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SPAR shares tips on how to lighten the financial strain during Easter

| Economic factors

For many, Easter is a time of celebration and tradition, marked by gatherings with loved ones and delicious meals. However, the financial strain brought on by the increased cost of living may require families to adjust their usual celebrations, which includes cutting back on spending.

“We know that this year, shoppers may find themselves opting for more budget-friendly food options, scaling back on expensive ingredients, or forgoing non-essential purchases altogether,” says Mpudi Maubane, National PR, Communications & Sponsorships Manager at The SPAR Group.

“At SPAR, we believe in making the everyday lives of our customers easier by offering the best quality at the very best value – and this becomes even more important during challenging times.

“Over the next few weeks, we’re committed to helping South Africans save money with special deals on Easter treats and grocery essentials, like our Easter Feaster basket, which includes SPAR Refined White Sugar 2.5kg, SPAR Sunflower Cooking Oil 750ml, SPAR Cake Wheat Flour 2.5kg and SPAR Margarine Brick 500g all for R99.

Shopping SPAR’s house brand products is another way for shoppers to save more every day. They offer customers a way to buy smartly and get more for less across various ranges and categories.

“Many people don’t realise it, but our SPAR brand products are among the most affordable in the market. And, when shopping with their SPAR Rewards card, shoppers can benefit from saving even more with monthly deals and promotions across a range of products on a daily basis,” continues Maubane.

In the end, shopping around for the best deals and taking the time to carefully plan each meal is the key to saving this Easter. You can also try:

  • Write down your meal plan and shopping list: This will help you avoid impulse purchases. Stick to the list and compare stores and brands for the best value.
  • Look out for limited-time deals: Keep an eye out for special promotions and flash sales throughout the Easter season to secure additional savings.
  • Bundle and save: Take advantage of bundled or bulk offers on selected items to get more value for your money.
  • Be price-conscious: Always compare prices and consider store brands that often offer more product for the price you’re paying.
  • Frozen is your friend:Frozen fruits, vegetables, and meat can be a cost-effective and long-lasting option.
  • Explore protein alternatives: Consider including chicken, eggs, and other protein sources, including beans, peas, and vegetables alongside meat for delicious and budget-friendly options.
  • Share the load: Hosting a ‘potluck’ or ‘bring a dish’ meal with friends and family can help spread the cost, whilst still enjoying all your favourites.
  • Shop from the comfort of your home: Enjoy the convenience of SPAR2U online shopping for a nominal delivery fee that is cheaper than paying for fuel. Browse the Easter collection and have your groceries delivered straight to your door. This can also help you avoid in-store temptation.
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