As a follow-on from our post about the various places you can shop for food, I thought it might be helpful to qualify what are average prices for us here in New Zealand.
Presently we shop weekly to a meal plan for 7 people, at a supermarket and an Indian grocery store (milk, potatoes and rice); with occasional visits to one other supermarket (marked down meat); and rare visits to a food warehouse and an epicurean shop when needed.
What we buy is usually the cheapest and includes seasonal specials, clearance prices and any discount we can find within reason - sometimes it's not viable to chase the last cent at the cost of spending dollars doing it though!
Our average spend over the last 12 weeks has been $160 per week. This is probably not normal as I know a bachelor whose budget is $129 per week for food; and ours was $300 per week for the year previous.
Incidentally some supermarkets offer you a fuel discount voucher when your receipt totals a minimum amount. This may be at their own service station or an allied station. The average is around 6 cents per litre discount (whether petrol or diesel) with some going to 20 cents or more during a particular promotion. This is one way of saving on fuel especially if you don't have access to, or don't want to, sign up for a fuel card through membership organisations. The discount is usually capped.
So without further ado, here are a few figures for you...
FOOD ITEMS (2nd quarter 2014)
|Price per kg
unless otherwise stated
|apples, rose 1kg||0.98||0.98|
|apples, gala 1kg||1.98||1.98|
|bacon, smoked streaky 250g||5.00||20.00|
|baked beans 410g||0.68||1.66|
|basmati rice 5l||10.99||1.09||per litre|
|biscuits, super wine 2 x 500g twin packs||7.00||7.00|
|bread, toast wholegrain 600g||2.14||3.57|
|broccoli 2 heads||3.00||1.50||each|
|chicken, boneless breast 354g||5.94||16.78|
|coriander, ground 30g||1.94||64.67|
|cream cheese 250g||2.99-3.48||11.96-13.92|
|creamed corn 418g||0.48||1.15|
|cheese, edam 1kg||9.40-9.48||9.40-9.48|
|chicken breast, smoked 300g||5.92||19.73|
|chocolate bar 50g||1.00||20.00|
|coconut cream 400g||1.09||2.73|
|condensed soup 420g||1.48||3.52|
|corned beef 1kg||6.00||6.00|
|cream 500ml||3.36||6.72||per litre|
|cottage cheese 500g||4.48||8.96|
|curry powder 40g||1.04||26.00|
|dishwashing liquid 750ml||2.80||3.73||per litre|
|eggs size 6 x 20 tray||3.98||0.20||each|
|frozen mixed berries (1kg strawberry & blackberry)||8.44||8.44|
|grapes green 900g||5.98||6.64|
|gluten free bread 650g||6.99||10.75|
|gluten free lasagne 200g||4.09||20.45|
|kumara, orange 1kg||2.99||2.99|
|kumara, red 1kg||3.48||3.48|
|lamb rump steak 300g||6.72||22.40|
|lamb, diced 373g||5.22||13.99|
|milk 2l||2.99||1.50||per litre|
|nashi pears 1kg||2.98||2.98|
|oil spray 200g||4.65||23.25|
|orange juice 3l||3.99||1.33||per litre|
|paprika, ground 40g||1.94||48.50|
|passata / pasta sauce 680g||1.99||2.93|
|peanut butter smooth 1kg||5.99||5.99|
|potatoes, brushed 100g||0.98||9.80|
|rice, medium grain 1kg||1.98||1.98|
|sausages 450g (GF)||6.39||14.20|
|silverbeet, bunch||1.68||1.68||per bunch|
|sour cream 500g||3.99-4.48||7.98-8.96|
|sugar, white 1.5kg||2.78||1.85|
|toilet paper 12-pack||5.00||0.41||each|
|tomato paste 140g||1.99||14.21|
|whole peeled tomatoes 400g||0.99||2.48|
Note that we currently have a goods and service tax of 15% that is included in all transactions including food (unless otherwise stated).
Added: Also, if a cashier asks if you want any bags at the end of processing your groceries, the cost will be extra and added to your bill. So take your own plastic bags or use your own re-usable ones.