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Shopping showdown

Anyone who knows me in real life would know that I am a bit cheap, I like a good bargain and not spending money has been my full time job for a while now. Yesterday was my five year anniversary of being a stay-at-home-mum. On the 18th May 2006 I walked out of my job at a big investment bank in London and never went back, I was 35 weeks pregnant and had no idea what the future was going to bring. Six months later we left the UK for our new life in Australia and the rest is history.

There have been times over the last few years where I have lost sleep worrying about my career and my job prospects and our financial situation. Now I am at a place in my life where I am at peace with my decisions. Starting up my photography business has gone a long way to allowing me to find fulfillment within and its also allayed some of my fears about how I can contribute financially to my family going forward. But I am still a full time stay-at-home-mum and that means that my family comes first and the business has to take a back seat until Amy is at school and Stella starts preschool.

In the meantime I contribute financially to my family by saving money, or more specifically by NOT spending money. Over the last two years this has meant using cloth nappies with Stella, meal planning to ensure I only ever buy what I need at the supermarket and now I am taking this one step further by pitting my favourite supermarket up against its nearest competitor. I usually do my weekly grocery shop at Wool worths but this week I finally made the move to A1di. So many people have told me about the savings they are making every week on their grocery bill and the kicker came when one of the girls who is doing bootcamp with me and works there told me how many of the regular brands they repackage.

I tried to buy a variety of things today that I would get normally so I could do a price comparison and this is how it panned out. (This is a selection only)

New shop          Old shop       Difference

Baby wipes                            $2.69             $2.69              nil

1kg frozen peas                     $1.99             $4.51               $2.52

200g sliced leg ham             $3.99            $4.95               $0.96

12 free range eggs                  $3.29           $4.00               $0.71

1 kg carrots                              $1.29           $1.48                $0.19

1 loaf of wholemeal bread    $1.59           $1.98                $0.39

3 kgs oranges                         $4.99           $9.00               $4.01

600ml thick cream               $2.25           $2.90               $0.65

250g box Crackers                $1.49           $2.89               $1.40

Cheese stringers                   $3.99           $5.00               $1.01

Total                                                                                        $11.84

So, for a few basic items, thats a lot of savings. Even if you take the oranges out which I have to admit, the quality is better at the old shop, its still over $7.00 savings which adds up. The real proof is going to be in the eating and to see which products differ from what we are used to. I don’t think you can go wrong with milk and bread though! Next week I will be testing out some meat products which I have heard are really good and ridiculously cheap in comparison.

Will keep the blog updated!


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