A shopper’s Woolworths docket shows the reality of fruit and vegetable shopping in Australia as food prices soar.
In a photo posted to Facebook, the customer disclosed their store bought purchases from Woolies in Nelson Bay in the NSW Hunter Region, along with the receipt and a plea for help.
“This is what $30 of fruit and veg looks like,” they wrote online. In the photo, just a handful of items can be seen including strawberries, blueberries, a pineapple, carrots, potatoes, beans and cauliflower.
“I’m finding it extremely difficult to meal prep,” they added. “Especially choosing the right amount of vegetables so I don’t overspend. Any tips?”
Blueberries and strawberries luxury fruits, some say
The post has since gone viral, with more than 400 people leaving a comment.
Many were vocal in slamming current food prices as “crazy” while some referred to blueberries and strawberries as “luxury fruits"
Others encouraged the customer to buy frozen goods where possible, swap in cheaper fruits like bananas, apples and oranges, and avoid supermarkets, opting instead for local grocers or even growing their own produce.
But some were adamant that $30 for the fruit and veg haul wasn’t “too bad.”
“I wouldn’t be that unhappy with that price, it’s quite a bit of fruit,” one person wrote. “With price increases lately, this is pretty good,” another added.
Grocery costs to skyrocket as price freeze ends
Shoppers are about to be even worse off at the till with the promotional grocery price hike freeze coming to an end at the nation’s biggest supermarket chains.
In the middle of last year, Coles and Woolworths both froze prices on hundreds of products including flour, sugar, oats, eggs, cheese and bacon.
While Woolies has already ended its deal, Coles’ promise is set to close on January 31, with prices expected to return to at least their pre-freeze state.
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