Name Brand Grocery Load Rises $10 in Three Months; Jaydee Finds Home Brands a Worthwhile Choice for Some Product Lines

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Name Brand Grocery Load Rises $10 in Three Months; Jaydee Finds Home Brands a Worthwhile Choice for Some Product Lines


Byline: Amy Formosa amy.formosa@capnews.com.au

THERE is no telling Rockhampton's Jaydee McKee how to hunt down a bargain.

She's 18, yet with the responsibility and extra costs of raising her baby, the thrifty shopper watches what she puts in her trolley.

The Morning Bulletin's quarterly investigation on Wednesday revealed that a trolley load of selected brand-name groceries had increased by $9.81 since we last shopped in October last year.

A trolley load of selected home-brand items rose $2.12 in price.

With the price of groceries and everyday living on the rise, Jaydee manages to keep her weekly bill around the $150 mark and no more than a budgeted $200 including meat, dairy, and all the essentials.

Like most of us, Jaydee said she had noticed a price increase in groceries, in particular meat and dairy.

To avoid the mark-ups, Jaydee hunts out the bonus deals and specials, while sticking to home-brand items when it came to sauces and spreads.

"I am always scouting out a good deal and I have found that some home-brand products taste even better than brand names," Jaydee said.

With parents in the cattle industry, Jaydee said buying half a beast was on the cards as the price of meat creeps up.

When the Bully last conducted the grocery investigation in October, it was much better news for shoppers, with grocery prices increasing by only a few dollars.

The Australian Centre for International Research recently reported overall global food prices up more than 75% since 2000 and currently at the highest point since the 1970s.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that the cost of food rose 3.9% in the past year, giving shoppers less in their trolleys for their money.

NAME BRANDS

* Mixed grain bread Helga's - $4.59

* Sunny Queen 12 XL eggs - $3.95

* S'berry jam Cottee's - $2.99sp

* Sanitarium Weet-Bix - $5. …

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