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If you’ve been wondering how you could save on your grocery bills, it could be as simple as making a supermarket switch.

Shopping at ALDI is helping Australians save up to $17 on a basket of groceries compared to Coles and Woolworths, according to a new report by CHOICE.

The consumer advocacy group has been commissioned by the federal government to research supermarket prices every quarter for the next three years, and its first report has just been released.

It found that a basket of 14 common grocery items is 25% cheaper than the same items at Coles or Woolworths. To uncover just which supermarkets are offering the best value, mystery shoppers were sent to 81 supermarkets, including Woolworths, Coles, ALDI and IGA in 27 locations across Australia in March.

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The grocery baskets included the following 14 items:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Weet-Bix
  • Sliced white bread
  • Flour
  • Penne
  • White sugar
  • Tea bags
  • Tinned diced tomatoes
  • Block of tasty cheese
  • Full-cream dairy milk
  • Frozen peas
  • Beef mince
  • Butter

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“ALDI was the clear leader on value for money in our first supermarket basket survey for 2024, with our basket of 14 products costing just $51.51 – coming in at about 25% cheaper than Coles or Woolworths,” said CHOICE CEO, Ashley de Silva.

“Grocery prices at Coles and Woolworths are very closely matched, with only 75 cents separating the prices of our basket of 14 items without specials. Coles was the most expensive at $69.33, while the basket at Woolworths came in at $68.58.”

Who is paying the most for groceries?

CHOICE also analysed price differences between Australian states and territories, and it found that on average Tasmanian and Northern Territory shoppers are paying more for their groceries, because they don’t have the option to shop at ALDI.

In areas where shoppers have access to Woolworths, Coles and ALDI, CHOICE found that Western Australians are paying more, on average.

We asked the Mouths of Mums community which supermarket they believe has the cheapest groceries, and the responses (which you can read by clicking above) were a mixed bag.

Many agreed that ALDI is providing the best value for money.

“ALDI is the cheapest, but you can’t get everything you need at ALDI. So then you go into the other stores, and spend more,” commented Jodie.

“Even ALDI is sneaking up these days, but it’s still the cheapest,” said Stacey.

But others say grocery prices are crippling no matter where you shop.

“Not sure how every one says ALDI. I walked out of there yesterday $88 poorer and with 1 bag in each hand!”

Where do you do your grocery shopping at the moment? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • I find that shopping the specials is the cheapest way and Aldi often cheat with a smaller size of goods looking cheaper. Also they never sell bulk goods ie 2kg sugar or flour which is much cheaper in Coles or Woolworths. Fresh fruit & Veg are also smaller pieces. These days you have to keep your wits about you and also consider that your superannuation fund has invested in Coles and Woolworths [they cannot invest in Aldi as it is a privately owned German family entity] and the profits and returns on your super fund come from these investments.,

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  • I do enjoy browsing the Aldi specials.

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  • Getting to love all the Aldi specials especially stocking of South Africa products in some outlets.
    They are cheaper than Woolworths and Coles with alot of products.
    Their cleaning and washing products I believe are simply the best.

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  • It amazes me thgat so many people do actually love Aldi !

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  • yes Aldi wins but where do they source their frozen vegies and what do the chinese farmers put on the vegies. Not for me I stick with Aussie vegies.

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  • If only Aldi was more accessible to me.

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  • Im not surprised Aldi has come in first amongst the other two.

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  • I shop at Coles and shop to the catalogue and specials.

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  • I love Aldi! The quality of their meat and fruit and veg far exceeds Woolies or Coles.
    The chocolate is also insanely delicious!
    I do get roped into the special guys easily however haha

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  • Not everyone has an Aldi close. Driving 1 hour each way to my closest Aldi defeats the purpose of saving money. And they don’t always have the range of products you need anyway

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  • I’ve always said this! There’s been a bit in the news down here in Tassie as we don’t have Aldi and we really need one or two stores to bring some competition. I hope they really push for it and it happens! I’ve been waiting a long time!

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  • Sometimes aldi can be cheaper but I find even the basics are the same price at Coles, so I go there more often now so I can atkeats get my flybuys

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  • I shop across a number of places, supermarkets and the fresh food market to get the best prices and deals.

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  • Whilst Aldi may be cheapest, who want to support a German giant here in Australia ?
    Also I don’t like Aldi’s assortment; they don’t do a lot of vegetarian products, nor healthfood, not even decaf ground coffee or freshly baked bread.


    • I shop at Coles, Woolworths and the fruit & vegetable market

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  • I always hate these statements. Are they comparing branded items at Coles and Woolies vs home brand at aldi?
    I know fruit and veg would be different, but keeping to Weetbix and Lipton tea, then home brand for other products, Woolies online shop everything at $48.05 today.
    I try to do an honest proper shop every few months at aldi and the last time I tried, the only saving was cheaper bread and eggs. 20c saving on eggs, and bread wasn’t a saving because the bread quality was poor. Not worth the extra hassle when I still have to go elsewhere for some items or have the convenience of better budgeting from online shopping.

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  • Does not surprise me, but Aldi doesn’t offer home delivery – and I need that because of my disabilities.

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  • Aldi is fine for fresh produce and some other products but just because it’s cheaper doesn’t mean it’s good.

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  • Absolutely not surprised, but I really don’t like a lot of the pantry items at Aldi. Woolworths rewards are currently the best incentive, Flybuys never offer points for anything I actually buy. I have over $100 to put towards family Christmas lunch on my woolies card, woo!
    I shop everywhere, but I always check catalogues and have meal plans ready to go before I start.

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  • Aldi is cheapest and we don’t have one here in Tas. I shop Coles, Woolies and IGA and grab the specials

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  • I’m not convinced. I like certain brands that they don’t stock and always shop my pantry & freezer staples when they are on good specials. So much more variety in the bigger stores and better specials.

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