Lifehacker was never very impressed with the government’s GROCERYchoice price comparison site ever since its launch, so the news that it’s been dumped comes as no great shock or loss.
Minister for Consumer Affairs Craig Emerson announced on Friday that the site was being ditched entirely, just days before it was due to be relaunched under the auspices of CHOICE. I’ve little doubt that the consumer rights publisher could have done a better job, but the fact remains: without co-operation from supermarkets letting the data gatherers have direct access to their nationwide price lists, this kind of project was never going to be very helpful. And such co-operation, unsurprisingly, was not forthcoming.
For a more practical and long-lasting approach on how to save money on the weekly shop, try writing your shopping list a day ahead or organising your list by supermarket zone — but don’t forget that super-cheap food may have a hidden cost.