Bargain busters: Five ways to save money on your everyday expenses

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Things are tough at the moment when it comes to cost-of-living, but we’ve got five great ways you can save money on everyday expenses.

Join Everyday Rewards Extra

Are you a Woolworths shopper? If you’re shopping for a family, the weekly or monthly grocery shop can become an expensive exercise.

Did you know you can join Woolworths Everyday Rewards Extra for $7 a month, or $59 per year?

You’ll get triple the points of a usual Everyday Rewards membership, unlocking discounts and rewards faster. But the most enticing element is the 10 per cent off one shop each month at Woolies and Big W. On a $300 shop, that’s a $30 discount – meaning the $59 annual membership is covered in just two months.


Go annual with your streaming services

If you’re not planning on cancelling your subscription TV services any time soon, have a look at the annual option over monthly.

For example, Disney+ is $13.99 per month – but $139.99 if you sign up for an annual plan, saving you 15 per cent over the year.

Paramount+ is also cheaper if you sign up annually, and Apple TV+ is the same – a $20 saving if you sign up for a year.

Ask and negotiate!

When was the last time you called Foxtel and threatened to leave, or asked them (nicely) for a discount?

If you’re a Sydney Morning Herald digital subscriber, a 50 per cent discount is often offered if you ask – or suggest you want to leave.

No matter what the service, the worst that can happen is you get rejected. So go through your monthly subscriptions and services, phone or email the contact points and ask for a better deal!

Check those Health Fund rewards

Most health funds have rewards programs attached, offering discounts on various things such as movie tickets.

For example, through Bupa’s Life Rewards, you can get 25 per cent off Hoyts and Event Cinemas vouchers, save 10 per cent at 300 dining venues across Australia and score five per cent off vouchers for places like Myer, JB Hi-Fi and Ikea.

Join a Frequent Flyer program

You may not be a regular flyer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be attached to an airline rewards program.

For example, Qantas Frequent Flyer points aren’t just earned from flights, but can be linked to your Woolworths Everyday Rewards, as well as BP, Kogan and Hoyts. You can earn points in places you never thought possible!

You can also get 1,000 points for signing up to a Binge trial, or 1,500 points when you sign up as a Kayo Sports customer.

And don’t forget to check your credit card rewards program and consider making a switch if it’s not ideal for you.

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