It can actually be done.
I’ve always loved shopping, but I haven’t always enjoyed it. The guilt – from overspending on food or clothes or shoes or whatever – often took away most of the fun.
But not anymore.
I like to think I’m pretty clever when it comes to shopping these days. I have more respect for money and what it can do for my family.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this is an advertorial for Qantas Frequent Flyer.
You just need to keep a few things in mind. Things like:
1. Get a Qantas Points-earning credit card.
There are lots of credit cards on the market. You need to make sure to choose one that is linked to Qantas Points so you earn points for every eligible purchase possible. All the major banks have one. View the full range available using the Qantas Points card selector tool here.
2. Shop through the Qantas Online Mall.
By shopping using the Qantas Online Mall you could be earning points with retailers like eBay, Apple Store, David Jones and The Iconic, receiving up to five Qantas Points for every $1 spent. Check it out here.
3. Double dip for double points.
When you shop with a Qantas partner, pay with Qantas Cash or a Qantas Points earning credit card, you’ll earn points twice: once with the partner, and once with your card. It’s that easy. I remember watching my points program years ago and it was like watching snails racing. It just took forever to earn enough points to redeem anything, even my beloved magazine subscriptions (yes, I was one of the last people to stop reading magazines). But now I know how to ‘double dip’ my points and my balance soars so much quicker.
4. Do one big weekly shop instead of a few small ones.
I have saved myself hundreds of dollars a month by restricting myself to one grocery shop each week. I have to be organised but it keeps me from forgetting anything or grabbing things we don’t really need. And if you stick to shopping at Woolworths, BWS and Cellarmasters you earn one Qantas Point for every dollar over $30 that you spend. So doing all your shopping in one hit earns you heaps more points that several smaller ones.