Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

'Deal' Is Just What This Column Suggests

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

'Deal' Is Just What This Column Suggests

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Byline: OVER THE FENCE JANE STAUNTON

HAVE you noticed the latest little sales pitch confronting you recently when you're doing the obligatory supermarket shop?

If you buy two loaves of bread you pay $5 and save $2.98. If you buy two packs of 375g pasta you pay $7 and save $2.90. Then you can buy two packets of chicken pieces for $10 and save $4.98, or save $3.98 by buying two flannelette shirts.

I feel for new mums on strict budgets operating on a weekly spend - buy two packets of Huggies and save a whopping $11.96. What is going on? If this multiple buying can offer such attractive discounts, how much are we overpaying on individual items in the first place?

I for one do not want a cupboard or freezer full of grocery items that will more than likely go stale before I use them; and besides, the cats don't like pasta. As for flannelette shirts, good lord! I don't want two - I want one, and I want it at the same price advertised in the 'buy two' deal. …

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