An everyday trip to the local grocery store has triggered a social media storm after an Australian shopper took to the internet to express their outrage over the skyrocketing cost of their weekly grocery shop.
While soaring costs are nothing new for Australians, the spike in grocery costs seems to have struck a nerve with one disgruntled shopper who took to social media to share the high cost of what was meant to be a “smaller” shop at his local Woolworths.
“Have a go at this,” the shopper said in the video.
“It’s one of the smaller trolleys, too.
“Some bacon, did get a baby formula in there, that was $30 but even still. There’s a couple packets of sausages in there. This just cost me almost $400. This is f**ked. This is an absolute joke. Look at this receipt. F**k me.”
This is crazy. Why is Australia’s cost of living so high? Will it come down? pic.twitter.com/9GIAn4Vr9G
— Clown Down Under 🤡 (@clowndownunder) November 13, 2023
The post has since gone viral, igniting a wave of comments from fellow shoppers who have chimed in with their own tales of grocery bill woes.
I was saying the other day to my family. The small trolley cost me 300$ and a few years before covid a big full trolley would be 200$ to 250$ (roughly speaking from a weekly shopper with 3 teenagers) wtf??
— Sharron (@sharron_one) November 13, 2023
It is the smaller trolley too ffs.
— الملك.eth (@nameisforsale) November 13, 2023
It’s 100% going to get worse. A lot of people are going to have to get a lot better at shopping to weather it.
— Frens Kafka (@Frens_Kafka) November 13, 2023
Yep was going to treat myself to a juicy steak 🥩 but ouch $40 to $60 a kilo no way… and it’s not like we have to import beef from another country.
— C J 🌸 (@Cher6543) November 13, 2023
A Woolworths spokesperson told news.com that the supermarket chain is “acutely aware” of the pressure associated with rising costs and that they are “doing more everyday to help customers spend less”
As the nation continues to grapple with soaring costs at the supermarket checkout, Aussie shoppers are finding unique ways to save much-needed cash.
Recent research from Compare the Market found that Australians are opting for generic brands of popular supermarket items to save money at the checkout with nearly three-quarters of Australians choosing the generic option over the more popular name brands during their weekly shop in the past 12 months.
Compare the Market’s study found that the generic version of items such as pasta, cheese, teabags and bread came in at half the price of the popular name brands.
“A lot of people are feeling the pinch and are looking for more ways to claw back cash,” Compare the Market spokesperson Phillip Portman explained to 9News.
“If you are willing to make that switch, there are savings there.”