Aussies have revealed which pricey items they’ve given the flick, as the cost of living and grocery prices soar.
Taking to the popular AusFinance subreddit, one user posed the question: “What is one item you stopped buying due to the ‘recent’ price surge?”
“I'll go first - Salmon. $36-$40/kg? No, thanks.”
Shoppers flocked to the comments to share the everyday items they were cutting back on, with pricey groceries the most common thing being ditched.
“Potato chips. $6 a bag? Nah, I'm good,” one user said.
“Beef - even mince - is stupidly expensive now, and most mince is really fatty too,” another said.
“Strawberries. I cannot spend $6.50-$7.50 for a punnet,” a third person commented.
“Cereals and muesli. There is no brand left that is affordable, and it's just not worth the money if you eat realistic amounts of it,” another person said.
Other Aussies shared they were cutting back on eating out, including going out for brunch and pub food like steaks and schnitzels.
“Eggs bread and avo for $25+. Not worth it anymore,” one person said.
Others said they were cost cutting by stopping smoking, cutting back on subscription streaming services and, worryingly, reducing the number of meals they had each day.
Groceries causing stress
Groceries are a major cause of stress for many Aussies right now, with one in two saying it is among their top three most stressful expenses.
According to a new Finder survey, Aussie households spent an average of $194 on their weekly grocery shop in May, up $20 per week from last year.
It comes as Aussies grapple with the rising cost of living, along with 12 cash rate rises in just over a year.
The Reserve Bank of Australia lifted the official cash rate earlier this week, with a 0.25 per cent hike taking it to 4.10 per cent. This is the highest it has been in more than a decade.