Bring your own bags and save on gro­ceries

The Western Star - - TASTE - SO­PHIE ELSWORTH

SHOPPERS are now stung at the check­out if they fail to bring their own bags – but there are other fees they need to watch.

Sin­gle-use plas­tic bags have been re­moved from Wool­worths su­per­mar­kets across the coun­try and from July 1 Coles stores will do the same in Qld, NSW, Vic­to­ria and WA. The bag ban ex­tends to other stores next month, in­clud­ing Big W, BWS, Coles Ex­press, Liquor­land and First Choice Liquor.

For any­one liv­ing in SA, NT, ACT and Tas­ma­nia, the bag ban has been in place for years.

But cost-con­scious shoppers will find ways to avoid ex­tra charges, whether it be re­us­able bags or or­der­ing on­line.

1 USE YOUR OWN BAGS

Wool­worths su­per­mar­kets are charg­ing from 15¢ for a re­us­able plas­tic bag or from 99¢ for fold­able, re­us­able bags.

The su­per­mar­ket’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Brad Ban­ducci said when the 99¢ bags get dam­aged they “will re­place it free” re­gard­less of when the cus­tomer pur­chased it. Shoppers should buy a hand­ful of th­ese and keep them in their car or some­where they will re­mem­ber them each time they do a gro­cery shop. Keep small fold­able bags in your hand­bag at all times for un­ex­pected shop­ping trips. Coles charges 15¢ for re­us­able bags or $1 for tote bags.

2 ON­LINE SHOP­PING

Ear­lier this month it was re­vealed su­per­mar­ket gi­ant Coles was charg­ing cus­tomers up to 10 per cent more for many items if or­dered on­line.

Ri­val su­per­mar­ket Wool­worths does not charge dif­fer­ent prices for shop­ping on­line or in­store.

But in a back­flip Coles re­vealed they have changed the prices on thou­sands of items so con­sumers will pay the same re­gard­less of whether goods are bought on­line or in­store. Make sure you do reg­u­lar price com­par­isons.

3 DE­LIV­ERY CHARGES

Cus­tomers who or­der their shop­ping on­line will pay de­liv­ery charges de­pend­ing on how much they spend, when the shop­ping is de­liv­ered and how many or­ders they make.

Coles man­ag­ing direc­tor John Durkan said there’s plenty of flex­i­bil­ity for cus­tomers de­pend­ing on how and when they want to pur­chase their shop­ping and have it de­liv­ered.

Coles charges cus­tomers 15¢ per bag to have their shop­ping de­liv­ered in re­us­able plas­tic bags, or gro­ceries can be de­liv­ered in a fee-free crate.

Wool­worths charges $3.50 for shop­ping to be de­liv­ered in a crate or $1 in plas­tic bags.

4 CLICK AND COL­LECT

Su­per­mar­kets of­fer this ser­vice where cus­tomers can pre-or­der all their items and pick them up in­store with­out pay­ing a fee.

There is usu­ally a min­i­mum $30 per spend on click and col­lect or­ders and make sure you check if your clos­est su­per­mar­ket of­fers this ser­vice.

Coles su­per­mar­kets do not charge for Click and Col­lect but it costs $3 at Coles Ex­press.

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