PENSIONERS' PAL

Reporter: Georgia Main

Putting money back in pensioner's pockets...

For Harry Horsnell...living on a pension is no excuse to go without life's little luxuries...

"We just got back from a weekend on the Gold Coast. We're going to have all this plus a chocolate coated magnum for $2 you can't get better than that! " Said Harry

Harry's crunched the numbers and says with a bit of research you too can stretch your dollar further...

A statistician for the Essendon football club since 1978...this 76 year old has a remarkable memory for numbers...

"I'm a sweet tooth. We can afford all the things that we couldn't have bought shopping conventionally." Said Harry

You may find Harry at your local supermarket but it's only to compare prices...he's tracked his savings in his shopping diary...

"This year alone we're up to $2467." Said Harry

That's $60 a week. So...how does he do it?

Harry only shops at discount supermarkets - he's a regular at his local NQR or Not Quite Right...

"Harry how much do you think we've saved here?" Asked Reporter

"At a quick estimate I think we've saved close to $100." Said Harry

The human calculator was close - $112. This trolley load was $58 at NQR...$170 at the local major supermarket...

CEO of NQR Aaron Fitzgerald says while discount supermarkets used to be stocked with products close to their use by date...the influx of home brand goods at Coles and Woolworths means he's been inundated with brand name goods...a win for budget conscious shoppers like Harry...

"We pick up big brand bargains from the manufacturers of Australia and we pass those clearance prices on to our consumers now those lines might be end of promotional lines overstocks or deletions from the major supermarkets. There's nothing wrong with the product whatsoever and we provide 100% money back guarantee." Said Harry

While NQR doesn't stock fresh fruit...vegetables and meat...Harry's more than happy with the frozen stock...

And for those that don't have a store nearby...

"We do provide an online option for interstate customers its a delivery fee of $12 for metro stats and Perth $15." Said Aaron

In Brisbane...The Grocery Club is a similar concept...Director Ralph Miethke (Mith-Key)... promises savings of up to 60%...

In NSW...there's bulk food warehouse ABCOE with a product range of 15-thousand lines..

No matter where you shop...Harry has these tips to save big at the checkout...

Shop regularly... and "have a look at their specials and buy them in bulk because they wont be there forever." Said Harry

And know when to shop...at NQR pensioners receive an extra 5% off on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays...

With the money he's saved...Harry and his wife Jean have booked four holidays next year...

Of course they didn't pay full price...

"Have a look at that how much would you pay for that?

At Echuca...3 nights plus another night...cooked breakfast." Said Harry

Pat Warriner from the Combined Pensioners Association says while she agrees with Harry's principles...many pensioners don't have the means to shop around...

"A lot of people are on walking frames a lot of people have something wrong with them they have to pay the prices available at the supermarket." Said Pat

Harry believes when it comes to bagging a bargain...where there's a will...there's a way...