What do you fill up your trolley with?

Hey everyone.
Coles has a promotion of spend $200 get $20 back. I already have the spend $90 for 4 weeks (this being my last week) so it seems like a waste to not spend the extra $110. The only problem is that $90 is still above my usual weekly groceries and I've stocked up on quite a few items in the last three weeks.

So, what does everyone else buy to put them up to their spend limit?

edit: I am not planning on buying FULL PRICE NAME BRAND products to increase my spend - that would be counterproductive.

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  • +6 votes

    I don't care on those deals, I only buy when things are on special other than things I really need :)
    Based on RRP, I usually save more than $20 per week.

    • +4 votes

      Alternatively, you take advantage of these deals and buy things that you know you're going to use in the future, and are also on special.

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        True but I don't always buy from Coles, shop around between Coles, Woolies, Aldi and Costco. So my shopping trolley hardly reach over $100.

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    If I read it correctly, it's $200 in a single transaction.

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    if you really have to buy stuff to make up the balance to get the discount… buy stuff you need that are non perishable

    like toilet paper… you would end up with a lot… but you wont need to buy any for a very long time provided you have somewhere to store it…

    I haven't bought toilet paper for almost 12 month for 2 households. that was from a sale and getting free delivery.

  • +1 vote

    Shampoo/body wash
    Toilet paper
    Washing powder
    Deodorant
    Razors
    Phone credit

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    Its also worth noting that you should really only stock up on the non perishable stuff if they are a good price. For example i stock up on my deodorant when its $3 when its normal price is $6. So it would be inefficient to stock up on this at $6 to make up the money to save in this transaction

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    Anything that's not perishable but that you are definitely going to use anyway …

    Usually anything that's in the bathroom/laundry/cleaning aisles are your friends for this sort of thing.

    Always look out for specials on these sorts of products to double down on the savings. Recently did one of these entirely on stuff that was half price. Bonanza!

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    dunny rolls
    shampoo
    razors
    deoderant

    if any of those are on special

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    The only thing I stock up on are Huggies nappies when they are $25 for the jumbo box.

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    Laundry powder/liquid or dishwashing powder/tablets (@ 1/2 price only, obviously)

  • +1 vote

    groceries

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    We've just finished the 4 × $90 promo as well, I have the most well stocked feminine hygiene cupboard you will ever see now! Other items we got to hit the spend were boxed water (our local water tastes like chlorine), toothpaste, utensils/cutlery, stockings, socks, laundry powder, fabric softener. Basically just went nuts on non-perishables.

    • +1 vote

      YOU'RE the reason I couldn't buy any feminine hygiene products on sale last week!!!

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    coffee

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    Muffins baby.

  • +2 votes

    So you overspend to save $20?
    You are not a real Oxbarainwr 🤔

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      You're not a real ozbargainer if you start buying smoked salmon and name brand products not on special to save $20.
      You're a real ozbargainer if you buy items on half priced sale or homebrand that you'd buy in the next few months in the one shop to get an additional $20 off.

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    I stock up on non perishables from all 3 main stores when on special or a good price. This way I save much more than $20 week.

  • +1 vote

    It's only 9% off. Hardly worth filling up your pantry for. Better off waiting for a better deal such as the 10k points for 4wk spend of $xx

  • +1 vote

    Toilet rolls when on sale. Yes they are bulky but they can be store almost infinitely. Emergency food like rice and can tuna, useful when there's a food shortage. Stores quite well but rotate stock frequently. Socks, you can hoard and give them for Christmas. Fruits in season, they are lower than market prices. Eat fruits keep you healthy. No watermelon isn't very healthy.

    Things with everyday-low-price tag they never go down in price, you can buy these and stock up as long as the expiry suits you. No point purchasing food you going to eat a year later don't trade your health for points.

    Purchase wisely, only buy the items you will need, not end up throwing them away or stuffing yourself with calories you don't need. These point system is great when you have points to use but it's a marketing strategy, supermarket isn't charity, it's a business and a duopoly, atm anyway. The aim is to make you shop more, force on loyalty and add stress to your daily lives. Once upon ago shopping is fun and de-stress but now you are pressured to buy more to earn points and hit target. Every customer is a sales person to himself.

    The thing is prices can only go so low, improve manufacturing yield, factories move to China, lay offs, shrinking products, made from local and imported ingredients, made from imported ingredients… inflation is inevitable so if you buy now and stock up on sale, there is quite high chance you will safe a few $$$ in the long run.

    So the best we can do is exploit the flaws in the system. Purchase things on sale, stock up the things you need. If it doesn't work for you, don't force yourself on it. Best is you keep track of every item you purchase over the pass months then you can work out what you need.

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    If you have a big freezer, buy frozen meals/pizza/chicken/fish that are half price

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