outfit.[less]
Their clothes are very reasonably priced. I often get a surprise at how cheap some things are as they are pretty well made. They also devote half the store to being a clearance area where there are always fantastic bargins to be had from the season just gone.
The meat is of the same quality (if not better) than what I buy at the supermarket, but for much less. There are many items that give a hefty discount if you bulk buy (eg 3kg or more). The staff are lovely - they have never been anything other than polite, friendly and seemingly happy to have my business. I have only been to the Thornton store but they have a couple of other locations too. (East Maitland and Mayfield).[less]
Buying in bulk is the way to go here, but the non-bulk prices are very reasonable too.
This is a small, clean shop, with quick turnover, so everything is fresh and in-date and there are always excellent specials on offer. There are plenty of efficient friendly staff, and the parking is nice and convenient. The shop is always busy, always open and simply has excellent prices with bargains everyday!!
Open 8am to 9pm - 7 Days a Week.[less]
For lovers of spicy, complex Indian cusine, and of the Simple Savers way of life, All India Foods is like the Taj Mahal!
Located in the large commercial district of Balaclava Rd, Woolloongabba, the retail store is a huge cavernous space furnished with basic shelves and literally tons of Indian supplies. There is often Indian pop music playing, Indian families shopping and the owners chatting happily away - this is the real deal!
I go to All India to buy bulk spices at a fraction of the price Woolies, Coles and grocers charge. Last time I went I purchased bulk chilli, tumeric, cumin and coriander powder, pre-made blends of spices (like garam masala), big bags of coriander and black sesame seeds, a big box of incense, some pre-made paneer (I know, I should make it myself!), 1kg bags of a whole variety of dried legumes and peas all for around $35! As a vegetarian I eat Indian meals at least once a week, and often more, so this represents a great saving for me. You can also purchase tins of ghee - although some are so large I can't imagine any family getting through them (must be for the restaurants only!)
The staff are friendly but pretty much leave you to your own devices, which is fine by me - I like the freedom to wander around and inhale the beautiful spices while trying to figure out what the products are, and what to do with them!
The retail store is attached to an import business that also does wholesale trade.[less]
As far as I know there is no secret to getting a great price - the shelves are laden with bulk, fresh foods (all packaged foods have a label showing the date packaged as well as the due by date) and they're at a fraction of the cost. All products are already labelled with a price.
I have been driving past this secondhand/consignment clothing store for over ten years and had never been in. Yesterday I was looking for a nice jacket to replace my existing ugly brown one, so on a recommendation I gave KJ's a try and was pleasantly surprised! The store is well laid out and not overcrowded. Maggie the owner told me they had a good stock of jackets and asked what size I was. She helped me find what I was looking for, suggested things she thought would suit me and then left me alone to try it all on. I found my jacket and a few other things I didn't know I wanted! The jacket I took home but I put everything else on lay by.[less]
Charming Maggie helps but she's a tough nut. The deals are good to start with.
The staff here are always really friendly and happy to help you.They used to be a wholesaler but now sell to the public.There is always a wide selection of qaulity meat and cuts and they are mostly prepacked so you dont have to calculate the cost. They have the best prices, best service, and best variety of product that we have been able to find anywhere. We dont live in Nerang anymore but still make the trip here once a fortnight.[less]
Despite which day or time we visit there are always further markdowns.
Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox - My sister told me about Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox after she heard about the great discounted cheap movie tickets they sell from a friend of hers. Neat Ideas sell discounted cheap movie tickets to all the cinemas in Perth - Hoyts, Grand Cinema, Event, Gold Class, La Premiere, Luna Palace Cinemas, Reading Cinemas as well as cheap tickets to other Perth entertainment outlets (other than movies / cinema) such as Cheap Ferry Tickets (Rottnest Express). Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox also have for sale, cheap discounted tickets for family fun entertainment that you can buy online including The Maze and Wanneroo Botanical Gardens.[less]
Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox - My sister told me about Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox after she heard about the great discounted cheap movie tickets they sell from a friend of hers. Neat Ideas sell discounted cheap movie tickets to all the cinemas in Perth - Hoyts, Grand Cinema, Event, Gold Class, La Premiere, Luna Palace Cinemas, Reading Cinemas as well as cheap tickets to other Perth entertainment outlets (other than movies / cinema) such as Cheap Ferry Tickets (Rottnest Express). Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox also have for sale, cheap discounted tickets for family fun entertainment that you can buy online including The Maze and Wanneroo Botanical Gardens.
If you are after organic meat or just meat in bulk this place is fantastic. Organic beef (from Dandaragan Organic Beef) is normally around the $11 a kg. A half side is around 45 kgs. They also do other meatsuch as organic lamb for $12.50kg for a side (about 10-12kg's). Apart from the sausages, all the meat is vacuum packed so lasts longer than store brought meat. They don't list the organic produce on their website - but it's worth emailing them.
As for service - it's wonderful. You get to select how you want things chopped and packaged up. They even carry the boxes to the car for you![less]
They have the great prices every day - however your order might take a week or two to fill.
Young friendly talented hairdresser with great prices. A cut, colour, foils and blowwave for medium to long hair costs just $80 and kids' hair cuts are $12.[less]
Originally starting off as a small fruit and vegie shop with some basic Asian groceries in the same shopping centre, this shop was so well priced and was so popular they were able to move into the empty Action store and become a full supermarket!
The prices are fantastic, they always cheaper than the supermarkets. Some products can be tracked down cheaper elsewhere, but if you need to pop in quickly somewhere to grab something we go there as we know you won't need to get ripped off, and it's always the last stop of the fortnightly shopping trips if we can't find something at the markets or Spud Shed.
They also have a massive range of Asian groceries which I love as they are so cheap and can be used to make very low cost meals. They sell a few varieties of rice in bulk at a very low price and even containers to store it in! Their homewears section is very well priced and when we were setting up our house we got quite a few containers there to store bulk products in.
The store itself has not changed much from the old Action store that was there, which is part of the reason why it's so cheap. Some people in the area comment that the products are old or poor quality reasoning it's because the store looks old and dirty, but considering how popular they are, the evidence it pretty clear!
The layout can be a bit confusing too at times, but if you ask any of the staff members, they are more than happy to help.[less]
The best things about Farmer Jack's is when they have specials as you cannot find the same products for a better price elsewhere! For example, we have bought branded ice cream for 99c a tub, cartons of long-life milk for 89c per a 2L carton, pasta for 59c a packet (a quality brand too!) and chicken pieces for $4 a kilo. They advertise some specials in the local paper, but it's best to pop in and see what's in there as all specials are not advertised.
Pattons combines a fruit and vegetable shop with a butchers. They have amazing fruit/vegetable and meat specials that vary from week to week. For example, this week brushed potatoes are 49c per kilo and MSA rump steak is $6.99 per kilo and last week tomatoes were 69c per kilo and chicken breasts just $5.99. They have a huge range and variety of produce with more exotic or harder-to-find items such as okra and dragon fruit available. They also have plenty of taste tests for customers (I couldn't resist that perfectly ripe pineapple!)Within each category there are usually several varieties available. For example, you can buy large black plums, small black, red or sugar plums. They also have a section of pre-packed fruit and vegetables by the bag and 'specials' on ripe items.
There is a small deli section which has gourmet King Island produce such as Double Brie and yoghurt at 3 for $10.00 ( a bonus free camenbert wedge was thrown in). There are also clearance items from Colgate toothbrushes for 99c to rice crackers and even tampons.
The butchery has an excellent range of items both bulk and pre-packed with regular reduction of up to 40-60% on short-dated items. Whole rumps and eye fillets are sliced free anyway you like it. The butchers are particularly jolly with lots of friendly banter.
This is a bargain hunter's paradise and it is easy to set up a buying collective with friends or family in order to share a great buy.[less]
Shop for the specials! (I have found the weekend better for specials.)
Farm Direct eggs for sale (available to the public as wholesale).
I'm always looking for ways to not only save money, but get farm fresh eggs that havent been sitting in a supermarket for ages nor from caged chickens. Fortunatley for me I discovered Eggs R Us- I actually live just around the corner. In the middle of suburbia, smack bang in an industrial suburb there is a small driveway with a tiny sign, where a dirt track leads you to a small shop front. With the Coles /Woolies price war going on, this place provides a way of sticking to your morals about not buying caged eggs without paying through the nose for them. I know many local restaurants in Perth buy their eggs from here. They have larger sized eggs (which are massive one egg =one meal!) for $8.00 a tray and they also sell 30 smaller-sized eggs for just $5.00 a tray.
The owners run and pack and serve and generally know every single customer that comes in. Within one visit the owner remembered me and asked how my holiday was.[less]
I came across this little gem when I was working at one of the local hospitals. I was about to call into Coles to buy some supplies on my way home to feed my toddlers and husband. As I was walking through the shopping centre I was thinking about how life is so fast-paced, and wishing I could save time and feed the family with nutricious foods (they were gettng tired of take aways at this stage!).
Then suddenly, right before my very eyes, I came across a deli that had fresh pasta, sauces, meat balls, chicken schnitzel, piza bases, and so on, all at excellent prices. I enquired about the food and was told, by the lovely Michelle, that her mum, an excellent Italian cook from way back, cooked everything on site fresh every day.
Well now I go there twice a week to pick up fresh meals for the family on the way home and have dinner on the table in no time.
Thanks Michelle and Mum for the great food and excellent price and service[less]
They have reasonable prices all the time.
When we moved to this area I discovered a family-run country business called THE BIG POT which sells plants at very affordable prices. Most of the plants are only $2 - they are small, but Peter Cundall always advises that buying plants small is the best way. Their fruit are dearer, they are still much cheaper than in the big nurseries. I love shopping there because the business is at the family's home and the dogs come out to greet you while the little grandchildren crawl around amongst the plants! The lady of the house is very knowledgeable about plants, and also really, really friendly. If she hasn't got the plant you want she will get it for you, or will ring you when those she is propagating are ready to be planted. She even dug some pieces of a particular plant I was looking for out of her own garden for me! I have told many of my friends and relations about this nursery, and they love it as much as I do.[less]
No need to bargain. Because they grow most of their own plants they are able to give their customers a great deal.
This is a cheese factory outlet, which takes cash only and is open Mondays 12-1 pm. The stock varies from week to week. For example- here are some of the deals you can pick up:
Fetta 180g $2.45, 2kg $17.40,
Haloumi 180g $1.00
flavoured cream cheese $1.00
yoghurt 5kg $10.70
There are more items and sizes available[less]
Some items are sold because they are underweight. You can get great bargains on big sizes, but very limited stock.
I drive ten minutes every week to get my fruit and vegies from CK Foodstores. Whenever I go to a local fruitshop I am shocked by the high prices compared to what I spend in CK foodstores because, other then the markets, it is the cheepest shop I know of in the inner city/south eastern suburbs. Here, the prices are very good and I get so much more for my money. They always have various discounted fruits and vegies by the cash regisiter which are great for cooking in bulk and making items such as apple sauce. Parking is always easy to find within the huge parking lot.[less]
This market is is a greengrocer, bakery, deli and supermarket all rolled into one and run by friendly, helpful Greek people. It sells fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, European food, household products, cleaning products, party items and so on. The fruit and veg are quite cheap compared to supermarkets and the staff provide cheerful, helpful service.[less]
Caltabiano's Auto are a family-run mechanical business who have great service, amazing prices and they are so reliable. They will always go out of their way to help and they remember their customers.
The best thing is that, when doing a service they will give you early warning of upcoming expenses. This really helps in planning expenses AND you know they are not just replacing them early to get more dollars from you![less]
I don't do anything special, they just have good prices!
This store is small but sells bulk frozen veggies and other assorted frozen goods. Some are brand name such as Edgell, McCain etc. There are also generic bags. I just picked up a 2.5kg bag of frozen chopped red and green capsicum (Edgell brand) for $5, amongst lots of other bulk goodies. They also sell lots of frozen seafood, pies, chips, wedges and desserts.
The other great thing is that they provide a little basket of toys and a small area for the kids to play. I take my 5 and 3 year old children, and they are happy to play while I peruse and shop.
I was told by another friend (who put me onto them), that this company supplies to NQR and other bulk stores, but they have a retail outlet. Very impressed with service and prices.You can pay by eftpos (cashcard and credit card) as well as cash. It's less than 10mins out of Cranbourne, and well worth it if you're stocking up!
They are only open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9:30am (unsure of closing time).[less]
Just turn up. I don't think you'd get much better than the listed prices!
Plant Inspirations is a fantastic business that sells plants via ebay. They always offer amazing customer service and fantastic prices on all of their plants. They also charge very reasonable rates for postage!!!
The business is run by two mums who started their business from home so that they could look after their seven children and still generate an income. I have found them to be very friendly, fast, and keen to deliver whatever I'm looking for. If they do not have a listing for the combination of plants that you are looking for, they will even put together a special package on request.
If you are a keen gardener or looking to start a new garden from scratch (like me), then I believe that these ladies provide the best value for money plants around!!![less]
When you buy anything online the postage can really add up. Plant Inspirations charges a maximum of $19 for postage (even if you buy hundreds of plants) so the best way to keep the cost down is to buy what you need in bulk (most of the plants are between $2-3 each) or to combine your order with another keen gardener and get the most that you can out of the postage.
DH used to work near this mechanic and one day had a problem with his car at work. The mechanic/owner fixed it for him straight away and for a great price. We have used him ever since, for both our cars, and always find him to be courteous, accomodating and trustworthy (no 'hidden' problems that need 'fixing').
Recently we had a problem with our car and my FIL talked us into taking it to the dealership to get fixed. They quoted us $500+ to fix the car. So we went away and sourced the parts ourselves and took it to DMH Automotive. Daniel (the owner) was more than happy to fit the parts we had sourced, return the old parts to us and did it all really quickly so we could have the car back for the Easter break. Total labour cost was $250, compared to the $500+ at the dealership.
We always feel we can trust Daniel and he has always charged a very reasonable price. A good mechanic is hard to find and finding one you can trust is even harder - but we think DMH Automotive is FABULOUS![less]
We've never had to try any special tricks, they just seem genuinely fair. However, sourcing our own parts worked in our favour (he told us that he's ordered parts before and had his supplier order them from the dealer, adding their mark-up on top - ending up costing everyone more!)
A lot of the staff at the Blue Mountains Food Co-operative are volunteers, so they want to be there for their community and this really shines through. They are very friendly and informative. The Co-op has a a great range of products from flours to lentils, fresh organic produce from local growers and pre packaged food, oils and even a peanut butter machine for real peanut butter. It is a great place for vegetrians, vegan, coeliacs or any one who cooks from stratch or is simply interested in their health. I love shopping there becuase they have a big bin of bulk foods from which I can measure out the exact amount I need. You can take yourown jars, bottles and paper bags for filling up which means recycling and less packaging.[less]
You become a member! Ok, it does cost but only $15 for 6 months or $30 for 12 months, which is less than 60c a week. This gives you 10% off everything, which really makes a difference and you are also supporting a community group that gives back to the community.
I love this cutely-named butcher! I started going to them after moving to Adelaide when a few people recommended them, and I can see why! They sel great quality meat, they always have lots of staff available to serve the customers and their opening hours are longer than other wholesaler butchers:
Monday to Friday: 7am - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 6am - 5pm.
They sell great quality meat and have lots and lots of return customerst. They always have even cheaper specials weekly. This week there was whole porterhouse, sliced for free, at $8.99Kg, BBQ sausages for $3.99 Kg and T-bone for $8.99Kg.[less]
There are always great deals but they have weekly and daily specials that are advertised on the boards outside and on their website.
Every month I read about the cost of living rising and rising. Family households are buckling under the pressure of rising utility bills and our wages dont seem to be keeping pace with these rises so we are forced to adapt and change our way of life and look at ways of saving money. Our second biggest cost, behind our mortgage is groceries. As we become more and more comfortable as a household purchasing online we thought we would try "Off Your Trolley". They claim to be Australia's first and only deals website dedicated to groceries. The product range is excellent and growing week by week. I can't help but feel very excited that this website can help our family save hundreds of dollars each and every month on our grocery bills. I wanted to make sure the business was sound so I emailed them and had a personable written response within two hours. I was amazed the CEO replied, and took the time to welcome me to the website. That's the sort of interaction so many websites are missing these days. The online shopping experience is amazingly simple - you buy some products in bulk, you stock up and save a fortune. It also saves you from the hassle of going to the supermarlet, trying to find a park, and queueing up for eternity to pay for your shopping and then getting it home again ... urrgh! These guys will deliver for a flat rate of $9!![less]
This is how the deal works, I've copied this from their website :
Most grocery products have a limited shelf life and there can often be a lot of stock leftover once the shelves of Coles and Woolworths have been filled. Sometimes supermarkets cancel orders at the last minute or delete a product unexpectedly. Sometimes packaging has to be updated or stock forecasts are just wrong, leaving warehouses full of product that doesn't have a home.In addition, most supermarket chains won't accept stock that's anywhere near it's before its use by date. Why? Well it's not because there is anything wrong with the product, it is just that it can take a very long time to travel from the manufacturer to the supermarket shelves and It could then sit on the shelf for weeks before it's purchased.
In all of these cases, this perfectly good stock is usually dumped ; it just seems like a big fat waste. But not anymore! Every week Off Your Trolley gets excess stock lists from companies that make the products you see in your supermarket. We pick out the most popular products, negotiate the best deals, and buy in bulk direct from the manufacturers so we can pass the hottest grocery deals on to you!
As our kids have gotten older, including one at uni, our family printing costs have soared and we we're tired of buying increasingly more expensive printers in an effort to get lower print per page costs. When our last printer died, we went to the usual printer sellers and were given differing recommendations from sales staff, but all were pushing higher end printers. Then we discovered Easy Refills on recommendation from another family. Easy Refills sell an extensive range of compatible, refillable ink cartridges and quality inks (as well as original cartridges too.) They DO NOT sell printers but provide a lot of helpful information to guide your decision. When I telephoned to discuss further I spoke to a friendly, informed person who also offered to send further information from past email newsletters (which they did promptly). EasyRefills helped us to save on the cost of our printer and on the cost of printing materials. With what we saved on the cost of the printer we got a two year extended warranty and enough compatible cartridges/ink to last us over a year!
All our questions were answered online with lots of clear photos and instructions and information on the quality of the inks. The store owner, Kylie, has her photo and a personal approach in her newsletters and we found the pricing very competitive and all brands are catered for. You can order online or by telephone on a 1300 number. They also have sales which newsletters pre-warn of. I think this store is a Hidden Gem because the quality, range and pricing are excellent, but the service is exceptional. They ship with overnight satchels, use recylable packaging, emailed me not just a confirmation of order but also separately and promptly a tax receipt and their knowledge of printers, printer inks, printing tasks etc. is beyond compare. They always pick up the phone right away -what a joy!- and they never rush me or push sales which I also value. EasyRefills make it easy for me to order with confidence, save a bundle and not have to wait days to receive my purchase. Their prices for compatible cartridges beat other online and retail competitors hands down.
I guess what I really like is that this company wants you to make informed decisions and they are transparent and open about the products and what they can do. No tricks here! Whilst they use a new medium for sales, they are big on old fashioned service and value for money. And since so many of us use home printers a Hidden Gem like this has to be a find well worth sharing![less]
Best best prices are during sales, but their regular prices are great especially if you buy a pack. Orders over $50 are shipped free by overnight Australia Post envelopes for very speedy delivery Australia wide.
My hidden gem is the Picker's Market.They are located in Walliston near Kalamunda in the HIlls Western Australia. A sign on my local roundabout caught my attention today advertising FREE ROCKMELONS at the picker's market so I decided to check them out.
The owner said they have only been open two days and I must say the shop looks amazing and the friendly service was a breath of fresh air. There was fresh fruit and vege, fresh home made pasta and staples including milk and bread all at very good prices. The jewel in my shopping crown though, was, on top of getting the free rockmelon I got FREE potatoes when I spent over $10 - what a bargain!
I will definitely shop here regularly and will be telling my friends to do so also.[less]
I believe the offer of free potatoes is available for at least a few months and the owner said they will be giving out free products on the spot at different times as well.
Looks like you will always find a freebie or two at this shop.
I like this site because it is free to use and very easy. Here you can sell and buy second hand baby items and not need pay high fees for it. It's just AUD$2.50 for each ad you place and they don't charge any fees for extra photos or features. The people who run the site are a couple who are parents themselves as well so they understand a parent's needs. This is a Hidden Gem because it is very new, not many people know about it, and I have found very good bargains through it. It's really worth a look.[less]
You do not need to do anything to get the best price. You only pay the price of the item, and if the person who is selling it is open to negotiation you can use your bargaining skills to get a better deal! You can save a lot of money buying second hand items.
I love shopping at the Lane Cove Village Fruit Market (hidden underneath Coles supermarket) because I never spend more then $2/kg on fruit or vege. And since they are so cheap I don't feel guilty about buying very small amounts of organic produce for my youngest daughter who has recently started solids.
When my husband (and sole bread winner) lost his job the day before Easter weekend I actioned the austerity measures. The first thing I did after signing up to simple savings was to ditch our organic vege box and set a per kg price limit on fruit and vege to $6/kg- ie if it cost more then $6/kg, it stayed on the shelf. The Lane Cove Village Fruit Market allows has some great prices that help me stick to my $2pkg limit.[less]
This store stocks feed for just about every animal. It's a shed at the back of Tarneit and although it does not look like much from the outside, once you are inside you'll see they have a huge about of differant animal feeds, and also birds and chicken if you are looking to buy them too. The staff are alway there to help you with the prices, (although they can get a little busy on a Saturday morning) and their prices are great too.[less]
Just ask for the best price. Last week I got a 22kg bag of dry dog food that is normally $39.95 at Mega Pet Warehouse for only $25.00 and a 40kg bag of wheat for only $18.00!!
Lilly is great! She offers all beauty services from hair to waxing, hair-ups to professional make up. All at great prices and she is extremely friendly. You can generally get an appointment within 24 hours for all services.[less]
When calling to make a booking you can get a quote over the phone. Prices are always super cheap for all services.
To make a booking you just need to call Lilly on 03 9741 7804
Another great Farmer's Market, with HEAPS of stalls!!!
The biggest bargains are usually the fruit & veg that are in season, and there's also such a wide range of other things there to look at and make a nice morning outing for the kids : ) They LOVE it when they get to choose their own fresh banana, grown without sprays and they get to eat it on the spot!
I get to fill up my shopping wheelie bag for about $40, including all the stuff I balance on the top : )[less]
Quite often I go a little later, just before or just as the stall holders are packing up, they'll discount the fruit & veg as they are trying to get rid of the produce that is left. Just be aware that this produce has not been refridgerated all morning, so won't stay fresh for as long.
Oz Sale is an awesome online store that emails me with daily specials on designer brands, anything from clothing to luggage to things for the home! The savings are amazing- often as much as 90% the normal price which means I can have a designer wardrobe for a thrift store price! The best thing is that if you have friends who like to shop you can refer them to this store and receive a $10 voucher after they make their first purchase- have a couple of those and you can have items delivered to your door absolutely free! The only downside to buying from this site is the waiting for your awesome top quality goods to arrive- as they are shipped from a large warehouse it can take as long as 3 weeks. However, its always well worth the wait. I have also found their customer support to be top notch, I receive an intelligent reply within 24hrs. This site has saved me so much money and has helped me to get a couple of much needed items when I wouldn't have been able to afford them otherwise. I would definitely recommend the site to anyone![less]
There is no need, as the merchandise is already heavily discounted!
These guys sell 2 litre bottles of Ashgrove milk and cream - the cream is only $6 for 2 litres ... they have lots of other stuff in bulk - cheese - free range eggs - frozen goods, tinned stuff. Make sure you know your supermarket prices before you go to enable you to get some great bargains.[less]
If you go in on a Friday - around lunch time - they sometimes have their Ashgrove cream on sale - I've got it for $1 for 2 litres before because it was expiring on the Sunday - I just made butter out of it and froze the butter.
This shop is just amazing. It has really friendly and welcoming staff who are always happy to help and have big bright beaming smiles. This op shop is my all time favorite and my little hidden gem as it stocks a huge range of plus sized clothes. As a plus sized lady I really struggle to find second hand clothes, and when I do find them they are normally what I would imagine my nan to wear. But here they have heaps that are really great quality and still in fashion!! They also have a heaps of regular sized clothes, children's clothes, bedding, men's clothing, books, toys, bric a brac and a selection of new items such as shoes, handbags, makeup and jewelry. Oh - and a little tip for people making Easter baskets for next year - they have a huge range of wicker baskets at the back of the shop which would be perfect for Easter baskets or for any other little craft projects you have going :)[less]
I normally shop here on a weekend as they have a 'specials' rack which goes out the front of the shop and normally everything on the rack is 50c each or three for $1. I have found many wonderful things on this rack. Through the week they also have half priced racks inside too.
When stepping inside this store you will find a range of good quality goods from footwear to clothing to some good reading books, and as well home decor( ie curtains, and vases) and more bric a brac.
You get to browse around in comfort and can easily see what is on display you do not have to queque and the customers always keep coming back. I find that I enjoy going there as it is cheaper and much more realistic in price as they are always lower than anywhere else.[less]
Always go on a Friday as the staff on that day are super generous, and they always make you feel very welcome and treat you like a real friend.
Just compare the prices to Franklins which is right next door. They have 750ml bottles of Cooking Rice Wine for under $2, all sorts of spices, noodles, bulk bottles of soy sauce, oyster sauce, jars and tins of indian sauces (double the size and half the price of Franklins), Basmati rice 5kg for $6.50 in zippered bags, larger bags as well. They also have frozen goods, some fresh asian vegetables, and they are so helpful. The girl actually left the checkout to get me a packet of rice flakes because I mentioned that I could not find them. The store is also almost the same size as Franklins, which means they can stock an excellent variety in each section. They also have light weight trolleys which hold two baskets, one on the top and one on the bottom. Much more lightweight and definitely more manouvrable![less]
Bulk buying is best. I get the big bags of rice, plain flour, etc. And I buy the big bottles of sauces. The other day I picked up a packet of saffron for 69c!! I also keep an eye out for the specials. If I can't find something I ask the staff. They are so friendly and helpful.
There are two of these stores in the Mandurah/Pinjarra area .Both stores are well stocked with goods for all ages. Books, linen, bric a brac and smaller pieces of furniture are also available.They do not sell electrical goods
All items for sale are very reasonably priced and of good quality The staff are volunteers and are all very helpful. Customers often come from Perth to visit the store
The store has been in the area since1973 when a small group of people got together to raise money for disabled children in the Mandurah location. The group now has 2 stores and funds raised assist charitable organisations with local organisations being given top priority[less]
All items are priced with a good price and at certain times there will be racks of clothing/trolleys of books, magazines etc available for a reduced price
This ABC shop is tucked away in a cosy corner of Charlestown Square shopping complex in Newcastle NSW, a true hidden gem! They sell books, audio tapes, adult contemporary, kids, country, classical and jazz music, videos, magazines, toys and clothing. The staff are nothing short of magnificent in the delivery of outstanding customer service. There is a warm homely feel to the otherwise commercial layout of the store and the staff make every request seem so effortless even though they have probably had a busy and tiring day just like the rest of us. Their friendly obliging nature keeps me going back time and time again![less]
Smile, say thank you, and appreciate the great service.
This is a local nursery run by a young couple who are friendly and so helpful. I find the quality and price of plants compares as well as Bunnings without the cost of petrol. There are few nurseries in our area partly due to the drought, so to me this a Godsend. I wanted to buy some tea herbs to help me cut caffiene, what wasn't in stock was gladly ordered for me. Whilst there, the young owner offered me some herbs for free, and vegetable seedlings which were about to be thrown out because of yellowing outer leaves. (As they only like to sell healthy looking plants they felt these plants were of no use.) I offered a small amount which was only accepted after my persistance, and I now have a vegie garden full of cauliflower, brocc, beetroot, spring onions , silverbeet all growing happily for $5.00. I feel it is important to support these local industries which not only save time and petrol cost, but the owners do look after you.[less]
The nursery is open most days, is clean and well set out, which makes it a pleasure to wander around. The plants for quick sale are at the back of the nursery and well worth a look.
I buy all my manures, mushroom compost, pea straw from these suppliers. I saw the advertisement in the local paper, and found the cost to be under half of our local Mitre10 store. There is a mnimum 10 bag order, plus small delivery cost proved to be well worth while. The products are of excellent quality. They are also makers of olive oil, which is really great, and for my loyalty the Christmas before last I was rewarded with a bottle of their cabernet, which was well received. The wine sells for about $10.00 per bottle,the pinot noir being our favourite. They have cow, sheep and chicken manures (the last time I purchased the manures, the cost was $5,50 a bag) they also supply blood & bone, mushroom compost, potting mix, Euca Mulch and pea straw.[less]
I found the couple who run this business to be most helpful, and ready to give good advice about applying the manure etc. The order is delivered to the door and in good condition. Their phone no is 59644846 or 0408101485
Mill Park, Brunswick, Dandenong, Footscray, Frankston, Greensborough and Shepparton, Victoria, and Noarlunga, SA.
Savers is my FAVOURITE shop. Its basically like a recycled clothes & homewares superstore. Many people run in the other direction when you mention op-shopping, but this place makes it fun. It's a massive store with all of the clothes in sections - Womens, Mens & Children - and then its categorised by the type of item it is - Pants, Skirts, Jackets, Vests, Long Sleeve, Shirts, Eveningwear, the list goes on.
There are a lot of items that are the worst of the 80's and 90's - great for a giggle - but there are some magnificent items to be found, both current and vintage, from all the known labels - Cotton On, Supre, City Chic, Kmart, Target, Sportsgirl, Portmans, Myer, Katies, and so on.
But best of all - sometimes there are fantastic designer goods too. I found a pair of Grey satin Wayne Cooper pants for the bargain price of $10. A silk vintage Chanel maxi dress for $20 (during their half price sale!) and a near-new pair of Christian Louboutin heels for $150 (retail upwards of $900 for brand new).
If you take the time, and have some fun, you can unearth some amazing pieces that will complement you and your wardrobe. Its a great way to update your wardrobe for a fraction of the price!
There are various stores across Vitoria and one in SA. (All are outlined on the website.)
Victoria: Mill Park, Brunswick, Dandenong, Footscray, Frankston, Greensborough and Shepparton.
Although their prices are pretty low to start with, they often have great sales (sometimes during the week) such as 20% off, 50% off and they also have special discount days for seniors. They also have spot specials, where they'll tell you over the voiceover what todays special is - it might be 5 pairs of pants for $20, or it might be 'buy 3 skirts and save 15%'.
They also have a special rewards card. Take your donations to one of the counters when you arrive, and they will stamp your discount card, which ranges from 5% - 25% off your next purchase!
The Oopty Doop Shoppe is a new age shop selling crystals, incence, housewares, clothing and gifts. They also hold courses on a regular basis. Eight of my friends and I went there for a 3 hour pamper night on Friday night. For $25 we had a parraffin wax treatment on our hands, hand massages, indian head and shoulder massages, foot spa and foot massages. The night went for 3 hours. We were told that there would be nibblies, coffee, tea and wine. Well the food alone was worth $25! Red and white wine, over ten types of teas was on offer to quench our thirst. There was a cheese platter, fruit platter, spring rolls, puff pastries, fried rice, the most amazing pumpkin soup with crusty bread. But wait there was more, a variety of biscuits, mini cupcakes (so cute) other cakes. For an extra $20 we had our own indivdual time with a clairvoyant. My friends and I are booking again in a couple of months time and hope to make this a regular occurrence. My only complaint? We had to go home![less]
Recently I experienced a la carte dining on a Beer Budget. My husband and I budget for $50 for a Lunch Date. We do this as Lunch is usually cheaper, however I had heard a lady on the train saying she had been invited to Lunch at Kingswood Tafe Restaurant called "Entree".
We thought we'd try it out and we found the service was wonderful, quality exceptional and price was well below our budget. We had Smoked Salmon Salad with pumpkin seed dressing, Baked Mediterranean Blue-Eye Fillet with soft polenta and for dessert Crème Brulee. We both had a soft drink and our bill came to $49. A definate winner but be sure to book.[less]
This website sells accommodation packages in resorts around Australia, New Zealand, and other places around the world. It offers great deals for families on a tight budget wanting a resort-style holiday but at a bargain price.
The staff are helpful, friendly and willing to think outside the square to give you a great holiday and they also happily share the pros and cons of different places that they've discovered, for your personal needs. For example - we have three kids including a baby, so they suggested a place with lifts that was close to parks and calm beaches on the Gold Coast. They made sure we would have everything we needed with the minimum amount of stress to deal with.)[less]
Wait until the last possible moment to make the booking - the closer it gets to the check-in date, the cheaper the price. If you are simply wanting a bargain holiday, tell them your budget (and your destination if you know it) and leave it in their capable hands to get you the best deal without missing out (kind of like a mystery holiday). Usually the best specials become available from Wednesday but there are good deals available all the time and you just have to tell them what you want and they will do their best to get you something suitable.
The Sally Army has two stores, one is the large building that sells mostly clothes. There is a great range and all the items are fabulous value. The second is the next building over, and is a a bit of a 'bargain basement'! You have to dig, but there are true gems hidden in there- I always uncover some great finds![less]
Happy choice is a great and cheap shop for when you need a last minute gift, dress ups for the kids, sunnys and/or glasses and much much more! I myself shop their all the time!!![less]
Their is no potion or charm to get the best price, this store is just so cheap and has great quality stuff!!!
Rivers has good quality clothing at Super Prices!
I love the fact that the majority of their clothes are made from quality cotton and are well sewn, tailored, constructed and affordable.
I had to take a pair of jeans back to the store as the stitching had come undone on the bottom, although I didn't have a receipt the manager cheerfully said she would send it away for repair at no further cost. A week later I received the mended jeans back in the post.
I was so delighted with their prompt and efficient service that I posted a comment on the Choice Website Bouquets Section- which was published to let everyone know of their outstanding service!
Extra Tip!-Rivers is The Best Shop for Men who Dislike Shopping!-They have a terrific range of quality shirts, T shirts, trousers, shorts, socks and undies. (Not forgetting their robust shoe range)
All their items are tested for quality and durability which is reassuring in this age of expensive but not necessarily long lasting apparel .
I shop with confidence when I shop at Rivers! Check out theiir website for all their stores Australia-wide.[less]
I don't need to!! Although they do have regular Outstanding Offers eg. Mens T-Shirts at $9.00!!!
Their quality and workmanship are so good that it would be impossible to make the clothes yourself, they are such amazing value!!
The Westlakes Salvation Army hold a "Rummage Sale" at their premises at Bolton Point. I am a seasoned op-shopper, so I know a good second hand shop when I see one. This one I feel, is just brilliant. It almost exclusively sells clothes - some toys but no shoes or household items. I end up getting clothes for other people, as the price is just too good to go past. As with all these type of shops, you must wade through to find the gems, but I think it's worth it to take home Pumpkin Patch and Fred Bare for the kids, as well as Colorado, Jag, Soho and Tarocash for myself and my husband. It is staffed by volunteers, who are all very lovely and friendly. The shop is kept clean, most of the clothes are on hangers, so you don't have to keep bending down into bins to search through, and the turn over of stock is good, so you know you'll find an absolute bargain each time you go there.[less]
The prices are too cheap - $1 for a white shopping bag filled as full as you can, or $5 for a large blue bag. It's not worth haggling with the volunteers at this price!! Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10am to 2pm. Whilst you are there, stay for a coffee or lunch at Cafe Nourish in the same complex. This is an iniatitive to train disadvantaged youth in catering, to give them a skill they can use for getting a job. Great prices here too, as the aim is training not profit.
Entering into this shop is like revisiting the past. I enjoy viewing the antique trinkets reminding me of yesteryear. Toys from my childhood remind me of things I had forgotten and dreams I thought had passed me by. Colin, the owner is intelligent but humble and he knows his stuff because the shop is his dream and his passion. The things that make this store a Hidden Gem are that it refuses to be pretentious. Free lollies and chocolates on the table and invitation to sit and read a book in the warm environment make me want to visit this store over and over again. I enjoy the things I leave behind in this shop, as much as those I buy and take home.[less]
Take the time to listen to the wisdom of the owner and understand that this is his passion rather than an endeavour to make millions. Every day is special.
Our family use this web site to order second hand or new books at fabulous prices. Sometimes they can take a while to get to you but the saving is worth the wait . I recently ordered a book (that cost $26 at full retail price) through Betterworldbooks and it cost me just $13.70! It was second hand but it was in such great condition that I wouldn't have known!.[less]
Easy! Type in the name of the book, find the best price and follow the direction to order.
Being of Mediterranean descent, my monobrow and I are locked in an eternal battle. Brow shaping is expensive; the spa where I used to get it done charged $25.00 a pop! Given the cost, I try to do it myself, and only rock up to the salon when things get out of hand (one eyebrow perpetually raised, for instance!). I've been on the lookout for alternatives for a while, and came across an online message board, topic: threading (a type of hair removal practised in India). Nishthra's number was listed on the site. It's quite close to where I live, so I decided to give them a go. Rinku Hande owns the business, working out of her home. She's lovely, and could tell straightaway that I was new to threading and slightly apprehensive about the results. I needn't have worried. My brows have never looked better. None of the redness and irritation that comes with waxing, and best of all, the price is amazing at only $5.00 for both brows! Rinku also does full-face threading, leg and underarm waxing, facials and hair styling.[less]
Her prices are amazing all the time, for every customer!
This is a great place to buy food for catering. Chicken is often $6.95 a kilo & bulk rump $5.99 a kilo, they regularly have stock at clearance prices. Also buy my legumes here in bulk. Staff are very friendly.[less]
Go in regularly as they have different stock on clearance at a fraction of the normal price!
Fresh produce and great quality at my local green grocer. They have a bargain area too for those with purse strings that are a little tight. The service staff are friendly even when it gets a little busy. They sell gorgeous deli style youghurts that are amazing.[less]
Great value on great produce!
The store is quiet and rarely ever crowded. They have the usual Franklins specials, you can also get a further savings by obtaining a Franklins card that gives you bonus points. But the best buzz for me is on Wednesday night they give all purchasers an added 10% off all their purchases, on top of the specials. For me it's my Little Gem.[less]
All you have to do is shop on Wednesday Night so your savings on specials become really special. I completed my shopping at about 5pm to get my discount of 10% on my total shopping costs.
At Eaglevale Quality meats you can get 1/2 a lamb for around $55 and hindquarter of beef (40kg) or half side of beef (90kg) at $4.99/kg. The savings speak for themselves really :)
The meat is tasty and fresh. I bought a hindquarter and it included 2 silverside roasts, 4 packets of mince at 1.5kg, ribeye, t-bone, round steak, rump steak, dog bones, gravy beef and more.
You can order on the spot or call ahead but it will take 20 minutes to get a hindquarter ready.
I buy it and then sell some to my family and friends at the same price so that I can share the savings goodness with them. But we also have a deep freezer that stores the meat for much longer than a fridge freezer.[less]
The special deals are there all the time :) No charming required but I'm sure it will make them feel good :P
As a single mum, I have to watch every cent. I always thought having a personal trainer would be out of my reach but after deciding there was no harm in investigating, I decided to check out a few places. I found I could share a session with my sister for only $27.50 each at Linda Allen Fitness! The best part is there is no contract, so if I have an 'off' week, I don't lose money. We can also opt for a small group class instead for $10! I love my weekly session. Our trainer Frank is absolutely fantastic and I'm so glad I found this hidden gem![less]
Save money by partnering with a friend!
Cosmopolitan Towbars & Accessories is a family owned business that has been established for more than 40 years. Their towbars are 100% Australian made using Australian steel.
Their prices were Half ($310 compared to $600) of other local towbar fitters and they were able to get us in on the day we called for the quote.
The owner is friendly and knowledgable and the entire process tool less than the advertised 1hr service. I couldn't recommend this place enough!
(To add to the experience, there is a fantastic French patisserie just down the road so you can enjoy a coffee and a snack while you wait!)[less]
No charm required - just great prices!
This shop is an historic building that has stores within the store. Set in the town of Morpeth, it is one of the tourist attractions of this little village. The staff are friendly and knowledeable locals who love their town and want visitors to enjoy the experience of browsing their wares. I love that there are so many unique goods that you would not find anywhere else, so many good quality gift items and exciting marked down bargains tucked away to surprise you. The variety of these ranges from good quality jewellery cleared for $2 in little cliplock bags, that i used to pay a lot for online, to designer babywear packed into bundles for $8 and even a large CAT electronic dump truck toy with new batteries, and a remote control, all for $8. I'm going back this week to buy gifts for a baby shower![less]
I have found bargains by popping in every few weeks and learning where in this huge place they put the goods that they have marked down to clear quickly.
Merge is a clothing store in the centre of Footscray. They have fantastic deals on unique clothing items. I recently bought a warm winter coat for only $20 and the material is great quality.
Not many people know about this store, and not many people know how cheap my clothing is![less]
The items are heavily discounted in the off seasons - so buy winter clothing in summer, and summer clothing in winter and you will save a lot
Healthy hampers is an amazing store and the backbone of my weekly shop. It is a co-op so you do have to be a member to shop there, but anyone can become a member for $25 and in your first shop you get $10 back ! $15 for the first year it is definetly worth it, especially when you save more then that in your first shop! It is truly great.
The shop firstly sells very heavily discounted stock to help assist those who are struggling. They are a not for profit organisation and are truly just there to help everyone. Last week I bought $40 worth of groceries that would have normally cost me towards $100 elsewhere. Last week I got a whole big bag of apples for 50cents, a whole bag of onions for 50cents, a huge lettuce for 50cents, three bundles of bok choy for free,a premade salald mix for 50cents, 1 kilo of bacon for $4 and lots of non perishable items such as rice, biscuits and chocolate! :-)
Their stock changes weekly so there is always something new, and the store is so fun to go into as you never know what amazing goodies you will find. It also helps that the Staff are so friendly and remember me by name and always take the time to ask me about my week, help me with my basket if it is too heavy and are always smiling.
My husband and I got married 3 months ago, and are trying to save to buy a car. We therefore have to watch every dollar we spend and having the Healthy Hampers co-op as our main shopping supplier has been a godsend.This store is really a hidden gem in the middle of Ipswich and truly deserves some type of reward for all they do for the community.[less]
They are only open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 4.30pm I think, but it's worth taking the time to go there. The staff don't need to be charmed to give you the best stuff as they are just so willing anyway. However, the best time to go is in the morning when they open as you dont want to miss out on any of the best stock that will sell first. They do put out limited amounts at the start and refill as they day goes so I guess it just depends on the luck of the customers.
I drive from Kawana to Maroochydore to take my three year old to this centre, and many other mums at the centre drive further than me. It is an absolutely gorgeous, limited hours centre that provides quality care for 21 children from 2-5 years. (It is the only limited hours centre on the Sunshine Coast.)
Debbie the director is a qualified teacher and her staff of assistants and volunteers run a structured programme in a lovely, old fashioned way. It is very different from the standard daycare centre, as the ratio of staff to children is is 6:21 (compared to 2 :24 for 2-3 yr olds in other centres). The daily fee is only $18 whether you earn $10 000 or $100 000, and there is a $20 yearly administration fee per child. They do not advertise, their reputation has spread by word of mouth and there is a waiting list!
Open from 9am to 2.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday[less]
Chanteclair Farms sells fresh, delicious free range EGGS! They sell from $5 for 30. The bigger the eggs, the more they cost but they are the 'bodyegg' eggs, which sell for around $5 or $6 a DOZEN in supermarkets, so these are a bargain! They come on trays, no lid.
The farm also sells chicken meat and, at different times of the day you can see the hens out and about. However, I can't eat anything I have chatted with! Every morning, on the way to school drop-off picture a car full of pre-teens and their mum all clucking out the van windows at the happy chooks![less]
They just give great deals. No transport costs, no shop front. If you take back the cartons I think you get a discount.
Gawler River Cattle Company is a wholesale Butchers. They have stores located at Craigmore, Salisbury, Newton, Sefton Park, Royal Park, Angle Vale, Thebarton and Christies Beach. They offer weekly specials and delivery is available anywhere in Australia. Past specials have included Princess Royal Premium Porterhouse Steak for $11.95 per kilo. Each store generally has 'same day' specials and there is always a cheap sausage sizzle happening on a Saturday morning. Perfect for that quick bite to eat when you're running the kids around.[less]
Check your local messenger paper for this week's special or sign up to rss feeds for updates from their website.
We visited this store which sells boat and yacht equipment and found the staff to be extremely helpful and knowledgable. They will always tell you if you are buying something that is not going to suit your needs. We just can't fault their friendliness and conscientious approach to making a visit to the store a pleasure![less]
I find if we want something from this store, it is good to buy more than one item at once, save up and buy several items - better price discounts.
In this little Hidden Gem of a store the Lebanese owners spoke English with me and treated me as if I was part of the family. They treat my kids with indulgence and tolerance just like we ARE part of the family, which is a very rare thing indeed to be made to feel like that in a store. It's not because I'm a 'regular', it's just the way they are with everyone. It is apparently something of an institution and people come from far and wide to go there.
So, what do they sell? The BEST lebanese bread, fresh from the oven and piping hot and sooooo soft. Just delicious. Worth the trip for that alone. Baklava and biscuits to die for (not all swimming in honey and soggy like many places). They also sell nuts and legumes and pulses and all manner of flours and dried fruits. They apparently make a mean coffee (although I can't vouch for that myself because I don't drink coffee.)
The staff are fantastic, so friendly and helpful. If I'm getting baklava and say that I am just going to grab some bread they won't hear of ME walking the two metres to get it, they go and get it for me or have someone bring it to me. They encourage me to sample things and tell me the cheaper way to buy things. For example, when buying single pieces of an item (I wanted four at $1.50 each) they advised me to buy ten pieces instead because then they were sold by the kilo and the ten pieces cost just $5.80. They didn't have to tell me that, as shopkeepers they were going to get more money for less produce if they stayed silent but I was 'family' and they shared their knowledge with me.
Price-wise they are excellent value, especially considering the quality of product that you receive. In summary: Fantastic foodstuffs, friendlier than friendly staff, great value. It's a gem for sure.[less]
You just walk in, and the staff will help you to get the best value.
Keperra Meats has premium mince half price every weekday morning betwee 6am and 9am, which makes it $10 for two kilos. Monday is market day and a selection of things are half price; last time I shopped it was full rumps, whole chickens, chicken wings and lamb trays that were 50% off. Bulk meat is cheap and of good quality. Service is excellent with Trevor and staff carrying your purchases to the car. They also have extra specials and free items with purchase advertised on their website if you mention these when shopping you get these specials which are not advertised in store.[less]
Check their online specials and normally shop on a Monday when a selection of their bulk meat is 50% off.
Moodis Cafe is a hidden gem in country town Pearcedale on the Mornington Peninsula. With a diverse menu encompassing italian inspired pub style food, servings are plentiful. My partner and I often purchase a single meal to share and have recently taken to bringing home takeaway, boiling up some extra pasta and making a main feed two people twice. A little off the beaten track, the prices and quality of food attract sales reps from everywhere as a delicious and cost effective cafe. Breakfasts to dinners, I reccommend the lot![less]
From $7.00 for an entree, affordable is the word of the day. Breakfast is a winner, in my opinion, so before 10.30am is my vote!
We recently used this funeral company for my dad's funeral. The staff were helpful, friendly and nothing was a problem. Their price is much cheaper than any other funeral company. They service the central coast and Sydney areas. Highly recommend.[less]
This is a great website for bargain books. I was going to spend $29 for a book I needed at the local bookstore, but found it on this site for $3.50 with free shipping![less]
If you are looking for a particular book this website checks a whole bunch of different websites worldwide for the best price for the book, including postage in AUD. This site has saved me hundreds of dollars especially for uni books![less]
Get Fresh is a local supermarket. They have a store in Vermont South and also one in Boronia. It sells fruit, vegetables, meat and some grocery items. I like this shop because the staff are friendly (even the young check out chicks) and food is yummy and can be quite cheap. I wouldn't recommend buying household items there but their fresh food is quite affordable. The have healthy 'convienience' food, pre-made burgers and packs of prepared vegies for stir fries, soup packs, and trays of cut up melon etc.
They give you a petrol discount, for a local service station and you can enter in their weekly draw competition to win voucher to put back on your shopping.[less]
The best bargains are the blue bag items! They always have cheap fruit and vegetables which you put in a blue bag to get the cheaper prices. These fruit or vegetables are cheaper as they are either seasonal, over stocked, or blemished. But still taste yummy!!
They heavily discount items approaching their 'best before' date and have these in a section at the back. Things that would go in the bin at a major supermarket are sold, meaning less waste so better for the environment and better for your pocket.
They also often give away food that is close to going off or super ripe and in oversupply. In summer you get free punnets of strawberries! When at the same time of year they charge you almost $4 in the supermarket for berries in the same condition.
Gateway Care is in Caloundra and is a part of Foodbank Qld. It is like a supermarket for people on low incomes or in family crisis. You have to become a member to shop there ($5 membership fee and proof of eligibility required). Most items are cheaper than in other shops and there is usually some free food available as well. It's a lifesaver when you have hardly any money left until next payday.[less]
They are open Monday to Saturday mornings.
This store has a great range of dried beans, lentils and other similar dried goods at fantastic prices. They also sell dry herbs and spices, yoghurt, fetta, olives, dried fruit and preserved vine leaves for making Dolmades. All of these are at very good prices too. A favourite of mine is the broken chick peas at about $1.50 a kilo. They make great hummus! What makes it worth my while returning frequently is the price of bread flour. I buy a 25kg bag for $25! I make most of our bread and use this amount in good time, but they also sell 12kg bags cheaply. They always have very cheap pitta bread too at $1 a bag. We live in the country, but when we are in Melbourne I try to get there to stock up. The staff are friendly and helpful and will help you get your shopping to your car, especially if you buy a big bag of flour![less]
The prices here are always good. No need to do anything special.
Georgiou's Confectionery is a family business with a real family feel.
In this Hidden Gem you are surrounded by all of your favourites, old and new of confectionery and chocolate at unbelievable prices. With super specials on for Valentine's day, Easter and Christmas this is definitely the factory outlet to visit to get inspired.
Georgiou's stock everything from old time favourites that my parents and grandparents use to have when they were kids like aniseed chalks, to what I enjoyed as a kid - think sherbet lollipops and push-up pops - to everything thing new and international like Junior Mints, War Heads and chocolate liquors. Never short on the unusual confectionery items such as marzipan and carob, this Hidden Gem is a must visit.
I usually visit just because I feel like some Red Vines or Musk Sticks or to pick up a treat for my partner - such as $3 for a packet of Hershey's dark chocolate kisses, what an amazing bargain! But it is also a great place to pick up some fantastic birthday, Christmas and anniversary presents.
The owners are friendly and helpful and more than happy to talk about what's in stock and what's coming in.
Although it is a 1000m² factory outlet the feel is of a warm, friendly corner-store from that gorgeous time ago when 20c bought you the most amazing array of lollies. Granted these days you need more than 20c, but for $5 you can be walking away from Georgiou's with quite a variety of treats. They also have a free gift wrapping service![less]
Having a football-playing, gym junkie of a boyfriend who drinks his weight in Up 'n' Go and Powerade every week can really put a strain on the budget. Thankfully, we have found a shop that stocks both at a very reasonable price - and you can buy in bulk and mix and match different flavours! The Drink Depot at Capalaba stocks a large range of non- alcoholic beverages, including non-alcoholic beers and wines, soft drinks, energy drinks, juice poppers and the aforementioned sports drinks and various flavoured milks.
This store would also be great for those who crave a particular flavour or brand that the supermarkets don't stock.
The service there is great! The staff are very helpful and attentive, and always happy to help you search for that one brand in a store full of similar-looking bottles. They are also very attentive to their facebook page - they seem to respond to most queries on their wall promptly. Seeing as they're a fairly new shop, their website is still under construction, so hopefully they have that up and running soon![less]
The best way to save in this store is definitely to buy in bulk. We purchased a bulk pack of Powerade that worked out at only $1 per bottle - a huge saving when compared to buying them individually in supermarkets. You can also mix and match flavours within the same range for a bit of diversity.
They also post specials and new products on their Facebook page, so it can be helpful to check that out from time to time to see the best bargains.
The Baby Ba is a pre-loved baby store selling pretty much everything you need for baby from clothes to cots. Everything is very cheap and the staff are lovely and helpful. If you want an item that is not in stock they have a wish book, just leave them your name and number and when it comes in they call you! With clothes are priced at around $2.00 they are much cheaper than any second hand store around. I love this place![less]
Just ask - or become a loyalty customer when you spend $100 or more in the store. This gives you between 5-10% off your next purchase (excluding clothes) saving you even more!
Casalare are an Australian owned and operated innovative manufacturer of premium gluten free pasta and baking products. The brand is sold in health food stores, some supermarkets and specialty outlets through a network of distributors in Australia, New Zealand and some export markets, as well as online.
I love that they are Australian (with so many food factories closing, this is very important), and have a 'country' style attitude - friendly, open and happy to help. I also love that they are investing in the environment, with things like their new solar conveyor drier to reduce their power consumption.
While they are not the cheapest if buying with the retailer's mark-up, buying in bulk directly from them makes them perfectly affordable, and they make excellent quality gluten free pasta and bakery products. I had been buying their pasta for years having tried all different brands in the health food shop, found them the best. Choosing products from their website, then buying over the phone, and having free delivery direct to my door, I'm saving heaps and loving the products.[less]
Their products are available to be delivered to your door directly from the manufacturer, buying online or by phone, with cheap freight and free freight when purchasing over $50 ($80 Tasmania and country areas) which is easy to do if buying in bulk.
This has to be one of the most amazing places I have ever been to! I was in desprate need of a few new bras and had seen the ad on TV so thought I would give it a go. I walked in and was greeted by a lovely lady who measured my chest in a special heated booth. She then went and got me some styles she thought would flatter me so I could try them on. This is definitely the biggest hidden gem in Adelaide - they have hundreds of bras in every size; even the biggest boobs will find something to fit in here! The bras are as cheap as $5 and there is nothing over $45, all are fantastic brand names. I ended up buying four bras for $55 and was given the choice of getting four matchin G-strings or a free bra of my choice. The service was fantastic and the products are amazing. You can also purchase from them online.
Out of curiosity I went to a large well known department store to price just how much I had saved. It turns out including my free bra I saved a whopping $260![less]
These guys are the best mechanics around. They have the best prices, and they go out of their way to give you the best possible service. They really care about what they do and they are excellent at it to. You will not regret taking your vehicle to them. They go the extra mile to put a smile on your face.[less]
They always have the best prices, every day of the week, all year round!
Sort of like a scaled down NQR, this hidden gem of a store sells branded and some imported products at less of the RRP. There are canned goods, snacks, frozen foods, softdrinks, chocolates and so on, sold often at less than or at half price. The food is often close to, or past (and sometimes way past) its expiry date so just make sure you check the due dates or judge if the product will still be fine if it has expired.
Bulk buys are also applicable, so you could pick up, say, a slab of soft drinks or a whole carton of noodles for a fraction of what they cost in regular supermarkets. Or you could buy three or more of a product for the price of one (applicable especially for snacks). The specials vary each week, and the turnover is quite high, especially for the chilled products. $50 would go a very long way in this store.
This place is a junk foodie's paradise! You'll find lots of cheese, confectionery, cereals, biscuits, juice, icecreams, softdrinks and other frozen and tinned goods here. Very tempting to splurge in this place!
TRADING HOURS: MON-WED 9-7 PM, THUR-FRI 9-8 PM, SAT 8.00-6.30 PM, SUN 9.30-6.00 PM[less]
Just go there and look around, you never know what specials they'll have next. If you ask nicely, they might even do better deals than what's currently on offer. You can subscribe to their online mailing list and they'll email you a flyer of current or upcoming specials.
I have lived in Nelson for seven years and been a member of Simple Savings for three. I can't believe it's taken me this long to see the light - but now I have, I want to shout it from the rooftops!
Pre-SS, I bought my fruit and vegetables from supermarkets, then I saw the light and bought from a fruit and vege store. The quality was always good, but I just wasn't saving the amount of money I thought I should be - around $30 a week. Until one day a friend and I were discussing money saving tips. She told me about her trip out to 185 in Hope, where she got a box (yes - a BOX) of fruit and veges to last her the week for $20. She feeds a family of seven, so this was impressive stuff. I thought it might be possible for my family of four to save a bit too, so went to check them out myself. Was I ever glad I did!
Now every fortnight I take my elderly neighbour and we go to the farm shop. The fruit and veges are so good, we easily get enough to last the fortnight and the average cost for has been a measly $24, saving a whopping $36 a fortnight! And, the produce is so delicious, I've never come across a single thing I thought was a waste of money.
At the moment, they're only open every Friday (winter trade), and I've noticed each fortnight, the people attending get bigger and bigger. Word is spreading and I'm looking forward to summer when they will be open for the full week![less]
Winter trade - Friday's only.
Normal trade - Full week.
No need to haggle for prices here. The set prices are amazingly cheap and the produce always in the best possible condition. The staff are fabulous, even during the frantic Fridays, they are always ready with a smile and chat.
Caboolture Sunday Markets are held each Sunday morning at the Caboolture Showgrounds, from approximately 6am to 1pm. There is tons of free parking and fresh fruit and veges galore at excellent cheap prices!
For example, bananas are currently selling at the market for $2.99kg! (Sept 2011) You can also buy lots of 'bag lots' of veges for $2 each - to give you an idea of the variety, one bag may have eight avocadoes or 2kg of tomatoes or 1.5kg of potatoes or half a dozen red peppers and so on. Strawberries by the small box/carton, approximately 5kg sell for $6, with lettuce 99c each.
Don't worry if you've forgotten to get cash on your way to the market as they have portable ATM units there too. Just remember to take your enviro bags to carry your goodies in, and wear a sunhat if it's a sunny day!
Well worthwhile taking the family to on a Sunday morning. Very very popular and yet still easy to get parking, and not overcrowded. We no longer buy any fresh fruit or veges from the supermarkets![less]
If you want the best variety and quality, then go early in the morning. Most stall holders start setting up from 5am. However, do not worry if you happen to sleep in on the Sunday and only turn up around lunchtime! There are still great bargains to be had - there just may not be the same variety, so first in, best dressed!
At Charlie's the staff are always helpful and friendly. They will take my box to the car for me and then chat and thank me! They also let me have scraps for my chooks. Their products are great value for money and they have specials out the front. The food is always fresh and delicious and they also stock milk, yoghurt, cheese and great range of dried fruit, nuts and honey. They always support local organisations and with their specials for pensioners I cannot fault them. Top value![less]
This company had been recommended to me and their price was below what other companies charged; a fair, but reasonable price. The truck turned up on time and the removal men were caring and thoughtful. They even reduced the price a little, as Mum is a pensioner. They made the move for my Mum much easier and were respective of her items. I cannot recommend them enough. Our move was local, but they do longer runs as well.[less]
I just asked! Their price is pretty much as it is, as they supply two men and a truck and are unable to cut the price for anyone, but a pensioner. Their hourly price was lower than other companies that I phoned for the same job, in a similar area.
The staff at this great little cafe in Darwin city know their stuff, and they certainly know how to make a great coffee. The food is brilliant, the staff are all friendly, helpful AND know about the products they sell - they've tried it all so they can tell you what their favourite is, or what that delicious looking chocolate slice tastes like.
Even the chefs are willing to come to chat to customers! Sean, the owner, is friendly and entertaining, and the baristas are all super friendly, lovely girls, and they remember customers names - all of which makes Salvatores my favourite cafe in Darwin.
They are open every day except Christmas, from 7am -10pm, 7 days per week. All menu items are available for take-away and although the food is great, the coffee is brilliant.[less]
One reason that Darwin locals love Salvatores so much is that they offer a discount for environmentally aware customers - simply by bringing a mug from home (or a fabulous reusable thermos like the 'Cheeki' brand thermos that vacuum seals) instead of paying $4.50 for a takeaway latte or hot chocolate, you only pay $3!!
Even with a small outlay for my gorgeous little Thermos (approx $20), I've managed to save a huge amount - saving $1.50 per day x 5 days a week = over $300 a year... and I've been doing this with friends for over four years - a small easy change that gives me more change!! :)
Do you love to hunt down a bargain? Are you into recycling? Or are you just looking for somewhere different to mosey around on the weekend?
Then head on out to the Treasure Market at Caboolture - it's the recyling area right next door to the landfill / rubbish dump. Don't let that put you off though! Instead consider the things that people throw away - furniture, outdoor furniture including sun loungers, exercise equipment, gardening tools including pots and stands, outdoor play equipment, books, clothes, electrical goods - all it needs is some TLC and you have yourself a real bargain! The adage of one man's trash is another man's treasure is 100% true!
It's fun for the whole family. Need a new doghouse for Rosie? For around $10, you can get one here. We will always remember a family of three little girls with their mum and dad, and the way the kids yelled when they found a 'house for Rosie'.
Looking for deck chairs for the summer? There's a separate area for these, $5 each. Yes, you read it right! $5 each. And sunloungers? $10 each. Outdoor tables from $5 to $20, and that's for the big, "seats eight humans at once" size tables!
Hoping for a new dining room table with chairs? I saw a lady buy a complete set in pristine condition for less than $100 and that included 6 matching chairs. I've even seen a fabulous 'Fred Flintstone' lounge suite with matching full length mirror, snapped up for a bargain price.
All this and more at the Treasure Market at Caboolture.
Fabulous finds I've gotten myself: matching surround sound speakers for my PC $10 (and yes, they work!) and for hubby: a fabulous LaZyboy armchair for $20. It needed a good brush down and vacuum, and now it takes pride of place in our sitting room. We both cannot believe that someone would toss out such a comfy lazy boy chair in such good condition. Maybe someone was moving house and ran out of time in terms of listing it to sell? Maybe someone updated their lounge and the chair didn't match? Whatever the reason, we're overjoyed to have picked up something we otherwise would not have been able to afford. My latest project is two bedside tables - I'm repainting them cream - and they cost me $5, and I'm recovering a barstool I bought for $3.
Those in the know turn up bright and early to get the best stuff. Take your trailer with you. The one time we didn't take the trailer I spied an outdoor bamboo bar with two matching bar stools. Couldn't fit them in the car, so someone else snapped up a bargain!
Opening hours as follows:
- Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- 8.00am - 1.00pm
- Closed on Good Friday, Anzac Day & Christmas Day.
Tip #1: To get the best deals, be there early! The Treasure Market opens at 8am, and the staff transfer over all the 'new' finds first thing in the morning. We arrived at 9am one Sunday and watched with sad eyes as someone else trotted by with two gorgeous, large size lounge rugs. If only we'd been there sooner! *great wailing and gnashing of teeth*
Tip #2: the money the Treasure Market makes goes directly to paying the wages of the staff who work there. So they're not going to rip you off! They work hard, they're decent, friendly people and moving stuff through the market is their job. So no worries on getting a good price. Everything is a good price!
Tip #3: take your trailer. First in, first served. There is no holding area for goodies bought, so if you want something, you will need to take it with you on the day. True, I once saw a couple pay for a dining room set, then the wife sat on one of the chairs whilst hubby went home to get their trailer, but unless there are two of you, definitely consider taking your trailer right at the get go. Especially if you live locally.
These guys are great. They receive close to or just past best before date foods and sell them at drastically reduced prices. They the use the profits to fund their ministries for the needy in the way of food and clothing hampers.
I first got told about them as we were trying to feed several families who were left homeless after the Queensland floods but now we just go to pick up the bulk specials to keep the freezers full and support them as the money is used for a good cause in the community.
They also get a lot of rejected dessert items because it not the right shape or slightly burnt around the edges and so on. I have just bought all the desserts for my daughter's 18th birthday party there for less than $20 for 65 people! Other bargains I have picked up include 50 large chicken pies for $20 and a box of 50 party pies for $5.. These went down a treat over the school holidays![less]
You can also pay a small fee $7 and they will send a text each morning with the specials of the day.
If you are an early bird, and can get there for 7.30am they also do freebie giveaways
Or, you can ask for a food hamper which is $35 and has a fridge pack, freezer pack, fruit and vege pack and pantry pack. It contains essentials and could easily feed a family of four for a week with the exception of milk and meat.
I can highly recommend the team at Automotive Satisfaction, they have saved me so much money. I just wish I had found them earlier! After my husband decided we wouldn't be getting a new car, I requested the air con to be fixed in mine as winter is too cold and summer too hot for our small children. On the way to getting a quote from a mechanic however my diesel pump broke so I ended up having to pay double to fix both. I wasn't happy with this but it had to be done.
My husband picked up the car from the mechanic three days later and noticed the handbrake light stayed on despite the handbrake being off. Another three days later and my car was being towed back to the same mechanic due to more repairs being needed. He didn't charge me which I thought was nice. My husband didn't trust him but I thought he was so genuine.
After three months of my brakes not working properly all the time and my car going through oil (something it had never done) and blowing lots of black smoke, we had saved enough to fix it. After calling a few mechanics and asking their opinions and researching the Internet, it was decided we'd start with cleaning the fuel injectors and at worst having to replace them and the brakes booster. We were looking at over $1000 to fix my car once again - despite paying over $1300 three months prior. We took it to Automotive Satisfaction and the mechanic there discovered a small simple hose wasn't attached to the brake booster. He put that back on, my handbrake light went off, my brakes worked properly and it didn't blow any smoke. He saved me $1000 just because he checked what I asked the other mechanic to check! He didn't charge me anything and it took him two minutes to fix my car. I was so grateful to those mechanics and if my car ever needs fixing I'll be going back there without hesitation. I have recommended them to anyone who asks so I hope they have gotten more business from me. It just goes to show you definitely need to shop around for a good mechanic![less]
The Electric Discounter is simply the place to go if you want to spend far less on top brand names and turn your friends green with envy! (Just be kind and spread the word)!
The service is second to none and if 'fair prices on major electrical goods' was an Olympic sport they would get the gold medal every time!
Their prices are usally $200 - $300 better than most retailers, I assume because they don't waste money on fancy shop fit-outs and huge showrooms, though their products are first rate quality (just cheaper). There are regular Warehouse Specials for an even better deal than their normal prices and also Super Specials. They don't mind a friendly haggle either.
They have quite a few locations which you can check out along with their range at www.theelectricdiscounter.com.au
We have been shopping there for 3+ years, bought all kinds of appliances from them and have had zero problems - except perhaps the burning need to tell random strangers, friends and family about them![less]
To get a great deal just walk in the door!
This bakery coffee shop has it all! 100% preservative-free fresh bread, delicious cakes and mouthwatering pies. 10 years ago the owner entered a pie competition with meat pies and apple pies, only to be disqualified for having too much meat in the meat ones and too much apple in the apple ones!
Every time you spend $10 or more in a single transaction you can have a preferred customer card signed. After you fill up10 squares you get $10 off your 11th transaction!
Every day specials are available, such as buy four loaves of plain white or wholemeal sandwich bread and get the fifth one free - total price $11.60 and yes you can also use the $10 card so every 11th time you pay only $1.60 for five loaves of bread! The bread freezes so well, it's just like the day it was baked when defrosted.
Other specials include:
- One white or wholemeal sandwich loaf plus six bread rolls for $5
- A plain mince pie and a can of coke for $5
- A coffee plus a scone with jam and cream for $5
- Any beef pie with chips and gravy for $6.50
They also have Christmas cakes, puddings, rum balls and so on (and they use real Bundy Rum is used in the rum balls!). Christmas packs are available which include a cake, a pudding and any three from the following list: rum balls, White Christmas, rocky road, fruit mince tartlets, butter shortbread or macadamia shortbread.
And if you'rereally hungry, try one of their works burgers for just $9.90. They include a patty, bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, carrot and your choice of sauce.
Open Monday to Friday 6am to 5pm (cafe 7am to 2pm). Saturday 6am to 3pm (cafe 7am to 1pm). Sundays and public holidays 6am to 2pm (cafe 7am to noon).
And for an extra bargain, call in from 1pm Monday to Friday and from noon on the weekends to get their leftover T-Buns, fancy breads and more for just $2.50! A great way to get some lunch box treats or stock up the freezer.[less]
Frequent sipper coffee cards
Prefferred Customer cards
Every day great specials
I just discovered this great little computer shop which is run by Michael Ollis. My computer crashed and died on me and at first he quoted me $399 for a brand new laptop with all the bells and whistles. The next day however he actually talked me into trying an $80 repair on my old laptop with an assurance that, if it didn't work he would take the $80 off the price of a new one. Well, it did work! My computer is like new now.
I also discovered that he mends Smartphones too and his accessories are the least expensive I've seen anywhere. For example, his blank DVD's are $20 for 100, cheaper even than ALDI.
Truly a hidden gem!![less]
All you need to do to get a great price from this guy is to show up! He is honest, trustworthy and does good work.
I have found a butcher in the western suburbs of Melbourne that is not only cheap, but great quality too.
For example, I have purchased a bulk lot of chicken wings which was just over 2kg for $3.56, which is three dinners for me and my husband. I then saw chicken wings in Coles and they were asking $4.00 per kilo!
I also purchased a size 16 chicken for $4.99 and again saw a chicken in Coles, which was smaller, for $9.59.
They stock all sorts of meat, including whole sides, rumps and so on, which the on-site butcher will then slice for you at no extra cost.
Their smallgoods are also fabulous, and they stock all sorts of deli meats, cheeses and dips.
There is also a section of general groceries and frozen foods, which again are so much cheaper. Just take the 1 litre of extra virgin olive oil for $6.99.
And if you have a senior or aged pension card, there is a 10% discount for you on a Wednesday.
Since we have discovered this place we no longer buy meat anywhere else, and we are saving so much money![less]
Every day is a bargain here! There is a great range to choose from (see the website), customer service is always good and the people who run the store are always helpful in finding the right product and price. Well worth a visit if you're in the city![less]
There are huge savings to be made on a great selection of everyday essentials here. Staff are friendly and always ready to help. I have noticed you can save as much as 70-80% compared with other big stores![less]
Look around and compare the prices yourself. Whenever I visit the store I always find a bargain!
On the lower level of the Kingston markets, near the food stalls, is a plant stall where they have good sized healthy herb and vegie plants. I recently got some pots of lemongrass, oregano and advanced pumpkin plants for $2 each that were half the price, yet double the size of the standard herb pots that you would buy in a nursery or large hardware store.[less]
The markets are open every Sunday from 10am - 4pm. Heaps of information is on their website.
I have always loved the flavoured coffee from Cafe Palazzo. It is produced in Sydney and is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
It used to be available in both Coles and Woolies but Coles dropped it as a product line two or three years ago, so I had to go Woolies for it. A few weeks ago however, Woolies dropped it too!
Then by chance I found the manufacturer's website when looking for another shop that sells it. The prices from them are cheaper than Woolies sold it, even with delivery!
The 200g packets of plunger coffee that Woolies and Coles used to sell are only sold in 6 packs, but work out cheaper than what I used to pay for them.
They also have other varieties that weren't available in the supermarket, and in a range of sizes and grind types.
The last order I got was a flat $5 delivery, and I got 6 200g packets and a 500g packet. It was delivered in under a week.[less]
Sunvale meats offer excellent service and great quality meat. They source their meat locally as they can, and their prices and are excellent for quality of product and service.[less]
They offer a customer loyalty card. You receive rewards after so many points accumulated. You also receive a voucher at the end of the year for Christmas!
Best service my partner and I have ever got from a dentist, they talk us through the whole thing and are wonderful dentists but the best part was when we finish the dentist swiped our health insurance card and then discounted the Gap so we didn't pay anywhere NEAR what we should have. On my two fillings alone I saved over $100. We never asked for the discount and were prepared to pay the gap so this was a wonderful surprise to us![less]
I have no idea how we got it they just discounted!
Ladies - if you're like me, you just dread the thought of taking your car into the mechanics! They speak a language I don't understand, they're usually all men and (gulp) I'm always just a little bit worried that they might try and rip me off.
Well, this little hidden gem is a Godsend if you're a woman like me!
At 'Grease' (which is the separate garage/mechanics next door to Freedom Fuels) you do not need to worry anymore! Yes, they're all blokes, and yes, they still speak some kind of Klingon language from what I can ascertain BUT they will take the time to translate into english, they treat you nicely and with respect and *woot woot* they are not in the business of ripping you off! Hip hip horay!
Seriously though, I needed to take my much loved Chrysler PT Cruiser in for a RWC and to have a couple of little bits checked out. I rang around and everyone else on the planet seemed to be too busy to see me, except for Grease. The chap on the phone said to pop down the next day and he would see if he could do my RWC on the spot.
When I turned up, there were quite a few cars there, so I parked up and went into the little office. Mr Mechanic chap asked when I needed my car back, and because I needed to pick up my cat from the vet, I asked for 'as soon as possible' - not something I usually do ladies! I'm happy to wait my turn in line at any other time (eg) there were 18 other pets booked into my vets that day for grooming - and yes, my baby was 'pet number 19' and yes, all of us were told to turn up at the same time, but that's a different story!. . .anyway, Mr Mechanic chap went and removed another car from inside the garage, told me to take a seat in the office and he would do my RWC straight away.
Was I impressed? oh, yes :)
So I sat in the office, which is teeny weeny, and because of the height of the reception, you could barely see that I was sitting there. I was able to hear the men who work as part of the mechanics garage, and I also heard how they treated their customers on the phone. And I am happy to tell you that they treated every single woman with respect and due care. The way they spoke to people on the phone is the same as the way they speak to people in person. Yes, the two head mechanics would sometimes call the customer 'Darlin' but it was in no way derogatory or mean. I felt that it was their way of being friendly and trying to put people at ease.
When it came time to tell me what needed to be done on my car, I have to admit, I did think I was in a Star Trek movie (ie) mechanic chap was moving his lips and a Klingon dialect was coming out. So I asked him to write down his recommendations so I could get my husband to check them for me. He was more than happy to provide me with written documentation and possible costings and also when he thought things would need to be done by (ie) my seat belt needed to be seen to asap. Based on this, I chose to have the more urgent things taken care of immediately. And once again, this was not a problem.
And once again, was I happy? Oh, Yes!
'Grease' is a busy little place. In the time I was there, it was bustling with customers on the phone and in person - some with appointments and some without. And you know the old adage "Go where the locals go", so obviously 'Grease' is a hot fav with the locals, and with good reason. The men who work there are decent people. They work hard, they're friendly and they are not in the market of ripping you off. If I'm going to have to fork out money for my car, then I want it to be to a place that treats me decently and who do a decent job. And it's kinda nice to support a local firm *happy smile*[less]
My tips for 'Grease':
1. Where on earth are they? if you google 'Grease' you get everything under the sun, including the movie from the 70's - not helpful, lol. 'Grease' is located right next door to Freedom Fuels but be aware, they are a separate entity to the petrol station. If you're coming off the Bruce Highway, you'll drive through the set of lights that intersect Charles St and Lower King St and you'll see Freedom Fuels are on the other side of the road. Do a U-turn after the bridge and drive back the way you came. And, conversely, if you're coming from Caboolture or off Morayfield Road, then drive on up Lower King St towards the Bruce Highway and 'Grease' is on your left hand side after the bridge that crosses the train tracks.
2. How do I get in touch? Call them first! the workshop number is 07 5428 1230 and the mobile is 0422 201 189. They are popular and busy busy busy, so save yourself any hassles and call to book in. I did, and they made every possible effort to see my car as soon they could.
3. Can I sit and wait? Yes you can. There's a teeny weeny office/reception part with a couple of chairs and an overhead fan. Be warned, the fan is not that much help. You will swelter. But you will not complain when you realise that the mechanics are working in the garage (you can see them through the windows), wearing overalls and they don't have a fan. And they're not complaining :) And if you're planning on waiting, take a book with you or catch up on Facebook or check your emails or something.
4. But I don't want to wait. . .no worries! You can leave your car there and trot over the bridge to the shops instead. Will take you about 10mins to walk if it's hot and your feet hurt - 5mins if you're sports Barbie, lol. In which case, you will not bump into sports Barbie at the 24hr bakery/cafe located across the road from the Caboolture train station, which also has outdoor seating.
5. But what about prices?. . .as you may have noticed by now, I am NOT a car chick. Yes, I love my car. But no, I don't know very much about cars per se. My recommendation is to call and speak with Mr Mechanic Chap, get a price for what you want and then keep ringing around to do a comparison. However, I see car repairs as a necessary evil. What I want is, if I HAVE to pay my money to get something done on my car, then I want to be paying someone who is A) nice to me, B) will take the time to speak to me in 'non-car' language and C) who will not rip me off. I don't believe that paying the cheapest price for car related things is a good idea. If my car isn't safe, then I'm not safe. I'd rather pay a decent price and have complete peace of mind :)
6. And last but not least. . .if you're going to be waiting, and it's hot, and you're wearing a summer frock. . .check BEFORE you leave home that you can't see through your dress! Yes, this particular tip comes from the heart ladies. I ended up walking with my handbag in front of me, once I clicked that my new sundress was quite possibly showing a little too much of my charms. My girlfriends on Facebook thought it was hilarious. I did not. So note to self *Check what you're wearing before you leave home*! BTW, hubby thought it was hilarious too. I have unfriended him on FB *more laughter*
We stumbled across this restaurant when we were buying fruit next door. It is a family run business (or so we think) by Mum, Dad and two kids. The daughter, who would be no more than 10 takes the takeaway orders and does a very proficient job. The Mum is a waitress and a very happy person, the Dad is the chef and not sure what the son does (maybe a bit too young yet)! The meals are wonderful - very tasty and delicious - and for under $40 you can have an entree (to share) and 2 main meals and rice (of course it is BYO) so that saves as well. The service is excellent for takeaway or dine in.[less]
Their prices are just very reasonable - not many places you can get entree, two main meals and rice for under $40.
Lat Dior African Eatery was an accidental find by a friend who was going to a show at the Enmore Theatre and showed up really early (he got the time of the show wrong). Lucky he did (and luckily he suggested that we go there for dinner the next time we met up), as Lat Dior has turned into one of my favourite places to dine out.
I'm vegetarian and my partner is a big meat lover (and a foodie) so finding somewhere that suits us both and that meets his foodie standards is always a challenge. The menu at Lat Dior has great options for both meat and vegetarian dishes and all are full of flavour. Our particular favourites are Lamb Ndambe, fatayas (a little like curry puff pastry with various fillings) and the vegetarian Cous Cous.
The service is always very friendly and BYO wine is available.[less]
The prices are always fantastic- we usually leave absolutely stuffed having had fatayas for entree, mains and vegetable side dishes for under $20 per person.
If you have ever had to use storage then you'll know it is of variable quality. What struck me about Milton James and the team is that their customer service is second to none, and they run the place cleanly and efficiently. When we moved about 18 months ago we had to conquer the confusing task of choosing a storage box size and they helped us choose an option that suited our needs and didn't cost us as much as other options. Recently we went in to move some boxes and pack others and instead of selling us the more expensive boxes and fillers Milton helped us to buy a good quality used box and pack it well with newspaper. They offer great advice and make it a very pleasant experience.[less]
These guys are kind and helpful any time.
The service at this restaurant is second to none. From the first time I had to bring a bunch of rowdy little girls out for lunch and they had water, glasses and colouring-in pencils and paper on the table before I had managed to sit everyone down to the last time I visited with just my son and they gave him a free kid's lemonade because he was behaving so wonderfully. Meals are about on par with elsewhere in Hervey Bay (although some are divine) but the prices are about $5 - $10 cheaper than elsewhere and the view out of the windows at the marina are pretty special too. Kids meals are only $8.50 and come with a free frog in a pond desert.
Last time i went i was telling our waitress how impressed i was with the service and she called the actual owner out to hear it. He actually praised his staff and told us how happy HE was with them which i liked.
The one time our meals took longer than about 20 minutes to get to us they came and warned us it could be a little longer because they had just had a rush of orders. But they still got the kids meals out at about 15min and ours were only about 10 minutes behind.[less]
My biggest tip is just be nice to the staff. They truly do seem to appreciate it. They have $13 specials every day or every other meal is only $15. We quite often go after church on Sunday as they do a $10 Sunday Roast!
I just love Gandha's. The proprietor Sunil Gandha has been serving Indian to the Novocastrians since 1986 so that is a testimonial in itself! He is always very polite and accommodating and no matter how busy (which is often packed), he always has a wonderful smile for the customer. Gandha's food is fresh, flavours from out of this world and really good serving sizes. They offer a 10% discount when you have the restaurant take away menu with you and also free delivery within a 5km radius. Whenever I am in Newcastle visiting family we always make time to have the best Indian in Newcastle. As their motto states, "Think Indian, think Gandha's".[less]
I have often requested items not on the menu (e.g. particular Indian breads that I like) and the Chef has been most obliging. It is always worthwhile having a chat with Sunil to see what different personalised menus that he can come up with for a particular function you might like to have there (e.g. wedding reception). He does his utmost to please.
This wonderful salon has great hairdressers and the owner believes that for quality you don't have to pay a huge price for it.
They do my hair exactly as I ask them to and if I ask about a colour I always ask them to tell me a bit about it before it goes in my hair, and they never try to sell me any of their products unless they are specifically asked for.
It is a terrific place![less]
This salon only charges $28 for a wash cut and blow-dry. This is available everday.
A wash, cut, colour and blow-dry is only $80.
I always leave a tip for the girl who does my hair. She is brilliant
This shoe shop is attached to a podiatry practice, so the shoes are excellent quality, and the staff are all well qualified in fitting. They also care about getting the right shoes for my children. I have bought many pairs of cheap, good quality shoes there, including genuine leather boots for $10, because they just wanted to get rid of them![less]
I get a great price just by going there usually, they always have a sale table.
Little but lovely - these two guys work tirelessly and professionally doing all sorts of engraving, key cutting, etc. Always helpful and best of all the cheapest in Adelaide - I have been going there for years![less]
I take along my goodies together with some idea of what I want and they always confer with my request and give me the best price possible, usually without any negotiation!
Riverside Christian Church run an op shop as well as a foodbank from this address. You do not have to have a health care card to receive a food package and no questions are asked on why you need help, just a simple name and address etc is taken on your first visit, due to Government regulations) The op shop is very reasonably priced and regularly have brand name items come through the door. It is a place where you have to search through to find that perfect piece - but what op shop isn't a bit like that? Whilst at the centre stay for a free cuppa and biscuit (during foodbank hours only)[less]
All staff are more than happy to give you a good deal. And food will always be free, you can't get a much better deal than that!
Foodbank is open Mon, Wed, Fri from 10-12.
Op Shop is open all day depending on volunteer availability.
Frozberries sells frozen berries and vegies, as well as frozen fruit purees and pulp. Their prices are excellent - some of my favourites include Four Berry Mix for $6.50/kg, mushroom slices for $4.50/kg and diced mango for $6.50/kg. They do a 10% discount when you purchase10 or more of the same item and a 15% discount when purchasing 10kg bulk free flowing berries.
They also have locations in all Australian states.[less]
This website finds books and DVDs worldwide from the least expensive to most expensive as well as the expected postage rates. I am currently a university student and one term I saved $140 off the four text books I needed for that term. I also use it to locate other types of books, including hobbies and novels. Not all books are cheaper from overseas, and it is great to support Australian businesses.[less]
Type in the author's name or book/DVD title and a list appears from where you click to select the store. The page from the online shope appears and you can order from there.
Kyogle is wonderful for all your hardware and home improvement needs. The staff are very helpful and generous and are always trying to give you the best value for money. I spent $400 on paint there recently and walked out with free paint brushes and rollers. Not a big deal? I'd like to see Bunnings or similar chuck in incentives for a big spend like that! This local family business cares for their customers so much more than big corporations who put profit before people.[less]
I find simply remaining loyal to local business is the way to get the best "deals".
I LOVE designer clothes, especially those made by Alannah Hill but I dislike paying the high price tag! Instead of buying in store, I have found an online store that sells brand new Alannah Hill clothes (and various other designers ) at 50% off! They often have sales which can have any where up to 60-90% per item ontop of the already reduced 50% off price. The best thing is I am supporting an Australian designer and I can cure my designer delight without spending a fortune![less]
The online store is listing new stock regularly - often every couple of days. The best part is if there is a particular style instore that you can't afford because of the price tag, you can wait and see if it has been put on clearitonline.com.au.
To me GSI is the BEST second hand industry. I shop mainly at the Gosnells store but there are also many more GSI's around the suburbs. Although the goods are second hand they are sorted out (you get the best), all electrical goods are tested (that's a bonus!) and they are placed in very neat sections. They sell almost anything you want, from baby clothes to furniture (depending on the size of the store), for example, art and craft, sewing, wool, DVD's, books, magazines, bric a brac, curtains, linen, toys, electrical goods, clothing for all the family and much, much more. If you can't find it just ask the friendly staff and they will be happy to help. All you will need to do is give your purchase a wash and there you go, it's as good as new - and you have SAVED heaps of dollars. That's what makes GSI stores a GEM.[less]
The prices are very reasonable but you can get even better bargains as they have a half price day once every month (now, that's a gem).
Hillside Orchard is a fantastic little shop with farm fresh fruit and vegies. Try their apples direct from the grower, once you have tasted them you will never buy from supermarkets again! Fantastic prices, great quality.[less]
CERES fairfood is a community group supplying organic, locally owned freshly picked fruit and vegies. You can buy mixed boxes or just order what you want. They deliver to heaps of locations or 'food hosts' where you can pick up your order. I've found it great for adding variety to my diet, and it has saved me heaps! I purchase a $35 small mixed box and it keeps me going for two weeks, which stops me hitting the supermarket as well! They have minimal packaging, and you return your box for them to re-use.[less]
You can also join CERES for $50 and receive a 10 per cent discount at their on-site nursery (not online food orders) or for any classes you would like to do - like cheesemaking! If you follow them on Facebook they keep you updated on any news and what is in season also.
Melville Heights Meat is a local butcher with a difference. The service is fantastic and they have weekly specials such as two kilos of low-fat topside mince for $15! Every 2-3 weeks they have free range chicken on special for $9.00 - $12 per kilo. At our local Coles it costs $20.99 per kilo!
The butchers make excellent sausages and have quality extra-large chicken kiev for $5.00 each. They also have a selection of duck and fish. I give Melville Heights Meat a 10/10![less]
Weekly specials are advertised in the local paper and on a small chalk board on the road side. Excellent value and great service!
If you're looking to feed a crowd on a budget this place is for you. The food is yum, the service is prompt and accommodating, and the portions are huge. Talle Thai have a lunch special, any dish on the menu, prepared with chicken or beef, for under $10 (it was $8.80 last time I went, and I took half my dish home for dinner - two meals for $8.80!) For a quick bite, or lunch for a group, this you won't find better value for money than this place.[less]
Lunch times are always on special.
Cocos is a fantastic family friendly cafe. The location is great - just across from the beautiful lake. They have great specials - breakfast special is full bacon and eggs - two for just $10!! We have a large family, so to feed us all bacon and eggs would normally be well over $10 each but here it is half the price! They have other specials too, but this would be our favourite. Prices for other things seem very reasonable also. They are very generous with servings - try the ice creams. This place is great if you want to visit a beautiful part of the coast while still getting bang for your buck![less]
Breakfast special is from 7am till 12, then from 12 to 5 pm they do a burger special. Cocos close at 5pm (and are closed on Wednesdays) but otherwise they are ready to feed you!
We have been going to this restaurant since we were kids and I have converted my in-laws into driving an hour to come here. The $7 lunch special is huge and delicious, my favourite is garlic and chilli king prawns with fried rice.[less]
The great deal is on every lunch time except Tuesdays!
CWA cafe`s are all over Australia. This is a great place to have lunch, it is not gourmet but has lovely fresh sandwiches and rolls, tea and coffee and soft drinks. When country people go to town there is often a day's worth of business as well as shopping to do and the worst thing I find is after shopping Simple Savings ways it irks me to have to pay $6 or more for a sandwich and then up to $4 for coffee! I could take my own lunch but I could hardly make myself for the price they charge here. $4 will be all you pay for the freshest sandwich or roll with meat and salad, including tea or coffee.[less]
The CWA is a voluntary organisation. The lovely ladies work for free serving very politely to all. Because it is a volunteer organisation it is open during the week only. All the money is used in a charitable way.
This is a cafe is a busy cafe strip on Albany highway, it shines out amongst them all because it has fantastic home cooked food at really really cheap prices.
They are open for breakfast and lunch 7 days. They have healthy salads, home style meals and great coffee.
You can even take your gluten intolerant and vegetarian friends here.
But best of all they do the best french toast in the world!
The staff and really friendly and it has a very welcoming atmosphere.[less]
They have weekly lunch specials and sometimes they have competitions on Facebook where you can win your coffee for a week for free.
This bakery is located in a small parade of shops in the middle of residential area but only two minutes drive off the main road south from Sydney to Shellharbour. They bake every night and all their products are fresh out of the oven each morning. Their bread is really nice as are their cakes. They have a good selection and are very helpful. Their prices are really reasonable, way below supermarkets and better quality.[less]
You do not have to do any charming or bargaining as their everyday prices are way below what you would be paying at the supermarket down the road.
This is a great pub in the CBD of Adelaide. It has a lovely outdoor area, spacious inside area, with an open fire and live music at the weekends. It is child-friendly, with a separate eating area away from the bar. They also have one of the best single malt collections by the glass in Adelaide. It is classy, without the snobbery. We have eaten there a few times and each time the service has been excellent, the servings delicious and copious, and we haven't needed to book. My partner is vegetarian, and they have some nice vegetarian options available. The last time we went it was unplanned for Valentine's day. We had booked elsewhere, and they had forgotten to tell us that there was ONLY the fixed menu, and it was ALL meat! We thought we'd never find anywhere else to eat, but remembered the Rob Roy. Luckily it was only 6.30, so there were some spare places. The waiter helped us create our own all-vegetarian Valentine's Day menu at the same price as the standard one ($70.00 for two, including entree, main course and two glasses of bubbly). We paid half what we'd have paid in the other restaurant, were served quickly, and had a tailor-made menu. A lovely meal to remember.[less]
They are on Facebook, and have a website, so regularly advertise special nights. As a rule, early in the week (Tues-Thurs), they have half-price pizza, burger and schnitzel nights. They also have happy hours for different occasions. The staff are really friendly and helpful. Call or check online first.
Thai Phunk is a small Thai restaurant tucked away between a surf shop and a cafe. It is clean and bright and always has a music concert DVD showing at a discreet volume. The staff are friendly and knowledgable, and the chefs are AMAZING! Their pad thai is second to none, and there are plenty of dishes with and without heat and spice to suit every palette.[less]
There is a special meal rate on Monday nights. Also, their lunch special is $9.90 for any meal on the menu plus a generous sized soft drink.
Birchip Bakery is on the main street in Birchip (Sunraysia Hwy). They have excellent pies. their coffee is great - but the ultimate indulgence is the vanilla slice - to die for! It is clean and the staff are lovely. On Fridays they do a ciabatta bread that is equal to anything you can get in Melbourne. Well worth a visit if you are driving through.[less]
They bake the usual array of breads - day old bread is put in a basket and sold for $2, it is still lovely and fresh and incredibly superior to cheap supermarket bread. Additionally, this bread freezes really well.
Kingaroy's original bakery is still running in the beautiful South Burnett. The bakery is family run by people who understand a pie is a cheap meal and should taste fantastic. The pies only cost $2.50. Great range of flavours and they understand mushy pea pies for those from SA!
To follow your pie they have a wonderful selection of the sweet and sugaries that we all knew as kids...vanilla slice, lamingtons and apple turnovers with real cream, just like in the 60's.[less]
Best price is there for everyone, every day! No special deals for special people, as every one is special!
Shoestring Market is full to the brim, floor to ceiling and spilling out onto the footpath with inexpensive hardware, kitchenware, baskets and containers, gift boxes, wrapping and ribbons all too numerous to list. Your eyes are overwhelmed with variety. This is the place to find the odd and unusual for super cheap prices. A real treasure trove. The owner is always very helpful and full of suggestions to achieve many of my oddball requests to make fabulous things out of cheap bits and pieces - such as my Christmas decorations last year![less]
Always a good deal - couldn't do better!
Booth's Cafe is part of the Bairnsdale Salvation Army Corps. They have delicious home made meals pies, pasties and hot meals. They make the best coffees and all their prices are very reasonable. As a bonus when you finish your lunch, you can visit the Salvos op shop all under the one roof![less]
The ladies are mostly volunteers, and are always friendly and cheerful, it is just a great place to visit. I go there each week, and when the staff see me at the counter, they start making my sandwich!
Carmen's is truly a delectable Italian restaurant. Carmen, the owner, is actually of Sicilian origin but either way, it means her servings are 'generous'. It's standard practice to provide take home containers for the leftovers. Alternatively, it's not uncommon for a couple to share a meal. Carmen doesn't make much money from her desserts as everyone is usually too full to eat any! She has four boys herself so loves children. The staff are very friendly and ensure children are provided with colouring books and sheets once they arrive. Children's main courses are served at the same time as adult entrees, their dessert arrives with the adult mains. Having such a high quality restaurant in a country town like Muswellbrook is great. They are open for lunch and dinner six days per week (soon to add Sundays) and are happy to do takeaways as well.[less]
Children's meals are $10 each which includes a main and dessert. Lunch specials are $15 (pasta or schnitzel), Dinner mains vary from $15 up to $36 (but that is for steak and seafood together). If you can fit a dessert in their $8 and delectable (tiramisu, pannacotta, etc). Yes, it's more than the chain restaurants but soooo much nicer and the children aren't hungry an hour later!
Legends on Hansen is great! We go there at least twice a week; most of the locals meet there for coffee and tea. The meals are cheap and beautifully presented, the chairs are comfy and the decor is great. You can eat inside, or if you prefer to eat outside there are tables outside on the footpath or you can sit in the lovely courtyard. The staff are all extremely friendly and nothing is too much of a bother. One of the best places in North East Victoria, Legends is a great stop before or after heading for the Snowy Mountains
Any time is the best time for price and they always have specials for lunch. This varies according to the seasons. It is one of the cheapest places to eat in town and the value for money is great. They are very generous sizes too!
This restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine at reasonable prices, and the service is friendly and efficient. The lunch menu in particular is budget friendly, with a smaller range of meals than the full menu but having said that, the full menu offers a huge variety to suit every taste. There isn't a huge amount of space, but extra seating is available on the deck under the trees, which is very pleasant in summer.
Located in a small shopping centre with plenty of parking close by, this is a very popular spot with the locals and also offers a takeaway menu. Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy Thai food.[less]
Prices are always reasonable, but lunch time specials are especially good.
This butcher is our favourite! They consistently have skin-on chicken fillets for $6.99 on special.
All the staff are really nice and fun (don't ask for a leg of lamb without thinking whether you want left or right!). They've won lots of retail awards and really care about their customers. They also have lots of competitions, taste testing and recipes.
Rainbow Meats also have branches at Chadstone, Camberwell and Caroline Springs.[less]
Don't forget to ask for your loyalty card as once reach the required points you receive $25 worth of free meat!
This fabulous Hidden Gem had been recommended to us a number of times before we finally made it through the door - we wish we had gone earlier!
It is a wonderful, cheap Japanese restaurant with beautiful filling food and service with a smile. We have been a few times now and it usually costs around $60 for three courses each for the two of us - what a lovely way to spend a treat night out and still have some change.[less]
Open for lunch (and even cheaper) Monday - Saturday. Open for dinner Wednesday - Saturday
I have been going to Cafe 56 for years now. They make the nicest Chinese food and the meal prices are so cheap. For lunch they offer a large plate with your choice of three meats/vegies and rice or noodles from the hot box for under $7. IOr you can choose from about 15 other meals with rice for $7.80. They don't cook a lot of food at once, so it is always served fresh.[less]
Their prices are always the same. The lunch deal is 11.30am - 2pm. They have the $7.80 meals all day. We took some friends that were visiting there and it was under $70 for 7 of us and we even had food left!
Cafe 33 keeps food simple and fresh. Ian always greets you with a smile, the service is attentive and the food is fabulous! They bake their pies, sausage rolls and quiches in-store and the majority of hot food is prepared fresh. Their coffee is a very generous cup, anywhere else would call it a mug! They have fantastic, and very reasonably priced, milkshakes. And the service is just what you long for but never seem to get! The cafe is very clean and welcoming.
We have lunch here at least once a week. I usually have quiche with a small side salad. The salad is always fresh - no limp lettuce here! And the servings are good without being too big. Sandwiches and pies are also fabulous. This is the place to enjoy a lovely cafe style meal with great friendly service.[less]
There's no bargaining to be done here. We don't ask and have never been given 'deals'. It's simply the combination of friendly service and fresh food that will keep you coming back.
Provincial Meats in Mernda has a gigantic selection of meats at great prices. They have a wide variety of pre-packaged meats (including deli meats) or you can select your own from the butchery. You can get almost any cut of good quality meat for a reasonable price and they also have plenty of bulk buy specials if you want to snap up a bargain.[less]
Bulk buying is the best way to get a great price at this store.
Livingston Fresh is my favourite place to get my fruit and veg. All staff are courteous, helpful, friendly and smiling, and they always have time to chat with my very talkative children. The produce is always of the highest quality, very reasonably priced with great variety. I can also get free-range eggs and honey at competitive prices. They also offer a loyalty card. For every $35 spent I get a stamp, and after seven stamps I receive $7.00 off my next purchase.
Livingston Fresh is a great example of a business where the owners take great pride in offering the best in product, and customer service, and this is evident in the demeanor of every staff member. It is obvious how they are able to survive with a supermarket less than 50 metres from their door.[less]
Albert's Cafe is absolutely superb in all respects: food, service, ambience and value for money! The food is to die for, the ambience is wonderful and their service rivals a 5-star restaurant. The cafe is tucked away off the main road in a gorgeous Victorian country town. And their prices are VERY reasonable! They're family friendly with high chairs available. I just wish it was closer as we'd be there weekly! I have told all our friends they must detour into Euroa to visit Albert's! There is easy parking available in Binney Street.[less]
No need to charm the staff - theyarenaturally charming! Every day is special there!
Chumley Warners is a genuine British fish and chip shop. The owners are British, the equipment was shipped from Britain, the fish is haddock, cod and plaice - all shipped frozen from British waters. The menu also includes British specialities like pork pies, Cornish pasties and steak and kidney puddings.
All the drinks are also British like Irn Bru, Tizer and Sarsparella. They even do deep fried Mars Bars which were first invented in Scotland. The staff are always happy and smiling, even in the height of Queensland's summer when working in a chip shop can't be much fun!
You can sit under the shade at tables outside the shop or you can drive five minutes away to a sandy beach with children's play equipment and enjoy the beauty of Morton Bay.
And just a few shops up is a British shop called Britain by the Bay where you can buy some English sweeties or some more frozen fish to take home.[less]
Wednesday is seniors' special day, you get a large peice of fish, a mountain of chips and a choice of mushy peas or curry sauce for the grand sum of $10! However I have been on many other days of the week and have asked for the senior special and never been refused .
I'd love to share this shop with everyone as I had the most amazing shopping experience before Christmas. At the time I was with my newborn and two-year-old, who has an innate aversion to shopping, so I was trying to avoid shopping centres at all costs! However I thought I would give this warehouse a go for family Christmas presents.
When I arrived the salesman asked if I needed any help and explained that everything was half price unless otherwise marked. I soon discovered that "otherwise marked" often meant much lower than half price, for example, a pair of sunglasses marked $65 were $15!
The salesman then came over with a ballon for my son and explained that he had children of his own and knows how hard it can be to shop. Another mother also arrived at the shop and asked if she could park in the driveway (as it backs into the shop) as her children were asleep and it had started pouring with rain. The man happily agreed and I could see that he was keeping an eye out for the children.
As the prices seemed to be good I was trying to get my Christmas shopping done in one hit, but my two-year-old was starting to get restless, so the salesman brought him over a biscuit.
Although I'm not into brand names there were lots of brands. I noticed a mother shopping with her teenage son, I imagine it would be good shop for those hard to impress teenage boys!
Once I had finished shopping it was still pouring with rain so the salesman helped me to the car with his umbrella. It made my day and beats the big shopping centres any day![less]
You don't have to do anything it's an outlet and the prices are marked!
I go to Kosmos for a wonderful breakfast every fortnight with my work mates after working night shift so we're all ravenous! The shop is owned by a Greek couple and you get good old fashioned service there. I always get the sausage, egg, hash brown, bacon, tomato and toast deal for $5.95. They only open for breakfasts from Thursday to Sunday but I'm sure that if more people ate there they would be open for breakfasts the other days too. The rest of the time they are open for lunch/dinner. The cook always comes out to see if your meal is OK. How often does that happen these days?[less]
We don't have to do anything to get a get a great deal as the prices in Kosmos are fantastic!
This is authentic Italian pizza for a great price. Food can be expensive in Darwin but here the pizzas are cheap and delicious and the restaurant is BYO so you can go to the supermarket a few doors up for good value wine and take it back there. Or alternatively you can walk or drive around the corner to East Point, a beautiful reserve where you can have a dip in Lake Alexander or watch the sunset over the water while sharing pizza. The local shops at Fannie Bay offer good seafood and a rare Darwin Bakery and other nationalities as alternatives if everyone in the family wants something different. Just don't leave it too late, as things don't stay open late in Darwin.[less]
It's always great value, especially if you take wine and enjoy icy, refreshing jugs of water.
Interparcel courierd a large heavyweight item from Victoria to my door here in Adelaide overnight for $48! Other couriers charged $150 or more! They deliver inter-state as well as locally, and were extremely prompt. I was told delivery could take 5-7 working days but they were able to deliver the next morning!
They were very professional and quick. Since I was at work when they attempted delivery we rescheduled for Thursday and I can't wait to receive my item. They were the best company compared to others I had looked at, and definitely the cheapest.
Definitely a Hidden Gem at a great price.[less]
When ever we go to Cairns we always have dinner or lunch at Villa Romana. The service is always impeccable and the premises are spotlessly clean. It can be a little pricey if you go for three courses. But lasty week, my husband and I ordered two tapas plates to share and a main each plus alcoholic drinks and it only came to $89 with their 20% discount for early bird diners. Bellissimo bella![less]
They offer a 20% early bird diners discount if you are seated and gone between 5 - 7pm.
Malibu Fresh Essentials is a really interesting store with very friendly helpful staff and well worth a visit! They sell really fresh good quality fruit and vegies, mostly grown in WA.
They have a big range of organic and gluten-free items and many gourmet foods. Some of their prices are a bit dearer, but they also have good specials. I buy organic oatbran there which is ground in Taree (a little town in SA).
Today I bought purple carrots at $3.99 per kg. They also have some exotic imported items.[less]
This restaurant is very unassuming from the front, the menu is on the wall outside so you can check prices and offerings first, which I think is always a good start. The smiling, helpful waitress brought our pot of tea and said to bring it back and she would top it up with more hot water. Meals are tasty, filling and cheap. We had the Teriyaki Chicken and Teriyaki Fish lunch bowls with rice for $8.50 each. There are also on offer as a "set" for $11.50 with a soup and a salad. Dine in or take away option is available. Not fine dining by any means, but clean, cheap, nice food, lovely friendly staff - ticked all my boxes![less]
Ask for the lunch menu range at any time!
This is truely a hidden gem. A good old fashioned fruit and vegie shop with great prices. Located in the Greenfields Shopping Centre on Murdoch Drive opposite a huge park - so kids can go and have a play while you shop - Farm Gate Produce is a small greengrocer with wonderful fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, nuts and nibbles. They even offer to carry out the shopping if they think you might need help. I love shopping here![less]
They have good prices all the time - no extra effort required!
If you're looking for Thai food in Bundaberg, try Thai Rice in Woongarra Street, near McDonalds. We pay about half the price of other Thai takeaways and the meals are twice the size![less]
This is our local library, and the savings and service here are second to none! Our rates pay for the privilege of attending this venue, and the marvellous staff always make you welcome and are never too busy to assist with queries.
You can obtain books, videos/DVDs/CDs and audio books on all subjects and interests. Plus you can get computer access to the Internet. There is even a gentleman who will assist with family history research and others who will assist with computer skills. The library has U3A courses for older people who wish to meet other like-minded people to learn about other countries, languages, skills such as painting and so on. There are also several book clubs with times to suit working people, retirees and families. Children and young people are also catered for with reading and craft sessions twice a week and school holiday activities for all ages.
Guest authors are invited to give talks on various topics, these are free and open to everyone. These are always interesting and informative.
You do not have to be an enthusiastic reader to realise how much you can save just on books alone, and with all the additional technology available for free, this is a must-visit venue.[less]
The way to obtain the best deal at the library is to become a member and use the facilities.
The staff are unfailingly friendly and helpful and the huge range of items and facilities make this a marvelous place to visit!
Modern Munchkins Cloth Nappies sells nappies, inserts, liners, animal backpacks, lunch bags, and more. They are friendly and helpful and have lots of different ways to save. Plus, they post to all states in Australia.[less]
Modern Munchkins Cloth Nappies has regular sales and a bulk buying discount.
Cincotta Pharmacy was featured on A Current Affair or Today Tonight a few years ago, for being the best value pharmacy in Sydney. Situated in Merrylands, people come out here from all over Sydney to get great savings! For example, a litre bottle of Cetaphil skin cleanser is around $19 - that's $5.00 less that I've seen elsewhere! I also just bought Nivea Face 30+ Light Feel lotion for $3.00 less than I saw it for at Priceline. These sorts of savings are available throughout the store and have been for years. They aso have an online store, but I am not sure the savings are quite as good, but you could check it out.[less]
Always on sale. Excellent prices all year round.
At Specially Gifted the service is excellent and nothing is too much trouble. Pat, the lady who owns the store stocks lovely gifts and homewares that would enhance any home. As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with a smile and asked whether you need any help but she doesn't follow you around the shop like some shop assistants do making you feel uncomfortable. When approached by a customer for some help she will always do the best she can to make your purchase the right one for your needs.
Her gifts range from dishes and things for the kitchen through to things for the living room, bathroom, toilet and bedroom. She also stocks a great range of gifts for new babies as well as that someone special in your life. Whenever she can she tries to stock Australian made items. I have bought many things from her that I have sent overseas which proudly bears the label 'made in Australia'. If Pat does not have the gift you want she will either show you something very similar or she will try to get you want you want whenever her rep comes in or she goes to one of the many trade shows.
Three months ago I asked her if she had any electric oil burners as I had bought one previously from her and wanted to give one as a gift. She didn't have any but yesterday she rang to let me know that she hadn't forgotten and had now received some in. In the past I have also put items on layby with her and as long as you pop in every now and then to make a small payment she does not worry about you going over the agreed time.
I have come to know Pat quite well since I started shopping there and and a couple of years ago when my daughter was married she gave me a lovely gift to give to her, also last year when my grandson was born she also gave me a beautiful gift for him.as well.
I believe that the service you receive at Specially Gifted is a cut above the rest and that is why her customers come back time and time again.[less]
The owner of this store is very competitive. She will go out of her way to get your business and if you bring it to her attention that you have seen one of her stocked items at a cheaper price somewhere else she is always happy to match that price and in some cases you can get it cheaper. If your purchase is for a gift she will always ask if you want it gift wrapped and I must say she does it very well. I do believe that if you shop with Pat you will not be disappointed!
This is a farm outlet where they sell very cheap fruit in season, mainly apples and pears. For example, I picked up eight kilos of seconds apples for just $6.00. The only reason they are seconds is because of their small size but this smaller size is perfect for kids. Pears were $5.00 a box. You are able to pick up smaller weights of fruit but I use the bulk bag fruit for juicing, stewing and drying. Don't expect a huge range of produce, but what they do have is Australian grown, good quality and dirt cheap.[less]
This is a factory outlet selling mainly Clark's children's shoes including old stock, samples and seconds. They also sell ladies shoes, but the best bargains are available in the kids' range. The prices are fantastic for top quality kids shoes - usually half the retail price and often less!
As it's a factory outlet they don't offer the usual Clark's fitting service but if you are unsure you could try on the shoes in another shop then visit the outlet.[less]
Chambos is a family run business with great service. Everything you choose is packaged carefully and added up quickly. The staff even hold the bag handles conveniently for you to pick up your bags of purchases as you leave. Their salad and chicken rolls are delicious, made fresh as you order them. The soft drinks are always sharply cold. The lamingtons are the best I've ever tasted! They also have a great variety of tea cakes, pastries, breads and doughnuts. There's always space to park out the front in this quiet area in Sydney's far west. A great thing is that the park is just a short walk away, or you can hop back in the car for three minutes and have a picnic at Warragamba Dam with your purchases.[less]
The prices are so low that I always get caught out when I shop at another bakery with a total much higher than I expected. They spoil us locals with their consistently low prices!
I discovered this wonderful find while exploring our new neighbourhood. They are the factory retailers of pies, quiches, sausage rolls, and some sweet things (slices, muffins) that are made for shops and airlines. Usually they are seconds, but the quality is fantastic - best pies I've had and I wouldn't buy anywhere else now. It's always a bit random what is there, as it depends on what they've had orders for. They have a great deal which seems to be always going, of 'buy two packets, get one free'. Everything goes in the freezer and lasts for months and months (if not eaten within the first week of buying!). The staff are very helpful and always make sure that you get the best value (i.e. if you are buying two items, they tell you to go back and get your "free" packet). They have also advised me on the best time to get sausage rolls as my daughter loves them. My mother now stops in there too every time she visits us to stock up her freezer again![less]
Always go for the 'buy two get one free' as this really makes the items so cheap. They are the first shop-bought pies with recognisable chunks of meat and vegetables that I've eaten in a long time!
Bendigo Woollen Mills sells the most beautiful, high quality knitting wool in 200g balls. They come in a variety of colours and plys - check out their website to get an idea of the range. I have just ordered enough wool (4 balls) to knit a pure wool long line cardigan for my daughter-in-law for $48 with free postage. I have used them before and can recommend their products and service. They will send you samples of their colour range and latest wools on request.[less]
Everyone gets a great price not just me. You can visit the mill but I live too far away so they don't get to experience my charm!
This Vietnamese influenced market is open 7 days a week. Here you will find fantastic fresh vegies, chicken, meat and fish together with Asian groceries. Just wandering through the stalls and shops is a magic experience! Once you have bought all you need then you can choose from several Vietnamese Restaurants at which to enjoy lunch.[less]
There are so many shops/stalls competing for your trade that the marked prices are already very good - no need do anything extra to get a great deal. Chicken is about half the price we would normally pay and the vegies are all much cheaper than we see anywhere else!
Everyone needs to feel confident when dropping their shoes off to be repaired and for that reason alone I'd recommend Glenferrie shoe repairs. However these guys have redefined for me what a shoe repairer can do, and saved me hundreds of dollars in the process!
At first I just brought my shoes in to have heels repaired, but they soon showed me they could also repair the inside lining of my shoes as well, that in itself has saved me $100 on a new pair of hiking shoes. Their 'can-do' attitude and patience have encouraged me to bring in all manner of goods such as bags and sewing kits, all of which they've repaired professionally at a great price.
Their best service to me so far has been to repair my orthotics. The leather lining had worn off, but the orthotics themselves were still fine. Glenferrie shoe repair sourced and ordered in orthotic foam especially for me, as well as replacing the leather upper in only a couple of days so I wouldn't be without my orthotics for long. Given a new pair would cost at least $400 I'm now definitely an evangelist for the service these guys provide![less]
I've never asked for a particular price, but I've always found their fees to be realistic and reasonable.
Our local bakery sells their products that were made yesterday (bread, rolls, buns, croissants and so on) for half price - still fresh and yummy, but at half the cost! My kids and I love their six-pack of bread rolls, at the low price of $1.50.
There are a couple of lovely ladies that serve in the store who are always quick with a smile and a chat about your day. The place is clean and well-stocked with goodies. There is never any pressure to buy other than what you came in for.[less]
'Yesterday's stock' is available every day (unless sold out) and is on a special rack just inside the door. The loaves (white, wholemeal, multigrain, sliced or unsliced), rolls (sometimes specialty ones like cheese and bacon, or pizza), and buns (finger, custard, and so on) are usually all priced the same at $1.50 each. Sometimes they will have muffins and other goodies bagged up in threes or fours for the same price.
Savers has good second-hand quality products such as shoes, clothing, handbags, furniture and baby items. These sorts of second-hand stores are hidden gems as they sit at the back of peoples minds but are always worth a visit, and often the money helps support a charity.[less]
Always look for marks on clothing, missing buttons, rips in material and so on,you can then negotiate to have the price reduced.
The Nabiac Community Op Shop is not only my Hidden Gem, but it's also full of hidden gems! It's located in one of the main streets but you wouldn't know it was there except for the sign on the footpath if you were driving by. The shop is in, what used to be many years ago, the old hospital so it's more like a house than a shop which I think makes it more inviting. You can find anything and everything in this shop - from adults' and kids' clothes, shoes, linen, uniforms, bric-a-brac, books, baby goods, videos or toys - this shop is packed full of wonderful surprises!
The ladies that volunteer every week are gems themselves. They always have a smile and make the time to ask how you are and how your family is. They are a wealth of knowledge regarding the shop and they also know what's going on around the local area. I have two young children and am a single working mum and I have clothed not only them, but also myself over the years and will continue to do so because I don't see the point of buying expensive clothes for kids for preschool or around the yard when you have a great shop like this one where you can get good clothes for a great price. If you're lucky you can sometimes pick up items that still have the original price tags on them.[less]
The shop has a $9.00 fill-a-bag deal all year round but a few times a year (normally at the end of a season) you can fill a bag for $5.00, what a great deal! The staff are always helpful and they tend to have a soft spot for kids so sometimes the kids come away with a soft toy or book snuck into the bag with a nod and a wink.
The shop is open 9am to 12pm every week day.
I am totally addicted to Michael's Spinach, Artichoke and Cheese dip and discovered I could buy it right from their little factory on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Then I found out they do heaps of delicious fresh dips, dressings, butters, sauces and so on and all for only $5.00, instead of paying the mark-up of Coles or Harris Farm.[less]
They have recently started a Facebook page with specials and competitions.
Michael has often given me extra products to try, very nice man!
For fresh, cheap fruit and vegetables that last longer than those you get at the supermarket, head to Tennessee Orchard. Tennessee Orchard is primarily an apple orchard which is open to the public. Their range of apples changes with the seasons. They also sell a wide variety of fresh vegetables which are firm and tasty. They also stock local honey, jams and chutneys, along with apple juice. Prices are much cheaper than the supermarkets and the produce lasts MUCH longer than the regular markets. It's a family-run shop, very basic but very friendly. Their hours are Friday - Sunday, 8am-4pm.[less]
I just buy what's fresh and readily available. However, if you buy produce near the end of season, it's usually a lot cheaper, especially the apples.
Noonan's Discount Meats offers great cuts at great prices! And on Sundays between 11am and 2pm, they offer 20% off everything storewide! Large roasting chickens are just $8.00 and you can buy 2kg of assorted rissoles for $8.00![less]
Best time to grab a bargain is on Sundays between 11 and 2pm.
I like shopping at Alf's because they are a local family supporting other local farmers by selling fresh fruit and vegetables produced in the area. Three generations help run the store which is open seven days a week, 7am to 7pm. They also support the community at various sporting events, and especially at the yearly "Cherry Festival".
If you want to buy essentials and you are travelling through this beautiful part of the South West of WA - go to Alf's![less]
Although part of the Brumby's chain, this store offers great value when tired mums like myself are wanting a much-needed coffee! I discovered that if you order a coffee before 11am, you get a free cinnamon doughnut! Plus, they gave me a free babychino for my preschooler who said it was "yummy in my tummy!" The customer service was fantastic![less]
The free doughnut offer is only valid before 11am. The lady who served me said that she does babychinos free all the time.
If you live near South Bank (Brisbane) you don't need a green thumb or to fork out the big bucks to use fresh herbs in your cooking.
There are free herbs - basil, chili, lemongrass, rosemary, sage, thyme, coriander, parsley and mint - right under your nose!
These delights are in full bloom next to the riverside path outside QPAC at South Bank. Don't worry about being yelled at, you're allowed to pick the leaves and take them home for your recipe![less]
A wonderful family run green grocer. They stock a wide range of local farm fresh produce. From what I could see, they only stock Australian products with a huge emphasis on Tasmanian produce and products, especially the Tamar Valley. The beans are hand picked, not machine picked. The prices are extremely competitive with the local big grocey store chains. In fact, I found them to be the same price and even cheaper on some items. As soon as you walk into the store, you can 'smell' the freshness of the produce. They also have fresh cut flowers and hot nuts. The service is professional and friendly.[less]
Look for the bargain baskets on the left as you come into the door. I bought 360g of mixed Tasmanian gourmet lettuce and two HUGE avacados for $5.50. Bargain! I will be visiting this little gem more often in the future.
While travelling down to Sydney recently with the family we stopped at the Grey Gum Cafe. The service was very friendly, I could get gluten-free food and the prices were very reasonable. They also had excellent toilet facilities and if you want to stay for up to 48 hours there is free camping! What a wonderful gem this place is! The ambiance was superb with roos grazing in the nearby paddocks. Very safe for kids and loads of charm about the place.[less]
The Fabric Cave sells fabric remnants, buttons, knitting wool, discontinued patterns, tapestries and more with all profits going to charity. Fabrics and so on are donated and arranged in colours. There is also dressmaking and upholstery fabric.
There were bins out the front with pieces of lycra and tulle and other bits and pieces. The stock changes depending on donations. It is open Monday and Friday 9.30am - 2pm and the first Sunday of the month 9.30am - 12pm. The ladies serving were lovely. Although the address is Belmore St, you enter via Porter St.[less]
I happened to visit on the day of their first ever 50 per cent off sale and I bought six pieces of fabric, some were quite big and all very good quality for $19! This included a lovely piece of linen and some good quality stretch material. I can make at least six items of clothing, probably more. I had selected one piece that had a mark which I hadn't noticed and they pointed that out to me. Even at full price I would have been happy!
If you no longer sew and wish to get rid of your stash they will happily take your donations.
This is a family-owned fresh fruit and vegie stall. All of the products are locally grown, mostly by the family who owns it. Everything is fresh, usually just picked that morning, and tastes great! The prices are better than anywhere else, including supermarkets.
The entire family are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble, for example if something is not there, they will go and pick it for you. Their hours are Monday to Friday 8am - 5.30pm and Saturdays 8am - 4pm.[less]
Their produce is fresh regardless of the time of the day or which day. The staff/family are just nice people.
My husband buys beef for our spit roast for $8.00 per kilo. Great place![less]
Peter and Joanne run a nice little business here. They sell Canon inks at amazing prices. The inks I need are only $15.95 each! So thrilled to find brand name inks at such a fab price![less]
Canon Inks at $15.95. No specials this is the price they sell at!
The service is basic, but the choice can be fantastic! There are lots and lots of fabrics, everything from lycra to fur! There are also lots of knit/stretch fabrics at greatly reduced prices and lots of fabrics at around $4.00 per metre (some even available at $2.00!). The lycra is around $10 per metre.
You may not get the choice of colours in fabric types, but they are still priced pretty low! You can also find laces, buttons, elastics and decorative edging (again, colours limited to what is available). The stock can change quite often, some stock is 'seconds' so be careful in making your choice - make sure you buy enough to finish your item! The minimum purchase is one metre.[less]
Resource Rescue is a bargain art and craft store. All products are items rescued from entering landfill (so it's good for the environment as well as the wallet!). It is a great place to visit for party supplies and decorations as well as craft items, even gifts.
I like to stock up before school holidays so the kids are kept busy making and creating. You'll find Peter in the store is super friendly and full of useful advice and ideas. The store is also open to playgroups and kindergartens. A true hiddem gem, my son calls Resource Rescue 'the treasure place'.[less]
Bargains are available all the time! No charming required.
East Coast Fabrics is a small little nook in the big industrial area of Lawnton. I happened across this place when I went with hubby to arrange a service for his motorcycle - lucky me East Coast Fabrics is right across the road! I no longer cringe at the idea of heading to the motorcycle shop!
After having recently spent over $100 at Spotlight on fabrics I was delighted to find this place has nothing over $7.95 a metre, and even better, they have about four bargain bins and a bargain wall section. These bargain areas are only $1.99 a metre. This can range from lycra to curtain material and literally everything in between.
I could have saved around $80 on my most recent Spotlight purchase as most of what I bought there was in bargain bins at East Coast Fabrics!
Although Spotlight is much closer to where we live, I make the trek to East Coast Fabrics as not only do I save the fuel money and then some, the service is by far better than any large chain like Spotlight.
They sell fabrics, patterns, cottons and pretty much everything you need to sew with. I was even more delighted to find they also sell the embroidery stabiliser for $2.99 a metre. I was paying $8.99 a metre at Spotlight! Although the range of embroidery products is limited, there is certainly enough for most projects. I haven't set foot in a Spotlight store now for over 12 months and have saved hundreds of dollars on fabrics and accessories and still have an overflowing fabric box![less]
The way to get the best prices is to head in there at least once a week as they cycle the bargain bins very regularly. If you are patient enough everything at some stage ends up in the $1.99/m bins.
These bargain bins are not just leftovers and bad sellers, they are popular products turned over on a regular basis and I have not yet been there without finding some fantastic gem in the bins. I have made curtains for my entire house, school clothes for the kids, some magic fancy dresses for the girls and even an entire suit for my son. All from the $1.99/m bargain bins!
We went out to breakfast on the spur of the moment one sunny Wednesday morning. Having driven past the place heaps of times, we chose to eat at Crumpet's, which is fairly local to us.
We loved it! I ordered the Eggs Benedict which was actually a Florentine - with spinach, poached egg and hollandaise - but with the extra option of smoked salmon. It was delicious, with a generous portion size. The fella, being a big guy, ordered a Big Breakfast. It came with toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, a hash brown (which looked like it was from a packet, but never mind) and mushrooms. Everything was wonderful, he said, and even though he was a chef he couldn't puzzle out the secret of the best button mushrooms we'd ever tasted! Really, I reckon I'd be happy with just those on toast. No idea what they were sauteed with, but it was superb.
Even better, the prices were much cheaper than most places I'd been to for breakfast, and the meal better value for money. About $5.00 - $10 less each than other places. Even though I added smoked salmon to mine, it was still under $15.
The Lebanese staff were friendly and prompt. There was a mum there with her two small kids, and another older family, and they all seemed happy and content. The little girl was eating crumpets which I think are still house-made, despite some negative comments on some blog reviews I've read since visiting. The bloggers complained about new management removing the crumpets from the menu, and about slow service, which might be true on busier weekends - but our mid-week service was perfect.
I don't think you'd be sorry if you give this place a try, either for brekkie or a delicious fresh Lebanese style lunch or dinner. We'll be going back and I think it is a Hidden Gem.[less]
Midweek service might be more prompt than Saturday or Sunday when everyone seems to go out to breakfast!
Russell Athletic Outlet is a fantastic Hidden Gem! It is not a huge shop, but we found a great pair of footy boots for our son for just $29! We compared the prices with Rebel Sport which were up to $200 for Auskick!
They also sell a great range of sports shorts, t-shirts, hoodies and so on from a range of brands at excellent reductions. My daughter bought a 'Russell Athletic' new season hoodie for $25, in Rebel Sport they were double the price for the same thing! You have to go there if you need any sporty outfits... before you pay top dollar elsewhere! The staff were friendly, young and happy to help.[less]
Their prices are always good compared to the bigger stores!
Boutique Relove is a second-hand clothing store. However, the owner only selects fashion pieces that are in top condition. They have a Facebook page where the staff take photos of the latest items and outfits that might work for you.
They allow you to bring in some of your own clothes from home (good quality items you don't need anymore), and they will sell them for you, giving you 40 percent commission.
The staff feel this is good for them as it gives them a job, good for the consumer as it helps empty a wardrobe, good for the community as it offers good clothes at reasonable prices and good for the environment as it stops waste![less]
It is an op shop of sorts so the prices are well below retail. While not as cheap as some op shops, the items I have seen and bought have been new (with tags still on), and definitely good prices for new.
I love the Dandenong Market because the bulk-buy fruit, meat, vegies and seafood lasts us (two adults, three kids, one dog and numerous visitors!) at least a month. They also have clothing stores that save us a fortune in clothes. Some of my friends do toy shopping there as well. The store runners are pretty nice and open to haggling. If you go through a lot of food and want to save a bit of money, the Dandenong Market makes that possible.[less]
We go late on a Saturday afternoon. The fruit and vegie section is open to negotiating a better deal if you buy lots of boxes. The meat section has great deals such as 4kg of mince for $20, 2kg of chicken thighs for $16 and so on. If you buy $50 worth of food at one stall, ask for a discount. We think it's a pretty good way to save money!
From the time the first Ned's opened (I think it has had three locations in Mt Barker), it has gotten better! The girls who run the shop are sensational; they are friendly, extremely helpful and interested. If I ring and ask for something I've seen to be held, it's never a problem. Sharon seems to have been there forever!
This shop has been challenged by other bigger stores in Mt Barker such as Cheap As Chips, The Reject Shop and so on, but they just changed their style and inventory slightly to keep themselves unique.
What makes Ned's Mt Barker so amazing for me are their brilliant displays; there's something for everyone. The girls work hard to make colour co-ordinated displays throughout the shop. These have become a must-see when shopping for groceries each week!
There is truly something for everyone; kids, collectors, interior decorators on a budget , teenagers or grannies who just want to treat someone or themselves. It's for people who don't have the cash to buy expensive goods, but still want something that looks nice. There are even display stands with quirky things such as grinning dragons and fishing frogs!
I could go on and on, but you'd have to see for yourself to truly experience Ned's. It's like an Aladdin's Cave every day of the week. As their TV ad says "What will you find at Ned's?" Love them![less]
Everything is fairly priced at Ned's - truly! No need for charm. Unusually, I never hear screaming children in this shop - they seem to be too intrigued and round-eyed! The last thing I bought there (when I'd just gone in to look!) was a white and blue patterned ceramic candle holder (with candle), to sit on my new kitchen desk. And it cost just $3.00!
We have started going to the Atherton International Club every Monday as they have a two-for-one deal! Buy an $18 pasta, crumbed steak or fish and get another free! That's $36 for a family of four. Way cheaper than takeaways![less]
Go on a Monday night. Also, if you pay $7.50 for a membership you receive discounts off drinks and such.
Label Love Boutique is an absolutely stunning boutique! They stock pre-loved vintage brand name clothes, shoes and accessories at great prices. A great place to bag a bargain and feel special at the same time![less]
As the items are pre-loved, you get a great price for a quality item, without scrounging through bargain bins. The items are beautifully displayed as if new.
Erbachers is a great place to get your fruit and vegies! They have a big selection with good prices. They're always busy with customers! Erbachers also have milk, bread, eggs and great fruit loaf! I drop in on the way home from work once a week and buy a big box of vegies and fruit for about $25-30.
They're open seven days a week: 7.30am - 6.00pm. Public holidays: 9.00am - 5.00pm
There is ample parking. Cash only (in store ATM available).[less]
Home and Giving is a Hidden Gem in Mount Barker. There is no other store like it! It is full of beautiful and unusual items from all around the world. You can spend hours browsing the store if you have the time - there are just so many interesting things to see. Maggie, the owner, goes out of her way to create beautiful displays, which are always changing.
What I really love about this store though, apart from the wonderful things in the store, is the fantastic customer service. Maggie and the other assistants go out of their way to help you find the perfect gift for someone by finding out the kind of person the gift is for. It's a great help for really hard-to-buy-for people! They also wrap your gift for free with gorgeous paper and ribbons. They truly take the time to get to know their customers and treat them like family.
I cannot rave about this store enough. Those who are lucky enough to have found this store know what I am talking about![less]
Home and Giving often have incredible sales in which you can grab amazing bargains. Maggie also keeps a VIP list, which anyone can put their name on, and she will send you a letter prior to each sale.
You can always find something special here and give your loved ones very meaningful gifts that are just right for them, and not something that everyone else has.
Chermside Spice Center is the best shop to go to for all your herbs, spices and Middle Eastern food needs. This Indian spice center has many different herbs, spices and other foods for everyday cooking. They have the best service and are always respectful and polite.
Their prices are well below supermarket prices. For example, I bought 10g of turmeric from Coles for about $2.00, but at Chermside, I bought about 200 grams for $3.00, and since I use turmeric a lot, it's a huge saving! Also I bought other spices like 500g of chilli powder for $4.50. They're very helpful and able to advise where items are and always able to meet my needs. They sell all rice in bulk, prices are just so cheap and you definitely get more than what you pay for![less]
Their prices are all well below supermarket prices, so it's really easy to shop there and buy a lot of items without it costing a fortune.
If you love sweets, lollies or chocolate... this is the shop for you! Especially if you love to save money and still buy top quality lollies and chocolate! This is the best shop to find a cheap surprise for you or your hubby, kids and friends or gifts for teachers that you need to buy for but don't want to spend a fortune on! For example my favourite - Terry's Orange Special Edition selection - normally $29, but at Sweet As it's only $3.95!
The store is presented very well so it's easy to find all your yummy 'needs' and wants without having to go up and down many aisles searching! The staff are very friendly and happy to help. They even gift wrap for free if requested![less]
There is no secret to get a special deal. Every day of the year you will find top quality chocolates, boxed gift sets, bulk bagged lollies and so on for the best prices.
Do yourself a favour....find this store!
For people who like something different to wear at extremely low prices, it is worth popping into this shop.The owner sells ladies handbags, jewellery, Indian-inspired fashions and some very trendy gear at heavily reduced prices. I bought a two-piece sheer black and white draped jacket with a sleeveless under blouse, reduced from $99.99 to $39.99! The shop is next to the old David Jones store.[less]
You get a great deal every day at this shop and all I had to do was look!
I took DGS (one year old) for his first haircut at Just Cuts, Toowoomba. First he was put in a special high chair fitted out with seat belt. Next the hairdresser popped a portable DVD player in front of him so he was distracted while the she cut his hair. He was so enthralled with the DVD player that he just sat there! The hairdresser was able to cut his hair without any incidents or DGS wanting out of the chair. The hairdresser even kept some hair and put it in an envelope for us to keep!
Once finished we were told that being his first haircut, it was free! I was so impressed that we will travel two hours to go and get his haircut there again.[less]
At the Maroochydore RSL, the meals are very cheap. Usually the roast of the day is $8.50, but I can get a meal for $4.00 which includes vegetables and is classed as a half serve. As I have diet restrictions, most ingredients in other dishes are not suitable for me. So in my serve I have chips or another potato dish, fried rice and vegetables with gravy. The server always tends to fill my plate and there are never any hassles with this!
I can sit and eat and read for as long as I like. Hot drinks are free if you are playing the machines, so for a coffee I go into the gaming room and slowly play the machine with only $1.00.
I enjoy having a couple of jokes with the staff, listening to free music, and I can get a free bus back to my door. Overall a good day out, especially when you're on your own![less]
This online and retail store is just amazing if you want to save money by making your own food and some of your personal care products. The store started out online selling replacement lids for recycled jars and became popular with customers who make jams and pickles.
The owner Valerie, was an avid cheese maker and now sells products for making not only cheese, but all sorts of homemade dairy products (including the most delicious yoghurts I have ever tasted!). Green Living also sells products for making your own soap and cosmetics and has an ever-growing fan base for their vegetable and salami making cultures.
They also sell a product called Soap Nuts - an amazing dried berry used for hundreds of years in India and Nepal to wash clothes and clean the house.
The staff in this store are so helpful and their mantra is to help you not only save money, but to go green and stay local as well. For example, to buy enough culture to make 100 litres of yoghurt costs just $14.95, and soap nuts to last six months is just $19.95! You really can't beat that!
To top it all off they have full email and telephone support to help you use the products they sell and their website also has loads of great tips and tricks. If you are in south Brisbane, you should really pop in and have a look. They even have a purpose-built training room where they do classes in cheese making, preserving and soap making (just like having granny show you how to do it).[less]
The prices in this store speak for themselves. The aim of the staff is to have you reduce your cost of living by using their products. Val and David who are the owners not only talk the talk but they walk the walk! They hire likeminded staff who will walk you through ways to use their products to save money and have fun. They will show you how making your own yoghurt, cheese, jam, veggies, meat products, soap and more is not only easy, but fun! They're open from 9am till 4.30 pm on weekdays with classes being held on Saturdays for four hours. You can call in anytime, they will love to meet you.
Topnotch Produce is a new company who deliver fresh produce locally. We've been very happy with the produce and pricing of their boxes. There are three box sizes available: $25 for small fruit/vegies, $35 for large fruit/vegies and $20 for a fruit box.
They offer regular staples in the boxes that include red and green apples, bananas, oranges potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, onion and beans. The rest of the box is seasonal produce.[less]
You can order through their Facebook page or via mobile on 0431 589 998
I never thought of this as a Hidden Gem before because I don't pay a cent for it and it is all online, but after reading about Claire's story with Weight Watchers I was motivated to tell you about a 'Hidden Gem' that helped me lose a staggering 35kg in 10 months!
MyFitnessPal.com is a 100% free online site that provides tools to help you set weight loss and calorie goals. You can also use their huge database to very easily track calories and find answers to all those curly weight loss questions in the forums. Plus you'll get support from people all over the world trying to get healthier too!
I have 15 more kilos to lose, and with the support of this fabulous online community I know I will make it... and maintain it! As well as diet, there is also a large focus on exercise with tips for everyone, from those who like to walk the dog for exercise, to those who like to Zumba or lift serious weights! A lot of members have stayed on after reaching their goal, and are a source of great advice.
This site is for everyone. If you have specific goals developed by a doctor or nutritionist, you can change the settings to suit. Plus there are heaps of recipe ideas for those on a budget, or those with diabetes or other special dietary needs. You can use it to maintain your weight once you get to your goal (yay!) and you can make lifelong friends in your city and all over the world.
Last time I went to Weight Watchers it was something like $15 per meeting (weekly). With MFP you get meetings daily or more often and it is all free! Over the course of a year you would save $780, which is precisely what my gym membership costs!
I challenge Claire to sign up for free and try it, and all the other Simple Savings members looking for support to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle, I love it![less]
My Fitness Pal is completely free, all the time to everyone!
The beekeeper himself is the one collecting, packaging and selling the honey so you know you are getting quality, personalised service. The honey is not blended so you can choose from different flavours which is divine and my favourite is Malley Mix as it has a caramel/butterscotch flavour.[less]
No need to barter or charm your way to a good price, he already has better prices than the supermarket and you're getting better quality honey. Not heat treated so retains all the healing nutrients.
I found Charmaine at Mirage Hair Design through a recommendation on Simple Savings a few years ago. She always gives excellent service and has a lovely friendly manner. Nothing is too much trouble. I really recommend her![less]
Make sure you ask for Charmaine.
Looking for real homemade soaps? Love gorgeous essential oils and fragrances? Want to know exactly what's in your soap? And hoping to support Aussie made? Then lucky you (and lucky me!) there's a gorgeous little Hidden Gem right here on the northside of Brissy making soaps from home at matching gorgeous little prices!
This is not a shop - but rather a market stall run by Kareena and Bryan from Morayfield. Kareena makes her soaps at home and sells them online via Facebook and also at her local markets in Caboolture (Sunday at the showgrounds), Redcliffe (Saturdays) and Eumundi (Saturdays) plus Caloundra.
The range is extensive and includes goats milk soaps, essential oil soaps, even fabulous cakes of soap that look like real cake. And they even sell cupcake soaps - how cute is that?
I recently bought the Cinnamon Delight, made with cinnamon bark, clove leaf and sweet orange. The other ingredients used include: cottonseed oil, rice bran oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, olive oil, shea butter, cosmetic grade oxide (colour) plus 100% pure essential oil for fragrance.
I also got a beautiful fresh smelling cucumber soap. In total, I chose four soaps and paid $15. They came individually packed in sweet little gift bags tied with ribbon, so you can give them away as gifts! And they're able to make up gift boxes for you too if this is what you're after.
If you don't live locally, you can order online with a flat postage fee of $7.00 Australia wide, and if you're a Facebook girl like me, then have a look through the albums at https://www.facebook.com/mysoap.[less]
To get the best deal on price, go to the market stall. It's $15 for 4 soaps. If you're after the goats milk soaps then they're a bit more expensive.
You can also order online. The soaps start at $4.50 each, plus $7.00 postage - this is a flat fee Australia wide, meaning you can order as much as you want and pay the one postage and handling fee!
I shop at Foodland regularly as the staff are very friendly and it's never too overcrowded and if the checkouts are busy they will open more unlike some of the other bigger stores!
This week I paid $98 for my meat that would normally have cost me $237, so I saved a whooping $139! The meat is great to freeze and will last me about 6-8 weeks.[less]
I go to Food Land Elizabeth Park as they are always so friendly, but I go there first thing in the morning so I can pick up great deals on discounted meat.
I have saved hundreds of dollars on groceries at Crazy Don's Discount Groceries in Kelmscott! Crazy Don's is a family-owned independent discount grocery store specialising in clearance and discount groceries from Australian manufacturers. They also import groceries, chocolates and sweets direct from the UK, including Jaffa Cakes, Hulahoops, UK Cadbury, Quality Street chocolates and much more, at all amazing prices! They also have an extensive frozen food and discount dairy section which is well-stocked and much cheaper than the supermarkets.
I buy the kids' lunchbox snacks such as Sesame Snaps and Goulburn Valley fruit tubs for a quarter of what I would pay at Woolies! I have bought Lean Cuisine frozen lasagnes for $2.00 each and chocolate bars for as little as $0.50c! They even have a whole section of stuff on a clearance rack for $0.20c. This store is great for stocking up on treats and whatever else you can get before you head off to the larger supermarkets.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and will even stock items based on customer requests. I highly recommend this store as a starting point for your weekly shopping or for treats when you are on a tight budget.[less]
The products are always a great price, every day.
First Froots is a fantastic delivery service for fruit, vegies, and now even a limited range of general grocery items! They deliver to the door and will even unload and take the box if you are home when they arrive. They are fantastic at providing the best quality fruit and vegies direct to my table![less]
When you sign up for the first time they offer free delivery for a whole month, saving $4.95 per delivery. But even then $4.95 for delivery is a fantastic deal!
Llandilo Farm Fresh Eggs has barn laid eggs for sale, either small, medium or large. You can sometimes also buy "imperfect" eggs for an excellent price. They also sell chicken and cow manure.[less]
The sales at IGA in Nambucca Heads are fantastic - cheaper than any other supermarket around including the large ones like Coles and Woolworths! They really know what "marked down" specials are![less]
There is always a special to be had at IGA! Normal shelf prices are a little over other shops but the sales and clearance items are extremely cheap!
This shop has lots of discounted grocery items for families including kids' snack foods, frozen foods and general family-friendly meal items. The items are seconds and near expiry. They have regular items as well as new stock from week to week.
Hours are Monday - Friday and til 12noon on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday.[less]
I LOVE this place, it is amazing! The Fabric Palette is a little shop with amazing fabric and craft ideas. The service is great with junior and older sewing lessons and also games and fun for guests it is so much fun! It's so colourful and neat and everyone loves going in there.[less]
One of the games involves getting play money for auctions, so some things are pretty much free! Everything else is at a reasonable price!
These family growers have lots of fresh produce. Plus, it is cheaper than the shops and the family really look after you. As a bonus, they are just a short drive from town.[less]
I can buy $50 of fruit and vegies here and get three times the amount I'd get in the stores! Plus it is so much fresher! .
Fossiker's Tip Shop on Hanrahan Road, Albany, WA is a brilliant place to pick up second hand, pre-loved and recycled items salvaged from households before they end up in landfill.
People from all around go to this shop for bargains. I recently went there in time to help a painter unload tins of paint from his Ute and managed to get more than 25 litres of white paint, (valued at over $70) for just $2.45! I also got a single bed, minus the mattress, for $1.00, 15 books for $0.20c and enough tiles to cover large amounts of my pathway for $0.50c!
One couple I met there have renovated their home with shower screens, doors, windows and more. They had been quoted over $20,000 to do this and managed it for less than $200! As you can imagine, they are still smiling! They are as keen as I am to encourage others to view this gem of a shop as an exciting place to start a creative savings journey!
The service is generally excellent, sometimes there are so many people and vehicles coming and going that you may have to wait a few minutes to pay the staff member on duty. Mind you this time is well spent comparing ideas and projects with other like-minded people.[less]
Prices range from whatever small change you pull out your pocket to about $10 (but that was for a round trampoline missing only two hooks, complete with the mesh protection and still in its original box!). One staff member (who works on a Sunday) is affectionately known as 'The Two Dollar Guy'. Nothing he sells is more than $2.00 - I think he likes to clear out as much as possible on his shift, so $2.00 is his catch cry.
Lifetime Distributors are the people who leave a box of books at your workplace and come back the following week to collect the orders. But they also have a store on Grange Rd at Allenby Gardens, SA.
The product range is great and the prices are amazing! Their website shows the range of products they have available, although the product range is slightly different in each state of Australia and New Zealand.
The store in SA offers extra special deals compared to their website and there is even a 'damaged' book section where books are half their already discounted price. For example, recently I purchased a complete set of Beatrix Potter audio CDs for $30. This set has an RRP of around $99.95! However, when I took it to the counter, the salesperson noticed a small dent in the cover and reduced the price to $15!
This store sells fruit, vegies and meat. Their meat is very, very cheap and the quality is not too bad. The store is located next to a Coles and we find we can buy good quality steaks cheaper than Coles![less]
Whenever we need to go to the shops, we go in there first to see what is on sale and we will then base our meals on that.
If you are after a kitchen bench top at a fantastic price then Charles Vella is the man to speak to. We decided to renovate our kitchen ourselves to save some money and went to different kitchen places to price up bench tops. Our local kitchen place came back with a quote of $1470! A friend put us onto Charles - he is a wholesaler so by going to him you cut out the middle man. He quoted us $700 and had it done within a week. It was an extra $100 for him to come and measure but that's not essential if you are happy to measure yourself (we wanted to be sure!). He can also fit the bench top for you at an extra cost. We were very happy with his customer service and the quality of the bench is fantastic.
Please note he only does laminate - no stone or wood - but he has hundreds and hundreds to choose from.
Vella Postforming and Kitchens is at Leitch Avenue, Londonderry, NSW, phone (02) 4572 0722[less]
The Grey Outdoors Leisure Tours is a small business run by Sandy and Rob Higgins. It's a 12-seater bus tour operation that caters for anyone over 50. Their motto is no wrinkles - no ride!
They pick you up at your door in Geelong and Bellerine areas and drop you off at home after the trip. Morning tea is often included in the trip and sometimes lunch.
Some of the great places we've been to are the Carribean Gardens Market and Daylesford Market. They also do trips interstate via plane and ferry and have mystery trips, morning melodies, Sunday roasts at a nice country pub and lots more![less]
Alpha First Aid is owned and run by a lovely older couple, Greg and Joy.
I frequently deal with Greg through work, so when my dog became quite ill a while ago I asked him if I could purchase the required medical supplies through him in bulk quantities. The pricing difference between Alpha First Aid and chemists was astounding! I was able to buy box lots for a fraction of the cost at a chemist.
I don't live locally but Greg allowed to me to pay by credit card over the phone and the goods were delivered to my work for a small fee.
If your family (including the furry members) consistently or temporarily require significant amounts of medical supplies I would highly recommend contacting Greg at Alpha First Aid for a quote![less]
For years, I've bought on eBay but I'm now enjoying local Facebook "Buy, Swap and Sell" groups.
Everything and anything can be found on these sites, there is no postage or advertising, and you are able to look before you buy. I have found wonderful bundles of children's clothing, toys, bikes and furniture. And there's the added bonus of cash I've made by selling stuff I considered junk![less]
Negotiation is always possible, especially if something has been listed for a while.
The Dapto Community Farm is a not for profit community farm. To fund their organisation they sell boxes of organic fruit and vegies for $29. Some are grown at the farm and some are sourced from nearby growers or the markets. They are very helpful and you can order by phone or SMS the day before. Pick up is from Tuesday till Friday from 2pm. The price is definitely cheaper than anywhere else I've seen and the vegies are really fresh. They also allow you to omit certain vegies/fruit from your selection if you don't like them.
They are situated on an old flower farm and have over a hundred garden beds you can hire to grow your own vegies. They charge a monthly fee for rental of the plot and ask only that you use organic methods. The people involved are really friendly and helpful with gardening advice as well as ideas for how to use any unfamiliar produce.[less]
You don't need to do anything to get great deals, their prices are so cheap.
My daughters and I found this wonderful little shop that recycles clothes for $5.00 apiece. Whilst it's only small they have a wonderful variety of clothes, shoes, handbags, jewellery and even hats. The best part about this shop is, unlike other second hand shops where you drop your clothes off and that's it, when you drop your clothes here, anything they decide to keep they give you a $2 credit per item. This means that anytime we decide we need a change of wardrobe, we pop down to the shop and choose something else. Great when you have teenagers who like something one week, wear it and then tell you they can't be seen in the same outfit again or just don't like it anymore.[less]
The people who work there are great and the best thing, there are three stores close by to choose from. As a single mum and a full time student, being able to clothe myself and my girls in new clothing frequently without the huge outlay is wonderful.
These friendly people sell restaurant quality meats and smallgoods. Rump steak, sausages and chicken breast fillets are usually at least $5.00 to $7.00 per kilo cheaper than other stores. They also sell ice, which has been important for me as I live 64km away from any shops. When I go shopping to fill up the freezer I can take the big esky and top the meat up with ice to get it home safely. They also offer discounts for charity events like school sausage sizzles and so on.[less]
I put aside $50 a week for bulk meat and roughly every three months spend between $200 and $300. I buy everything from mince to roasts as they have almost everything I want cheaper than elsewhere. It is easy to shop there and if you get there before say 10 in the morning, they sometimes have cancelled orders which are further discounted! Sometimes their chickens are more expensive than supermarket specials but overall in the last six years I have saved almost $2000 per year using Lachlan Valley Meats.
Railway Pharmacy stocks all the usual chemist items, except their script price is unbelievably cheap!
I don't have a health care card, and usually pay at least $21 dollars for an antibiotic script. But recently I called in to pick up a script for my daughter and the price was just $5.80! I nearly fell over, and even had to ask if this was the correct price. Apparently the majority of their scripts are around this price![less]
All you have to do is take your script to the counter and the savings are there! No gimmicks, no minimum spend, nothing... just good old fashioned savings!
If you want expert advice and very friendly service, visit the Coast & Country Curtain and Blinds showroom. It is a family-friendly business with helpful staff and good discounts.[less]
Ask about what specials are on at the time.
The Mill Markets at Daylesford is a huge second hand shop in the back streets of Daylesford. It's open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm. The Markets are filled with multiple stallholders selling an enormous array of goods. It is the best place for quality recycled clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery and so on for the whole family, from vintage to modern styles at very low prices. There are household goods from every era including vintage and retro furniture, old tools, boxes and tins. There are also antiques and collectables at far cheaper prices than major city antique shops (and the shops in Daylesford's main street!). You can browse at your own pace with no pressure and there are friendly staff walking the floor if you need assistance - they even ask if they can carry your selections to the counter so you can keep browsing in comfort! I have been there a number of times and it is always changing. There is even a small cafe and restrooms. You can often catch a great special if a stallholder is closing down - crazy prices just to clear their stall. It's a great place to bag a bargain - I love it![less]
You can often catch a great special if a stallholder is closing down - crazy prices just to clear their stall. It's a great place to bag a bargain - I love it!
This is a thrift shop with nice goods and prices.
The McIntyres Equestrian Foundation look after young people and kids with disabilities. They have four thrift shops that stock a large range of donated items for sale. All four shops are run solely by volunteers.[less]
This is small supermarket with excellent fruit and vegetable prices. They regularly have seasonal specials and a clearance section. The staff are friendly and the produce is always fresh. Well worth a look![less]
Don't need to do anything, as the specials are so good all the time.
Established in 1947, Higgins Bakery is a traditional bakery with a modern touch. It is still a part of the Higgins Family and is now run by Mat Higgins, the grandson of the infamous Ron Higgins.
Mat's Christmas puddings are something truly special! They are baked in a container, then sealed in an airtight lid and wrapped in cloth. The baking is already done so on Christmas day all you need to do is remove the lid and warm it in the microwave. The taste is magnificent and your family and friends will think you've slaved away for hours baking the most delicious and traditional pudding for them! The cost of the pudding is just $18 and well worth it considering the cost of purchasing your own ingredients, the cost of electricity and the cost of your own time.[less]
Higgins Bakery is in Shepparton - great for the people of the Goulburn Valley region.
This is a guy in his '60s who runs a small business from home. He has all sorts of manure and garden soil for sale but recently he has branched out into garden things.
I have purchased three raised garden beds from him at a much lower price than I could buy in any shop, and they are all made with treated pine. He only charges $10 for delivery.
I have also had him make me a chicken shed and run. He custom-made the shed to fit in the limited space I had available, then delivered and installed it, including the wire for the run. He has since made and installed a gate so I can let them free-range in a part of the garden.
He also makes kitchens, toys and other furniture.[less]
He can be found in Marshall just off the Barwon Heads Road in Station Road. Going there from Geelong, you cross the railway line, turn sharp left and it's the first yard you come to on the left. Most of the time there's someone in the yard, if not John, his wife or other people. You can contact him by phone on 0437 079 114.
He is a down-to-earth typical old-fashioned guy in his '60s. I have found him to be scrupulously honest and have no hesitation in recommending him.
Wyalla Plaza Plants has all shapes and sizes of plants - cheaper than the markets!
The plant shop only sets up on Sunday mornings and is run by a couple of guys. Their knowledge about plants and soils is outstanding. They have a wide range of plants, from seedlings right through to large hedge plants. They also have have their own special (cheap!) fertilizer that helped bring my poor agapanthus back to glory.
I recently brought some palms for just $14... at the handyman store they were $45 and at the markets they were $34! We also priced some 1.5m high palms, large peace lillies and 1.5m high hedge plants at the large store for $500 total. The exact same plants cost me $151 at Wyalla. That's a $349 savings!
If you need plants in Toowoomba you must look here, you can't beat their prices![less]
They are only there Sunday mornings (they set up out the front of the shops that are closed on Sunday). No need to haggle prices as they are all displayed. I have been back several times and the prices have remained the same and the service is always excellent - good old fashioned service. They treat customers the same whether you buy one plant or lots.
This is a great place to buy lentils, pulses, coconut milk and other spices.They are much cheaper here and you can get bulk sizes in some things. You can also get frozen Chinese ingredients and some fresh vegies. All these are very comparable. And if you want something they don't have, they will try to get it in for you![less]
Lexatonia is a family run business specialising in tiles but we used them for most of our bathroom renovation. They have a huge (almost overwhelming!) range of tiles, but if you don't find one you like they can order in pretty much anything. They also order by the metre rather than the box so you can order as little or as much as you like without having to pay for a whole lot of extras you don't need.
The service is wonderful. They will order in anything for you from their bathroom suppliers and find the best price they can. They price matched a few things for us and threw in a couple of upgrades for free too. I must have been in there ten times over a fortnight and they were always helpful and understanding of my limited renovation knowledge![less]
If you tell them your approximate budget they will work hard to find a solution within that range.
The Brisbane City Council has a downloadable PDF that lists 'reuse and recycle' businesses in the Brisbane area, some offering free services. Their website is http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au[less]
The Hillman Meat Company is a retail showroom attached to the Wholesale Meat Company. This modern self-service store is not only stocked with meat and game of the finest quality at the lowest prices available in Brisbane, but it also stocks an amazing array of continental herbs, spices, pastas, ice creams, teas, coffees and even fish.
The butcher is always available to cut any other meats which may not be on show. There is even an in-store kitchen where occasionally a chef will come to demonstrate some of the speciality meats and game that is available.[less]
To check out the amazing prices, visit www.hillmans.com.au and compare them with other retail butcher shops in Brisbane!
I love shopping at this market! Olley's has fresh fruit, vegies and basic staples really cheap, especially when in season.
I often can get a kilo of avocados for $1.50! I purchased a box of 'cooking' tomatoes the other day for $2.50 and when I got them home there was not one tomato I couldn't eat, most of them were perfect! We use a lot of tinned tomatoes for cooking in our house so when I chopped them all up and put them into resealable bags to freeze, I had the equivalent of 15 cans of tomatoes, at just $0.16c a can!
Everything is always fresh. Their deli items are also very cheap! Chicken breasts are very often around the $8.00 per kilo mark![less]
I recently discovered Fresh on Young, a fruit and vegie shop, and was very impressed!
Their fruit and vegie prices are a lot cheaper than Coles or Woolworths. In fact I would say their prices are very similar to that of Queen Victoria Market or any of the other markets in Melbourne. Not only do they have a great variety of fruit and vegies, but also meats, cheese, free-range eggs and more.
The staff are always happy and smiling and very friendly indeed. That's where I will be doing my fruit and vegie shopping from now on![less]
If you live in Melbourne or are planning on visiting, I would suggest going and having a look at Suga, is a small candy store in Bourke St Mall.
They make all of their own candy and show you how it is done. You can even create your own design.
Today when I went there it seemed to be very popular and is a great activity for kids in the school holidays. They also have other stores in Melbourne which you can find on their website.[less]
This website (but more importantly the downloadable 'app') is 100 per cent free and has saved me a lot of money in the garden!
You use the app to work out your local climate in Australia. Then you can see when is the best time to plant seeds, seedlings and plants in your garden for your growing season!
This saves you money because you can plan your home vegie garden in advance, put seeds in your greenhouse early on and have them ready to transplant when the time is right!
You can sign up and get email alerts also, or just rely on the app in your pocket so you always know what to plant next.[less]
The website is www.gardenate.com and the app is on the Google Play Store or iTunes.
When I first moved to Melbourne, a friend told me about 'Lentil as Anything'. It is a not-for-profit community organisation where you pay what you think the meal is worth. I went for a meal at the St Kilda 'Lentil as Anything' to check it out! The restaurant is run by volunteers and it is a bit of an alternative/hippy restaurant with a Moroccan theme.
I really liked it as it was something different and the volunteers were lovely and have been very attentive every time I have visited. I can take a seat anywhere I like and they will often bring me out a menu and a glass of water. The food is really good and suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, and they also serve food that is gluten free.[less]
There are no set prices. They have a box on the counter and you put your donations into that. There is more information on their website.
This warehouse-style fruit and vegetable shop has a huge variety of cheap fruit and vegetables, as well as an excellent range of Italian products. They have great prices on tinned tomatoes and pulses as well as passata and bulk flour (12.5kg for $15).
They also have meat, dairy and frozen products as well as bulk herbs, spices, dried fruit, dried pulses and cleaning products.
They really have a great range of products at good prices, and you don't need to buy in bulk. Their hours are 8am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday.[less]
Check out the specials bagged up at the front of the store. I have bought almost 2kg of mushrooms for $3.00, 2kg of bananas for $1.00 (a little black on the outside but perfect inside), and many more great deals.
Perth is notorious for high food prices, but I have found this store has really good prices on some "gourmet" products, for example:
- 1kg smoked salmon $9.99 (admittedly it is catering quality), but certainly much cheaper than $29.99 on special at Coles or Woolies!
- Whole eye fillet $16.99-$19.99/kg as opposed to $44.99/kg.
- Lebanese flat bread at $0.99c for a packet of five as opposed to $3.99. They are also a lot fresher than the ones from Coles or Woolies. We use these for wraps for lunches or for pizza bases. I also cut them up into finger-sized slices or diamond shapes and toast them in the oven for five minutes for a cheap alternative to crackers for dip.
- Their fruit and vegie prices are at least 25% cheaper than the 'big two' as well!
Just have a browse and only buy if it is of value to you.
Medcall is a medical service providing home visits including weekends and nights in the Gold Coast area.
I found it so much easier to have them come and check my boys at home rather than bundle them both up in a taxi and take them to hospital where we would have been waiting with other sick people.
The doctor who came was very thorough, he even checked over the kids' teddies to help keep them calm![less]
They are bulk-billed where possible, but you should ask when you call if that applies to you.
Foodland Mt Barker put out their own specials on top of what the regular Foodland brochure includes. I have saved many many dollars on cheese, steak, margarine and lots more. The staff are friendly and always have plenty of stock of whatever they put in their specials brochure.[less]
Check for the Foodland Mt Barker brochure when entering the store, they're usually at one of the checkouts. Their deli section of cold meats also has some great bargains and their fresh fruit and vegies are always good - it's like they're picked direct from a garden!
We recently decided to look for new lights for our home. I had done a lot of research on the Internet looking at styles and prices and came across a link to Beacon Lighting. The shop is situated in a back street of the Penrith Homemaker's Mega Centre - basically around the block from Harvey Norman (almost like the poor cousin, but what a fantastic surprise!). Everything was set out so well with spacious displays making it easy to compare different lighting options.
All stock was stacked under the displays so you could pick the items yourself, but because we had a large order, we chose to ask for assistance from the staff member who had welcomed us. The service was just fantastic! No question was deemed too silly and was answered with polite patience as I went back numerous times.
After selecting the lights we wanted, the staff member also got globes for each item and taped them to each box so as to avoid confusion for us. As a bonus there was a stocktake sale so we were on to a real winner![less]
We got a great price because I had seen online that they had some specials. Because we lived an hour away I was worried that if a light had a problem that I'd have a hike to get back to them, but they reassured me that I could ring a more local store and they would sort things out. I was so pleasantly surprised that some stores still provide this level of fabulous service!
Although it's called "The Loft Cafe", this little cafe is on the ground floor and there is not a loft in sight! The food, service and prices are all delightful. The staff is very friendly and are only too happy to accommodate people like me with various food intolerances and/or allergies. The cuisine is (really tasty) Thai as well as a selection of quiches, cottage pies, pasties, salad rolls, muffins and so on. The Thai fare is all cooked to order and is fresh and delicious - Pad Thai, Tom Yum and so on. The cost of these meals is only $9.95 each which is cheap dining in W.A., especially the tourist mecca of Fremantle. All meals can be takeaway as well.[less]
They also serve coffee and have 'Happy Hour' coffees from 8am till 11am for $2.95 each - and the coffee is excellent! There is also free 30 minute parking just outside which is a real bonus in Fremantle. I took my husband recently and when we left he said, "What a find, Dee!" - I'm sure you'll think so too.
This is an excellent way to get to see shows in Melbourne at an amazingly cheap price.
'On The House' is a company that gets production tickets (these are the promotional tickets or are sold when a show wants to fill a venue or has a preview) for shows mostly in Melbourne but sometimes for other cities in Australia. Most tickets are between $2.50 and $7.00 each, often a saving of about $15-20 per ticket and the shows tend to be in smaller venues in and around the CBD.
The website is very easy to use and it is just like buying regular tickets online, but instead of getting a physical ticket, you have to go to the box office on the night and tell them that you have tickets 'on the house'. If you can't attend, you just have to let 'On The House' know ahead of time.
We have been to comedy, cabaret, theatre and music events. The best part is that the more people who know about 'On The House', the more publicity they can get and the more tickets that are available.[less]
Get in early! 'On The House' sends out emails fairly regularly with their new events. It's worth checking back on their website frequently to see what is new. Some of the tickets sell out really quickly, especially if they have a small allocation, but often new dates/times become available. Sometimes you can plan ahead, but often tickets are available for tonight or the next couple of nights, so if you have a night free it is worth checking back to see what is on.
As part of the Logan Food Gardeners' online community group, you can go to Crop Swapping Groups which happen every couple of months. This is where members get together and either purchase or swap home grown produce. It's brilliant as you can collect fresh home grown produce and also off-load surplus produce that you've grown. There are similar groups in all capital cities and membership to most of them is free.[less]
A good tip is to price fresh produce realistically and also be prepared to swap items, and check what items each Crop Swap sells before you go.
After being told I would need a brand new computer to replace my nine-year-old computer, I visited MicroGram Computers to obtain a second opinion. Keith at MicroGram had a look at my old computer and worked out what needed replacing and what needed upgrading. He had the quote ready within the hour and my computer upgraded and working within a day. His after sales service was exceptional as was his communication throughout the quoting process.
I had a budget to stick to and he stayed within my budget by asking what I used the computer for. As I love to produce home movies I needed lots of memory and faster processing but I didn't need advanced or professional programs so this eliminated the need to purchase parts I just wouldn't use.[less]
They have specials advertised on their counter for brand new computers. They can tailor a quote to suit your needs, and offer a great price. I loved not having to throw away my old working computer.
MicroGram Computers is a Hidden Gem! Just a small shop but BIG on service!
Living Water Op Shop is the best op shop I've found. It's pretty big and open four days a week. You can easily spend at least half an hour rummaging through racks and racks of clothes. There is also plenty of kitchen stuff, magazines, curtains - whatever you want! Their prices are terrific. You never know just what you will find![less]
They often run specials on clothes, mostly for just $1.00. It can get quite busy during those times, so come early.
Aus Sewmobile service and repair all brands of sewing machines in the Hunter region. They pick up and deliver your machine back to you. They were $40 cheaper than a sewing machine repair centre which requires you to drop your machine in and then pick it up again.
Service is prompt and excellent! My machine was collected promptly and the mechanic knew immediately from my description what the problem was.[less]
One Hidden Gem I have found that's an absolute treasure is the picturesque rural town of Harvey. It is an easy 90 minute drive from Perth and is very well known in W.A. for dairy products and orange juice, but it also has some other delicious local produce! One of our favourite places to visit is the Harvey River Bridge Winery where you can taste a wide variety of wines and buy wine for as little as $60 a dozen:
Another place we always visit is Harvey Bizee Hands which sells locally made craft, such as hand towels, door stops, aprons, baby clothes and tea cosies. You can also buy jams, pickles, relishes, biscuits, slices, home grown fruit and vegetables and fresh eggs. Bizee Hands is open 9am-4pm daily except for Wednesday and is situated on the corner of King Street and the South Western Highway.
The third place we make sure to visit is Harvey Cheese Factory, a family-owned business, which has a Brie called OMG and believe me that's what you'll be saying when you taste it, it is so unbelievably creamy! They also hold cheese-making classes which are usually advertised on a blackboard at the front door. They have free tastings of most of their cheeses and make Haloumi, Romano, Feta, cheddar and flavoured cheeses with chilli, garlic, sun-dried tomato and other spices and herbs in them. They also sell ice cream, coffee, cakes, small goods and condiments. The two camels and friendly sheep might come and say hello over the fence as well!
If you want lunch there are two good bakeries and a few cafes to choose from and the visitors centre has loads of pamphlets suggesting picnic spots and BBQ areas. The visitors centre also has a 'Moo Shop' and an interesting display relating to May Gibbs, who lived in Harvey in 1885 and 1886. There is memorabilia and her books are for sale including 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' which is still a children's favourite. Behind the visitors centre is a butterfly tree with a board showing the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly which abounds in the area.
We usually make sure we take our interstate and overseas visitors to Harvey as it is a place we enjoy sharing.[less]
This great butcher delivers old-style service with a smile and great prices. Handing out cheerios to the kids and now supporting the local community by having fundraising sausage sizzles out the front of their store, you'll love them too!
Air conditioned - and amazing staff - they even helped me carry bags and a box of meat to my car.[less]
They have great prices, for example:
Chicken breasts for $6.99/kg (so tasty, fresh and no fat), NY steaks for $9.99/kg and premium beef mince for $5.99/kg.
It's all so fresh, I love it. I got so much meat for $159 - will last me at least a month!
I have been working in this store for the last five months. When you visit our store you will see why it's called a 'concept store' instead of a charity shop. All of the stock is in 'as new' condition and quite a lot is brand new. We purchase end of season stock from some very exclusive stores and also stock from closing down shops.
I was amazed at the quality of stock. Each item is checked thoroughly so there should be no fault or marks on items. There is beautiful formal wear, evening wear, office wear, daywear, swimwear and so on. There are also excellent clothes for men.
Due to the location (next to Rusty's Markets) we open every day of the week including Sundays.
Please come and have a look. We have at least one comment a day at how well presented the store is and how it is a pleasure to look around. Everything is labeled and arranged for easy viewing.
Hope to see you soon.[less]
Charming the staff is certainly encouraged. We have an easy, laid back approach and are in for a bit of fun. There are days that specials are offered and we always have a well-stocked half price rack.
As we are a charity organisation and profits made go to assisting disabled people with housing and employment, we don't tend to let you talk our price down. But you don't have to, we have great prices.
Ask to join our VIP list and Endeavour will send out emails informing you of specials in our store.
Offering an ongoing selection of the most commonly used fruit and vegetables, plus a rotation of 'seasonal' options, this is my local go-to for day to day fruit and veg.
The produce is excellent quality and keeps well. The majority is Australian grown. Their standard prices are fair, and they offer weekly specials on some products. There is also a discount rack where I regularly nab bags of reduced but perfectly good produce.
The excellent service is the icing on the cake. I can park the car literally outside their main door, and have help carrying all the shopping back to the car and loading it up! Added bonus - they are great with the kids who come and 'help' me.[less]
Watch the painted windows out the front for weekly specials, and always check the 'reduced' rack just inside the main door to score some real bargains.
This fruit & vegetable store sells all the usual varieties for a fraction of the price. Last week I bought four 500g punnets of strawberries for $3.00! They have fabulous weekly specials, are central within Ballarat and open every day. The staff are always friendly and have quick service. They accept cash only, which is why they can charge less (and it helps me with my budget). I rarely pay over $25 for enough fruit and veg for a family of six for a week, but I do take advantage of specials to help with this.[less]
I shop a little more frequently as the produce does not always last as long and often need to pick through the apples to find the best ones.
They have just opened a second store at the corner of Howitt and Dowling Streets, Wendouree 3355.
A great range of nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, baking ingredients and sweets at excellent prices.
If you have a lolly buffet in mind for a special party, this is the place - you can buy a range of sweets in single colours.[less]
Northmead Growers Market is open daily. The quality of fruit and veg is really good and you can also stock your pantry and fridge with some deli goods. The boys will carry your box of fruit to the car.[less]
Head straight to the fruit in buckets before you purchase the rest of your fruit.
Ziggy's is a butcher and smallgoods producer in Tassie. Their prices are comparable to other butchers, but all the meat products and all the smallgoods made by them (including the ham) are free-range/ethically raised. I can confidently go there and buy beef, pork, chicken and turkey and know it lived a good life.
Their own smallgoods are delicious, including a lot of Polish products. They have dog bones that are huge beef bones cut down the middle to expose the marrow - I can buy one bone for around $5.00 that does both my dogs for a whole day of licking and chewing - they love it. They also sell pigs ears at a really good price - you have to get in quick![less]
Ziggy's have regular specials and they advertise them on the outside of their building. This is a small business and can get really busy - so sometimes there is a little wait - but well worth it.
This store has a large selection of mostly locally produced fruit and veg at reasonable prices. It has a service deli and sells wonderful Italian bread and rolls as well as loose nuts and fruit mixes. The staff are super friendly and helpful and the prices very reasonable.[less]
I find the prices are always very good and specials change weekly.
I have been going to Warby's for years now and have never had a problem with their meat. The staff are always very friendly and helpful, the prices are great and they have super specials and sell in bulk. They have also opened a second shop at the Lawnton Country Markets, 718 Gympie Road, Lawnton 4501.[less]
I get the specials delivered via email each week and work on that, but normal prices are also very good - just ask.
This butcher's shop is friendly and the flavour of the meat is wonderful. They have Riverina beef which is delicious and full of flavour. They always have meat on special, offer great deals and have a money back guarantee.[less]
There are always special deals available. I especially like the deals where you buy 2kg at a time. They are more than happy to bag them in smaller portions which make life easier. I usually buy 2kg chicken breasts and beef mince and freeze them in 500g portions. They might not always perhaps be the cheapest around for chicken (at time of checking they seem to be about the same price as basic supermarket chicken breasts) but the balance of quality and free range chicken, flavour and a great price mean they are well worth it.
I adore this store for its range, fresh uncluttered layout and amazingly helpful staff. The butchers will always be happy to cut up meat for you or help you find what you need.
The Meat Market primarily provides a staggering choice in fresh and some frozen meats - there are some other products such as pre-pack frozen vegetables and spices, but I don't find these as good value as the meat.
They also have a great loyalty program where you earn 'points' that can be used for money off subsequent shops.[less]
Look at the bulk packs and the specials. I buy in bulk, then repackage at home and freeze in smaller portions for later use.
For steak, you get the best price by finding the large, uncut steaks in the left-hand side fridge, and then asking the butcher to cut it for you (which he will happily do free of charge). It's also best to check out their website specials and plan your meals and freezer space around them - for instance, this week, gluten-free BBQ sausages are $3.98/kg - bargain!
Best sausages in SA! They win competitions every year. Staff are very friendly, you can ring in an order and pick it up later or go in and they will cut it up on the spot. They will even vacpac if you are going on holidays.[less]
Earth Markets is conveniently placed opposite Coles supermarket in Tweed City Shopping Centre. They have a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Their pre-packaged bags of fruit are great value and often locally grown.
They often have marked down items which will keep well in the fridge for a few days.
ALWAYS wander through their shop BEFORE you go to Woolies or Coles and you won't buy overpriced stuff just because it is easy or looks good.[less]
I'm just a naturally pleasant person when I'm trying to get the best deal, but seriously, you know this mob is good when you see the other businesses walking out with trollies full of that day's bargains.
As well as selling its famous deli goods, the Primo Hans factory outlet is a butcher outlet. The quality is second to none and the price is much cheaper than the supermarkets.
Along with the cheap everyday prices for their meats, there are specials each day. It is well worth the half hour drive for us to shop there.[less]
Minchinbury Fruit Market always has specials on! They offer a great range of quality fruits and vegetables at very good prices. We always get our meat from here too - wide selection, very good quality and within our budget. Staff are always helpful and it's one of those places where you really feel part of the community.[less]