Minchinbury Fruit Market always has specials on! They offer a great range of quality fruits and vegetables at very good prices. We always get our meat from here too - wide selection, very good quality and within our budget. Staff are always helpful and it's one of those places where you really feel part of the community.
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.
Earth Markets is conveniently placed opposite Coles supermarket in Tweed City Shopping Centre. They have a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Their pre-packaged bags of fruit are great value and often locally grown.
They often have marked down items which will keep well in the fridge for a few days.
ALWAYS wander through their shop BEFORE you go to Woolies or Coles and you won't buy overpriced stuff just because it is easy or looks good.
I'm just a naturally pleasant person when I'm trying to get the best deal, but seriously, you know this mob is good when you see the other businesses walking out with trollies full of that day's bargains.
Best sausages in SA! They win competitions every year. Staff are very friendly, you can ring in an order and pick it up later or go in and they will cut it up on the spot. They will even vacpac if you are going on holidays.
I adore this store for its range, fresh uncluttered layout and amazingly helpful staff. The butchers will always be happy to cut up meat for you or help you find what you need.
The Meat Market primarily provides a staggering choice in fresh and some frozen meats - there are some other products such as pre-pack frozen vegetables and spices, but I don't find these as good value as the meat.
They also have a great loyalty program where you earn 'points' that can be used for money off subsequent shops.
Look at the bulk packs and the specials. I buy in bulk, then repackage at home and freeze in smaller portions for later use.
For steak, you get the best price by finding the large, uncut steaks in the left-hand side fridge, and then asking the butcher to cut it for you (which he will happily do free of charge). It's also best to check out their website specials and plan your meals and freezer space around them - for instance, this week, gluten-free BBQ sausages are $3.98/kg - bargain!
This butcher's shop is friendly and the flavour of the meat is wonderful. They have Riverina beef which is delicious and full of flavour. They always have meat on special, offer great deals and have a money back guarantee.
There are always special deals available. I especially like the deals where you buy 2kg at a time. They are more than happy to bag them in smaller portions which make life easier. I usually buy 2kg chicken breasts and beef mince and freeze them in 500g portions. They might not always perhaps be the cheapest around for chicken (at time of checking they seem to be about the same price as basic supermarket chicken breasts) but the balance of quality and free range chicken, flavour and a great price mean they are well worth it.
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.
I get the specials delivered via email each week and work on that, but normal prices are also very good - just ask.
This store has a large selection of mostly locally produced fruit and veg at reasonable prices. It has a service deli and sells wonderful Italian bread and rolls as well as loose nuts and fruit mixes. The staff are super friendly and helpful and the prices very reasonable.
I find the prices are always very good and specials change weekly.
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!
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.
Northmead Growers Market is open daily. The quality of fruit and veg is really good and you can also stock your pantry and fridge with some deli goods. The boys will carry your box of fruit to the car.
Head straight to the fruit in buckets before you purchase the rest of your fruit.
A great range of nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, baking ingredients and sweets at excellent prices.
If you have a lolly buffet in mind for a special party, this is the place - you can buy a range of sweets in single colours.
This fruit & vegetable store sells all the usual varieties for a fraction of the price. Last week I bought four 500g punnets of strawberries for $3.00! They have fabulous weekly specials, are central within Ballarat and open every day. The staff are always friendly and have quick service. They accept cash only, which is why they can charge less (and it helps me with my budget). I rarely pay over $25 for enough fruit and veg for a family of six for a week, but I do take advantage of specials to help with this.
I shop a little more frequently as the produce does not always last as long and often need to pick through the apples to find the best ones.
They have just opened a second store at the corner of Howitt and Dowling Streets, Wendouree 3355.
Offering an ongoing selection of the most commonly used fruit and vegetables, plus a rotation of 'seasonal' options, this is my local go-to for day to day fruit and veg.
The produce is excellent quality and keeps well. The majority is Australian grown. Their standard prices are fair, and they offer weekly specials on some products. There is also a discount rack where I regularly nab bags of reduced but perfectly good produce.
The excellent service is the icing on the cake. I can park the car literally outside their main door, and have help carrying all the shopping back to the car and loading it up! Added bonus - they are great with the kids who come and 'help' me.
Watch the painted windows out the front for weekly specials, and always check the 'reduced' rack just inside the main door to score some real bargains.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Aus Sewmobile service and repair all brands of sewing machines in the Hunter region. They pick up and deliver your machine back to you. They were $40 cheaper than a sewing machine repair centre which requires you to drop your machine in and then pick it up again.
Service is prompt and excellent! My machine was collected promptly and the mechanic knew immediately from my description what the problem was.
Living Water Op Shop is the best op shop I've found. It's pretty big and open four days a week. You can easily spend at least half an hour rummaging through racks and racks of clothes. There is also plenty of kitchen stuff, magazines, curtains - whatever you want! Their prices are terrific. You never know just what you will find!
They often run specials on clothes, mostly for just $1.00. It can get quite busy during those times, so come early.
After being told I would need a brand new computer to replace my nine-year-old computer, I visited MicroGram Computers to obtain a second opinion. Keith at MicroGram had a look at my old computer and worked out what needed replacing and what needed upgrading. He had the quote ready within the hour and my computer upgraded and working within a day. His after sales service was exceptional as was his communication throughout the quoting process.
I had a budget to stick to and he stayed within my budget by asking what I used the computer for. As I love to produce home movies I needed lots of memory and faster processing but I didn't need advanced or professional programs so this eliminated the need to purchase parts I just wouldn't use.
They have specials advertised on their counter for brand new computers. They can tailor a quote to suit your needs, and offer a great price. I loved not having to throw away my old working computer.
MicroGram Computers is a Hidden Gem! Just a small shop but BIG on service!
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.
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 is an excellent way to get to see shows in Melbourne at an amazingly cheap price.
'On The House' is a company that gets production tickets (these are the promotional tickets or are sold when a show wants to fill a venue or has a preview) for shows mostly in Melbourne but sometimes for other cities in Australia. Most tickets are between $2.50 and $7.00 each, often a saving of about $15-20 per ticket and the shows tend to be in smaller venues in and around the CBD.
The website is very easy to use and it is just like buying regular tickets online, but instead of getting a physical ticket, you have to go to the box office on the night and tell them that you have tickets 'on the house'. If you can't attend, you just have to let 'On The House' know ahead of time.
We have been to comedy, cabaret, theatre and music events. The best part is that the more people who know about 'On The House', the more publicity they can get and the more tickets that are available.
Get in early! 'On The House' sends out emails fairly regularly with their new events. It's worth checking back on their website frequently to see what is new. Some of the tickets sell out really quickly, especially if they have a small allocation, but often new dates/times become available. Sometimes you can plan ahead, but often tickets are available for tonight or the next couple of nights, so if you have a night free it is worth checking back to see what is on.
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.
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.
We recently decided to look for new lights for our home. I had done a lot of research on the Internet looking at styles and prices and came across a link to Beacon Lighting. The shop is situated in a back street of the Penrith Homemaker's Mega Centre - basically around the block from Harvey Norman (almost like the poor cousin, but what a fantastic surprise!). Everything was set out so well with spacious displays making it easy to compare different lighting options.
All stock was stacked under the displays so you could pick the items yourself, but because we had a large order, we chose to ask for assistance from the staff member who had welcomed us. The service was just fantastic! No question was deemed too silly and was answered with polite patience as I went back numerous times.
After selecting the lights we wanted, the staff member also got globes for each item and taped them to each box so as to avoid confusion for us. As a bonus there was a stocktake sale so we were on to a real winner!
We got a great price because I had seen online that they had some specials. Because we lived an hour away I was worried that if a light had a problem that I'd have a hike to get back to them, but they reassured me that I could ring a more local store and they would sort things out. I was so pleasantly surprised that some stores still provide this level of fabulous service!
Foodland Mt Barker put out their own specials on top of what the regular Foodland brochure includes. I have saved many many dollars on cheese, steak, margarine and lots more. The staff are friendly and always have plenty of stock of whatever they put in their specials brochure.
Check for the Foodland Mt Barker brochure when entering the store, they're usually at one of the checkouts. Their deli section of cold meats also has some great bargains and their fresh fruit and vegies are always good - it's like they're picked direct from a garden!
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!
They are bulk-billed where possible, but you should ask when you call if that applies to you.
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.
This warehouse-style fruit and vegetable shop has a huge variety of cheap fruit and vegetables, as well as an excellent range of Italian products. They have great prices on tinned tomatoes and pulses as well as passata and bulk flour (12.5kg for $15).
They also have meat, dairy and frozen products as well as bulk herbs, spices, dried fruit, dried pulses and cleaning products.
They really have a great range of products at good prices, and you don't need to buy in bulk. Their hours are 8am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Check out the specials bagged up at the front of the store. I have bought almost 2kg of mushrooms for $3.00, 2kg of bananas for $1.00 (a little black on the outside but perfect inside), and many more great deals.
When I first moved to Melbourne, a friend told me about 'Lentil as Anything'. It is a not-for-profit community organisation where you pay what you think the meal is worth. I went for a meal at the St Kilda 'Lentil as Anything' to check it out! The restaurant is run by volunteers and it is a bit of an alternative/hippy restaurant with a Moroccan theme.
I really liked it as it was something different and the volunteers were lovely and have been very attentive every time I have visited. I can take a seat anywhere I like and they will often bring me out a menu and a glass of water. The food is really good and suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, and they also serve food that is gluten free.
There are no set prices. They have a box on the counter and you put your donations into that. There is more information on their website.
This website (but more importantly the downloadable 'app') is 100 per cent free and has saved me a lot of money in the garden!
You use the app to work out your local climate in Australia. Then you can see when is the best time to plant seeds, seedlings and plants in your garden for your growing season!
This saves you money because you can plan your home vegie garden in advance, put seeds in your greenhouse early on and have them ready to transplant when the time is right!
You can sign up and get email alerts also, or just rely on the app in your pocket so you always know what to plant next.
The website is www.gardenate.com and the app is on the Google Play Store or iTunes.
If you live in Melbourne or are planning on visiting, I would suggest going and having a look at Suga, is a small candy store in Bourke St Mall.
They make all of their own candy and show you how it is done. You can even create your own design.
Today when I went there it seemed to be very popular and is a great activity for kids in the school holidays. They also have other stores in Melbourne which you can find on their website.