If you are looking to save money on what you spend every month, you should have a look at the Spar store specials that are on offer and consider doing your shopping there. Every little saving that you manage to find does add to your monthly savings and will help you out in the long run.
Most people do not realise how much money they could be saving by shopping smartly and at the right places. Doing all of your shopping every month at one store because it happens to be close to you is not a smart shopping strategy.
There are many ways to save money, the best being to capitalise on store specials.
How do Spar specials work?
Many stores throughout South Africa, particularly the larger chain stores, run regular store specials on a range of different products. The store specials will change every few weeks or every month and then different items will be on special.
When you walk into a store like Spar, you will notice that one or two items in every aisle are discounted by a few rand. There are also several items that will be offered on special if you buy more than one of the same thing.
There are usually two types of store special: the items that are on a special promotion from the producers of the items (for example a chocolate bar on a Cadbury promotion) or items that are on sale for a store promotion (for example, Spar chooses the item and what it will be discounted by.
How do store specials really save you money?
You may not really believe that the one or two rand you could save on the brand of toothpaste that is on special right now will really affect your overall expenditure for the month. If you don’t shop smartly, you would be right.
The one or two rand will not really help you. However, if you learn to shop carefully and think about what you are doing, you will be able to save a large amount of money with your shopping.
How can you use store specials to cut your costs?
A good way to save a lot of money on your monthly groceries is to do your research. Spar regularly puts its store specials on a printed insert that goes into local newspapers.
Get your local newspapers and peruse the inserts regularly to find out what is on special. Draw up a list of all of the grocery items that you use, including things that you may only use once or twice a year. Include your toiletries in this list and add things like bin liners, toilet paper and cleaning products.
Have a look at the regular prices of each item at your Spar store and then keep a look out for any of these items to come on special. When a non-perishable, long-lasting item comes on special at your Spar, you should make sure to stock up.
For example, if the tins of bakes beans are two rand less than they usually are, get ten tins and keep them in your cupboard. It does not mean that you should just eat baked beans for the next few weeks, it means that you will slowly, week by week, be building up a stock of groceries that will last you for a long time.
If, in the following week, toothpaste comes on special at R1.50 less than the usual price, buy several tubes of toothpaste. After just a few months of buying what is on special and not much else, you will find that your grocery cupboard is stocked up with most of items that you will need for the next year. You will have saved money in the long run!