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Try changing supermarkets - Some of you may not realise, but prices vary depending on which suburb you shop. Whether it be Coles, Woolworths, Foodland or IGA, their product prices vary from store to store. Perhaps you find that the store nearest to work is cheaper than the store close to home.

Take note on their mark down days - Keep an eye out for the days that your store marks down meat to sell it before the due date. Or perhaps they halve the price of hot chickens to sell them in the evening before closing.



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Shop wholesale, at warehouses and markets - Rite Price Grocery Clearance Store has a massive range of products at unbelievable prices. Shop here for cheap chips, biscuits, drinks, condiments, lollies, canned foods, pet food, bathroom and cleaning products. They also stock a variety of marked down fresh food, wholesale meats, cheeses and frozen food lines.

Holco Fine Meat Suppliers, Specialty Foods and Austral Meats are great places to find A-Grade quality meat at wholesale prices. Sign up for weekly newsletters and pre-select from their specials such as whole rumps for $9.99kg or breast fillets for $5.99kg.

Adelaide Fresh or smaller fresh green-grocers that are located in your local shopping mall offer better quality, local produce, much cheaper than your big chain supermarkets. Added bonus, it's fresh and tastes better too.

Aldi has caused quite a storm with their new stores opening in SA. Also shop here for cheap snacks, condiments, canned goods, fruit and vegetables, dairy and frozen goods.

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Don't waste food - Food waste is throwing money in the rubbish. Use leftovers for lunch sandwiches or salads. Freeze them to heat up another day. Greatist 65 Amazing Meals You Can Make From Leftovers Today is a great resource. Search for recipes based on the ingredient you have left over.



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Buy in Bulk - It may seem like it's a massive cost buying a whole rump or side of lamb but the unit price is actually lower. More meat for your money. Look for large portions of roasting pork, lamb, beef or even chicken at a low price and then portion that to create two, three or four different meals from that one chunk of protein.

Check junk mail - We all get inundated with it so use it. Go through them to find which supermarket has what you need on sale. So there are some handy hints to save money when you are shopping to feed the hoards at home.



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Holidays

Use a website such as Trivago to compare prices between other booking sites and ensure you get the best price.

Trivago will list hotels/accommodation in the area or region you search and display the best price, along with the next top three prices for that particular room and the booking site which is offering that price.

More often than not, the top booking sites which offer up to around 78% discount are:
Booking.com
Hotels.com
Expedia
Wotif.com

If you frequently travel away, register with these sites and you will be able to save your information to quickly login, and to book great prices instead of always having to re-enter all of your information each time you book something. Go one step further and install the app on your phone to book easily on the go.



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Eating Out

Eating out with a family can be costly and chances are the little ones end up wasting more than they eat which is frustrating.

Best thing to do is choose a Kids Eat Free night. There's literally almost one in each suburb. Click on this link to see a list of venues that offer Kids Eat Free and other great family meal deals. Kids Eat Free in Adelaide



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Cheap Dinner Recipes

Sometimes a huge cost of the weekly budget is over spending on elaborate meals, some of which don't really get eaten and waste a lot of preparation time. Here are a few recipes so easy and cheap even hubby can do them. Fast Easy Cheap Recipes

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