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The supermarket that really sells the cheapest groceries in Australia and why Aldi is better value

Aldi is more likely to sell cheaper groceries than supermarket giants Coles or Woolworths but it’s not always the best value.

Consumer group One Big Switch analysed 31 popular everyday goods ranging from fruit and shampoo to eggs and laundry detergent.

While the supermarkets don’t have cheap days, campaign director Joel Gibson said consumers would have less competition if they shopped early in the week or after hours.

‘The prices don’t change by day but there are fewer crowds on Mondays and Tuesdays, and you sometimes get end-of-day discounts on stock if you shop at night,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

Mr Gibson, the author of Kill Bills, said supermarkets sought to clear out perishable items at night and launched new specials on Wednesdays, when they all distributed a new catalogue with weekly deals.

German chain Aldi, which came to Australia in 2001, was the cheapest in 13 categories of the 31 compared.

Aldi is more likely to sell cheaper groceries than supermarket giants Coles or Woolworths but it’s not always the best value. Consumer group One Big Switch analysed 31 popular everyday goods ranging from fruit and shampoo to eggs and laundry detergent (pictured is an Aldi at Fairfield in Sydney’s south-west)

On the fruit front, Aldi is selling a 1kg watermelon for $1.49, three avocadoes for $2.97

On the fruit front, Aldi is selling a 1kg watermelon for $1.49, three avocadoes for $2.97

On the fruit front, Aldi is selling a 1kg watermelon for $1.49, three avocadoes for $2.97 and 750g of bananas for $2.49.

It also had the cheapest free-range eggs, sausages, corn, ham, tomatoes, biscuits, red capsicums, cheese, olive oil, and bin bags.

Coles was cheapest in seven categories, compared with eight for Woolworths.

Together, they tied equal best value for three items.

When it came to strawberries, Woolworths was the cheapest selling a 250g punnet for $1.50.

Woolworths, Australia’s biggest supermarket giant, was also cheapest for onions, selling 1kg for $2. 

It also had the best value pink lady apples, 1.25L Coca-Cola, shampoo, rice crackers, and paper towels.

Coles, which broke away from Wesfarmers in November 2018, had the cheapest 224-pack tissues at $1.30 each and the least expensive 300g blueberries for $4.50.

While food is good value, petrol is getting more expensive with average unleaded prices surging to record highs in several cities.

Aldi is selling 750g of bananas for $2.49. German chain, which came to Australia in 2001, was the cheapest in 13 categories out of the 31 One Big Switch analysed

Aldi is selling 750g of bananas for $2.49. German chain, which came to Australia in 2001, was the cheapest in 13 categories out of the 31 One Big Switch analysed

Coles, which broke away from Wesfarmers in November 2018, had the cheapest 224-pack tissues at $1.30 each, the least expensive 300 gram blueberries for $4.50 and the cheapest laundry detergent at

Coles, which broke away from Wesfarmers in November 2018, had the cheapest 224-pack tissues at $1.30 each, the least expensive 300 gram blueberries for $4.50 and the cheapest laundry detergent at 

In Brisbane, prices climbed by 16.7c a litre last week to a record-high 172.8c a litre while in Melbourne price increased by 12c litre to a record-high 166.9c a litre.

National pump prices were up 3.2c a litre to a 35-month high of 157.4c a litre, Australian Institute of Petroleum data showed.  

Inflation spiked during the last financial year, surging to 3.8 per cent or a level well above the Reserve Bank of Australia’s two to three per cent target, thanks to higher petrol prices. 

But consumers can at least feel richer with new official data showing Australian households on average had assets worth $522,032 in the June quarter.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’s head of finance and wealth Katherine Keenan said a surge in property prices had driven wealth levels to record highs.

‘The strong property price growth reflected record low interest rates, rising consumer confidence and demand being greater than the levels of housing stock on the market,’ she said.

When it came to strawberries, Woolworths was the cheapest selling a 250 gram punnet for $1.50

When it came to strawberries, Woolworths was the cheapest selling a 250 gram punnet for $1.50

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