Three Ultra Alternative & Very Creative Ways to Get a Bargain

Looking for some new ways to save cash so that you can start putting it away for that holiday you’ve been dreaming of / the house you want to buy / the bag you lust after / coffee (that one’s mine)? Here are three ultra alternative and very creative ways to get a bargain…

Make The Absolute Most Out of Free Trials

We all love a good free trial, especially when it’s for a streaming service! They lure you in and get you addicted to the kinds of shows you never knew you needed but now can’t live without. Before you know it you’re halfway through Stranger Things and your month is up! But what if I told you there was a way to buy yourself some more time, for free!

Here is how it’s done… between myself and my husband, we have two visa debit cards, a credit card and three email addresses. So, whenever I sign up for a free trial I use his email and visa debit card for the first time, then again with my email and visa debit card and one more time with my second email and credit card. So I get three free goes before I ever have to pay. Today I signed up for a free month trial of a streaming service, I shared the password with my bestie so that she can use it too, at the end of our free THREE months on my cards we will use hers because sharing is caring! Aaagh, that’s a lot of info, here is a breakdown…

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Save With Social Media

So it turns out Instagram, is actually good for more than just stalking your ex’s new girlfriend’s cousin’s pug dog! There are hundreds of pages dedicated to helping you find bargains, there is everything from pages that share in-store bargains to ones that keep you up to date with online travel deals. Here are just a few of my favourites…

Home Is Where A Bargain Is is run by Ashlee, a Melbourne mum who loves a bargain and knows where to find them! Her favourite stores to showcase are Kmart, Big W, Target and Aldi. She posts daily and includes heaps of info in her descriptions too, so you know exactly how much things are and where you can find them.

Kmart Bargains is run by Aimee, a Kmart enthusiast from Western Australia with a keen eye for a bargain and beautiful taste in home decor. She posts frequently, especially when there are new products in stock and even shares her clever hacks, just like the one above. Check her Insta now to get a glimpse of Kmart’s new arrivals!

You’ll never miss a bargain again when you’re following Addicted to Bargains run by Brisbane’s own bargain Queen, Sam. If you’re looking to shop for the whole family, she’s got you covered with posts featuring products from Target, The Reject Shop, Kmart, Spotlight, Pillow Talk, Big W and Bunnings. She posts 2 – 3 times a day as well as updating her super informative story all day long!

If it’s not half price, it’s not a sale is this Sydney mum of two’s motto, and if it’s half price then you are sure to find it on The Savvy Saver Insta page. Ravin is passionate about stretching every dollar as far as she can and loves to help others do the same. She shops absolutely everywhere and posts insane bargains several times a day.

If you are like me you will go to great lengths to avoid paying for parking, unfortunately, this is not always possible. Luckily, Parking Deals Australia has set up an Instagram page to keep you up to date with parking deals from around the country!

Thought planning a holiday for the whole family was too expensive? Thrifty Family Travels will make you think again! Melissa’s Instagram is what dreams are made of, pristine beaches and delicious food, all at a reasonable price! Her blog is not only stunning but it is a must read if you are planning a trip with kids.

Another great way to save with social media is by following local pages such as the library, shopping centre, closest museum and art gallery on Facebook and Instagram. If your suburb has a page follow that, as well as your closest city. Following all of these pages will ensure that you never miss a free event or sale!

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My son Oscar at a free reptile show at Westfield Carindale
Pit The Big Grocers Against Each Other And See Who Wins (Spoiler Alert, It’s You!)

Whenever I have a really tight grocery budget I always make a comprehensive list of everything that I will need for the whole week. I then fill an online cart with all of my items on both Coles and Woolworths websites. I have no intention of ordering them online but it is a really good way to compare prices and work out where I am going to go shopping.  I prefer to go to the actual store instead of shopping online as there are always clearance items that differ from store to store and are not available online.

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How to Start Saving for​ Next Christmas Now: 5 Hustling Tips

Did Christmas sneak up on you again this year? Every year I find myself reaching for the credit card and wishing that I had been more prepared. Well, this will not be the case next year! I have spoken to my very organised friends and combined all of their ideas to create a strategy to start preparing for next Christmas RIGHT NOW!

1. Have A Very Merry Regiftmas

Remember my post the other day about cautiously unwrapping presents? It’s time to use it because my first tip is to start a ‘regift’ box, or a container, depending on how hard you are to please. Add any gifts that you don’t love and can’t return/exchange to the box and bring it out next Christmas. If you have a terrible memory, put a little note on each gift so that you don’t accidentally give it to the person who gave it to you.

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2. Chistco Cards

A good friend recently told me that her secret to buying for her huge family is Christco Gift Vouchers. A total blast from the past but they don’t just do Christmas hampers anymore, they have vouchers galore, everything from Coles to Jetstar. Today I ordered vouchers from Kmart, Target and Coles, to be paid off via direct debit each week. They will arrive next November and I will use the Kmart and Target vouchers to buy gifts for all of the kids in my family and the Coles voucher for my Christmas grocery shop.

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3. Stock Up On Boxing Day

Hit up the Boxing day sales with a definitive list of everything you will need next Christmas. I suggest going twice if you have the luxury (or patience). First, hit the shops within the two days following Christmas for all of the essential items on your list, and then again on New Years Day. The shops are a ghost town and you can clean up at the clearance section! Last year I found Christmas satin placemats for $0.25 and decorations for $0.10, it’s well worth the second trip.

Boxing Day Sales Shopping List 

  • Christmas lights
  • Christmas CD’s
  • Christmas DVD’s (because let’s face it the Netflix selection is just sad)
  • Wrapping paper, ribbon and cards
  • Christmas outfits and accessories
  • Christmas decorations

If you do upgrade your tree and decorations, don’t forget to put the old ones on the Facebook Marketplace/Buy Swap Sell Groups. Don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t sell right away, just put the post back up in early November and then you’ll have even more cash for next Christmas!  

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4. Make A Profit

While you’re shopping on Boxing Day, keep an eye out for majorly discounted brand name accessories, handbags, shoes, records and collectables. Take your phone and check their value on eBay by searching the item in ‘sold listings’. If there is an opportunity to make a profit and you have extra cash, stock up and sell them later in the year when they are full price in the stores.

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5. Flybuys

If you don’t already have a Flybuys card, set one up ASAP! Scan it every chance you get throughout the year and save up all of those points to cash in on Flybuys Dollars next Christmas! Check your emails regularly for chances to collect extra points.

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Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

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