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Many of us live in close proximity to more than one supermarket. But working out which has the best deals for your regular shop can be a pain. Even though there are catalogs released each week, it's still a challenge to work out where to get the best deal. ShopJam aims to change that by helping you find the cheapest options for groceries.

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Once a week from 10:30 to 11:30am, the harsh fluorescent lights in 173 Coles stores across the country will dim, the blaring cheeriness of Coles Radio will be switched off, and more staff will be on hand to help at registers. This is Quiet Hour, a concept developed in conjunction with Autism Spectrum Australia to better accommodate customers with sensory issues, and it's now being expanded to more than twice as many stores as were initially included.

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Plastic devotees, rejoice! Everyone else, be bewildered at the people for whom the idea of bringing a reusable bag is just too hard a concept to grasp. Coles has decided to continue giving out its 15c plastic 'Better Bags' for free indefinitely, as people are apparently still struggling with the idea of a plastic-free life.

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Turns out Australians aren't quite ready to live a life without plastic bags just yet. In the wake of Woolworths removing single-use plastic bags entirely from its stores last week, the company has backflipped on that decision.

Woolies stores will be giving out 'reusable' plastic bags for free between now and Sunday July 8, as a means of easing the transition and getting customers into the habit of bringing their own bags.

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Today, sweet-toothed Aussies awoke to the distressing news that Starburst lollies are being pulled from supermarket shelves. "Say goodbye to your childhood!" one news story proclaimed. "A sad day for your tastebuds!" shrieked another. Except the panic is entirely unfounded. Starburst lollies aren't going anywhere.

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The hot cross bun. Once a decadent indulgence that appeared on store shelves only a few weeks before Easter. Now an almost half yearly sweet, yeasty snack available the day after Christmas. Yes, that's correct.

Hot cross buns are already available at Coles and Woolworths around Australia.

Jesus wept.

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According to new research, three in five Australian adults get sucked in by promotions and specials on junk food and sugary drinks at the supermarket. The research for LiveLighter – a health education campaign delivered by the Cancer Council and Heart Foundation – found 53% of shoppers visit the supermarket several times a week or every day.

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That Parmesan cheese is actually wood, that honey has corn syrup and the cake is a lie. There's no guarantee the food you're buying at the store is what it says it is, so keep an eye out for these usual suspects if you don't want to waste your money on fake, inferior products.

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Want to stack the nutrition odds in your favour? The key is good food so here are five things to never let into your shopping trolley. Known as discretionary foods, all five are high in either added sugars, saturated fat or salt. Discretionary foods provide kilojoules but not many nutrients. Here's an overview of what to avoid.

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Supermarket giant Woolworths has announced plans to offer free food to children, completely catch-free. Under a new national program, kids will be able to pick up fresh seasonal fruits and start munching away while their parents shop. Items on the menu include mandarins, apples, pears and bananas sourced from local farmers and suppliers. Not bad. Not bad at all.