Tagged With shopping


Kaufland is part of the world's fourth largest retailer and is bringing its brand of supermarket shopping to Australia. It has set up a new corporate headquarters in Melbourne with plans to launch with six supermarkets around Melbourne with more to follow across the country. Here's what you need to know.


So I'm at the supermarket, and I glance at the cover of trashy real-life stories magazine That's Life, because I'm always hoping that it will one day feature a headline as spectacular as the classic 'IS YOUR FRUIT SALAD PSYCHIC?'

There's nothing quite that glorious, but there is this: 'Budget Queen: I Feed A Family Of 10 For $120 A Week'. So obviously I had to buy it.


Costco is continuing to push against the near duopoly in the retail supermarket business by launching their online shopping service. The kickoff will be early next year, when their new $78m warehouse at Kemps Creek in western Sydney is complete. It will be used as a base for distribution of massive packs of toilet paper, huge barrels of pretzels and other bulk-sized items.


Researchers have found that almost half the honey samples they selected for analysis on our supermarket shelves were "adulterated". That is, the jars of sweet nectar included impurities which meant some of what's in the jar is actually synthetic syrup.


Woolworths’ and Coles’ bans on plastic bags have been applauded by environmental groups, but were reportedly met with abuse and assault and claims of profiteering. This reaction is due to supermarkets breaching their “psychological contract” with customers - and when both major supermarkets appeared to back flip in the face of irate customers it only compounded the problem".


The plastic bag ban by the major supermarkets (and Coles’ pivot away from its ban after backlash, then pivot back to the ban after a backlash to the backlash) has left plenty of people scratching their heads.

What are the best replacements for single-use plastic bags? Given that reusable bags are much sturdier, how many times must we use them to compensate for their larger environmental impact?


Impulse buying is a thing, and we’re all guilty of it from time to time. Sometimes, if you’re feeling a little down, it feels good to place an order for that little thing you’ve been meaning to buy, but never quite got around to picking up. Or maybe you see a deal for something you’ve been eyeing and figure, “Eh, now’s as good a time as any.”


Reusable supermarket bags are environmentally friendly, but only if you actually use them, many times. And you're probably not using the crappy "reusable" bags you got from your local Coles or Woolworths, which sit in your kitchen cabinet until you eventually throw them out.


Have you ever noticed how online accounts are incredibly easy to sign up for, but can be stupidly difficult to close? Sometimes the Close Account option is right where you'd think it would be, but other times you have to hunt it down, clicking through menu after menu until you finally find out that you can't close it online, you actually have to call.


We're about half way though Australia's first Amazon Prime Day and there have been plenty of good deals on offer. But in the midst of the offers made by Amazon and its partners, there's another aspect we ought to consider.

Warehouse workers across Europe are on strike, protesting the company's treatment of staff in fulfilment centres. These allegations have dogged Amazon for some time, not just in Europe but also in the US. Should we skip Prime Day and support these workers?


For the last month, much of Australia has been gripped in an insane tempest of petulance and stupidity because single-use plastic bags aren't available in supermarkets any more. This is so first-world problems it's almost as embarrassing as our national energy policy, but for anyone who is still stressing about this, I'm here to tell you IKEA can save you.


Amazon Prime Day starts in just two and half hours. Running until midnight tomorrow, there will be lots of bargains available. But how do you ensure that you don't miss out on special deals throughout the 36 hours? Love the Sales has pitched in with some great tips to make sure you don't miss out on special offers that matter to you.


With the average Australian spending around $4,250 a year online, cashback sites offer an easy way to save money while shopping. ShopBack is the newest kid on on the cashback block, offering users a one-stop platform to cut the costs of those indulgent internet purchases across fashion, electronics, homeware and even travel bookings.

Without doubt it’s a smarter way to shop, so how does it work?


eBay's new price matching program, eBay Best Price Guarantee, promises that if you buy a new item on eBay but find a lower price on the same item elsewhere within 48 hours you can score an eBay voucher for the price difference - plus an extra 5%. The Best Price Guarantee applies to all new ‘buy it now’ listings.


Dear Lifehacker, I'm shopping around for a tablet and have noticed that the one I am after is available much more cheaply online ($100 or more). How likely is it that the local retailers (JB Hi Fi, Good Guys, Harvey Norman and so on) will be willing to match this?


I'm very good at wanting to buy things. I want to buy a new sound system, for example. This would mean ripping five speakers out of my walls, patching up the holes, and buying a $900 soundbar. My wife points out that the current system works well, and asked me why I want to replace it. And I had to admit why: I have to control the sound system with a second remote, which I hate. My wife pointed out that solving this is not worth $900 and a weekend project. So instead I'm buying a $60 universal remote. This is a better way to reach my real goal, which is feeling in control of my gadgets.