If you’re focused and organised when you visit the supermarket you’ll be less likely to buy things you don’t need.
According to this BusinessTech article, the cost of a basic food basket increased by R100 from February to August, while BusinessDay Live reported that \"a low-income home now pays 20% more for a basic food basket than a year ago\"
Fin 24 also reported that meat prices will increase by as much as 15% in December.
Here's how you can shop and save
- Create a shopping list based on your needs and your budget and stick to it. This way you're less likely to spend more than what you planned for
- House brands aren't always cheaper. Compare them to others on the shelf to make sure they are before putting them into your trolley
- Because meat prices increase in the months before, and up to the holidays, buy meat before these periods to save money
- Pre-processed and prepared foods are more expensive than raw food you need to cook yourself
- Buy in bulk to benefit from bulk discounts. However, do your research before as in some cases it's not cheaper
- Pay with your card instead of drawing cash. It's cheaper (zero card transaction fees) and safer (you don't carry large amounts of cash on you)
- If you must draw cash, do so at a till point and pay only R1.30 (R5.50 at a Capitec ATM and R8 at another bank's ATM)
- Don't drive to a shop just to buy airtime or electricity. Save time and money when you use our app to buy it on your phone
- If you don't know what you have available to spend, view your transaction history and available balances on our app. There's no need to go to a branch or an ATM to draw a statement