Shop­ping op­tions are lim­ited

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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