Best Shopping Deals

There are a number of ways now to save money on your alcohol at home by buying direct online.
A few online competitors have emerged that have reduced the price of your favourite tipple!
Cheap Books & Magazines
Save on your books by buying direct online:

Computer Deals

There are two options for buying a computer: online or via a store

Often online can be much cheaper than buying from a store as you often need to subsidise the store. But going to a store can give you piece of mind that you can take it directly back to the store if you have any problems with it.

Find some of the best deals on computers & electronics at the following websites:

PriceSpy  Finds the cheapest prices in New Zealand for computer hardware from smaller retailers

And if you have family in Australia you could use

Shopping Tips
Food Shopping


Keep a notebook & pen in your kitchen ideally magnetic on the fridge. Make a note when you run out of something.


Check out sale items at the supermarket as they often save you alot of money.

You may be able to freezee them until you need them later. Plan meals around sale items. ie if minced beef on sale, can buy enough for 3 meals: chilli con carne one night, beefburgers another night, shepherds puy the third.


Aim to only visit the supermarket once a week. The more you go the more you’ll buy


Buy late in the day at supermarkets & market stall holders as they are often trying to sell things off cheaply.

Always look for own brands as often as good as branded food.
Avoid sweetened cereals- frosted cornflakes can cost almost 40% more than unsweetened.
Buying milk from petrol station or local diaries ($5-6 for 2 x 2litres) often cheaper than the supermarket (2x 3.29= $6.58)

For Cheap cooking ideas go to WINZ COOKBOOK

You can shop online for your shopping which may prevent impulse buys
Foodtown online shopping



Try to downshift in quality to save yourself some money. Sometimes it doesn’t taste any different. In fact in a recent Target programme a family voted the value bread from Woolworths as one of the best tasting bread in a hidden taste test. Sometimes a brand name may even make the supermarket own brand product .

Sometimes with value products you’re not paying for the fancy marketing or packaging of the expensive brand products.


Compare prices of Brand name bread (eg Vogel) with Supermarket own brand bread or even Supermarket value bread


You could try it for only a week trying the a lower step in product to see if you notice any different. If you don’t with certain products but you do with some, only change the products you don’t actually like the taste. You will be surprised over time how much you can save.


Shop at the end of the day when products due to expire soon can be substantially reduced.


When you cook a meal make an extra portion, freeze it and when you’re feeling lazy you can just warm it up in the microwave rather than buying an expensive take away.


Reuse sandwich bags so you don’t need to keep buying them

Make your own lunches, sandwiches or salads.


We waste so much food that reaches it best before date before we eat it, fruit & veg, milk or bread that goes mouldy or off. Instead of running round the supermarket to buy food, go there with a list of what you’re going to prepare for a meal for the week and buy all the exact ingredients you need.


So meal plan, batch cooking & freezing are a great way to save costs.


So when cooking look in your cupboards to see what you can cook with whats in there.

Organise your cupboard so that you can easily find things otherwise you may buy the same thing over and over again.


A great website to find out what to buy with the products you’ve got in is Here you type in the ingredients and it comes up with a list of recipes.


This doesn’t have to mean making yourself miserable, its just about making you more aware of what you’re eating and spending on.

Beware of the bigger size value packs if you’re not going to eat it all. It’s better to buy a bag of what you’re going to eat then buy more just to throat it away.


Fruit & Veg
Buy in season fruit & vegetables when you can as they can often be much cheaper at that time.
Try picking your own if you can as it may be much cheaper.

Try to shop at local greengrocers as often have cheaper fruit & vegetables.  Supermarkets often buy unblemished items of similar size to loook more attractive in packaging. Greengorcers & market stalls often buy less visually perfect produce. But remember to select the individual items with care.

I have seen bananas for $2.79  at pac n save & $1.49 at some of the cheaper fruit stores or markets!
Also there can be local weekend markets that have even better deals. For example- Avondale market on Sunday mornings in Auckland. Find out where your local farmers markets are found. Always try to buy fruit & vegetables when they are in season as they are often cheaper. See Below for details of Farmers Markets.

Pre-packed bags of prewashed salads can be 50-70% more than mixing & making your own salads.
Salads with added dressing or croutons can be over 30% more expensive

How to shop at the supermarket


When shopping if you have only come for a few items don’t pick up a shopping basket as this is likely to make you buy more shopping.


Expensive items are often at eye level with the cheaper products above & below.

Ready made meals are often expensive compared to what you can make fresh yourself.


There are often impulse buys at the till so just try not to tempt yourself.


Never buy badly dented cans as the seal could be broken and the contents could be dangerous


Check out the supermarkets own magazine before you start shopping. There may be money off coupons or offers inside.


Collect your loyalty points at the supermarket.



Online Supermarket Shopping


Some stores are consistently known to be the cheapest so it is best to try and shop there if you can.




Cheaper wines can be poor value as most of the cost of these is in tax on the alcohol so choose carefully.


Most table wines sold in supermarkets & bottle stores are designed to be drunk within 1-2 years. After this they will often dry out, let air in and spoil.


Pour leftover wine into a smaller bottle and seal with tight fitting cork. Or use apump that removes air from half finished bottle.


Opening an inexpensive bottle of red by letting it breath for 2-3 hours before drinking.


Check out the 12 bottle for the price of 11 if you’re having a big party & bottle stores may lend you wine glasses.


For everything you need to know about whisky check out Scotch whisky


Heat spoils wine so always keep it cool.



Sell by dates

Fresh food bought loose, usually has no sell by date.
Sugar, salt, dried pulses & canned food will store for a long time.
Olive & vegetable oils keep well after the bottle has been opened, but walnut & other nut oils become rancid after 2-3 months.
Dried fruit stores well
Nuts should be used up as they quickly lose their flavour
Fruit & Veg
Buy in season fruit & vegetables when you can as they can often be much cheaper at that time.
Try picking your own if you can as it may be much cheaper.

Try to shop at local greengrocers as often have cheaper fruit & vegetables.  Supermarkets often buy unblemished items of similar size to loook more attractive in packaging. Greengorcers & market stalls often buy less visually perfect produce. But remember to select the individual items with care.
Also there can be local weekend markets that have even better deals.  Find out where your local farmers markets are found. Always try to buy fruit & vegetables when they are in season as they are often cheaper.

Pre-packed bags of prewashed salads can be 50-70% more than mixing & making your own salads.
Salads with added dressing or croutons can be over 30% more expensive
A sack of potatoes or onions can be stored through winter.
Can you freeze it?
Freezing fruit & veg that is in season and food in general and then eating later on can save you lots of money.
Yes: Raspberries, skimmed, semi skimmed & double cream, tomatoes for soups & sauces, spinach, fully cooked potatoes, fresh meat, fish or shellfish, creamy deserts
No: Whole melons, bananas, full fat milk, lettuce, uncooked potatoes, previously frozen meat fish etc.
Food Shopping when on holiday
What to buy abroad
France: cheese, honey & olive oil. Mustard, cooking chocolate & strings of garlic. Wines of most types.
Belgium: Chocolates high quality
Italy: Salami, Parmesan, Parma ham, panforte, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pasta maker. Aperitifs- Campari & Limoncello
Spain: saffron, Pata Negra dried ham, dulce pimenton (smoked paprika), turron (nougat), olives, sugared almonds & sherry
Asia: Chinese & Indian teas. Unusual spices. Decorative serving bowls, kitchen utensils or decorative china
Middle East & North Africa: Spices. Herbal, floral or fruit teas, hone olives, Turkish delight, whle nuts in honey, dried fruits. Greek or Turkish coffee pots.
Choosing the right pan can save you alot of money. Stainless steel are good value & are easy to care for.The steel should have chrome/nickel content of at least 18/10.
Aluminum pans are fliiser but less susceptable to wear & tear if coated.
Box sets are best value, so check them out in the sales.
A good quality knife is made in one piece. Sabatier, Henckels & Global are good quality. Kitchen Devil knifes have been recommended for best value for money.
Saving in the kitchen
Just fill the kettle to the amoutn you need.
Put a lid on the suacepan when boiling.
Roasts or casseroles can be started in acold oven if they need to be cooked for more than an hour. Only baking needs preheated oven.
The cheapest & fastest way to bring water to the boil for cooking in a saucepan is to use the kettle.
Try to put as much in the oven when cooking, as it is the same price no matter how much you fill the oven with
Pressure cookers reduce cooking time by almost 2/3rds. They are better than microwaves for cooking large quantities.
Steam fast cooking vegetables in a basket over a pan in which you are boiling slower-cooking ones like potatoes.

Credit Card Deals

Some credit cards offer discounts on your shopping!

American Express have a Shopping discounts Page

Giving up smoking

20 cigarettes/day ($10/pack x 365 days) $3650/yr or $36500 over 10 years!
What better excuse could you have for giving up smoking?

Never rush when shopping as that’s when you impulse buy


Only take a shopping basket if only need a few items.

Only buy items you really need even if they are on sale, as many people are tempted to buy these just because they are on sale!

Bulk buy milk and bread when on offer as can store in the freezer.


Make things go further

You can snap dishwasher tablets in half unless its really dirty.

Water down shampoo, liquid soap, shower gel etc

Stand empty bottle upside down to get last bits out of them suggest as tomato ketchup bottles, shampoo etc.

Swill out cooking sauce jars with a little water to make it go that little further



Cut the tops off large milk containers and use for plants or as a watering can

Tubs of icecream or margarine can be used to freeze sauces & leftovers

Old tea bags can be good for the soil

Old cans can have the labels soaked off and used as pencil holders for kids


Reuse Junk Mail

Reuse back of envelopes & letters for scrap paper or lists

Save bubble wrapping, polystyrene chips or bubble wrap to send out precious parcels

Cut out bits with your name & address to use as preaddressed labels


Reuse other things

Aluminium can sometimes be sold for cash.
You could sell good quality second hand clothes to shops that sell these on your behalf and give you a cut of the profits. They often however demand designer labels.
Refill your printer cartridges. Save up to 60% on the cost of a new one& it helps the environment.
You could reuse old Christmas cards to turn into gift tags or decorations.
Sell old books on auction websites
Mobile phones sell on auction websites

Big Stuff

Furniture or local salvation army or other charity shop are likely to want this

Swap stuff at your local FREECYCLE



Farmers & Regular Markets

There are numerous markets going on around the country mostly at weekends that can save you money. Here a number of farmers & other retailers get together to sell items directly to you be they food or other produce.

Farmers Markets


Orewa Beach
Orewa Sq, Orewa
Sundays 8am-12.30pm all year

Albany Farmers Market
Albany Hall, cnr Old Albany Highway, Auckland
First Sat of month 9am-1pm (1st & 3rd Sats in Dec)

Devonport Farmers Market
The Wharf, Devonport
Sundays 9am-1pm

La Cigale
69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell
Saturdays 8am-1pm

City Farmers Market
Cnr Galway & Gore Sts, Auckland
Saturdays 8.30am-12.30pm

Parnell Farmers Market
Jubilee Building car park, 545 Parnell Rd (behind library)
Sat 8am-12pm

Clevedon Village
Showgrounds, Monument Rd, Clevedon
Sun 8.30am-12noon

Town Squar, King St, Pukekohe
Sat 9am-12.30pm

Hobsonville Plant Mart, Hobsonville Rd, West Aucklad
Every 2nd Saturday of month, 8am-1pm

Regular Markets

For crafts, produce & more.


Aotea Square Markets
Queen St, Auckland
Fri/Sat 10am-6pm

Free Software & Free Ebooks 

Office programs

There is now alternatives available instead of your expensive Microsoft Office Software that is available free for download on the net compared to up to $600+ for full version of Microsoft Office!

Open Office
Is the most widely used free office like program with built in word processor, spreadsheet, presentation , database & design software.
Version 2.4.1 is the best version to download as it is the most tested version.

PHOTO MANIPULATION provides a great free image manipulation program, instead of having to buy expensive Adobe Photoshop!

Good sites to find other free software include  Has numerous programs to download some freeware (free), Shareware (costs money) or demo (if you want to try before you buy)

If you used to liked an old version of a computer program better than the larger new version you can often download it from:


The most important thing when buying printers is checking out the cost of the ink.

The printer may be sold off cheaply but this price can soon be overshadowed by the ink refills.

Canon & HP frequently offer the cheapest prices for inkjet and sometimes it can cost up to 8 times more to print a photo on one printer than the other.
Lexmark frequently have more expensive cartridges but sell their printers very cheap to encourage you to buy them.

Free eBooks for your iPhone or PDA

There are now numerous books that can be downloaded for free online for your iPod touch, iPhone’s or other PDAs or home computer.Ebooks are great as when they are on your PDA it means you can carry round hundreds of books store with only the weight of your PDA to carry in your pocket.

There are numerous sites that offer free downloads but also some that you have to pay for. As these are online it doesn’t matter where they are based so you can get books from UK, USA anywhere especially fi they are free.

Always check that the site is reputable before downloading anything from them. We have heard of problems where some sites have been a scam. The software that you need, to download the ebook,  is a virus and they can abuse your credit card if entered. One culprit we have heard about is but this is from a forum report.

Otherwise here are a list of the more reputable sites:

Stanza (Very popular app for iPhone & iPod touch)
Allows you to download numerous free books and even more that you have to pay for.
Check it out in the App Store

Project Guthenberg
Has over 30,000 free ebooks to read in numerous different formats. Can be found on Stanza as well.

Book Depository
Offers over 11,000 free titles. Based in UK but

Google Books
Has numerous titles to offer, some are free, some only abstract.

Eating Out & Entertainment Deals

Well you wouldn’t be looking here if you didn’t want to go out but always remember it is much cheaper to cook at home. Look at ideas for keeping down these costs at the bottom of this page. A dinner for two rarely comes in at under $45 if you eat out.

If you’re going to be drinking wine, try to go to Bring Your Own (BYO) Restaurant as bottle of wine from supermarket $20, often costs $40 upwards in a restaurant

There are a number of places to get deals on eating out.

Entertainment Book

If you live in one of the main centres (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch) you may be able to get hold of an Entertainment Book.

These books are sold ($65 at present) each year from June. They last a year and give numerous savings in each book. They can easily save you far more than the $65 price if you each out often. They also have entertainment offers. Offers include 2 for price of 1 meals, 50% off & 25% off

Discounts available at best restaurants, hotel accommodation, attractions, sports and leisure activities.

Credit Card Deals

If you have an American Express or Diners Club card there is often deals available from your credit card. To find out the latest discounts go to:

Amex Dining Discounts

Diners Club Dining Specials

Money Off Vouchers

Vouchermate & EzyCoupons offer numerous money off deals fast food stores etc.

Check out Money Off Vouchers page for more information.



Entertainment Offers

Always try to make the most of discount nights at your local cinema or DVD rental store.

This are usual on tuesday nights for both cinema and DVD rental.

Take advantage of cheap seats at the theatre too!

Another option if you go out to the cinema frequently is you can buy a book of cinema tickets at reduced prices and join their cinema club where you may get discounts or deals.

Credit Card Deals

American Express offer deals on entertainment

Check it out on their Amex Entertainment Offers page


Students Deals


Always carry your student card as you never know when you might get money off. Always ask especially in cinemas or Fast food restaurants etc as they often have deals for you.

Student Books

Check out the Nile Bookstore, NZ’s largest online bookstore for a great range of textbooks at great prices, often cheaper than the campus bookstore: