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12 Smart Ways To Survive Price Increases And Loadshedding Plus Giveaway

With food prices skyrocketing in South Africa and the constant loadshedding it is getting harder and harder to make ends meet. While we can’t control price increases or loadshedding there are some simple things that you can do to survive price increases and make it a little easier to cope with loadshedding.

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12 Smart Ways To Survive Price Increases And Loadshedding

Not all of us can afford to get solar power, generators, and inverters, or change our stove and geyser to gas. While we are hardly getting any electricity the cost of the small amount of electricity is more than ever. The increasing price of groceries is just as scary. It seems every time I go to the shop the prices are than the day before. Here are some of the things that I’ve been doing to get by:

Get Cash Back On Your Grocery Shopping

Did you know that you can get money back on your grocery shopping? This is something I’ve started doing and I love it. Knowing that every time I shop I can get a little back makes life a bit easier. So Make sure to hold onto all of your tills slips in future.

SnapnSave – SnapnSave gives you cash back when you buy specific products on offer. You book the offers in the app, then do your shop and claim your offers and submit your till slip. The money is then added to your SnapnSave wallet and you can withdraw it to your bank account. For more information read my SnapnSave review.

Get an extra 5% back from SnapnSave by signing up through this link - only valid for new signups!

SavvySaver – SavvySaver gives you 50 points for every till slip from major retailers plus extra points for specific offers. 1 point is equal to 1 cent. You can cash out airtime, data, vouchers (Takealot, Dischem, and Pick n Pay), and eWallet. EFT payments are coming soon. For more information read my SavvySaver review.

PanelSmart – PanelSmart is a market research company that rewards you for sharing your shopping habits. You scan all your shopping and earn an amount from them each month. You can then buy products on their website or cash out gift cards for stores such as Takealot. For more information read my PanelSmart review.

The School-Days InitiativeThe School-Days Initiative allows you to earn Edu-Points when you shop at School-Days Earn Partners as well as your normal store loyalty points. You can then use Edu-Points to pay your school fees! I’m currently in the process of signing up and and trying this out, I will write a review on it as soon as I can.


Shop Specials And Sign Up For Rewards Programs

Sign up to your store’s favourite newsletter or keep an eye on their website and social media channels for specials. Sign up for the rewards programs at your favourite stores so that you can get great discounts.

Clicks are always running fantastic 3 for 2 specials, and Food Lover’s Market always has great deals. It’s also a great idea to check your cash back shopping apps against specials instore. I’ve once gotten back 100% on 3 Pantene products through SnapnSave and bought the products from Clicks on a 3 for 2 special, so not only did I get all my money back I came out with an extra R79.99!

Make sure to check your bank and your medical aid to see what rewards programs they have. I’m with FNB and I’ve signed up for eBucks which is fantastic. I earn eBucks when I shop at Checkers and Takealot, and when I fill my car at Engen. I can also spend my eBucks at Checkers, Takealot, and Engen, as well as buy call time and electricity with eBucks. There is also an eBucks store with some fantastic products.

Discovery has a Vitality program that gives you great rewards.

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Earn A Little Extra Every Month

Try to find a way to earn a little bit of extra income each month. There are online survey companies to sign up with that will pay you to do surveys such as Ysense, Swagbucks, and Rewardy. There is an even an app called Sweatcoin that will pay you to walk.

While surveys won’t get you a huge amount of income each month it does add up over time. I’ve made over $3600 with Ysense over the years which is equal to R67 491. See the screenshot above and excuse my cracked screensaver!

There are plenty of other ways to make a little extra each month from home, you can make jewellery, bake biscuits to sell, crochet baby booties, make candles, or anything else you love to do.

While you may not make a fortune, every little bit helps.

Grow your own food

Grow Your Own Food

There are plenty of things you can grow yourself and will save you a lot of money in the future. If you don’t have a garden you can grow in pots on your window sill. Look at fast growing foods like baby spinach, lettuce, garden cress, radish, and microgreens.

Make sure not to buy head lettuce because when you harvest that you take the whole lettuce, rather go for the looseleaf lettuce so that you can pick just the leaves you want to eat and your lettuce keeps producing.

Use Your Flask

Yes we all use a flask often now due to loadshedding, but instead of only filling it when the power is about to go out make use of it all the time. If you boil your kettle every time you want to make a cup of coffee it uses a lot of power each time. Fill your kettle and then fill your flask and use your flask water rather than boil your kettle all the time.

Freezer Foods And Bulk Cooking

Cooking a big meal and freezing some of it for later means less time cooking, less electricity used and less waste. It also means if the power is out at the time you usually cook a meal you don’t have to worry as much since you have food that you can just defrost and heat. There are plenty of meals that you can cook in bulk and freeze, such as bolognaise sauce for pasta, stew, curry soup, and chicken a la king.

Rice also freezes very well, so instead of making for just one meal make a huge pot of rice and freeze it in portions for meals. Bread, milk, and cheese (grate it first) also freeze well.


Fill Your Freezer

Long loadshedding times means a risk that your frozen foods can defrost and spoil your food. A full freezer means your food will stay frozen longer. If you don’t have a lot of food in your freezer keep your old cooldrink bottles and milk bottles, fill them with water and put them in your freezer. This will keep your food from defrosting when the power is out.

Cook The Whole Pack Of Veggies

I used to cook only enough vegetables for my meal each night and a while back my mom shared one of her tips with me. She told me to cook the whole pack of vegetables and what we don’t eat put in the fridge for the next night’s meal. It really saves me time, effort, electricity, and makes cooking supper each night much easier.

Make Soup Regularly

Do you constantly have bits and pieces of leftovers in your fridge? Instead of throwing them out because nobody has eaten it save it for soup. You can even save your vegetable peels, leftover salad and fruit to add to your soup. You can even add onion skins to your soup, it is very nutritious and adds a lovely flavour. Add the onion skins when you are boiling your ingredients but remove them before blending your soup.

Freeze all your leftover cooked food from meals in one container and add your peels into another container to freeze. Once a week boil up your uncooked food in water or stock, then later add your cooked leftovers and blend it. It will make a wonderful soup and make your food go much further each week.

Cabbage, Lentils, And Beans

Cabbage and dried lentils and beans are very cheap to buy. They are also great for your health and bulk up your meals. Meat has gotten so expensive, so cut down on the meat you add to your stews and add in cabbage, lentils, and/ or beans.

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Invest In An Airfryer

Airfryers are amazing and a great investment to buy. They cook food beautifully and very fast, plus it is a healthier way to cook. If you cook in an oven it will take 20 to 30 minutes just to heat the oven up to 180°C before you even put the food in. If you are cooking chicken it will take another 45 minutes to cook, which means your oven is on for about an hour and 15 minutes chowing electricity. In comparison cooking chicken in the airfryer will take 30 minutes start to finish. Click here to buy a 3.5L Bennett airfryer from Homechoice.

Invest In Surge Protector Plugs

I know I’m not the only one that has lost a fridge and tumble dryer due to power surges when the power goes on and off. My microwave has also just gone on the blink and I’m sure loadshedding is to blame for that too.

I recommend getting surge protector plugs for all your important and expensive appliances, such as your fridge, television sets, washing machine, dishwasher, and tumble dryer. They cost a bit of money (about R250 odd the last time I bought) but R250 per appliance is better than having to buy a brand new appliance.

If you buy the Ellies surge protector plugs make sure to register your appliance with your slip on their website to ensure that you are covered by their R30 000 repair or replace warranty.

If you have some great tips on how to survive price increases and loadshedding please share them in the comments!

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68 comments

  1. Ruweida Muhammad

    Love this!!

  2. I am already signed up to SnapnSave and have also cashed out which im so happy about because every bit extra helps! I see some more interesting sites that you just shared and I will be checking them out as well. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Tanith Elphick

    these are some great ideas. I have been with snap n save for years

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  5. Chantel Van Aswegen

    Would be awesome to win this voucher! #WinWithKaboutjie

    • Thanks for the tips the lovely woman on here who respond ..keep up the good work .. remember we approaching woman’s month ..woman rule.

  6. Your post I find it helpful everytime I go through them keep it up

  7. Kayla Adams Arabie

    Great tips, thanks so much!

  8. Vernay Johnson

    @kaboutjie hi there… I’d love to win this shoprite voucher …I have a tiny baby boy 11 months old …an two older boys aged 5 & 6 …I’d like to spoil them alittle!

  9. This blog article is so insightful and jam-packed with impressive life hacks which I’m surely going to implement in my life.

  10. Deborah Thevar

    surge protectors are a must!!!

    • Lynne Huysamen

      100% – we were so upset when our fridge broke and our insurance said they would cover it but we would have to pay an excess of R3000 and then of course your premium goes up when you claim…. so we chose not to bother with the claim and just buy a new fridge. It put such a dent in our finances and that is when I started buying surge protector plugs.

  11. Marcus Hendricks

    thank you for the information. I’m doing at least 6 of these already and still finding it difficult to survive but hey I now have 6 more plans to get started on so no retreat no surrender

    • Lynne Huysamen

      Marcus even with the best tips it is going to be hard, there is no getting around these price increases and loadshedding. If I had the money I would get solar power and life would be so much easier!

  12. Good saving tips
    I love the airfryer too

    • Lynne Huysamen

      The airfryer is a life saver!

    • I love all these useful tips
      I have anxiety when it comes to loadshedding and knowing there’s food in the freezer. I will definitely use the freezer bottles tip….

      • Lynne Huysamen

        I was also so worried, especially with those 4 hour loadshedding time slots, but my mom gave me that tip with the water bottles and it really works. Kinda like a cooler box 🙂

  13. My interest was peeked after I had signed up for SnapnSave then began searching the web for similar. Thank goodness I am not alone and you provided your interest plus honest reviews. I also have Savvy Saver too now. Nobody likes a scam or to be spammed. Thank you Baie dankies for taking all the guess work and reluctance out of my equation.
    Most of all thanks for an overall refreshing blog and social media platforms. I enjoy them even if not active there much.

    • Lynne Huysamen

      It’s a pleasure, and I know exactly what you mean, there are so many dodgy websites out there offering ways to make money, and ways to get cash back, but so many are downright scams and most of the rest are time wasters at best. I love finding the gems out there 🙂

  14. Kumeshnie Govindsamy

    Amazing articles. Very well informed
    Keep up the good work

  15. Ivana Langenhoven

    Enjoyed all the advice and tips, very helpful, thank you so much

  16. Luv this❤️❤️❤️

  17. Roxanne Chutthergoon

    such an amazing and practical giveaway

  18. I love your blogs and Facebook posts.

  19. Wow I love the flask idea

  20. best blogger ever.

  21. Great giveaway I know right now everyone could put a grocery voucher to good use. With the cost of living right now everyone is struggling to make ends meat

    • Lynne Huysamen

      It’s getting so hard recently, I wonder how some people make it! Hubby and I both bring in an income, how do single parents make it?

  22. Some super helpful tips, thanks

  23. I love entering the competitions and I hope one day I will win. Since day one I’ve been following your page❤️❤️❤️ you are the best blogger ever!

  24. Gesina Du Plessis

    Thank you for all the tips and advice, will surely follow them. I love your posts

  25. food is so expensive this will help someone alot.

  26. Thanks for the tips! They will definitely help during these tough times!

  27. thank you for the amazing tips. wish I could master the bulk cooking and freezing. and I definitely need an air fryer

    • Lynne Huysamen

      Bulk cooking and freezing really makes a difference! I try and make one bulk meal a week – we eat from it the night I cook it and then I freeze the rest in portions. If you do it that way then it is just one day a week you cook up a big meal but you get a few meals stashed too for those days when it is loadshedding or you are running late with cooking.

  28. Nice saving tips

  29. Amazing

  30. amazing! ❤️

  31. Natasha Stewart

    Thanks Lynn for all your great articles and sharing with us so selflessly ☺

  32. This voucher is much needed thank you for providing us with the oppertunity to win it.

  33. Sarah Nakidien

    thank you so much Lynne
    I would love to see a masterclass on how you have built Kaboutjie
    I think so many others could learn from you on how to successfully run suopprtive and informative pages/Sites

  34. Sandra van Tonder

    This is awesome! I’ve never heard of any of these apps to get money back from shopping. Even if it is just a small amount it will make such a difference right now, we are so strapped for cash its not funny.

  35. Thank you for sharing all this information with us much appreciated

  36. Checkers smart shopper card really does help with specials especially with baby products as they are so expensive. and the 60Sixty delivery is a added bonus. I use them alot its much easier and time consuming as well

    • Lynne Huysamen

      Ooh I loved using Checkers60 Naomi, but last year we moved to an area that they don’t service! But we are 1 km from the Spar so that helps a lot.

  37. Airfryer are a life saver I believe in them ❤️❤️❤️

  38. thanks for sharing this information with us , it is very helpful ohhh wow the ” use your flask” didn’t cross my mind but now that I read about it I’m going to start doing exactly that plus I’m a tea lover meaning I will drink my tea even on loadshedding!thank you so much

  39. Natasha Stewart

    Such a great competition ☺

  40. Wow❤️❤️❤️

  41. I would like to win this maybe they will wipe my tears of depression

  42. Bernadet Van Aardt

    registered with panelsmart and savvysaver used to to snap and save but the app doesnt want to work on my phone anymore????

  43. Michée Atatala Anipap

    wow i have learnt a lot from this. Great work,keep it up

  44. Now I am aided for this loadshedding era

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