Shopping options are limited
Budgeting experts say choosing your supermarket wisely is a key factor in coping with the rising cost of food.
But when we surveyed four major supermarkets to compare the cost of basic food and grocery items which might be purchased by the average family we found little difference between each one.
Items on the grocery list were carrots, potatoes, apples, mince, sausages, milk, cheese, butter, bread, Weet-Bix, toilet paper and toothpaste.
Supermarkets were visited on Monday, June 16, when specials on products had just begun for the week.
We compared prices on items of the same brand and size.
The total bill differed by only about $3 between supermarkets.
Countdown offered the cheapest prices overall, with a total shopping bill of $51.90.
Foodtown came in second with a bill of $52.12, Pak’nSave was third with $52.35 and New World fourth with $55.06.