Inflation concerns mount as shoppers spend $100 per person per week on groceries

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on April 21, 2022 Fact Checked
Inflation concerns mount as shoppers spend $100 per person per week on groceries

A recent survey revealed as many as six million Australians could be spending $100 per week each on their grocery shop.

The survey of 1,005 respondents commissioned by Savvy has revealed 62% are concerned about increases in the price of food and groceries.

According to Savvy, when extrapolated this means twelve million Aussies are concerned about the personal impacts of rising grocery prices.

The survey revealed 31.1% of Aussies are currently spending over $100 per person, per week on groceries.

Savvy noted this could mean more than six million Australians are spending over $100 per person each week on groceries.

Savvy Managing Director Bill Tsouvalas said the increase in food prices is spurred on by ongoing supply chain issues, the recent floods in New South Wales and Queensland, and flow-on effects from global conflicts.

“Higher fuel prices cascade into food prices, especially when much of our supply chain is dependent on trucks,” Mr Tsouvalas said.

“Energy prices, which have been high for many years, don’t help the situation.

“Families will need to budget for the increase in food prices as well as any shocks in the system such as the inevitable increase in the RBA cash rate, typically used to combat inflation.”

In the face of rising grocery prices, Savvy revealed 48% of those surveyed said they will simply “buy less”, while 56% will change to cheaper brands.

Further, 54% of those surveyed will be more judicious with their grocery shop, only shopping during clearances or buying on-sale items.

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Source: Savvy

Read more: The cost of everyday items in Australia

This comes as inflation continues to bear a heavy weight on consumer confidence, impacting how Australians view the state of their finances compared to a year ago.

Recent research from ING revealed consumers are opting to shop for groceries online, with the average shopper potentially saving $1,369 by comparing retailers in a hunt for bargains.

Research from investment bank UBS for the March quarter revealed to The Australian Financial Review, prices for fresh food increased 4.8% and dry groceries increased 3.2% with inflation higher for Woolworths at 4.3% compared with Coles at 3.2%.

Read more: What does rising inflation actually mean for your wallet?


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Jacob Cocciolone joined the Savings team in 2021 as a Finance Journalist. Driven by a passion for keeping Australians up to date with the latest financial news and trends, his areas of interest include financial technology, investing, property and motoring.

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