Shopping smarter

Find out how to save money on everyday purchases.

Groceries, food and household items

You can save money on groceries by:

  • shopping at larger supermarkets and discount stores rather than specialty shops and convenience stores
  • shopping at one of Melbourne’s many markets around the CBD and in suburbs for fruit and vegetables
  • buying meat and bakery items at the end of the day when they are often at reduced prices
  • buying ‘no-name’ or generic brands. Many of these have the same brand name as the supermarket title and/or have plain packaging.

Furniture and white goods

You can save on furniture and white goods by:

  • buying second-hand items at opportunity shops
  • buying online or at discount stores. You can get free furniture, white goods and clothes at:
  • visiting many outlets to compare prices on the same model
  • renting white goods. However, this can increase your weekly expenses and you may have to rent for a fixed term.
  • shopping at RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) that regularly offers free or low cost ex-RMIT office furniture at the city campus.

Note: cheaper white goods may not be as energy efficient and may mean higher utilities charges.

Clothing, bedding and other accessories

You can save on clothes, bedding and other accessories by shopping at:

  • factory outlets that sell excess, slightly damaged or imperfect stock at reduced prices
  • opportunity shops that sell second-hand and recycled items including clothing, bedding and furniture at very affordable prices.

Good areas around Melbourne for discount shopping where a range of shops are clustered together include:

Consumer Rights

Every time you purchase a good or service in Australia you have certain rights and obligations under Australian Consumer Law.

Play the fun and interactive online game Party for Your Rights to learn more about your rights as a consumer.

For more information visit Consumer Affairs Victoria