The Supermarket Scanning Policy That Could Have You Saving Money

Recently on Instagram we’ve been seeing people saving money on their grocery shops by simply getting items for free. But how? 

Well, according to @bargain.boss on Instagram it’s because of the scanning policy most supermarkets have in place.

And she’s not wrong!

Most grocery chain stores like Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and IGA are all signatories to the Scanning Code of Practice. If you visit their websites you can find it, or even posted around in store. 

This means that if an item in your cart scans at a higher price than what’s advertised on the shelf, you’re entitled to receive the item free. Yes, FREE.

Coles have broken down their scanning policy on their website and scoring freebies all depends on whether it was a single item, multiple item or promotional item. Even stating that they go “above and beyond the requirements of the Australian Consumer Law”.

This goes to show why it’s important to check those receipts after purchasing your items. 

@bargain.boss herself landed two free items early this year because of this scanning policy. She scored over $37 worth of meat for free. Now that is winning.

Other people on social media such as bargain hunting group Markdown Addicts Australia have also found being attentive pays off.. 

Don’t be afraid to speak up for your customer rights because in busy supermarket chains like Woolworths and Coles mistakes can be made.

If you’d like to know more, this CHOICE article is great for understanding misleading pricing or pricing inconsistencies and your shopper rights. 

Happy grocery shopping!

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