Groceries tumble by nearly $7

IT’S now about $6.80 cheaper to fill your shopping trolley with selected discount grocery items from a Rockhampton supermarket.

Since The Morning Bulletin last conducted its special grocery price investigation in February, our hand-picked trolley-load yesterday fell in price to $57.36.

And that’s a good enough reason for Rockhampton couple Grant Christoff and Kylie Clark to choose Home Brand.

After they’d shopped at Woolworths yesterday they said they’d rather have more money for life’s luxuries than spend big bucks on brand name items.

Their decision appears justified with The Bully’s selected trolley full of brand name items jumping $4.08 since February (see factbox).

New data reveals Australian food prices have risen 40% since 2000 (see story, right), despite the June quarter Consumer Price Index falling 0.8%.

Grant and Kylie, who buy several Home Brand products each shop, said they didn’t see the difference in quality.

“Home Brand is often as good as other stuff,” Grant said.

The pair said they had seen a massive jump in the price of meat at supermarkets and found buying at the local butcher a more affordable option.

“We usually pick up $20 meat vouchers through raffles at the Frenchville Sports Club on Friday night to spend at a local butcher,” Grant said.

Grant, who is a keen punter and has a landscaping business in Rockhampton, said they also bought in bulk when things were on special.

He said they were spending more on the jump in electricity bills.

CPI figures for the June to September quarter show the most significant price rise was for electricity, which jumped by 11.4%.



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