7 ways to save on supermarket shopping

By Hannah   — November 21, 2016
  • Shop with a grocery list
    1 / 7 Shop with a grocery list

    Always note down what you need to buy beforehand, either on paper or on your smartphone. Having a list keeps you from buying on impulse – you don’t end up wandering the supermarket aisles and stumbling upon things you want to buy but don’t actually need.

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  • Only shop when you're full
    2 / 7 Only shop when you're full

    When you shop on an empty stomach, hunger can influence what you grab from the shelves. Before you know it, you’ve ended up with bars of chocolate and packs of instant noodles you never intended to buy.

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  • Use a basket, not a shopping cart
    3 / 7 Use a basket, not a shopping cart

    Lugging a heavy basket around is a pain, which is why it deters you from buying more than you need. Unless you are buying big items such as boxes of tissue, or big bottles of drinks, aim to fit all of your shopping into one basket. This helps to limit your spending.

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  • Buy house brand items
    4 / 7 Buy house brand items

    You won’t be compromising on product quality. Supermarket house-brand items are cheaper than name-brand items not because they are inferior, but because manufacturers save on advertising and other intermediary costs and can then pass on these savings to consumers.  

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  • Sign up for a Warehouse Club membership
    5 / 7 Sign up for a Warehouse Club membership

    The members-only Warehouse Club by Fairprice, located at 1 Joo Koon Circle, promises discounts of roughly 20 per cent on products that come in bulk, compared to what’s usually carried in supermarkets. For example, cornflakes may be sold in 1.7kg bags rather than 300g boxes.

    Membership costs $50 a year, and enables you to make bulk buys in the form of value packs to save on groceries and household essentials – particularly non-perishable goods like detergent and toilet paper.

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  • Use credit cards that offer rebates
    6 / 7 Use credit cards that offer rebates

    Many credit card companies have tie-ups with major supermarkets in Singapore. For example, the UOB Delight Card gives you up to 8 per cent cash rebates at Cold Storage and Giant, and offers special discounts on selected items.

    Find out which credit card offers the best fit for your needs. Note that some cards offer reward points and other benefits like free delivery for online purchases.

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  • Freeze your food
    7 / 7 Freeze your food

    Reduce wastage by freezing fresh produce so it can be kept longer. Raw fruits and vegetables can last up to a year when frozen, and meat can be kept for three to six months in the freezer.

    Prepare meals in bulk and freeze them in portions to be reheated. For some inspiration, turn to our Food section for recipes you can cook, freeze, and reheat later on.

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    A version of this story first appeared in Simply Her

    (Photos: 123RF.com & ST)

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