r/australia Dec 01 '22

This cost me $170. Yes, there are some non-essentials. But jeez… image

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u/jenemb Dec 01 '22

I feel this today.

I did my groceries online today, ended up with a total of $160. Decided to go back through and take out the crap I didn't really need... there was none. It just happened to be a shop where I needed batteries, pet food, and laundry powder all in the same week.

Then, to add insult to injury, your photo reminded me I forgot to get bananas!

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u/the_silent_redditor Dec 01 '22

I feel like every time I go to the supermarket, even when I’m not planning on doing a big shop and just wanna pick up a few things, it’s almost always $75+.

I’m a single guy buying for myself only.

I don’t know how families get by.

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u/jenemb Dec 01 '22

Families must really be struggling right now if us single people are also feeling the pinch like this.

I can't imagine trying to stretch my wage to include everything kids need.

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u/the_silent_redditor Dec 01 '22

Man, I flew home to visit my family in Scotland.

Seeing as I fucked off to the furthest part of the planet, I like to try and make up my absence by picking up the tabs for meals/tickets etc. I do ok, and, as I said, only have myself to look after.

I took my brother and his wife and two kids out to a farm. It has, you know, animals to pet and a kids soft play etc.

The tickets cost me £75.

I bought lunch, which was semi-fancy pub food, which cost nearly £100.

That’s over $300 for an afternoon out.

How the fuck do people manage???

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u/confirmSuspicions Dec 01 '22

When they say the middle class is dead, this is how it died. One overpriced afternoon after another until we all end up not having money to spend and collapse the world economy.

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u/SergeMarcondes Dec 01 '22

It is really sad. But it is not a collapse of the world economy, it is indeed, a collapse of middle class savings. For the "world economy" is good to keep a lot of poor people, so the Labor get cheaper. Unfortunately, this is capitalism.

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u/STBXL Dec 01 '22

Late stage capitalism. The economy is like a pyramid scheme and the only one benefiting are the few multimillionaire and billionaires at the top. Even a millionaire is one health crisis or something away from poverty(so I've heard), but still everyone is chugging along as if it works.

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u/dragunityag Dec 01 '22

Even a millionaire is one health crisis or something away from poverty(so I've heard)

Just a reminder before anyone wants to be contrarian having 1,000,001 dollars makes you a millionaire.

But it is very different from having 100,000,000 dollars.

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u/Noob_DM Dec 01 '22

That’s not even true.

Having a net worth of 1 million makes you a millionaire.

A ton of middle class people who got a little lucky with the housing market are millionaires.

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u/STBXL Dec 01 '22

Thanks, yes thank you for clarifying for me, that was what I had in mind.

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u/TheAJGman Dec 01 '22

Yeah we only go out like once a month because everything's expensive. We don't have as much spending cash because groceries and utilities have gone up, and the cash we do have doesn't go as far because restaurants and venues have gone up. My most recent raise "kept up" with inflation on paper but in practice it definitely hasn't.

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u/chabadgirl770 Dec 01 '22

It’s very simple. We just don’t go on outings.

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u/Shiya-Heshel Dec 01 '22

Didn't have kids: too poor and depressed.

Can't maintain relationships: too poor and depressed.

Don't go out: too poor and depressed.

There: solved. The Australia Dream. :/

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u/OnkelHalvor Dec 01 '22

Hope you at least have Prisoner and A Country Practice on reruns to look forward to? :D

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u/johnnyfinance411 Dec 01 '22

It feels bad if you're picking up the bill but £175, an afternoon out and food for 5 people is pretty good, fair play for doing it though

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u/11211311241 Dec 01 '22

I spent 110 dollars yesterday and that was with 15 dollars in coupons. Everything I got was super basic, no meat, no premade/frozen meals etc. Just vegetables, bananas, bread, milk, rice, cheese, veggies and a little TP. Literally staples to last one person about a week and it cost over 100 dollars.

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u/ironEarthCharlie Dec 01 '22

Toilet paper?

Well, la dee da, your royal high ass.

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u/Doc_Mattic Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

We’re lucky enough to have access to Costco. It has been a lifesaver. Can often do 180-200 a trip with a lot of things lasting a fortnight. Before all this inflation it was okay for certain things. Now it’s saving me so much it’s worth the 40 min trip each way.

2021 was the last time I shopped at coles and that was at least $300 a week spend. It’s just pure profiteering at the moment.

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u/Upper-Ship4925 Dec 01 '22

It’s hard feeding a family but it’s significantly less per head than feeding a single person - buying in bulk and meal planning family sized meals really does help.

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u/jenemb Dec 01 '22

Oh, for sure. But you have a lot of extra costs apart from food that those of us who are single and childfree don't have.

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u/Upper-Ship4925 Dec 01 '22

That’s true - children are expensive creatures, teenagers even more so. But the dinner I cooked tonight that fed 6 and will provide lunch for 4 cost approximately $12. It’s very hard for a single person to eat lunches and dinners for under $1.50 per serve unless they’re happy to eat the same meal all week or are very organised with freezer cooking. Accomodation is also significantly cheaper per head (damn children don’t contribute to the mortgage, no matter how much I hint).

My daughter who is about to enter her second year of university recently did the rough sums for how much it would cost to live as a single person in Sydney and the results were grim - I’m very glad I’m not facing it and that she doesn’t have to face it just yet.

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u/jenemb Dec 01 '22

(damn children don’t contribute to the mortgage, no matter how much I hint).

Those freeloaders!

I'm glad you're doing okay, and I agree that it's incredibly grim out there for younger people.

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u/Upper-Ship4925 Dec 01 '22

Thanks.

I feel like my generation (X) was the last for whom sharehouse living through university with a part time job, apartment living in our twenties when we entered the full time workforce then mortgage in our thirties when we married and reproduced was a realistic option and it makes me sad and scared when I think of my kids.

The death of the middle class is real, and hard as life is right now I’m glad I’m not just starting out.

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u/ChampionshipDry7067 Dec 01 '22

As a millennial I feel like I slid right under that garage door as it was closing. I bought an absolute bucket of a house that I'll be fixing up for a long time, but looking at rates and pricing now I wouldn't even be able to afford a shithole

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u/fuhD3R Dec 01 '22

$100/week for diapers and wipes About 2-300/week in food Let's call it 300/month in clothes (which will be more when they bby gets older) About 100/week in gas goes to kids school, Dr, etc

It's literally crippling us.

And we only have 2 kids, but the cost in the last couple of years has almost tripled

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u/essentialpuzzle Dec 01 '22

Nah, my single income, barely above minimum wage family got a 5% pay rise this year so we are absolutely cruising with the groceries only rising by 20% /s

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u/Streetsofbleauseant Dec 01 '22

5% pay rise! Lucky you, i got a standard 3% 😂

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u/werekitty93 Dec 01 '22

My friend just moved here from the US. She wanted to try to keep her grocery budget to $100/wk for her and her partner. She ended up calling me in almost a panic to ask what I spend weekly. When I told her $170-200, she felt better but realised it was unrealistic to try to do $100. How sad.

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u/Mikisstuff Dec 01 '22

Family of 4 - my weekly Aldi shop usually runs me about $180, occasionally creeps over $200 if I need an expensive item or a too up on washing/laundry powder.

That covers us for most meals in a week, fruit for us all and school lunches for the kids.

Its probably gone up $30 or $40 in the last year or so - but we have compensated by buying less 'treats' or being more selective in what we buy - less steaks or roast lamb, more chicken etc.

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u/chijourno Dec 01 '22

ALDI is the bomb. I am in a new city and went to three stores for a 1-week shop: $70, $60 and $20. I love you, ALDI. And the quality is so high! High quality, low prices and a weird warehouse feel to every aisle because you are the unboxer. I will take those two out of three!

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u/NerdfromtheBurg Dec 01 '22

I learned to make my own bread (mostly from YouTube) and its about $1/kg loaf. We only do animal protein once a week. Switched to generic lactose free milk which is more expensive to buy but has a much longer fridge life so no waste ever. Takeaway is no longer a thing. If the ABS thinks inflation is only 7% then they don't do the grocery shopping. I'd say food inflation is closer to 20%.

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u/Frogmouth_Fresh Dec 01 '22

Yep I get ya. My Colesworth shops are usually about $60 as a single dude, and I get fruit and veg from a local greengrocer so it doesn't even include those items.

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u/geetwo_g2 Dec 01 '22

I have a large family and I can tell you we don’t. It has become so bad. Last week we had to actually choose between shoes for my teenager and dinner for my wife and I. My kid got shoes but it was a good indication of what’s to come.

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u/athenabthena Dec 01 '22

ah fuck i didn't get batteries this week

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u/sbnas Dec 01 '22

3 years ago I used to be able to get all food/groceries for myself and my partner averaged out to about $80-85/week. That was meal planning around specials and buying bulk of the best cost per unit items when they came on sale. Now it's up to around $130+/week. Our lifestyle has changed slightly but we are still pretty strict. The specials just aren't as good anymore either, It's a couple bucks/kg off scotch steak as opposed to 25% off slow cook cuts.

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u/jenemb Dec 01 '22

Yeah, it's death of a thousand cuts, isn't it? You haven't made any huge changes, but the prices just keep sneaking up and up and up... and here we all are!

I'm very lucky in that I'm complaining about prices, but I can still afford them. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who are going without.

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u/sbnas Dec 01 '22

It's the first time I have really felt price increases, and I am earning about 15k more pre tax now than I was back then.

I am spending more now on fuel too due to longer commute and also higher fuel prices. I am just glad that while things are expensive, I can afford to live the way I live.

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u/QueenZelda88 Dec 01 '22

Batteries and laundry stuff from Costco bro - it's well worth it, awesome prices for the Kirkland stuff

Pet food setup auto-delivery from pet circle. They are usually cheaper then store to begin with, auto-delivery gives you further discount

I have dog food, cat food, litter related stuff, flea/tick all setup like that

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u/BourboneAFCV Dec 01 '22

Cheese prices are going to the moon, we used to pay $4 to $6 in 2021, and now it's like $14

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u/Gusto88 Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Well, apparently the Moon is made of cheese. 🧀

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u/sc00bs000 Dec 01 '22

Wallace agrees

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u/LoudestHoward Dec 01 '22

Don't forget the crackers!

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u/CcryMeARiver Dec 01 '22

Well it IS a cracking cheese, Gromit!

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u/victorious_orgasm Dec 01 '22

Wensleydale?

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u/ihlaking Dec 01 '22

And for those who’ve missed the recurring TIL, Wensleydale cheese was saved as a variety by Wallace & Gromit’s use of the cheese in their animation, purely because the animators thought the word ‘Wensleydale’ would be interesting to animate. More here

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u/victorious_orgasm Dec 01 '22

Also an inherently funny word.

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

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u/Trynna Dec 01 '22

I'm selling all my dogecoin and going all in on bega tasty cheese

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u/AnnalieseWhorton Dec 01 '22

everything is going to the moon, except crypto

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u/QueenZelda88 Dec 01 '22

I had a clown try to convince me crypto is a better investment then real-estate

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u/Steven_The_Nemo Dec 01 '22

It could be if you have a huge megamind brain and do a pump n dump scam making your investment triple in a day.

Can't do that with real estate, you can only make it ever increasingly difficult to find a place to live :(

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u/theartistduring Dec 01 '22

Coles brand large block of cheese used to be $8. Coon/Cheer was over $9. The increase has still been batshit crazy though.

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u/Babbles-82 Dec 01 '22

Now coles are $12.50.

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u/whiteb8917 Dec 01 '22

That is because we all cheer for Cheer Cheese, instead of Coon. Apparently the owners of Cheer turned $30 million worth of profit, in to $50 Million loss in 12 months and are now scaling back production and laying off staff in some facilities.

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u/ChaiGuavaralatte Dec 01 '22

"Cheer" is a terrible name for cheese. "Myall Creek" or something fancy like that would have been better.

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u/Hollywood178 Dec 01 '22

Pretty much anything other than 'Cheer' would have been better. They could have called it 'Raccoon', keeping the 'coon' part in the original coloured lettering and the 'rac' part in an alternate colour. Mascot on the package could be a raccoon eating cheese.

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u/-DethLok- Dec 01 '22

Or used the name Kuhn, which is - I think I read - where the 'Coon' came from, it's the founders surname, Anglicised.

I agree, Cheer is not a great name for cheese... oh well.

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u/mrfroggy Dec 01 '22

Have you ever tried milking a raccoon?!

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u/fist4j Dec 01 '22

I'd have bought that, I'm not buying fucking "cheer"

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u/Alternative_Sky1380 Dec 01 '22

Rebranding is terribly expensive

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u/InteractionOdd9936 Dec 01 '22 Take My Energy

If you forgo the macarons and your child it should balance.

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u/Alert-Potato Dec 01 '22

There is no world in which I live a happy life without macarons.

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u/nagrom7 Dec 01 '22

Yeah it's fucked. My 'small' grocery trips these days costs about as much as a weeks worth of groceries used to cost a year or two ago.

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u/dink_knid Dec 01 '22

Me too, I went to Aldi today and somehow managed to spend $55 on a few days worth of food. Fresh veg and milk are so expensive nowadays.

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u/MissedThem Dec 01 '22

I'm currently between jobs (and have been hunting for months without much success), and I've dropped fresh veg and milk in favour of frozen veggies and powdered milk. It's not enjoyable at all.

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u/richestotheconjurer Dec 01 '22

i hope you find something soon. my boyfriend was job hunting for almost a year. he finally found something that will work with him and he starts next week. we've only been able to spend like $100 on each grocery trip, which i know is a lot for some people and im grateful we had that much. but all we can talk about now is how many groceries we can buy once he gets paid. again, i hope you find something soon and can get your fresh veggies and milk again.

i had someone tell me that if it took my boyfriend that long, he must not be looking hard enough or trying. but job hunting is really hard, and when you're looking for work from home jobs like he was, it seems like there's a lot of shitty companies out there that sound really great to work for at first.

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u/ninjin- Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 02 '22 Silver
units unit price TOTAL
HUGGIES NAPPY 26pack 1 21.00 21.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/huggies-nappy-pants-walker-boy
CREAM CHEESE 1 3.10 3.10 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/coles-cheese-cream-spreadable
NUGGETS 1 5.00 5.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/tempura-nuggets
BOUNCE CHOC BAR 0.175 45.70 8.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/choc-hazelnut-35gx5
PEANUT BUTTER 1 6.50 6.50 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/coles-smoth-peanut-butter
GREY THING (vitamins) 1 15.00 15.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/hair-skin-nails-gummies
MACARONS 1 6 6.00 https://old.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/z9hfy8/this_cost_me_170_yes_there_are_some_nonessentials/iyhbhec/
BABY ROCKET 1 3.00 3.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/coles-fresh-lettuce---rocket-prepacked-1499759p
CHEER CHEESE 1 14.95 14.95 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/coon-cheese-block-tasty-192411p
AVOCADOS 1 9.00 9.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/fresh-avocado-5-pack
BLACKBERRIES 0.17 27.06 4.60 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/fresh-blueberries-3571948p
RED ONION 0.25 4.00 1.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/coles-fresh-red-onions-prepacked
BANANAS 0.5 3.50 1.75 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/coles-fresh-bananas---loose
GRAPES 1 10.00 10.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/part_6706395P
WATERMELON 2 4.00 8.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/watermelon-seedless-whole
TOMOTOES 1 4.00 4.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/tomatoes-greenhouse-truss-loose
CUCUMBER 2 1.00 2.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/cucumber-continental
CHOC MILK 2.00
2x BREAD 2 3.30 6.60 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/gut-health-multigrain
200g BACON 0.2 30.00 6.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/coles-bacon-streaky
STEAK 1 18.00 18.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/coles-rr-11x9-beef-cass-steak-chuck-3537655p
SCHNITZEL 0.25 16.00 4.00 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/schnitzel-4144829p-1
CHICKEN THIGH 0.75 13.00 9.75 https://shop.coles.com.au/a/braybrook-nth/product/chicken-thigh-fillet-skin-off-from-the-deli-4672000p
$ 169.25

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u/RunAwayWithCRJ Dec 01 '22

Dollar for a cucumber and a dollar for a tomato? What the fuck is this? 10 dollar grapes?

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u/hoggershog Dec 01 '22

Out of season, bro. Also, flooding in growing areas. And you are buying fruit and veg from Coles.

Have you noticed the lack of local fruit and veg shops? That is not an accident. Coles and Woolworths have used the size and deep pockets to compete directly with that independent retailer in the local area. They used to send in staff to note the prices and undercut the greengrocer on price. Now that there is no local competition for fruit and veg they can charge what they want. They do the same for meat.

Support your local independents.

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u/curlywurlies4all Dec 01 '22

I'm not sure people realise how the three major flooding events in prime farming regions across Australia will continue to drive prices up. Entire milk coops were nearly destroyed in both Northern Rivers and then again later in Shepparton, fresh foods like citrus fruits, winter vegetables and poultry are all facing shortages.

You can't remove that much product from the supply chain and not expect massive price increases at the supermarket.

Australia is having a bumper year for wheat which is great but the prices were already 99% higher thanks to the war in Ukraine. So no relief there for consumers. Plus the war is also driving up petrol prices which means transporting everything for processing costs far more than it did 5 years ago.

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u/sofia72311 Dec 01 '22

So nappies - we use the coles branded ones that are $11.50 a packet, (used to be $10 a few months ago but ANYWAY!) and they seem to leak less or whatever for us than more expensive brands - worth a shot for sure. :) oh and yep, my shops are the same and worse, getting smashed. :(

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u/CarmenxXxWaldo Dec 01 '22

169.25? So OP lied and said it cost more tsk tsk

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u/dunkin_dad Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

$170 ?? Can you please add the receipt?? I just want to see the individual prices..

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u/Juicyy56 Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Grapes are $10+ a kilo right now, I think they are $16 a kg at Woolies. Crawler/walker nappies aren't cheap and blunty a rip off. It adds up

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u/Stamboolie Dec 01 '22

grapes aren't in season you're buying things that have been stored for a year or imported. Always buy in season - easiest way to tell - if its cheap its in season.

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u/superbabe69 1300 655 506 Dec 01 '22

Incorrect. Aussie grapes just started up this week (the pic clearly shows the Product of Australia logo) and are not stored in cold storage (too sensitive to bother).

This is simply “start of season” pricing

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u/Strickens Dec 01 '22

Yeah white grapes were about $9.90/kg at my local Coles when I looked today.

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u/Next_Net1545 Dec 01 '22

Second that! How's this 170??

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u/Rowvan Dec 01 '22

$170 at least. That bacon is probably $20+, Cheese $10+

I feel like every single thing I pick up in a supermarket these days is at least $5 if not more than $10 per item. Shit is fucked out there.

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u/User2948 Dec 01 '22

Nappies would be about $35 unless they got it on special.

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u/whiteb8917 Dec 01 '22

Size 5, 12 to 17 Kilo, 26 pack, Non sale price, $21

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u/Working_Phase_990 Dec 01 '22

WTF?! are you serious?!! I'm not being rude, or sarcastic, I dont have a child so I have no idea about nappies or what they cost!! $35 for that pack? How long will that last a month or more?

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u/StasiaMonkey Dec 01 '22

That pack would be lucky to last a week for an infant or non toilet trained toddler.

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u/RockhardJohnson Dec 01 '22

I could do it faster than any child I guarantee it

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u/jaxsonnz Dec 01 '22

Yep those suckers shit and piss through like 5 a day.

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u/dudedormer Dec 01 '22

Wait till you find out day care is 35- 40k for 5 days a week

50% subsidy depending on your nationalitt so

18-20k a year

Hahah I used to worry and imagine id never send my kid to a private schools but I gotta say they seem manageable after kindy

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u/sweepyslick Dec 01 '22

What nationality is cheaper because I’m applying for their passport.

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u/LadyFruitDoll Dec 01 '22

Or where the birth rate is super low, so the government pays for just about everything in the hope people will have babies. (Shout out to my pals in South Korea!)

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u/curious_astronauts Dec 01 '22

Austria.

Since 2009, part-time daycare is free for under-fives throughout Austria. In 2010, preschool education became compulsory and childcare is free of charge for the following age groups in the different provinces:

Vienna – all-day care is free of charge for children up to six Burgenland – parents’ fees are repaid up to €45 per month (for nursery school) or up to €90 (for crèches) Carinthia – 66% subsidy for children up to six Lower and Upper Austria – part-time daycare is free for children aged between two-and-a-half and six Tyrol – part-time daycare is free for children aged between four and six Source

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u/sweepyslick Dec 01 '22 Silver

Right. I just need some whiteout then.

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u/blackwaterwednesday Dec 01 '22

I wouldn't look after kids for less than 55k a year! Unless they were my own.

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u/SemiSentientGarbage Dec 01 '22

This is why my ex and I used cloth nappies. Cost more up front but soooo much saved over the years.

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u/RoadkillUgly Dec 01 '22

Same here. Don't miss the nappy bucket but by crikey the savings were worth it. Also made us VERY proactive toilet trainers.

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u/SemiSentientGarbage Dec 01 '22

The day the nappies stopped is one of my favourite milestones lol. We used to put lavender scent in the bucket which helped.

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u/hoggershog Dec 01 '22

And think of the waste when using disposable nappies. We had a small baby that didn't quite fit in the reusable nappies for the first month or so. We'd throw out a full bag of just nappies a week.

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u/ParentalAnalysis Dec 01 '22

My 8 month old goes through a big box of nappies ($35~) in about a week and a half. He will drink at least 1 tin of formula ($32~ each) and currently has two puree feeds per day ($2~ each). That all up means we spend roughly $100 per week on this tiny human, that's not even touching on the clothes/blankets/toys/required furniture or on the impact he's had to our utility bills. Daycare costs us just over 15k per year at a 50% subsidy and we only send him 4 days per week.

There are so many costs to having a young baby that aren't ever really acknowledged. Thankfully, the second/third/additional children simultaneously in daycare have an even heavier subsidy so they cost a lot less. Once we get him into school it'll be great, we'll have that 15k back to put into extracurriculars or a private school for him instead.

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u/deniall83 Dec 01 '22

Are you cooked? That’s like 200g of home brand bacon. $5 max.

Edit looked it up. $6.

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u/is2o Dec 01 '22

That packet of bacon is $6

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u/ag987654321 Dec 01 '22

OP here has a Kg of A-10 Japanese Wagyu at the bottom of the pile there…

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u/WanderingDad Dec 01 '22

If your bacon is $20 you're buying premium. Go to the cold fridges near the cheeses and pick up a kilo for $10.50. Cheese itself runs at about the $14 mark unless on special.

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u/Alternative_Sky1380 Dec 01 '22

Cheese for $14kg not reduced? Where?

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u/DFcolt Dec 01 '22

Hillview brand from Woolies is $9/kg. Made in New Zealand so good chances are it's made by Mainland

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u/Yourwtfismyftw Dec 01 '22

Last time I got a quarter of a watermelon wedge like the one in the pic it was over $5. Per kilo they’re alright compared to other fruit and veg but they’re heavy fuckers with thick inedible rind.

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u/mumooshka Dec 01 '22

bacon, bloobs, the meat, the ingham frozen nuggies, grapes and nappies are expensive buys.

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u/RamboSambo7 Dec 01 '22

Nappies are at least 25-30 bucks, cheese around 10, bacon another 7-10, the steak is around 12 so that's easy 60 bucks right there

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u/lukiiiiii Dec 01 '22

I threw it out already unfortunately. But some prices off the top of my head, nappies are around $20, 700g of chicken thigh is $10, almost a kilo of peanut butter was $7, the cheese is 14 goddam dollars, 5 avos for $9, a kilo of chuck steal for around $20 (which i will stretch out to about 6-8 pies)

Then some protein bars and vitamins totalling $25 (non-essential, so i cant complain too much about those)

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u/dunkin_dad Dec 01 '22

Have you tried Aldi?. I know the nappies alone are about $12 for the same size there.. We stopped shopping at wollies for 90% of our groceries and save a fair bit by shopping at ALDI

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u/Cleftchins Dec 01 '22

Aldi’s are pretty good, we get all our sauces and shit from there, beef mince, bacon etc

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u/PBandJthyme Dec 01 '22

Aldi is the best, honestly, I feed a family of 4 and my grocery bill is between $200-300 a week and we eat pretty well.

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u/What-becomes Dec 01 '22

Yep Aldi ends up close to 100 bucks cheaper than Coles worth. Only get specific name brand items from woolies that Aldi doesn't stock.

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u/edwardluddlam Dec 01 '22

Second this. I reckon all this at Aldi would be 20% cheaper

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u/nagrom7 Dec 01 '22

Unfortunately, I don't have an ALDI within 1000km of me, so not really an option. We basically only get to chose between Colesworth or the occasional IGA.

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u/sakuratanoshiii Dec 01 '22

Yep, me too.

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u/Hurgnation Dec 01 '22

On the plus side, avos are a fuckin' steal right now!

Eating one a day rn.

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u/looking4truffle Dec 01 '22

And asparagus. Asparagus with everything!

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u/Intrepid-Rhubarb-705 Dec 01 '22

They are $2 each here!

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u/deniall83 Dec 01 '22

$105 so you spent an additional $60 on what exactly? Macarons?

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u/iamgusi Dec 01 '22

I feel you on the increase in prices. What gets me is they'll jack the prices to almost double for a few weeks, then lower to $2-3 more than previously and claim "Was $15" and is now $12, but 3 weeks ago is was $10... right you're not fooling anyone....

A friendly tip: The trouble here is buying FnV from woollies (edit: coles)! I usually click and collect, tell them I'm here to pick up my order, go to the fruit store and pick up $40-60 worth of FnV for family of 5. All manage to bring it all in under $225 most weeks, including nappies and wipes. Also, the woollies 1kg block of tasty cheese has a much better flavour than cheer, and cheaper to boot! Not the really cheap hillview one, to be clear.

Good shopping!

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u/Hugh_Jorgan_ Dec 01 '22

Had to laugh at Woolies last week. 24 slices of cheer cheese on special for $10.40. Save $2.10. I mean they are just taking the piss at this stage.

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u/qtsarahj Dec 01 '22

I’ve seen specials of like 70 cents off… really have to check the tickets now because some of the specials are pathetic. It used to be if it had a special ticket it would generally be a pretty good deal.

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u/nevergonnasweepalone Dec 01 '22

If you see shops doing this you can report them to the ACCC. Kogan were caught doing this a few years ago and got a massive fine.

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u/RadiantSalmon Dec 01 '22

Fines are just the cost of doing business to these juggernauts, sadly...

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u/superbabe69 1300 655 506 Dec 01 '22

You’re wasting your time reporting it to the ACCC. Woolworths and Coles are not fucking stupid, they’re also not as small as Kogan. They know how to play this game

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u/dropoutgeorge Dec 01 '22

I had a lady come through my register a few weeks ago (I work at Coles) and in one trolley she had over $700 worth of groceries. It was not an incredibly overpacked trolley, it was full but not overflowing. Needless to say, I’m far from surprised.

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u/B4BYBLAZE Dec 01 '22

I worked at woollies about 5 years ago, I remember someone spending $800 and it was two and a half full trolleys…

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u/dropoutgeorge Dec 01 '22

Yeah I remember when I was little and used to go shopping with my dad I’d see a trolley roughly the same level as hers was and it would be like $250 max I still think about $700 trolley lady a lot

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u/RichardOfFalador Dec 01 '22

Thats fucked. $700 is decent even for a costco trolley

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u/Danthekilla Dec 01 '22

Lol I did a Costco trolley last month, just filled with normal food, pantry goods etc, no high priced items like alcohol or anything.

$1360.

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u/clever_user_name__ Dec 01 '22

I spent about $750 the other day. Granted, there were some very non-essentials, but it was still just one (very) full trolley.

I get very overstimulated in supermarkets and kind of float around and stare at the shelves without seeing anything and don't look at the prices lmao. I have to just try and grab what I need and go as I'm pretty much just having a prolonged anxiety attack haha. It took me 2hrs

Going to go back to shopping through the app so I can actually think and watch the $$.

Supermarkets aren't for me lol

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u/Snoopy- Dec 01 '22

Yeah, it's pretty crazy at the moment. I try to get the things I don't need desperately in advance if I can with an app which basically just lists all the things that week that are half price at Coles/Woolies. The items tend to be laundry powder, fabric softener, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner etc but they'll occasionally have things like nut bars, frozen food, and rice which also last a while. It helps a bit, but still adds up very quickly. Also, shopping at Aldi where possible and fruit/veg markets.

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u/naturalconfectionary Dec 01 '22

I literally only buy toothpaste or laundry stuff when it’s on special now!

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u/franzyfunny Dec 01 '22

I thought I was always being way too fancy shopping at the Adelaide Central Market for the meat and veg, but now I see it's actually a pretty competitively priced place.

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u/coin_jar Dec 01 '22

Nah the market is great for finding a deal. Just gotta know where to look and you'll find a bargain. I picked up red capsicums the other day for $4kg, whereas at woolies they're over $13 a kilo.

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u/pavlo_escobrah Dec 01 '22

Adelaide Central Market is superb

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u/Frito_Pendejo Dec 01 '22

Farmers market on Sundays at the showground isn't bad either, plus with membership you get a flat 10% off everything

I love the central markets but it's a pain to get out to from my side of the city

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u/YngwieMainstream Dec 01 '22

Let's just say this is not the Huggies and macaroons type of economy...

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u/BroItsJesus Dec 01 '22

The macarons are probably cheaper than the cheese

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u/DoNotReply111 Dec 01 '22

They are. The pack of macarons is $9. That block is more than that.

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u/BadTechnical2184 Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

That's why my partner and I got reusable nappies, costs $400 outright, but saves us $90 a month, more laundry, but they pay for themselves pretty quickly.

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u/icestationlemur Dec 01 '22

Forgive my ignorance, I don't have a child, but you're meant to wash poo filled nappies with other stuff? Or do you have a separate machine for it?

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u/halohunter Dec 01 '22

Not OP but as a father, lol no. You would put the poop itself into a plastic bag of sorts and then wash the nappy in the laundry sink. Only then it goes into the laundry with all the other dirty nappies.

They are designed to be heavily washed more so than other clothing.

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u/Kelbotay Dec 01 '22

Not really, you remove what you can but there are detergents that just dissolve the entire poop thing. You can do a final wash in boiling water if you want to be sure it's proper clean. It's harder than just chucking huggies into the bin but it saves you a lot of money.

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u/kasenyee Dec 01 '22

Guess the question is: where did you buy this from?

All the fruit and veg is 1/4 the price at my local market compared to IGA.

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u/neudeu Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

Corporations will claim it is supply chain disruptions and costs, but it is pure greed. Keep an eye on earnings announcements over the next few months.

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u/Leesidge Dec 02 '22

News.com.au should really credit the OP for doing their work for them.

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u/stealthtowealth Dec 02 '22

Pathetic isn't it?

Why bother going there for news anyway, may as well stay on reddit

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

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u/Stuey_7787 Dec 01 '22

It will also last a lot longer too.

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u/pinchy111 Dec 01 '22

If that was IGA it would be $250

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u/Icy_Ad6798 Dec 01 '22

Your low-carb keto stuff is touching your batter-dipped chicken nuggets.

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u/EverythingIsDada Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

This piqued my curiosity so I attempted to replicate the same shop at Coles online (I am in Melbourne). For me it worked out a little cheaper, but I excluded the grey tub since I can't tell from the photo what it is. I know the OP hasn't asked for shopping advice, but to satisfy my curiosity I've suggested some substitutions to bring the cost down.

  • Baby rocket $3
  • Cheer 1kg tasty cheese $14.50
  • Coles peanut butter smooth $3.50
  • Bounce keto bars $8
  • Coles Cream Cheese $3.10
  • Ingham’s nuggets $5
  • Coles rindless bacon 200g $6
  • Black berries $3
  • Chicken thigh deli 750g $9.75
  • Bananas x 3 $1.89
  • Red onion x 1 $0.90
  • Happy gut bread x 2 $6.60
  • Watermelon slice $7.76
  • Avocado prepackaged $8.90
  • Tomatoes x 4 $2.20
  • Cucumber x 2 $2
  • Chunky casserole steak 900g $16.20
  • Grapes $10Kids chocolate milk $2
  • Huggies $33.50
  • Macaroons $6 Schnitzel $4
  • Gray tub: Couldn’t tell from the photo what it is?

TOTAL: $157.80

Suggested substitutions:

  • Cheer cheese: Substitute Coles 1kg tasty cheese $12.50
  • Keto bars: exclude, this is a luxury item
  • Pre-pack bacon: Substitute deli shortcut bacon 250g $4.50
  • Chicken thigh: Substitute deli chicken breast 750g $7.12
  • Watermelon: Substitute Honeydew/rock melon whole $5.90
  • Grapes: Substitute e.g. 4 kiwifruit $5
  • Macaroons: Substitute for regular biscuits or confectionary $3

Total savings: 24.49

NEW TOTAL: $133.31

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u/Sterndoc Dec 01 '22

Is anyone else just extremely bitter about living in Australia now? Can't afford a house, can't get a rental even if you can afford it, having to cut back on just about everything to stay afloat, working harder for less is getting old real fast.

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u/aussiederpyderp Dec 01 '22

Just remember folks, this is NOT the result of inflation. Inflation is when everything, including wages, rise. At the moment we're being proper fucked by corporate greed, and wages are stagnant. Spare a thought for the poor buggers on pensions.

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u/Becky_Randall_PI Dec 01 '22

Inflation is when everything, including wages, rise.

This is not strictly true. Inflation is defined as the overall loss in purchasing power of a currency. Not everything adjusts at once, although eventually you'll have to see a roughly corresponding decrease in the purchasing power of labour too (although the bastards will drag this out as long as possible).

It's also more complicated than that. Diesel being up 50c/L over the last few months makes a meaningful difference to the cost of your groceries, since that's how almost all of our groceries move around the country.

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u/An-Okay-Alternative Dec 01 '22

Woolies didn't suddenly decide they like higher profit margins. The macroeconomic conditions that contributed to inflation were also leveraged to the advantage of corporate profits.

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22

There is a lot of people that will be doing it tough this Christmas. I know ours is going to be nothing like previous years. Thing is, I earn more than I ever have! Something has to give.

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u/Princess-Pancake-97 Dec 01 '22

Shop at Aldi where/if you can. Last weeks grocery shop cost $80 at Aldi (for 2 people) which was about 2 small bags worth and then we spent the same amount at Coles to get the rest of the stuff we needed and it was like 6 things. There’s a huge difference in prices and it’s all the same stuff basically.

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u/Shiya-Heshel Dec 01 '22

I'm down to one main meal a day plus some "snacking" on cheap dried fruit (can't afford fresh fruit).

Life on the DSP in Australia.

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u/Spacebud95 Dec 01 '22

Go to Aldi man. You shop at Coles then expect to pay out the ass these days.

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u/LifeIsBizarre Dec 01 '22

The plane ticket and extra baggage charges are the real killer though.

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u/jcmonkeyjc Dec 01 '22

if you just go once a week it'll probably still work to your favour

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u/whiteb8917 Dec 01 '22

Aldi doesn't service my state, whatsoever. They claim shipping over Bass straight is unprofitable for them.

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u/Spacebud95 Dec 01 '22

Farout man. A real life Tasmantian? A rare sight indeed..

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u/whiteb8917 Dec 01 '22

As rare as the tiger ?

My second head agrees with you :)

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u/babawow Dec 01 '22

I know your pain. Caught the spirit last Sunday. Stopped at Aldi on my way to Geelong and ended up with a trunk full of stuff from there.

In terms of vegetables in Tas, Young’s Veggie shed has pretty sweet deals.

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u/Stingray191 Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Yeah, it’s getting bad. Really bad. I think I spent $250+ for a weeks groceries for 2 people.

The way things are going I’m going to be eating Lentils and chick peas for every meal.

EDIT: I should say this was a bad week for us as we were sick and ordered all the bad things that cost so much but taste so good. We can usually keep it under $200.

EDIT2: But goddamn it wasn’t hard to add $100 to the bill - probably 8 or 9 items.

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u/dobbydobbyonthewall Dec 01 '22

Rice. Rice in bulk is cheap and easy to make. Rice and cucumber and some chilli oil or sauce or something. Every day for lunch. And I lost weight. Rice cooker was the best investment I've ever made.

Often we make rice with frozen vege and a honey soy sauce concoction from cheap bulk Asian market ingredients.

Alternative meal, same sauce basically with cheap Asian store noodles and collard greens.

Or a simple homegrown zucchini + pasta meal.

That's about our rotation weekly. Unfortunately, most of us now have to get by on the same shit most days.

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u/pizzanice Dec 01 '22

Even without a rice cooker it took me a few goes to cook it properly and not burn it. 1 cup rice to 1.5 cup water, in a pot of washed rice, lid off, high heat til boiling, lid on & put it on low for 12 minutes / til water disappears.

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u/dobbydobbyonthewall Dec 01 '22

I chipped in a bit extra for the Zojirushi because I'd heard it was good.

I also tried my FILs rice cooker and when it burned the fuck out of half of it, he said "yeah. You just leave the bottom half of it"

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u/Stingray191 Dec 01 '22

Yeah, had a shitty bottom of the range rice cooker and got perfect rice. Loved it.

So when it broke we got the top of middle range one and all it did was waste the bottom half of the rice. Never could make it work correctly, no matter what we did.

Go figure.

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u/pizzanice Dec 01 '22

Can't afford to burn rice though, every last morsel is a precious calorie and those are getting mighty pricey these days.

Our rice cooker died recently and I figured I'd give the old fashioned way a try. Easy enough but a good rice cooker is definitely guaranteed not to fuck it up.

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u/dobbydobbyonthewall Dec 01 '22

Our Zojirushi is amazing.

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u/Alternative_Sky1380 Dec 01 '22

Pretty much everything is cheaper at the Asian grocer now. This is colesworth taking the piss. They've destroyed food manufacturing and distribution so the only way is up now

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u/khaos_daemon Dec 01 '22

Look, I completely agree. Except everyday people shouldn't have to scrimp and save and not buy "luxury" items like cheese. I shop at markets and ALDI but it is alot more work and once again, pushing people to live like a third world farming village is total garbage.

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u/WKCIA Dec 01 '22

Rice, chicken wings at $3 a kg. $4 if you want drumsticks. Add pepper and salt.

Won’t be wonderful but you can survive.

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u/Themirkat Dec 01 '22

Lentils and chickpeas are pretty bloody good though

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u/honeyhale Dec 01 '22

My partner and I are not vegetarian but now doing 2-3 meatfree meals a week to cut the grocery bill. Lentils and chickpeas ahoy. He also has a great cuban black bean recipe, so at least rice & beans night is actually something we look forward to 😊

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u/art_mech Dec 01 '22

I’ve been making a new lentil bolognese sauce and I actually prefer it to the mince version I used to make!

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u/wottsinaname Dec 01 '22

But did you know the interest rate was 16% in 1991?

Atleast thats what every boomer says when I try to explain how much im struggling.

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u/rollingstone1 Dec 01 '22

Too many branded products, a few pieces of expensive veg and a few kgs of meat will do that sadly these days.

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u/ooder57 Dec 01 '22

Alas, Coles and woolies have branded prices jacked up so that you're forced to consider buying their personal branded shit which makes them way more profit.

Pure corporate greed.

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u/AnnoyedOwlbear Dec 01 '22

Oh man, I see nappies there. I'm sorry. They're something that isn't easy to get cheap once you've found the brands that:

Won't give kid a rash. Fit so there isn't leaks Fit so they don't cut in.

Argh!

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u/fued Dec 01 '22

inflation doesnt really factor in the cost of living changes over the past years.

if you look at rent/fuel/electricity/groceries etc. over the past 20 years, it has gone up far more than inflation, at almost double the rate.

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u/aussiederpyderp Dec 01 '22

Which means it's not inflation, just corporate greed.

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u/dizkopat Dec 01 '22

How dare you think you can eat fresh vegetables

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u/LandscapeBitter Dec 01 '22

I started gojng to aldi because of this, saved at least $50

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u/stealthtowealth Dec 02 '22

STORY PICKED UP BY NEWS.COM.AU

God damn they are lazy bastards, just summarising top Reddit posts as news

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u/charmingpea Dec 01 '22

I could be wrong but it looks to be the expensive version of quite a few of those items.

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u/DescriptionObvious40 Dec 01 '22

Big punnet of blackberries, macarons, out of season grapes... yeah that stuff adds up fast.

I stick to home brand, and buy very basic staples & in season produce, $170 fills a trolley for me. It's still a lot of money though, for beans, rice, and basic produce. Really sucks that berries and cookies are luxury items now.

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u/Rokekor Dec 01 '22

Buy seasonal fruit. Buying fruit like grapes out of season will always come with a penalty. I just don’t grapes for 6 months of the year.