Unit price is right to save

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - DARYL PASS­MORE BELINDA SEENEY

SAVVY shoppers can slash their weekly gro­cery bills in half by us­ing unit pric­ing and choos­ing home brands, a new study shows.

Re­search by the Queens­land Con­sumers As­so­ci­a­tion found clever com­par­isons in the su­per­mar­ket cut the cost of a bas­ket of 32 com­mon pack­aged goods from $140.60 to $70.55.

QCA spokesman Ian Jar- ratt, whose lob­by­ing led to the in­tro­duc­tion of unit pric­ing in 2009, said even he was sur­prised and im­pressed by the size of the sav­ings.

“The big mes­sage is that there is this po­ten­tial to save re­ally sig­nif­i­cant amounts of money reg­u­larly on things that we all buy,” he said.

Unit pric­ing looks at the amount per kilo­gram or litre, rather than the pack­age cost.

The study com­pared the cost of medium-sized packs of ev­ery­day items, such as break­fast ce­real, pasta, baked beans, frozen peas, in­stant cof­fee, tooth­paste and dog food.

The consumer body looked at what you would spend by choos­ing well-known na­tional brands and then com­pared the cost us­ing the low­est unit price, which was usu­ally for home­brand prod­ucts.

The re­sult was a 49.8 per cent sav­ing for the bas­ket of pack­aged goods. Com­par­ing an­other 11 goods avail­able pack­aged or loose – in­clud­ing cheese, chicken, fish and fruit and veg­eta­bles – unit pric­ing pro­duced a 24 per cent sav­ing.

For the 43 gro­cery items com­bined, the to­tal sav­ing was $84 or 42.4 per cent.

“With very lit­tle ef­fort, peo­ple can re­duce their ex­pen­di­ture, or they can spend the same amount and get a lot more for their money,” Mr

Jar­ratt said.

“We know many peo­ple are strug­gling with power bills, rates and other house­hold costs so here is a sim­ple way to keep some ex­tra money in your wal­let to help with that.

“It is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant now, com­ing up to Christ­mas, when peo­ple are un­der pres­sure to spend more than they nor­mally would.”

Mr Jar­ratt said there were some key points for con­sumers to be aware of.

“Spe­cial of­fers might not be CHAN­NEL 9’s Eva Milic and Ali­son Ari­otti have been sit­ting on their ‘‘scoop’’ for months and can fi­nally re­veal it now.

The Bris­bane news­read­ers are shak­ing up their on-air du­ties, work­ing as a team to present the week­day af­ter­noon news bul­letins from next year.

The job-share ar­range­ment means Milic will read the news from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, with Ari­otti slid­ing into the chair on Thurs­days and Fri­days and hit­ting the road to re­port on Wed­nes­days. Dar­ren Cur­tis, who now reads Chan­nel 9’s week­end news with Ari­otti, will go solo from Jan­uary. the best buy when you look at unit pric­ing,” he said.

Laws re­quir­ing unit pric­ing to be dis­played cover large su­per­mar­kets and some on­line re­tail­ers.

The leg­is­la­tion must be re­viewed by the end of next year and the Con­sumers As­so­ci­a­tion wants to see the rules ex­tended to cover su­per­mar­kets that are un­der 1000 square me­tres and ex­panded to other shops, such as phar­ma­cies and hard­ware stores.

The duo hatched the job-share plan months ago in an ef­fort to strike a bet­ter work-life bal­ance.

“We hon­estly can’t be­lieve that it’s hap­pen­ing, and we’re so ex­cited that we can talk about it pub­licly,” Ari­otti said. “We’ve just been send­ing each other se­cret mes­sages un­til now, count­ing down.”

Milic is cut­ting back from four days to three to spend more time with Lu­cia, 7, and Gabriella, 4. Ari­otti ends three years of week­end work to see more of her daugh­ters, Mila, 4, and Luisa, 22 months.

“We love our jobs. We both love work­ing but we want to be there for our girls as well. I think it’s the per­fect bal­ance,” Milic said.

JOB SHARE: Ali­son Ari­otti (left) with chil­dren Luisa and Mila; and Eva Milic with Gabriella and Lu­cia. Pic­ture: Nigel Hal­lett

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.