As the cost of living crisis continues, one shopper was frustrated after spending $45 on just eight products at Aldi.
The customer couldn’t help but ask ‘what’s happening to Australia?’ and shared a photo of the little haul in a popular Facebook group.
The eight items included bananas, lamb chops, cat food, almond milk, organic quinoa, chocolate, chickpeas, and garbage bags that were listed in the ‘Special Buys’ offer.
Aldi is known for its low prices, which is why the customer was surprised by how few items were purchased.
However, others were quick to point out that the inclusion of almond milk and organic quinoa, which are typically more expensive compared to alternative products, would have used up the lion’s share of the budget.
A customer spent $45 at Aldi and only picked up eight products (pictured). But others were quick to point out that the haul would have been greater if alternatives to almond milk and organic quinoa had been purchased instead.
“Organic and almond milk won’t help,” one wrote, another added: “And it’s Aldi, I’d be more at IGA or Harris Farm.”
A third said: ‘We were just commenting on how much our Woolies bills had gone up.’
‘Workers are being excluded from their lives. I am grateful every day that debt is a distant memory,” added another.
Customers have noticed that the price of food and goods in all major supermarkets has increased.
The cost of food and beverages rose 16.7 percent in January, just a fraction less than the 16.8 percent posted in December and well above the headline inflation figure of 10.1 percent, the company said. Office of National Statistics.
The price of many essential items has skyrocketed, pushing up food bills at home.
The price of skimmed milk has risen by more than 45%, olive oil by 44%, cheese by more than 30% and eggs by 20%.
Grocery retailers say rising prices are a major cause for concern, with Co-Op Food boss Matt Hood describing inflation as “what keeps us up at night.”
How to save money at the grocery store amid the cost of living crisis
According to ABS data, Australians spent $11.4 billion grocery shopping in November 2022, which equates to about $520 per person. By comparison, April 2021 saw total grocery spending of $10.2 billion, or $464 per person. The current figure is rising rapidly as the cost of living skyrockets.
1. Shop at night
2. Buy in bulk
3. Buy frozen or canned
4. Find a co-op or farmers market
5. Go to specialized stores since they are closer to the suppliers, usually
6. Choose imperfect foods
7. Buy own brands
8. Shop according to the season
9. Cut down on meat
10. Avoid special ingredients
11. If you don’t like it, return it
12. Get Discounted Grocery Gift Cards
It follows after another customer spent $78.80 on groceries at Woolworths.
The grocery haul included two bottles of sparkling water, a block of sliced cheese, ground beef, cordial, eggs, a bag of arugula, raspberry cordial, burger sauce, bread buns, and a packet of wrappers.
Many Australians were outraged at how little shoppers are getting for paying nearly $80 for groceries right now.
Cheese is very expensive right now. It must be adorned with gold or something,” said one.
A second wrote that ‘Shopping makes me sad these days. I stop a lot, look at the aisles and then walk away because everything is too expensive.
Others recommended that people switch shopping locations. ‘Come on Aldi. Prices have risen, but nowhere near Woolies & Coles’ prices, one noted.
It follows after another customer spent $78.80 on groceries at Woolworths (pictured)
“500g mince is around six bucks at Aldi, less than half the price of Coles and Woolworths.”
Another said: ‘Last week, I ordered $200 worth of groceries, and I definitely didn’t get that much. Worse, I’m on a fixed income and can’t save money. Most of it is being used every fortnight.
A third said: “I really feel like I’m being robbed every time I shop at Woollies or Coles, but it’s not feasible for most people to go to the markets a couple of times a week or shop at four different stores, especially the who work long hours.
The grocery price surge comes as Woolworths recently posted a 25 percent profit increase, while Coles posted an 11 percent rise in the six months to the end of December.
Chief Executive Brad Banducci said consumers were switching to cheaper private-label groceries and canned goods and eating out less frequently as they faced rising interest rates and pressure on household budgets.
Woman at Centrelink on a $50 a week budget reveals her very sad haul of $100 groceries as prices rise
A jobless woman’s grocery shopping captured the pain felt by thousands of households amid Australia’s cost-of-living crisis.
The woman, who relies on Centrelink’s bi-weekly payments, took to Twitter to share the 39 items she bought from the Coles supermarket chain for $100.
She spent the most on pantry, freezer items, fresh produce, and toiletries, most of which were Coles-brand items.
Included in the loot were frozen meat pies, tampons, $2 shampoo, long-lasting milk, a bag of sweet potatoes and Coles brand frozen fish fillets.
‘I thought I’d share what my purchases are like. This is for a fortnight,” she wrote.
‘People who think job seekers are living life are wrong. This fortnight is the fortnight of the script.
The woman, who relies on bi-weekly payments from Centrelink, took to Twitter to share the 39 items she bought from Coles supermarket chain for $100 (some of the items are pictured)