Local savings in Queensland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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
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 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.
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.
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.
'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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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 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!
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 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 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]
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!)
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.
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!
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!
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]
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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]
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.
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.
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!
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]
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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]
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 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.
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]
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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]
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]