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Offline gleroux

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Supermarket basics - Survey results
« on: September 04, 2008, 09:55:59 am »
I found this survey on the net

This survey was done to compare the prices of 15 basic items. Brand does not matter and most
of the time the supermarket housebrand was selected.

The list of items:
Milk (2L)
Butter (500g)
Cheese (1kg)
Flour (1.5kg)
Sugar (1.5kg)
Bread - white toast (600g)
Cereal - wheat biscuits (1kg)
Plain biscuits (250g)
Long grain rice (1kg)
Sultanas (400g)
Spaghetti pasta (500g)
Canned peach slices (410g)
Tinned cat food (690g)
Hand towels (pack of 2)
Toilet paper (pack of 4)

The results:
Auckland
Woolworths (Milford)      37.33
Countdown (Glenfield)      38.24
Foodtown (Glenfield)      38.57
Pak n Save (Albany)      40.11
New World (Albany)      40.36
The Warehouse Extra (Sylvia Park)   41.51

Wellington
Pak n Save (Petone)      36.80
Countdown (Lower Hutt)      37.69
Woolworths (Johnsonville)      38.21
New World (Wakefield Street)      46.58

Christchurch
Pak n Save (Moorhouse Ave)      37.75
Countdown (Moorhouse Ave)      38.18
Woolworths (The Palms)      38.49
New World (South City)      39.96
Fresh Choice (Merivale)      43.66

Offline Werner

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Re: Supermarket basics - Survey results
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008, 10:07:35 am »
Thanks for the info.  I have been trying to calculate/estimate what our weekly budget should be. This info helps.   O0
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Offline Bevmac

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008, 10:18:01 am »
Looks like one could get the bare basics for $40 thats not too bad.

Thanks for the info, appreciate it  O0

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Re: Supermarket basics - Survey results
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008, 10:50:58 am »
Was there a date on the survey? It looks a bit on the low side to me.
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Re: Supermarket basics - Survey results
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008, 11:48:33 am »
August 2008

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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008, 08:47:34 pm »
Ok, this is 'normal' items that we all use.... I am going to buy those items here at our local Grocery Stores and see how it compares.... will let you know.



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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2008, 06:42:23 am »
Think I may try the same...

But keep in mind, that this is for one 2l Milk and one loaf of bread.  In my family, we only buy the 3l bottles of milk, and about 3 a week.  Average price for that is about $4.50 for 3l.  So you're looking at $15 just for milk!  We also don't buy the cheap white toast bread... I might as well feed my kids cake all day then! So for us, buying a loaf of whole grain bread (not the most expensive, but average middle range), costs us around $2.50 a loaf (yes you can buy Vogels for $4.50 a loaf if you really want!!), and we eat about 4+ loaves a week - sandwiches for school.  So the week's bread is about $10.

I wouldn't exactly buy 2 handtowels every week, but what about eggs as a basic staple?

And then if you think about it, that list does not include any fresh produce - so what about fruit and veggies?   And it also does not include ANY meats!   

My estimate on a well balanced weekly grocery list, for a family of 4, you'll be looking more at $150 - $200 a week, depending on how big your eaters are, and how much meat you eat.
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2008, 08:03:57 am »
We spend about $150 every week for our weekly shop for 2 of us but that includes all our food and cleaning stuff.
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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2008, 11:18:01 pm »
i have a question... not really sure of which one cos lots of diff answers depends on who i ask...
where is really cheaper
woolworths? new world? foodtown?

(these are my 3 closest!)

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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2008, 08:23:15 am »
My opinion is that Foodtown are most expensive, but I've not compared them with New World yet.  I guess the best to do is go one week to the one, the next week to the other and the third week to the last, and compare for yourself.  I'm going to try that over the next few weeks.  I have a Woolworths and Countdown within 1.5 km on either side of me, then a Pak'nSave and a Foodtown a few more km's away.  And a New World even further away, but close to the Warehouse Super.  So over the next 6 weeks, I plan to do a comparison shopping.  I will make up a list of typical weekly groceries and then buy those same items each week at a different store.  Anybody else want to do the same experiment in their area?  I
t will be great to see for instance, how the prices across town differ - Paula on the North East side and myself on the West side!
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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2008, 09:47:44 pm »
I generally only shop at the big Foodtown in Takapuna. I have a Woolworths closer to me but that branch is useless.....doesnt stock the things I like. I am not a fan of Pak n Save......too many people. Woolworths Rotorua much better though.

Every shop has its specials so to really get the "best" deal you should shop at 3 supermarkets and only buy what is on special. For example, I never ever buy full price yoghurt....6 pack usually $5.29 full price but always one brand on special for $2.99 or $3.29.


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« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2008, 09:55:34 pm »
To answer Paula's question.......out of W, F and NW I would say that Woolworths is generally the cheapest shop, though you can get great specials at either one. But all 3 are considered the more expensive NZ supermarkets..........Pak n Save and Countdown being the "cheaper" shops though again this is not always the case.

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« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2008, 10:01:57 pm »
My husband said that recently somewhere (Herald perhaps?) there was  survey that found that Pak'nSave was actually more expensive!!!  So much for their saving on not having shopping bags, eh?
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« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2008, 10:06:42 pm »
yeah, I saw that. They brand themselves as the cheapest in NZ but then rip you off. They have great specials on some things but then you may pay a dollar more for the shampoo :'(. The way I see it is that it all balances out. My flatmates will drive the 8 kms to Pak n Save because they think its cheaper but the petrol has probably cancelled it out anyway.

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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2008, 10:33:45 pm »
We found that too. We were told when we got here that New World is kinda expensive, but we shop there all the time because it works out cheaper for us. It's also the closest, if you wonna save on fuel O0