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Aussie mum's secret to saving $1,200 a month on groceries, shopping

A savvy mum-of-three is saving thousands on groceries, shopping, holidays and more.

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A Sydney mum has revealed how she saves $1,200 a month by hunting for deals and discounts. (Source: Supplied/Getty)

As Aussies feel the cost-of-living pinch, one Sydney mum has shared her secret to saving more than $1,200 a month.

Mum-of-three Claire Mayhew is a modern-day coupon queen and spends hours scouring the internet for the best discount codes, subscribing to savings apps and using rewards points to get deals on everything from groceries to clothes to holidays.

Mayhew uses cashback platforms Cashrewards and Shopback to get money back on shopping, as well as coupon finders Coupert and Honey to find the latest deals.

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“I can save more than $1,200 a month using coupons, freebies and loyalty programs,” Mayhew told Yahoo Finance.

“I use an app called Half Price [Coles and Woolies] as well – they put everything that's 50 per cent off on there. I also get alerts on my phone as well for new product discounts.”

Mayhew is also subscribed to Everyday Extra (a paid extension of Everyday Rewards), which gives her 10 per cent off her shop each month and earns three times as many points at Woolworths and Big W.

On top of all this, Mayhew said she made sure to shop around and called up her providers every few months to see if she could nab a loyalty discount.

“I call my service providers every three months asking for a customer loyalty discount. My Foxtel account is half the monthly price for me now at $50/month,” she said.

Retailers offering loyalty programs

Along with cashback and coupon apps, there are a ton of retailers offering discounts to customers who join their rewards program. For instance, David Jones offers a $10 discount, while Michael Hill and Glue Store both offer $20 vouchers.

There are also homewares stores offering discounts, including Adairs with a $10 voucher and new HomeMakerCentral with a $100 voucher until the end of March.

“We know that things are getting a little tough for household budgets, and retailers are feeling the pinch as well – especially in the discretionary spend sectors, such as homewares and furnishings - and we wanted to provide a real benefit and value for both,” HomeMakerCentral founder and CEO Bill Gremos said.

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