What we spend on food and drinks


VIC­TO­RIAN house­holds spend more on potato chips and other treats than fresh fruit.

And we have the na­tion’s sweet­est tooths for cakes, bis­cuits and pud­dings.

Food, non-al­co­holic drinks and booze take a $276 a week bite out of bud­gets on av­er­age — or $14,352 a year — ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Statis­tics es­ti­mates.

Anal­y­sis of the House­hold Ex­pen­di­ture Sur­vey also re­veals that statewide: POTATO chips, choco­late, ice cream and other con­fec­tionery swal­low $13.65 a week. That com­pares with $11.45 for fresh fruit, and $13.35 for fresh veg­eta­bles. VIC­TO­RI­ANS spend the most of any state on cakes, bis­cuits and pud­dings, scoff­ing an av­er­age $9.50 worth each week. WE also have the big­gest ap­petite for break­fast ce­real, buy­ing $2.20 a week on av­er­age. SPEND­ING on poul­try is twice as much as lamb. CHEESE is our big­gest dairy ex­pense, fol­lowed by plain milk.

The ABS quizzed 10,000 house­holds na­tion­wide, in­clud­ing 2400 in Vic­to­ria.

Based on de­tailed di­aries and shop­per re­ceipts, its re­cently re­leased re­sults are for 2015-16.

Vic­to­ri­ans buy an av­er­age $244 worth of food and non-al­co­holic drinks weekly, it found.

Fast food and take­away, ex­clud­ing hot cof­fee, gob­bles $32.10. Din­ing at restau­rants, ho­tels and clubs costs $48.50.

We splurge $15.15 on soft drinks, bot­tled wa­ter, fruit juice and other non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages — half the amount spent on al­co­hol.

Av­er­aged statewide, beer costs $11.75 a week, ahead of wine at $10.10.

Re­search re­leased ear­lier this year found Aus­tralian fam­i­lies were burn­ing more than half their food and drink bud­get on junk foods, sug­ary bev­er­ages and al­co­hol.

This was de­spite it be­ing cheaper to fol­low a health­ier diet, ac­cord­ing to the study led by Aus­tralian Preven­tion Part­ner­ship Cen­tre se­nior ad­viser Pro­fes­sor Amanda Lee.

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