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- Supermarket Shopping In Australia: The Rise Of Woolworths And Coles
The Dollar Shave Club, which sends a monthly supply of razors through the post so you never run out, has launched an Australian service. It’s a bargain source of razors — but it isn’t the cheapest out there.
If you prefer a traditional Christmas, pudding is definitely part of the package, and the chances are you’ll buy one rather than making it from scratch. A taste test of 14 puddings by consumer advocate CHOICE suggests it’s worth spending up, with the higher-priced products scoring better than their cheaper counterparts.
Supermarket shopping 101 dictates that if you buy items in smaller quantities, you’ll usually pay a premium. But I’ve rarely seen an example as extreme as this. 250 grams of Home Brand reduced-fat cheese? $3.69. 500 grams of the same cheese? $3.79.
Buying food for one can be tricky. When the only person you have to satisfy with your grocery list is you, it’s easy to buy impulsively or buy too much. And on the flip side, how many times have you tried to just buy the bare essentials, only to find yourself having to make daily trips back to the supermarket?
Australians buy house brand products like Woolworths Home Brand and Coles Smart Buy in huge quantities, but they’re far from universally popular. One common objection to them is that they’re more likely to be imports than to be made in Australia. A study of 360 products by CHOICE suggests that’s true, with just 38 per cent of Woolworths store brand products and 55 per cent of those sold by Coles being locally made or grown.