How to save money on groceries: Shop down the ‘international’ aisle at Woolworths and Coles

How making this ONE simple change at the supermarket can slash your grocery bill when stocking up on herbs and spices

  • A mum has shared how to save money every time you visit the supermarket 
  • Rochelle encouraged others to shop down the international aisle 
  • Products are significantly cheaper compared to the herbs and spices section 
  • She pointed out cinnamon sticks were 11 times cheaper  

As inflation continues to grip Australia, a mum-of-three has revealed a simple tip to save money every time you visit the supermarket.

Rochelle encouraged other shoppers to buy herbs and spices from the ‘international’ aisle because it’s cheaper per 100g and products are usually sold in bulk. 

‘Not a markdown but a reminder to venture to the international section of the supermarket for MUCH better value for the same product!’ she wrote online and shared examples to a popular Facebook group.

An Australian mum has encouraged other shoppers to buy herbs and spices from the 'international' aisle because it's cheaper per 100g and products are usually sold in bulk packets (pictured: the spices aisle)

An Australian mum has encouraged other shoppers to buy herbs and spices from the ‘international’ aisle because it’s cheaper per 100g and products are usually sold in bulk packets (pictured: the spices aisle)

Images posted online show cumin seeds from the spices aisle cost $8.10 per 100g, but in the international section it costs 96c per 100g (pictured: the international aisle)

Images posted online show cumin seeds from the spices aisle cost $8.10 per 100g, but in the international section it costs 96c per 100g (pictured: the international aisle)

Images posted online show cumin seeds from the spices aisle cost $8.10 per 100g, but in the international section it costs 96c per 100g. 

Rochelle also pointed out the price of cinnamon sticks was 11 times more expensive in the spices section costing $24.70 per 100g compared to the international section, priced at $2.25 per 100g. 

‘I was so shocked!’ she wrote. 

‘Spice stalls and Asian grocery stores are even better value but sometimes it’s just not convenient when I have a toddler and a baby.’

On Quora it’s speculated the drastic different in price likely boils down to two factors – the brand and shipping costs. 

‘Bottom line – you pay for certain well known names,’ one person wrote. 

‘Usually the answer is bulk generic vs well-known label and fancy packaging,’ another added. 

A third wrote: ‘Spices had to be shipped enormous distances across the ocean or via overland routes.’

On Quora it's speculated the drastic different in price likely boils down to two factors - the brand and shipping costs

On Quora it’s speculated the drastic different in price likely boils down to two factors – the brand and shipping costs

On Facebook others admitted they ‘never thought to look’ down the international section when shopping for spices. 

‘Thank you! I will be checking this out next time I go shopping!’ one person wrote. 

Others said they always shop for herbs and spices in bulk to get the best value for money. 

‘I do this with my panko breadcrumbs, way cheaper,’ one person said.

Another added: ‘Crazy right. I always get my crushed garlic from that aisle now.’

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