Christmas Eve grocery sales

What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?

– It’s Christmas, Eve.

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7pm is deal o’clock for grocery shoppers at Woolworths and Coles on Christmas Eve every year .

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Having worked Woolworths (almost 7 years ago) has meant that I know exactly how supermarkets work.

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Most, if not all, Woolworths and Coles stores are not open on Christmas Day and Boxing day, meaning that perishables must be sold before the end of its Christmas Eve trading hours. Usually it’s 9-10pm.

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7 o’clock is the best time to go and grab those last minute sales.

Discounts include:

– Deli department

( 20% off all hams, 80 cent kebabs, $2/kg chicken drumsticks, $5 roast chicken)

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– Seafood department

($10ea lobster, $18/kg salmon, $6/kg seafood marinade, 60 cent garlic prawn kebabs, $16/kg black tiger prawns at Coles West Pennant Hills)

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– fridge section

( $1.92 blueberry greek yoghurt, $3 egg nogg, $1.44 for 2 veggie burgers and other cheeses)

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– produce department

($1.50 Asian stirfry, $1.98 large packet of baby spinach, $1 fruit salad boxes, and other packaged fruit and veg)

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– bakery deparment

($1 white chocolate mud cakes, $1 mud chocolate cakes, $1 orange and poppyseed cakes, $1 lemon slice, $1 banana bread loaves, $1 raspberry slice, $1 multigrain bread, 25 cents packets of cookies, $1 assorted cupcakes)

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Even the longlife department is celebrating with Christmas Tree Shapes for $2

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Here are the receipts to prove it!

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* all these were the prices at either Woolworths Metro West Pennant Hills or Coles West Pennant Hills

Bare in mind that most of these items must be put in the freezer because they expire on the 27th December and stores aren’t allowed to sell items that expire on its date.

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My family were a bit slow when it came to shopping at deal o’clock mainly due to the amount of foods on sale! I think we stared at those cakes for a good 5 minutes..

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So next year, join the fun and do real savings for a cheap Christmas banquet!

Review rating:  =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (heavily discounted food): =D

Ambience: =)

Service: =)

Value: =D

 Do I wish it was 7 deal o’clock on Christmas eve everyday? OH YEH! Poor people like me could easily stock up and just freeze everything. I’m planning on making frozen yoghurt pops with the 3 tubs of yoghurt I have at home.

Would I pay full price for these items? In a real life situation, if I actually needed anything for a particular recipe then I wouldn’t really care how much I pay unless I know I’m getting extremely ripped off. I wouldn’t buy lobster though because it’s just so expensive. When it comes to grocery shopping I only look for what on sale or has a yellow sticker.

Highlight: seeing all those ‘sales’ stickers and seeing how much you have saved on the receipts! Makes you feel excited that you now have too much food in the fridge.

Suggestion for Improvement: Not many people know to come late at night after dinner so help supermarkets not chuck good food away. Tell others about this or simply give it to a charity who feeds the homeless, particularly the ones which hold big banquets on Christmas Day!

1 in 10 Australians don’t received 3 square meals a day.

Angela Bee

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