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Coles shopper explains why you should always buy loose capsicums instead of pre-packaged option

Savvy shopper reveals why you should ALWAYS buy loose capsicums at the supermarket

  • A thrifty shopper has explained why you should always buy loose capsicums 
  • Ash Reid, from Perth, spotted a tri-colour capsicum pack at Coles for $8.90 
  • She purchased the loose red, green and yellow capsicums for just $4.50

A thrifty shopper has explained why you should always buy loose capsicums after she spotted the pre-packaged option costing double the price.

Ash Reid, from Perth, spotted a tri-colour capsicum pack at Coles for $8.90 – but she was able to save half the money after opting for the loose red, green and yellow capsicums, which cost her just $4.50.

In a TikTok video, she shared her money-saving trick after noticing the price difference between pre-packaged capsicum and the loose variety.

‘I have no doubt in my mind that this is very useless information, but if you go to Coles and want three capsicums, do not buy the three pack – it’s $8.90,’ she said.

‘If you buy them individually, $4.50… you’re welcome.’

She was able to save half the money after opting for the loose red, green and yellow capsicums, which cost her just $4.50

Ash Reid (pictured), from Perth, has explained why you should always buy loose capsicums after she found out the pre-packaged option cost double the price

She spotted a tri-colour capsicum pack at Coles for $8.90 - but she was able to save half the money after opting for the loose red, green and yellow capsicums, which cost her just $4.50

She spotted a tri-colour capsicum pack at Coles for $8.90 – but she was able to save half the money after opting for the loose red, green and yellow capsicums, which cost her just $4.50

How much does capsicum cost at Coles?

Tri-colour capsicum three-pack: $8.90 for 500g/ $17.80 per kilo

Red capsicum loose: $1.78 for approximately 200g/ $8.90 per kilo

Green capsicum loose: $1.23 for approximately 250g/ $4.90 per 1Kg

Yellow capsicum loose: $2.85 for approximately 320g/ $8.90 per kilo

Coles prices as of Thursday, April 22

The proud shopper shared a video of herself showing off her grocery bag with the the red, green and yellow capsicums she purchased.

‘Coles don’t want you to do the math… I tested it so you don’t have to,’  she wrote in her video caption, along with a laughing emoji.

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, a Coles spokeswoman said the supermarket offers customers a choice between loose and prepacked fresh produce. 

‘Many customers tell us they prefer the convenience of prepacked fresh produce, as knowing the exact weight and price of the item helps them with meal preparation and managing their budget,’ she said.

‘The additional labour and packaging requirements means these products come at an additional cost.

‘We continue to review packaging and look for ways to reduce plastic in our stores and more than one billion pieces of flexible plastic have been collected by REDcycle through our in-store soft plastic program since 2011.’

In December 2019, a shopper shared pictures showing a huge price difference between pre-packaged and loose fruits and vegetables in supermarket stores.

The Tri-colour capsicum has three capsicums, which costs $8.90 for 500g/ $17.80 per kilo

The Tri-colour capsicum has three capsicums, which costs $8.90 for 500g/ $17.80 per kilo

Ash was able to save half the money after opting for the loose red, green and yellow capsicums, which cost her just $4.50

Ash was able to save half the money after opting for the loose red, green and yellow capsicums, which cost her just $4.50

is pictures showed a packet of the bird's eye chilli priced at $3.50 for 20 grams, which worked out to be $175 a kilo

The loose chillies cost $28 a kilo

In December 2019, a shopper shared pictures showing a huge price difference between pre-packaged and loose fruits and vegetables in supermarket stores. His pictures showed a packet of the bird’s eye chilli (left) priced at $3.50 for 20 grams, which worked out to be $175 a kilo, while the loose chillies were $28 per kilo (right)

His pictures showed a packet of the bird’s eye chilli priced at $3.50 for 20 grams, which worked out to be $175 a kilo, while the loose chillies were $28 per kilo.

He explained how purchasing the pre-packaged option could cost shoppers up to six times the price of the loose varieties. 

Often the prices per kilo are written in a smaller font so it’s not immediately obvious that you’ll be charged more depending on how many you buy.



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