Local savings in Tasmania
Food Lovers (aka Lucas Trading) is a bulk Italian food shop that stocks lots of everyday and hard to find baking supplies, as well as gourmet style pasta at good prices. A great place to buy bulk baking powder and lentils as well as much more![less]
just go there....
Countrywide Food Market sells a large range of seafood, frozen meals, vegetables, chips and berries, as well as catering size tinned foods, sauces, condiments and bakery supplies.
They also stock party food, finger food and bulk catering supplies; for example, jelly mix, toppings, spices, Cadbury choc buttons, cheese, butter, frozen ducks and chickens. Canteen supplies include frozen pies, mini pizza, mini lasagne, dim sims to name a few. Catering size frozen cheesecakes and cakes include Sara Lee Brand and at Christmas they bring in products such as plum puddings, pavlova shells, frozen turkeys and hams.
There is also an outlet in Camdale on Bass Hwy. They also have at least one outlet in Melbourne and possible in other areas too. Google them and find out if they are in your city.
Open Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings in Devonport. Stock up and save![less]
Look for the on sale items. Sales are usually advertised in The Advocate, or letterbox flyers.
This is a small butcher's store on the main street of Ringarooma. They have cuts of meat ready to sell on show and give great advice when you're not sure how much you need to feed a certain number of people. They have lovely fresh meat and great prices all year round.[less]
I order in advance and they always give me good prices when I buy in bulk.
I drop in to Conga Foods once every 3 or 4 months. There are lots of Italian imported products like pasta, jarred olives, peppers, capers, cheeses, 1kg bags of frozen berries, frozen chips, frozen vegetables, coffee for machines etc. Sole Mare tuna is very much cheaper than the supermarket and they also have a section with almost out of date or damaged packaging products where you can pick up items very cheap. Lots of other things as well...
They are at 70 Bell Street, Preston, between Chifley Drive and the bridge as you are heading towards Heidelberg. They are open between 8:30 and 4:30 M-F and not sure about Saturday.[less]
This business is run in a home salon. The owner is very friendly and because she doesn't have the usual expensive shop overheads her prices are very reasonable. She doesn't do gel nails but her acrylics are great! I was a nailbiter before my first set and I was surprised how well they stayed on considering how little nail I had to fix them to! She does some very pretty decorations too.
A full set will cost $65 and infills are between $38 and $44 depending on how much it's grown out I think.[less]
This little shop in rural Tasmania sells pre-loved clothing and shoes. They are all in good condition, clean and smell nice. The shoes generally range in price from $2.00 to $5.00 a pair but the best bargain is the clothes - six items of clothing (ANY clothing item) for $5.00. That equals 80c a garment! The shop is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am till 4pm all year round. They also have a Food Bank attached to the shop which is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am till 4pm, you are eligible to shop at the Food Bank if you have a current Health Care Card or Pension Card. The cost per item of food is $1.00 per kilogram. It is all good quality and "in date". It is staffed by a group of 'older' volunteers from the local church, which is nice because they have the time of day to talk with you. Also the men will carry your purchases to the car for you (especially great when you are pregnant - as I am - or not able to lift) without you even having to ask for assistance.[less]
If you don't want to buy six items of clothing generally you only pay a little bit more per garment e.g. $1 - $2.00. You can also ask them to 'keep an eye out' for something for you (e.g. at the moment I am in need of maternity garments) and they will, putting it aside for you until the next time you come in. You don't really need to do anything to great a deal (just be nice I guess!) as they exist to help the local community.
Sax is a clothes store aiming for a market of about 18-45 year olds. Something they do really well is to stock avariety of interesting dresses, which is quite a rarity these days. Their clothes are unique, especially for a smaller market like Hobart.
The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help you find what you need or make suggestions if you need help. They also believe in the clothes they are selling and seem to take real delight in your happiness over a new outfit.[less]
Their clothes are very reasonably priced. I often get a surprise at how cheap some things are as they are pretty well made. They also devote half the store to being a clearance area where there are always fantastic bargins to be had from the season just gone.
When we moved to this area I discovered a family-run country business called THE BIG POT which sells plants at very affordable prices. Most of the plants are only $2 - they are small, but Peter Cundall always advises that buying plants small is the best way. Their fruit are dearer, they are still much cheaper than in the big nurseries. I love shopping there because the business is at the family's home and the dogs come out to greet you while the little grandchildren crawl around amongst the plants! The lady of the house is very knowledgeable about plants, and also really, really friendly. If she hasn't got the plant you want she will get it for you, or will ring you when those she is propagating are ready to be planted. She even dug some pieces of a particular plant I was looking for out of her own garden for me! I have told many of my friends and relations about this nursery, and they love it as much as I do.[less]
No need to bargain. Because they grow most of their own plants they are able to give their customers a great deal.
These guys sell 2 litre bottles of Ashgrove milk and cream - the cream is only $6 for 2 litres ... they have lots of other stuff in bulk - cheese - free range eggs - frozen goods, tinned stuff. Make sure you know your supermarket prices before you go to enable you to get some great bargains.[less]
If you go in on a Friday - around lunch time - they sometimes have their Ashgrove cream on sale - I've got it for $1 for 2 litres before because it was expiring on the Sunday - I just made butter out of it and froze the butter.
This fabulous Hidden Gem had been recommended to us a number of times before we finally made it through the door - we wish we had gone earlier!
It is a wonderful, cheap Japanese restaurant with beautiful filling food and service with a smile. We have been a few times now and it usually costs around $60 for three courses each for the two of us - what a lovely way to spend a treat night out and still have some change.[less]
Open for lunch (and even cheaper) Monday - Saturday. Open for dinner Wednesday - Saturday
A wonderful family run green grocer. They stock a wide range of local farm fresh produce. From what I could see, they only stock Australian products with a huge emphasis on Tasmanian produce and products, especially the Tamar Valley. The beans are hand picked, not machine picked. The prices are extremely competitive with the local big grocey store chains. In fact, I found them to be the same price and even cheaper on some items. As soon as you walk into the store, you can 'smell' the freshness of the produce. They also have fresh cut flowers and hot nuts. The service is professional and friendly.[less]
Look for the bargain baskets on the left as you come into the door. I bought 360g of mixed Tasmanian gourmet lettuce and two HUGE avacados for $5.50. Bargain! I will be visiting this little gem more often in the future.
This store sells fruit, vegies and meat. Their meat is very, very cheap and the quality is not too bad. The store is located next to a Coles and we find we can buy good quality steaks cheaper than Coles![less]
Whenever we need to go to the shops, we go in there first to see what is on sale and we will then base our meals on that.
Ziggy's is a butcher and smallgoods producer in Tassie. Their prices are comparable to other butchers, but all the meat products and all the smallgoods made by them (including the ham) are free-range/ethically raised. I can confidently go there and buy beef, pork, chicken and turkey and know it lived a good life.
Their own smallgoods are delicious, including a lot of Polish products. They have dog bones that are huge beef bones cut down the middle to expose the marrow - I can buy one bone for around $5.00 that does both my dogs for a whole day of licking and chewing - they love it. They also sell pigs ears at a really good price - you have to get in quick![less]
Ziggy's have regular specials and they advertise them on the outside of their building. This is a small business and can get really busy - so sometimes there is a little wait - but well worth it.