The best days to bag a bargain

Expert tips on the top times to buy everything from groceries to holidays.

With some of us heading to the shops almost seven days a week, a small amount of knowledge on what to buy when could help us make some respectable savings on everyday expenses.

Data from finder.com.au has revealed weekends and public holidays are the best days to find a discount on big ticket items like electronics and whitegoods.

“Retailers are going to offer their best deals and their snap bargains during these periods when they know customers are coming into store and hunting around for new products,” said Mia Steiber from finder.com.au.

Everyday items like groceries are going to make the biggest difference to your bottom line — so knowing when to buy them is important. Meat, fruit, and vegetables are often discounted towards the end of the day at major supermarkets. The advice from experts is to know what you are looking for, and be prepared to shop around and experiment.

“Every retailer has its own discount schedule and the best way to find out about these sales is by signing up to their newsletter,” Steiber said.

“It actually comes down to what time of day it is and what items it is and what their shelf life is.”

When it comes to holidays, booking early and being flexible with dates is said to be the key. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the cheapest to fly, and accommodation will always be more expensive on weekends.

“It is the early bird that gets the best deals and the most choice,” said Steiber.

If you are looking to treat yourself without breaking the bank, Tuesday is the best day of the week for haircuts, and even takeaway pizza. Even a trip to the movies will generally cost you less on that day!

“We’ve seen savings of up to 50% off, so if your movie ticket is $18 that’s a saving of $9,” Steiber said.

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