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March 8

Costco Forces Groceries to Grow in Size at Coles and Woolworths

Posted by on March 8, 2017 at 8:52 AM

If you’ve noticed that things seem to be ‘super-sizing’ at Coles and Woolworths then you are not alone. This is a tactic the supermarkets are using to fend off competition from the large discount supermarket chain Costco.

Costco Forces Groceries to Grow in Size at Coles and Woolworths

Costco is a membership-based retailer that opened its doors in Australia in 2009. If Coles and Woolworths didn’t think Aldi was doing enough damage by itself, the addition of Costco is really hurting their performance. Therefore the growing  maximum packaging sizes of our groceries is a direct result that offer customers greater value for money.

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August 24

How Does New Woolworths Rewards Compare to Coles Flybuys?

Posted by on August 24, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Woolworth has announced that it will be dropping its ‘Woolworths Dollars’ after a dreadful run that saw the program drop like a lead balloon. The supermarket will now use a points system underpinned by a partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer. In response to customer feedback, the supermarket will overhaul the program as soon as possible, meaning it goes live on the 31st August.

How Does New Woolworths Rewards Compare to Coles Flybuys?

At the end of this month you will now collect ‘Woolworth Points’ with one point earned for every dollar spent at the supermarket, plus affiliated Caltex service stations and BWS bottle shops. To give you an overview, $2,000 dollars spent or 2,000 points earned will equate to either $10 instant discount at checkout or 870 Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

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February 18

A Comparison of Woolworths’ and Coles’ Online Shopping Experiences for New Users

Posted by on February 18, 2016 at 8:56 AM

This week, Buckscoop has an exclusive voucher from Woolworths which gives you $15 off your first online shop plus free delivery too (on orders over $150). Simply apply the code “BUCKSCOOP15” during the checkout process to get your discount. In light of this, I thought it would make sense to do a review of how Woolworths and Coles stack up against each other in terms of their online shopping experiences for any of you who are new to buying your groceries online.

A Comparison of Woolworths and Coles Online Shopping Experiences for New Users

For instance, Woolies previously used to inflate the prices of their goods online with their justification being that it was needed to cover both delivery and service costs. The good news is though, that as of March 2015 they decided to ditch this discriminatory pricing behaviour towards online customers setting the cost of all products to be equal, no matter whether they were advertised online or in-store. As for Coles, on the other hand, customers could be paying between 3-7% more for products simply due the convenience offered by shopping online. So let’s continue now to explore the differences between Woolworths and Coles to see how they compare.

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February 11

Woolworth’s New Commute Shopping Service Could Make Grocery Shopping a Whole Lot Easier

Posted by on February 11, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Woolworth’s latest grocery service could save you loads of time and money, not to mention stress. The weekly shop can be an especially frustrating chore, kicking in as soon as you arrive at the supermarket and can’t find a parking space. Traffic jams, dodging slow trolleys in the aisles and then having to queue at the checkout till are enough to make even the most patient of us flip out sometimes.

Woolworths New Commute Shopping Service Could Make Grocery Shopping a Whole Lot Easier

Woolies are hoping to ease this burden, however, with a new trial grocery service where the groceries you purchase online are made available to you at the train station on your way home from work. I’ve personally not heard of a service that adds that much value for money and can eradicate a stressful weekly shop. So how are the trials going and is this something that you would like to have in your train station?

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January 3

Some Quick and Affordable Meal Deals to Ease You into the New Year

Posted by on January 3, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations are a great excuse to stuff ourselves and with tons of delicious food. However, if you’re not quite ready to give up on that festive food feeling just yet, I’ve put together a list of tasty yet affordable meal deals from supermarkets as we head into the new year for you to consider.

Some Quick and Affordable Meal Deals to Ease You into the New Year

From now through to the 5th January 2016, Bi-Lo, BWS, Coles and Woolworths all have specials on a range of food products. Using these discounted prices, I’ll show you a few options of how to continue eating tasty dishes but at prices that your (no doubt) deflated wallet will greatly appreciate. Listed below you will find fish dishes, kids food and party pack suggestions, along with some dessert meal deals.

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November 19

Cooking Ideas to Help Avoid Wastefully Throwing Away Old Fruit and Vegetables

Posted by on November 19, 2015 at 8:01 AM

It’s a rough estimate from the government that we, the Australian people throw away up to 20% of all the food that we purchase. Personally, in a world where we have two crises, obesity and starvation, it’s almost criminal to waste money on edible food.

Cooking Ideas to Help Avoid Wastefully Throwing Away Old Fruit and Vegetables

Today I present you with 7 types of perishable food that when cooked with the right recipe, can salvage its edibility just as it’s starting to look bad in order to save you money. If you’re somebody who shops around to pay less at the supermarket, make that time worthwhile by utilising every cooking ingredient that you buy to ensure all shopping trips provide you with the best value for money possible.

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November 11

Did You Know: Coles and Woolies own 50% of the Wine Industry in Australia

Posted by on November 11, 2015 at 8:04 AM

Ask yourself, have you ever purchased a Woolworths Select wine? Maybe you don’t like to buy them because you prefer something a bit more sophisticated. Aussies in general have a great thirst for vino and recent trends in alcohol consumption have shown our drinking habits as a nation are shifting slowly from beer to wine.

Did You Know: Coles and Woolies own 50% of the Wine Industry in Australia

However, if you’re a person who generally chooses to explore different tastes from across the globe and consider yourself “worldly-wise” when it comes to picking out a wine, then you may be a little disappointed to know that there’s a good chance you’ve already consumed these Woolworths Select wines without even knowing. For instance, many of Dan Murphy’s bottles of wine are Woolworths own brand wines and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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November 4

Aldi Gives Away Free Hampers to Testers Club Members

Posted by on November 4, 2015 at 8:03 AM

It’s interesting to see how different supermarkets deal with the various issues they face on the current Australian grocery landscape. On the one hand right now you have Woolworths supermarket warning all shareholders that its first half year profits could plunge by up to 35%. Whilst on the other hand, if Aldi’s cheaper prices weren’t enough of a big thank you to customers, the company is now giving out free hampers too.

Aldi Gives Away Free Hampers to Testers Club Members

Members of the Aldi Testers Club are currently enjoying the free goodies that they received last month, part of an annual program that the German supermarket chain has come up with in the hopes that it will provide invaluable feedback which they can use for competitive advantage. Why have they done this, I hear you asking, and where can you get your free hamper?

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October 27

New Woolworths Rewards Scheme Offers Customers More Money Instantly

Posted by on October 27, 2015 at 8:01 AM

Aldi has announced its large expansion plan of 120 stores into new territories SA and WA which is really hurting Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. The budget chain will have an empire of 497 stores across Australia when it’s finished, scaring the two market leaders. As part of Woolworth’s efforts to stop the its sliding market share, they’ve decided to scrap its under-utilised Everyday Rewards program and instead begin instantly offering customers cash off their grocery bills.

New Woolworths Rewards Scheme Offers Customers More Money Instantly

The announcement of Woolworth’s interesting new plan to entice more customers back into its stores was made on the 25th of October. For me, the most poignant aspect of this new scheme was mentioned by Monash University who found that the average shopper would be able to earn $10 every 7.4 weeks. That’s less than half the amount of time it would have taken under the previous FlyBuys scheme to earn the same amount.

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October 21

ALDI’s Weird “Middle Isle” Products That Save Us Money

Posted by on October 21, 2015 at 8:24 AM

It’s no secret that ALDI are taking Australia by storm and don’t Coles and Woolworths know about it. The German brand has already announced their plan to open 120 new stores, much to the delight of consumers. Yet, the many weird and wonderful items that ALDI likes to sell are just as attractive to us it seems as the discounted foodstuffs it has on sale.

ALDI’s Weird Middle Isle Products That Save Us Money

If you are still unsure about what exactly I am referring to, then have a cast your mind back about that middle isle in any ALDI store. Yes, that one with all the weird products that you’ve either never heard of before or never knew existed. It’s these products that are also one of the keys to ALDI’s success and one of the reasons why the company has over $700 million to spend on moving into the SA and WA territories. By the time ALDI has finished this phase of expansion it will have 497 outlets all together across Australia.

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August 31

Supermarket Tricks Used to Make You Spend More Money In-store

Posted by on August 31, 2015 at 8:03 AM

The supermarket industry is huge and predominantly owned by the two super powers we know as Coles and Woolworths. These two companies pretty much own the entire supermarket industry with both of them holding roughly 40% market share. Companies such as these, spend millions and millions of dollars every year on store layouts. They work with psychologists to understand how our minds work in order to capitalise on this to maximise the amount of time we end up spending in their stores.

Supermarket Tricks Used to Make You Spend More Money In store

Think about how many times you have gone to the supermarket to buy some groceries and come out spending far more than you had initially planned to. Well don’t be too hard on yourself, because you may not have been aware of the methods in play designed to get you to spend more. I will highlight some of the tricks these supermarkets use so you can hopefully be aware of them next time you visit the store.

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August 12

How to Get “Free” Milk and Bread at Coles’ and Woolworths’ Petrol Stations

Posted by on August 12, 2015 at 8:17 AM

There is no doubt that three of the most common purchases which people make on a weekly or monthly basis are milk, bread and petrol/diesel. Therefore wouldn’t it be a great help if you could drastically reduce the price of milk and bread every week, 52 weeks of the year. Or, even get them for free when you refuel your vehicle? Well, you can at either Woolies or Coles utilising their 4c fuel discount policies.

How to Get Free Milk and Bread at Coles and Woolworths Petrol Stations

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this offer, Coles and Woolies will reward you with a discount of 4 cents off the price of every litre of fuel that you buy when spending spend $30 or more in stores. The discounted fuel is offered at one of these supermarkets’ fuel station partners. For Coles it’s Shell while for Woolies it’s Caltex. Simply present the voucher (received after you purchased your $30+ of items) to the fuel station attendant to redeem the discount.

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July 27

ALDI Dominates Ratings with the Happiest Customers and Lowest Prices

Posted by on July 27, 2015 at 8:10 AM

After all the speculation and hype around ALDI earlier in the year, things have finally all fallen into place for the brand. If you didn’t believe it before then these latest results will surely sway your mind. Bringing power to the people through surveys and questionnaires is a way to deliver honesty around how they really feel and it appears in this instance, we Australians are rejoicing over ALDI.

ALDI Dominates Ratings with the Happiest Customers and Lowest Prices

The German owned supermarket chain was recently dubbed the best supermarket in Australia for a second year running according to customer satisfaction research conducted by Canstar Blue. ALDI was awarded 5 stars in four of the eight categories after 3,000 shoppers were surveyed.  The most interesting fact was that nearly 23% of all shoppers have changed their supermarket chain within the past 12 months in order to browse through ALDI’s aisles instead.

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June 24

Hiku Shopping List Technology To Make Buying from Coles Online Easier

Posted by on June 24, 2015 at 8:12 AM

Coles is currently in a testing stage for a new technology which it may end up releasing to customers. A company called Hiku is behind the technology, who builds voice recognition devices that store a digital shopping list from home. If you don’t feel like speaking, the Hiku device can also scan barcodes of household items too. If, for example, you have just run out of milk or you’re on your last bit of dried oregano, you can scan the barcodes and add these products directly to your online shopping list.

Hiku Shopping List Technology To Make Buying from Coles Online Easier

This is the 21st century’s answer to that paper and pen shopping list system you have stuck to your fridge door and so far its sounding pretty appealing. As with the paper shopping list (that you always have a habit of forgetting at home), the Hiku device can also be stuck to your fridge door for easy access. The system will work seamlessly with the Coles shopping app so all the items you add via Hiku, will be visible within it. Ultimately, technology is becoming more prevalent every where we turn, but how useful will this technology actually be, are we becoming over dependent on tech and how much out of pocket will we be to buy this gadget?

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June 18

Branded or Generic Drugs, Can You Tell the Difference?

Posted by on June 18, 2015 at 8:07 AM

Drugs, what would we do without them? From pain relief and hay fever to life threatening illnesses, all in some form have associated antidotes to lighten the burden on our bodies. Pharmaceutical companies across the planet invest trillions of dollars every year into developing and testing new remedies to solve our human illnesses. When one of these companies develops a new drug, lets say Glaxo-Smith Kline (GSK) for example, they can file a patent on the formula which gives the company 20 years protection to produce the drug without competition.

Branded or Generic Drugs, Can You Tell the Difference?

After this 20-year period other companies can begin developing the drug under their own brand and generally for a much lower price, referred to as generic drugs. Normally when buying different brands of food or electronics for example you expect different levels of quality. A typical example could be that you expect a more premium product when buying from Apple compared to purchasing from an unknown Chinese manufacturer. But, how does the drug market differ? Do you know the similarities that the drug market shares with other retail markets? In  this post I explore the everyday, over the counter drugs so keep reading to find out if your suspicions are correct or not.

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