Farmers reveal tips to save big on groceries

Farmers have revealed the number one way for families to avoid the supermarket price hikes.

With the price of groceries rising at supermarkets around the country, NSW Farmers has found a simple way to save on common food items.

“Shopping at the local independent green grocer rather than the supermarket could save you big,” NSW Farmers horticulture committee member Chris Stillard said.

“We had staff check out the prices this week and the supermarket was dearer on pretty much every type fruit and vegetable.

“This is a win-win for you and your community – not only can you save money, but you can also support a local small business in the process.”

In southeast Sydney this week, bananas, potatoes, oranges, tomatoes and cucumbers were all at least a dollar a kilo cheaper at a green grocer less than 100 metres from a major supermarket. There were even bigger savings on mushrooms and celery, while onions were less than half the price per kilo than the supermarket. Seasonal produce was also markedly cheaper, and Mr Stillard said adopting a seasonal diet would also help reduce the food bill.

“For families who are worried about the cost of living, eating fresh seasonal produce and doing a quick price check is an easy way to avoid paying too much,” Mr Stillard said.

“I find that the produce at my local green grocer is often fresher as well, because it hasn’t been kept in cold storage for a long time.

“There’s always going to be a place for supermarkets to grab your box of cereal or other household items, but for me it’s the butcher, baker and green grocer for most of our food.”

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