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Queenie Tan, 25, reveals her simple supermarket trick to save money every time

Marketing manager, 25, reveals her simple shopping trick to save money every time – and her secret lies in a specific supermarket aisle

  • Marketing manager reveals how to buy a pantry for a fraction of the price
  • Queenie Tan said curry powders are always cheaper in the international aisle
  • She saw 250g bag of curry in the Indian section at Woolworths for just $2.40
  • While in the herbal aisle, the 25-year-old saw a 100g variety that cost $3.50


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A marketing executive gave her a simple shopping tip to buy a popular grocery store pantry for a fraction of the price.

Queenie Tan, from Sydney, shared a TikTok video explain how curry powders are always cheaper in the international food aisle than the big branded versions.

The 25-year-old saw a 250g bag of curry powder in the Indian section of Woolworths for just $2.40, while in the spice aisle a 100g variety cost $3.50.

Shoppers can expect a wider variety of bulk spices in the international food aisles at major supermarkets at reasonable prices.

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Queenie Tan, from Sydney, gave her a simple shopping tip to pick up a popular pantry staple at the supermarket for a fraction of the price

The 25-year-old saw a 250g bag of curry powder in the Indian branch of Woolworths for just $2.40

The 25-year-old saw a 250g bag of curry powder in the Indian branch of Woolworths for just $2.40

Queenie Tan, from Sydney, gave her a simple shopping tip to buy a popular supermarket pantry for a fraction of the price. The 25-year-old saw a 250g bag of curry powder in the Indian branch of Woolworths for just $2.40

“Spices can have different prices in the supermarket depending on which aisle you shop in,” she explains.

‘In the Indian department, for example, this curry powder is 3.5 times cheaper than in the herbal aisle. Even without the special it would be three times cheaper.’

Queenie said shoppers can cut the cost of their grocery bill simply by checking out the international food aisles at their supermarket or local international grocers.

Her video has since been viewed more than 110,000 times, and many agree that they saved so much more money by simply shopping in the international aisles or at an Asian supermarket.

‘The herbs often taste much better than the ‘regular’ grocers’, one wrote, while another said: ‘Don’t buy herbs in the supermarket, they are always cheaper at an Asian grocer.’

While in the spice aisle, she found a 100g variety that cost $3.50 - which is three times more than the international food aisle version

While in the spice aisle, she found a 100g variety that cost $3.50 - which is three times more than the international food aisle version

While in the spice aisle, she found a 100g variety that cost $3.50 - which is three times more than the international food aisle version

While in the spice aisle, she found a 100g variety that cost $3.50 - which is three times more than the international food aisle version

While in the spice aisle, she found a 100g variety that cost $3.50 – which is three times more than the international food aisle version

Some shared other grocery items you can get cheaper elsewhere.

‘The same goes for nuts and dried fruit. Always go to the baking aisle instead of the snack aisle or production area,” one wrote.

Another said, ‘Sam for meat. Don’t go to the supermarket or a fancy butcher. Go to your local less fancy butcher, it’s always cheaper.’

As someone added, ‘Oh yes, and fresh herbs are about $4 at Coles and Woolworths, but you can get them for as little as 80 cents at an Asian grocery store.’

A chef previously shared her shopping tip on social media after noticing the huge price difference when buying spices for her cooking.

‘I think spices are spices. I don’t see any difference between a $2 bottle of oregano and a $6 bottle of oregano. I’ll buy the store brand when it’s available,” she said.

“As for the international aisle, years passed before I paid attention to the variety of spices. I hosted an event with certain ethnic foods. Then I realized the variety and the savings. Now I always look there first for necessary stuff.

“Bottom line – you pay for certain famous names.”

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