Mom reveals new-found ‘fear’ over supermarket sacrifice

The upward swing in supermarket prices has sparked a worrying surge among households, many of which are now unable to afford basic necessities.

A mother has revealed her fear before going shopping because rising grocery prices keep her from buying her usual basic necessities.

The Western Australian mother aired her grievances on Facebook on Sunday, revealing that she no longer looked forward to her weekly shop.

“I am now afraid of the weekly supermarket store. Every item I bought from Coles of Woolies yesterday, including staples like meat, vegetables, fruit, milk, cheese, eggs and butter, has gone up in price again,” she reported.

With price increases for a range of products, she has no choice but to swap items she would normally buy fresh with their frozen – usually cheaper – alternative.

“I have now temporarily stopped buying fresh ginger ($50/kg in both supermarkets), red bell pepper ($14.90/kg), cauliflower ($6.50 each), broccoli ($5.90 each). piece) and vine tomatoes ($8.90/kilo),” she said. †

The mom has also had to make changes when it comes to cleaning supplies.

“The price of Dynamo liquid laundry detergent, which was $8.75 at half price just a few weeks ago, is now $11.50 at half price — just 50 cents more expensive than half-price Omo, which I bought a few years ago because it was getting too expensive,” she wrote.

Other budgeting tactics adopted by the mother included buying certain items for half the price.

These include things like laundry detergent, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, Sensodyne toothpaste, Listerine mouthwash, hair dye, Neutrogena acne wash and toilet rolls.

Hundreds of others shared in the mother’s frustration, with many revealing that they too had decided to buy frozen foods because fresh versions have become too expensive.

“I have stopped buying fresh broccoli and cauliflower. I buy the two combined in the frozen section, it’s much cheaper,” reads one of nearly 300 comments.

“I buy almost all frozen vegetables (just as nutritious and just as tasty when cooked carefully) and go to Aldi for almost everything,” said another.

Others offered the woman money-saving tips, such as buying produce from farmers’ markets or bulk suppliers rather than the major supermarket chains.

“Try the Asian supermarkets. Their vegetables are much cheaper and so are chicken and pork in general,” one person wrote.

Map fruit trees in parks, roadsides and over hanging fences. Free fruits. Take advantage of the winter… to survive we have to let go of expensive options and go for cheaper options,” said another.

Someone said their costs had risen to a point where they now considered mayonnaise a luxury.

“Mayonnaise has now become a luxury item for me. I still buy it, but don’t use it as much now. It’s $5 for my favorite bottle. It used to be around $3.50,” they wrote.

The woman behind the post later revealed that she was inspired by the hundreds of comments and decided to “go back to growing peppers, coriander, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers etc. like we used to do”.

The cost of food and non-alcoholic drinks increased by 4.3 percent between the quarter 2021-2022 alone, according to the consumer price index

The main increase was in fuel costs, which were up 11 percent.

The CPI found that the cost of fruits and vegetables has increased by 6.7 percent in the past year, while meat and seafood is up 6.2 percent. Bread and grain products increased by 3 percent, dairy and dairy-related products by 4.1 percent and foodstuffs by 4.2 percent.

The cost of non-durable household products such as toilet paper, dish soap and light bulbs rose by as much as 8 percent year-on-year.

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