Coles customer changes shopping habit after saving $200 in 'markdown bonanza'
A cunning Coles customer has a new shopping schedule after discovering a "crazy markdown bonanza" on a range of products at the same time each night.
The woman shared the results of a supermarket shopping spree to a popular Facebook group, claiming she scored more than $200 of groceries for just $3.60, with everything discounted to 10 cents at 8pm.
"Best haul for ages," she wrote alongside an image of milk cartons, pre-cut fruit and pre-made sandwiches with 10-cents stickers on them.
Fellow markdown addicts called the woman's "amazing" haul a "top score".
The next day, the same woman declared she would be permanently changing her shopping time to 8pm following "another crazy markdown bonanza" at her local Coles store.
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"Everything 10c except for the 10kg bags of rice and bread mix 50c each," she posted alongside a number of additional images featuring items like pet food and socks.
Bargain hunters were again shocked by her impressive savings.
"10c for the socks! That's crazy," one person responded.
"Jealous," another said.
The post left group members frantically searching for similar specials and questioning what state and suburb the woman shops in.
However, some of those who followed suit and tried shopping at 8pm were not as lucky.
"Went to my Woolies tonight at 8pm and not a single thing discounted by even 10c. I think my local Coles and Woolies have a high turnover of meat and perishables unfortunately," one woman wrote.
Another person claimed to purchase a number of 50c specials at 3pm.
"I think you just have to get lucky with the time," the shopper commented.
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Social media users have been excitedly sharing their discounted supermarket hauls as the cost of groceries hits new highs due to ongoing gaps in the supply chain.
Customers have been saving hundreds of dollars at the checkout by scoring heavily discounted meat marked as "quick sale", stockpiling products nearing their best before or expiration dates.
When is the best time to find mark-downs?
A Coles spokesperson previously told Yahoo News Australia that markdowns do not uniformly take place at the same time across all stores.
"There are many things that can impact when this takes place including stock on hand, delivery schedules and team member rostering," the spokesperson said.
"We know our customers love good value so when a product is near its best before date we often mark it down so it can be enjoyed for a cheaper price, instead of being wasted."
A spokesperson from Woolworths also told Yahoo News that markdowns are used to minimise food waste and the availability of these discounts varies day-by-day and store-to-store, based on stock levels and demand.
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