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Rising cost of living forces Aussies to change diets

Finder’s ‘Cost of Living Report 2023’ reveals the average Australian household reported spending $185 a week on groceries in February 2023, up $37 a week compared to 12 months prior – with 94% of consumers noticing an increase in their grocery bill.

A Finder survey of 1054 respondents found three in four (71%) Australians – equivalent to 14.2 million people – have adapted their eating behaviour as a result of rising costs.

This coincides with Australian Bureau of Statistics data showing strong price rises were seen across most food grocery products over the past year – including meat and seafood (8% increase), bread and cereal products (12% increase), and dairy and related products (15%).

Finder Head of Consumer Research Graham Cooke says households are looking for ways to save on their weekly shop.

“Eating on the cheap could be here to stay as households battle with the rising cost of living.

“For some it’s a case of making changes or going hungry.”

The research found almost half of Aussies (47%) have cut back on take away and fast foods in an attempt to rein in spending.

More than one in three (35%) are abstaining from meat and seafood.

A similar proportion are avoiding booze (32%) to save money.

Mr Cooke said Aussie households are not cutting back more heavily on the food groups with the highest cost increase.

“Restaurants and take-away account for the largest cut-backs but have only seen a price increase of 7%.

“Staples like fruit, vegetables, coffee and eggs however have increased by up to 13%. This shows that inflation is hurting those who want to eat healthy a little harder,” he said.

“As the cost of groceries escalates, selective eating can save a lot of cash at the check-out.”

The research found 16% of Aussies have cut back on fruit and vegetables, while 14% are consuming less dairy products.

Mr Cooke said cutting out whole food groups could come with risks.

“Helping the hip pocket shouldn’t come at the cost of harming your health.

“Investigate growing your own fresh produce, compare different supermarket prices and farmers markets and buy in bulk when items go on sale,” he said.

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