Local savings in Western Australia
Known locally simply as "Wray Ave", A Galati & Sons is just around the corner from Fremantle Hospital. The fruit and vegetables are often not an even size or shape and would be rejected by the big supermarkets on those grounds but are perfectly fine! Good prices, good quality and good range of Italian style deli foods.[less]
The Spud Shed is a fruit and vege store which has terrific deals. You can also get bulk meat, though I'm not sure if they cut it up for you as my husband does that for me. Definitely worth asking though. On my last visit I found the following bargains:
Apples 40c per kilo
Cucumber 40c each
Whole butternut pumpkin 49c each
2 litres of milk $1.89
These are just a few of their great prices![less]
The products are already cheap no need to ask.
Large Variety of Fruit and Veg
This store is a wholesaler of beef and has other meats such as lamb and pork. They supply many stores around the state with their products. The meat is fantastic quality, and they also have yummy sausages and hamburgers. The staff are quite good and will cut things in a certain way if you ask, as well as give you advice on the best cuts for certain dishes. They also have very cheap dog food in rolls and cheap bones for dogs too!
For more information you can visit their website.[less]
Bulk is the cheapest way to buy products. Eg. 5kg of sausages is $3.99 a kilo. There is the option to buy smaller packets of meat too for usually around $3 more a kilo but I usually buy the bulk and freeze them separately.
The Spud Shed is located at the eastern end of Wanneroo Markets, or further up Prindiville Drive if coming from Wanneroo Road. It is a grocery stall with nearly 50% devoted to fruit and veges and a limited range of other products. Prices are extremely cheap for most products. You can be guaranteed to find fruit for 99c a kilo every week. The quality isn't always the best, but it's about the same as what you get at the supermarkets anyway! They also have 99c loaves of white and multigrain bread, but they do have Tip Top at a cheap price too if you want better quality multigrain. Milk is consistently $2.49 for two litres and we buy 1kg of ham off-cuts for $5.99. Other products rotate depending on what they can get in, but I've never seen the products cheaper in normal supermarkets except for the meat, which you can get cheaper. It does get very busy so try to not go during peak times. Note as the store is so busy, the staff are not available often to answer questions.[less]
The prices are all set in the store so you can't bargain. However, as it's part of the markets, if I get time, I walk through the fruit and veggie stalls first and look at the prices, then go to the Spud Factory and whatever is more expensive there I go back to the stalls afterwards.
Crazy Don's is a discount, low cost food store. They have a lot of British products and things close to or over their due date, stock runouts and so on. It' a great place to pick up gourmet items at a reasonable price, such as homestyle Brie and Camembert cheese, which normally retail for around $10 or more for $2! They have a good selection of frozen foods as well. For more information and the latest specials, check out their website.[less]
It's a discount store already so thereis no angling for better prices than those marked.
Benara Fresh is a great fruit and vegie store. It's clean, well set out and has friendly staff and great prices. You can even pick up free vegie scraps for your chooks here![less]
The specials are clearly posted, you can also buy bulk trays to get best prices.
The Spud Shed has been in the Mandurah area for quite a few years now. It started off in a large, shed-like building, selling mainly fruit and vegetables. The interior has changed many times and is now a very large open-plan airconditioned shed with six or eight checkouts and a very large carpark with lots of shopping trolleys for your convenience. The Spud Shed has a large variety of fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat, bread, nuts, dried fruit, lollies, soft drinks, frozen vegetables, frozen fish and just about anything you would need in the way of dry goods.
The fresh food is well priced, but I find that some of the packaged groceries are a bit costly, but then they don't have the buying power of the larger supermarkets. However, if you need a particular food item, you will more than likely find it at the Spud Shed and they are open 7 days per week from 7.00am to 9.00pm.
A great place to shop and save money.[less]
2L Milk $1.99, Bread 99 cents loaf Eggs $2.99 doz or 2 Doz for $4
10 kg Bag Potatoes $3.99 or 99 cents kg Carrots 79 cents kg Onions 50cents or 99 cents kg
Apples from around $1.25kg Bananas $1.49kg Broccoli 2 for $1.00 lettuce 69 cents ea
Bulk meat such as Whole Rump for around $7kg or all other meats and chicken sliced and packed.
I buy a lot of fresh food and nuts and some unusual ingredients. Kakulus Brothers is a fantastic plus to buy some ingredients that you pay the earth for in health food shops.
Because it is located just outside the Perth CBD in Northbridge, parking is limited but there is some street parking. It is close to bus route. The only snag for some would be the lack of Eftpos but that is how they keep the price of their product down. They have friendly staff who are always happy to help if you have questions. I thoroughly recommend this shop and if I lived closer I would be shopping there every week instead of once a month![less]
This small church-run Opshop is very well organised and the prices are really low. The clothes are well sorted and every week some items are on special for $1. There is a play area for the kids with tea and coffee available. I love this shop as the ladies are so friendly and helpful and really care about those that visit They offered a young mum with 2 DD help and support without judgement.
Monday 9 -12,
Wednesday 9 - 4
Friday 9 - 12
Saturday 9 -12.[less]
The basic clothing lines are priced from 50c to $2.50 with items such as wedding dresses costing up to $100. Items cannot be purchased from the sorting area only from the shelves but if you are looking for something just ask.
Zi is a small store in the South Fremantle Market Place shopping centre, which has great clothes at AMAZING value. They stock the same ranges as a lot of other stores, but at up to 1/3rd off the price (ten dollar Spiced Sugar skirts vs 65 dollars in Subiaco stores) as well as some other ranges. They also act as the outlet for their sister store Zodium, so you can sometimes get up 75% off garments that are a little more 'high end'. The best thing about the store is not just the prices; the owner and staff are genuinely interested in fashion and making people feel good, so their advice is always honest and they would never let you walk out in something that made your bum look big! They have regular sales, and f you join them on Twitter or Facebook, they will let you know of any sales, and will often give you a discount for mentioning that you found them on either of these sites. One final plus point isthat there is heaps of free parking right out the front![less]
Follow them on Twitter, or 'like' them on Facebook and they will let you know about their sales (fairly regular events) and sometimes give a discount if you mention that you follow them through either of these mediums. Also try to go at the weekend when the owner is in. She will often give you a discount.
Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox - My sister told me about Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox after she heard about the great discounted cheap movie tickets they sell from a friend of hers. Neat Ideas sell discounted cheap movie tickets to all the cinemas in Perth - Hoyts, Grand Cinema, Event, Gold Class, La Premiere, Luna Palace Cinemas, Reading Cinemas as well as cheap tickets to other Perth entertainment outlets (other than movies / cinema) such as Cheap Ferry Tickets (Rottnest Express). Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox also have for sale, cheap discounted tickets for family fun entertainment that you can buy online including The Maze and Wanneroo Botanical Gardens.[less]
Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox - My sister told me about Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox after she heard about the great discounted cheap movie tickets they sell from a friend of hers. Neat Ideas sell discounted cheap movie tickets to all the cinemas in Perth - Hoyts, Grand Cinema, Event, Gold Class, La Premiere, Luna Palace Cinemas, Reading Cinemas as well as cheap tickets to other Perth entertainment outlets (other than movies / cinema) such as Cheap Ferry Tickets (Rottnest Express). Neat Ideas / Smart-TicketBox also have for sale, cheap discounted tickets for family fun entertainment that you can buy online including The Maze and Wanneroo Botanical Gardens.
Originally starting off as a small fruit and vegie shop with some basic Asian groceries in the same shopping centre, this shop was so well priced and was so popular they were able to move into the empty Action store and become a full supermarket!
The prices are fantastic, they always cheaper than the supermarkets. Some products can be tracked down cheaper elsewhere, but if you need to pop in quickly somewhere to grab something we go there as we know you won't need to get ripped off, and it's always the last stop of the fortnightly shopping trips if we can't find something at the markets or Spud Shed.
They also have a massive range of Asian groceries which I love as they are so cheap and can be used to make very low cost meals. They sell a few varieties of rice in bulk at a very low price and even containers to store it in! Their homewears section is very well priced and when we were setting up our house we got quite a few containers there to store bulk products in.
The store itself has not changed much from the old Action store that was there, which is part of the reason why it's so cheap. Some people in the area comment that the products are old or poor quality reasoning it's because the store looks old and dirty, but considering how popular they are, the evidence it pretty clear!
The layout can be a bit confusing too at times, but if you ask any of the staff members, they are more than happy to help.[less]
The best things about Farmer Jack's is when they have specials as you cannot find the same products for a better price elsewhere! For example, we have bought branded ice cream for 99c a tub, cartons of long-life milk for 89c per a 2L carton, pasta for 59c a packet (a quality brand too!) and chicken pieces for $4 a kilo. They advertise some specials in the local paper, but it's best to pop in and see what's in there as all specials are not advertised.
My hidden gem is the Picker's Market.They are located in Walliston near Kalamunda in the HIlls Western Australia. A sign on my local roundabout caught my attention today advertising FREE ROCKMELONS at the picker's market so I decided to check them out.
The owner said they have only been open two days and I must say the shop looks amazing and the friendly service was a breath of fresh air. There was fresh fruit and vege, fresh home made pasta and staples including milk and bread all at very good prices. The jewel in my shopping crown though, was, on top of getting the free rockmelon I got FREE potatoes when I spent over $10 - what a bargain!
I will definitely shop here regularly and will be telling my friends to do so also.[less]
I believe the offer of free potatoes is available for at least a few months and the owner said they will be giving out free products on the spot at different times as well.
Looks like you will always find a freebie or two at this shop.
When stepping inside this store you will find a range of good quality goods from footwear to clothing to some good reading books, and as well home decor( ie curtains, and vases) and more bric a brac.
You get to browse around in comfort and can easily see what is on display you do not have to queque and the customers always keep coming back. I find that I enjoy going there as it is cheaper and much more realistic in price as they are always lower than anywhere else.[less]
Always go on a Friday as the staff on that day are super generous, and they always make you feel very welcome and treat you like a real friend.
There are two of these stores in the Mandurah/Pinjarra area .Both stores are well stocked with goods for all ages. Books, linen, bric a brac and smaller pieces of furniture are also available.They do not sell electrical goods
All items for sale are very reasonably priced and of good quality The staff are volunteers and are all very helpful. Customers often come from Perth to visit the store
The store has been in the area since1973 when a small group of people got together to raise money for disabled children in the Mandurah location. The group now has 2 stores and funds raised assist charitable organisations with local organisations being given top priority[less]
All items are priced with a good price and at certain times there will be racks of clothing/trolleys of books, magazines etc available for a reduced price
To me GSI is the BEST second hand industry. I shop mainly at the Gosnells store but there are also many more GSI's around the suburbs. Although the goods are second hand they are sorted out (you get the best), all electrical goods are tested (that's a bonus!) and they are placed in very neat sections. They sell almost anything you want, from baby clothes to furniture (depending on the size of the store), for example, art and craft, sewing, wool, DVD's, books, magazines, bric a brac, curtains, linen, toys, electrical goods, clothing for all the family and much, much more. If you can't find it just ask the friendly staff and they will be happy to help. All you will need to do is give your purchase a wash and there you go, it's as good as new - and you have SAVED heaps of dollars. That's what makes GSI stores a GEM.[less]
The prices are very reasonable but you can get even better bargains as they have a half price day once every month (now, that's a gem).
Melville Heights Meat is a local butcher with a difference. The service is fantastic and they have weekly specials such as two kilos of low-fat topside mince for $15! Every 2-3 weeks they have free range chicken on special for $9.00 - $12 per kilo. At our local Coles it costs $20.99 per kilo!
The butchers make excellent sausages and have quality extra-large chicken kiev for $5.00 each. They also have a selection of duck and fish. I give Melville Heights Meat a 10/10![less]
Weekly specials are advertised in the local paper and on a small chalk board on the road side. Excellent value and great service!
This is a cafe is a busy cafe strip on Albany highway, it shines out amongst them all because it has fantastic home cooked food at really really cheap prices.
They are open for breakfast and lunch 7 days. They have healthy salads, home style meals and great coffee.
You can even take your gluten intolerant and vegetarian friends here.
But best of all they do the best french toast in the world!
The staff and really friendly and it has a very welcoming atmosphere.[less]
They have weekly lunch specials and sometimes they have competitions on Facebook where you can win your coffee for a week for free.
Livingston Fresh is my favourite place to get my fruit and veg. All staff are courteous, helpful, friendly and smiling, and they always have time to chat with my very talkative children. The produce is always of the highest quality, very reasonably priced with great variety. I can also get free-range eggs and honey at competitive prices. They also offer a loyalty card. For every $35 spent I get a stamp, and after seven stamps I receive $7.00 off my next purchase.
Livingston Fresh is a great example of a business where the owners take great pride in offering the best in product, and customer service, and this is evident in the demeanor of every staff member. It is obvious how they are able to survive with a supermarket less than 50 metres from their door.[less]
Malibu Fresh Essentials is a really interesting store with very friendly helpful staff and well worth a visit! They sell really fresh good quality fruit and vegies, mostly grown in WA.
They have a big range of organic and gluten-free items and many gourmet foods. Some of their prices are a bit dearer, but they also have good specials. I buy organic oatbran there which is ground in Taree (a little town in SA).
Today I bought purple carrots at $3.99 per kg. They also have some exotic imported items.[less]
This restaurant is very unassuming from the front, the menu is on the wall outside so you can check prices and offerings first, which I think is always a good start. The smiling, helpful waitress brought our pot of tea and said to bring it back and she would top it up with more hot water. Meals are tasty, filling and cheap. We had the Teriyaki Chicken and Teriyaki Fish lunch bowls with rice for $8.50 each. There are also on offer as a "set" for $11.50 with a soup and a salad. Dine in or take away option is available. Not fine dining by any means, but clean, cheap, nice food, lovely friendly staff - ticked all my boxes![less]
Ask for the lunch menu range at any time!
This is truely a hidden gem. A good old fashioned fruit and vegie shop with great prices. Located in the Greenfields Shopping Centre on Murdoch Drive opposite a huge park - so kids can go and have a play while you shop - Farm Gate Produce is a small greengrocer with wonderful fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, nuts and nibbles. They even offer to carry out the shopping if they think you might need help. I love shopping here![less]
They have good prices all the time - no extra effort required!
I like shopping at Alf's because they are a local family supporting other local farmers by selling fresh fruit and vegetables produced in the area. Three generations help run the store which is open seven days a week, 7am to 7pm. They also support the community at various sporting events, and especially at the yearly "Cherry Festival".
If you want to buy essentials and you are travelling through this beautiful part of the South West of WA - go to Alf's![less]
We went out to breakfast on the spur of the moment one sunny Wednesday morning. Having driven past the place heaps of times, we chose to eat at Crumpet's, which is fairly local to us.
We loved it! I ordered the Eggs Benedict which was actually a Florentine - with spinach, poached egg and hollandaise - but with the extra option of smoked salmon. It was delicious, with a generous portion size. The fella, being a big guy, ordered a Big Breakfast. It came with toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, a hash brown (which looked like it was from a packet, but never mind) and mushrooms. Everything was wonderful, he said, and even though he was a chef he couldn't puzzle out the secret of the best button mushrooms we'd ever tasted! Really, I reckon I'd be happy with just those on toast. No idea what they were sauteed with, but it was superb.
Even better, the prices were much cheaper than most places I'd been to for breakfast, and the meal better value for money. About $5.00 - $10 less each than other places. Even though I added smoked salmon to mine, it was still under $15.
The Lebanese staff were friendly and prompt. There was a mum there with her two small kids, and another older family, and they all seemed happy and content. The little girl was eating crumpets which I think are still house-made, despite some negative comments on some blog reviews I've read since visiting. The bloggers complained about new management removing the crumpets from the menu, and about slow service, which might be true on busier weekends - but our mid-week service was perfect.
I don't think you'd be sorry if you give this place a try, either for brekkie or a delicious fresh Lebanese style lunch or dinner. We'll be going back and I think it is a Hidden Gem.[less]
Midweek service might be more prompt than Saturday or Sunday when everyone seems to go out to breakfast!
I have saved hundreds of dollars on groceries at Crazy Don's Discount Groceries in Kelmscott! Crazy Don's is a family-owned independent discount grocery store specialising in clearance and discount groceries from Australian manufacturers. They also import groceries, chocolates and sweets direct from the UK, including Jaffa Cakes, Hulahoops, UK Cadbury, Quality Street chocolates and much more, at all amazing prices! They also have an extensive frozen food and discount dairy section which is well-stocked and much cheaper than the supermarkets.
I buy the kids' lunchbox snacks such as Sesame Snaps and Goulburn Valley fruit tubs for a quarter of what I would pay at Woolies! I have bought Lean Cuisine frozen lasagnes for $2.00 each and chocolate bars for as little as $0.50c! They even have a whole section of stuff on a clearance rack for $0.20c. This store is great for stocking up on treats and whatever else you can get before you head off to the larger supermarkets.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and will even stock items based on customer requests. I highly recommend this store as a starting point for your weekly shopping or for treats when you are on a tight budget.[less]
The products are always a great price, every day.
Fossiker's Tip Shop on Hanrahan Road, Albany, WA is a brilliant place to pick up second hand, pre-loved and recycled items salvaged from households before they end up in landfill.
People from all around go to this shop for bargains. I recently went there in time to help a painter unload tins of paint from his Ute and managed to get more than 25 litres of white paint, (valued at over $70) for just $2.45! I also got a single bed, minus the mattress, for $1.00, 15 books for $0.20c and enough tiles to cover large amounts of my pathway for $0.50c!
One couple I met there have renovated their home with shower screens, doors, windows and more. They had been quoted over $20,000 to do this and managed it for less than $200! As you can imagine, they are still smiling! They are as keen as I am to encourage others to view this gem of a shop as an exciting place to start a creative savings journey!
The service is generally excellent, sometimes there are so many people and vehicles coming and going that you may have to wait a few minutes to pay the staff member on duty. Mind you this time is well spent comparing ideas and projects with other like-minded people.[less]
Prices range from whatever small change you pull out your pocket to about $10 (but that was for a round trampoline missing only two hooks, complete with the mesh protection and still in its original box!). One staff member (who works on a Sunday) is affectionately known as 'The Two Dollar Guy'. Nothing he sells is more than $2.00 - I think he likes to clear out as much as possible on his shift, so $2.00 is his catch cry.
Alpha First Aid is owned and run by a lovely older couple, Greg and Joy.
I frequently deal with Greg through work, so when my dog became quite ill a while ago I asked him if I could purchase the required medical supplies through him in bulk quantities. The pricing difference between Alpha First Aid and chemists was astounding! I was able to buy box lots for a fraction of the cost at a chemist.
I don't live locally but Greg allowed to me to pay by credit card over the phone and the goods were delivered to my work for a small fee.
If your family (including the furry members) consistently or temporarily require significant amounts of medical supplies I would highly recommend contacting Greg at Alpha First Aid for a quote![less]
Railway Pharmacy stocks all the usual chemist items, except their script price is unbelievably cheap!
I don't have a health care card, and usually pay at least $21 dollars for an antibiotic script. But recently I called in to pick up a script for my daughter and the price was just $5.80! I nearly fell over, and even had to ask if this was the correct price. Apparently the majority of their scripts are around this price![less]
All you have to do is take your script to the counter and the savings are there! No gimmicks, no minimum spend, nothing... just good old fashioned savings!
Perth is notorious for high food prices, but I have found this store has really good prices on some "gourmet" products, for example:
- 1kg smoked salmon $9.99 (admittedly it is catering quality), but certainly much cheaper than $29.99 on special at Coles or Woolies!
- Whole eye fillet $16.99-$19.99/kg as opposed to $44.99/kg.
- Lebanese flat bread at $0.99c for a packet of five as opposed to $3.99. They are also a lot fresher than the ones from Coles or Woolies. We use these for wraps for lunches or for pizza bases. I also cut them up into finger-sized slices or diamond shapes and toast them in the oven for five minutes for a cheap alternative to crackers for dip.
- Their fruit and vegie prices are at least 25% cheaper than the 'big two' as well!
Just have a browse and only buy if it is of value to you.
Although it's called "The Loft Cafe", this little cafe is on the ground floor and there is not a loft in sight! The food, service and prices are all delightful. The staff is very friendly and are only too happy to accommodate people like me with various food intolerances and/or allergies. The cuisine is (really tasty) Thai as well as a selection of quiches, cottage pies, pasties, salad rolls, muffins and so on. The Thai fare is all cooked to order and is fresh and delicious - Pad Thai, Tom Yum and so on. The cost of these meals is only $9.95 each which is cheap dining in W.A., especially the tourist mecca of Fremantle. All meals can be takeaway as well.[less]
They also serve coffee and have 'Happy Hour' coffees from 8am till 11am for $2.95 each - and the coffee is excellent! There is also free 30 minute parking just outside which is a real bonus in Fremantle. I took my husband recently and when we left he said, "What a find, Dee!" - I'm sure you'll think so too.
One Hidden Gem I have found that's an absolute treasure is the picturesque rural town of Harvey. It is an easy 90 minute drive from Perth and is very well known in W.A. for dairy products and orange juice, but it also has some other delicious local produce! One of our favourite places to visit is the Harvey River Bridge Winery where you can taste a wide variety of wines and buy wine for as little as $60 a dozen:
Another place we always visit is Harvey Bizee Hands which sells locally made craft, such as hand towels, door stops, aprons, baby clothes and tea cosies. You can also buy jams, pickles, relishes, biscuits, slices, home grown fruit and vegetables and fresh eggs. Bizee Hands is open 9am-4pm daily except for Wednesday and is situated on the corner of King Street and the South Western Highway.
The third place we make sure to visit is Harvey Cheese Factory, a family-owned business, which has a Brie called OMG and believe me that's what you'll be saying when you taste it, it is so unbelievably creamy! They also hold cheese-making classes which are usually advertised on a blackboard at the front door. They have free tastings of most of their cheeses and make Haloumi, Romano, Feta, cheddar and flavoured cheeses with chilli, garlic, sun-dried tomato and other spices and herbs in them. They also sell ice cream, coffee, cakes, small goods and condiments. The two camels and friendly sheep might come and say hello over the fence as well!
If you want lunch there are two good bakeries and a few cafes to choose from and the visitors centre has loads of pamphlets suggesting picnic spots and BBQ areas. The visitors centre also has a 'Moo Shop' and an interesting display relating to May Gibbs, who lived in Harvey in 1885 and 1886. There is memorabilia and her books are for sale including 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' which is still a children's favourite. Behind the visitors centre is a butterfly tree with a board showing the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly which abounds in the area.
We usually make sure we take our interstate and overseas visitors to Harvey as it is a place we enjoy sharing.[less]