I prefer to do all my fresh produce shopping at local market. For other stuff, I am loyal to Coles. First of all, its bang opposite my apartment and secondly I am comfortable with the pricing and quality of the stuff there.
That's good to hear. Unfortunately, I'm not entirely satisfied with the quality or freshness of the fruit and veg at the Coles close to us. I buy what I can there, but it I've been left wanting I'll go to Woolworths or the local market as well.
I don't put up with poor quality veg and will return if not of decent quality eg rubbery rockmelons. The day they did away with market inspectors at Brisbane's Rocklea Markets was a very sorry one indeed.
I mostly shop at a local growers market - they sell fresh produce which is chemical free and I enjoy the vibe down there on a Sunday. For everything else, I go wherever happens to be easiest to get to at the time. If there is a particular thing I buy which I know is cheaper from a particular shop, I'll go and buy it there. For example, I like using Huggies nappies, and Coles sells them for at least $8 to $12 a box less than other shops, so I make it a point to buy my nappies at Coles. For things where the price doesn't vary a lot, I don't care where I get it from.
Aldi for as much as I can. Having lived in Europe for years, I recognise a lot of the brands and products in aldi and what I get for a $50 spend at aldi (2 full shopping bags ) compared to what I get at Coles and woollies ( 1/2 a shopping bag if I'm lucky) is crazy... Also,I know about their bullying business practices to our producers... They give them big contracts at a price set by the supplier for a year, then when they are dependent on the volume I.e. They have hired new staff and bought new machinery for production, they then bully them into price points they can't afford or threaten to remove them from their shelves....they have done it to our fresh produce suppliers and are now starting it on our wine industry. Result...... Homogenised everything... All of the small producers who are doing a quality product are squeezed outside the industry .... Support independents where ever you can.... Keep the money and the power of our produce in Australia.... Not lining the pockets of conglomerates overseas!,
Thanks for your input joann. Some great points raised there. It really is not fair what the big supermarkets get away with at the cost to those who put their livelihoods on the line to provide for us, namely the producers.
I don't really believe in supermarket loyalty. I do shop at Coles and Woolworths from time to time for convenience, but I also like to shop at the local fruit & veg shop, our Central Market, and Foodland.
We don't have Aldi in South Australia, but I've never been too impressed with the ones I've been too. A lot of packaged goods, not much fresh produce. Perhaps there are bigger Aldi stores that I haven't been to before?
I agree with you. They don't seem to have as much fresh produce as Woolworths or Coles. Then again, I have only been to one Aldi. I really should visit the new one that's opened up close by to check it out.
Like you, here in SA, I shop at Foodland (Frewville, opp. the Arkaba). A few items might not be as cheap as Coles (there is nothing that would have me shop at a Woolworths, unless their Optimum dogfood was 1/2 price). I sometimes shop for less items at IGA.... and we visit the Central Market once a fortnight, the foodstalls, a coffee and people watching.... just wonderful. Have loved it for more than 30 years.
Don't worry about it, I can only see one of them ;). You must go to a lot of effort. I suppose it wouldn't be that bad if they were all located close to each other. The shopping centre close to us has Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and Franklins, plus other smaller grocers. Actually, now that I think about it, the variety can be overwhelming at times.
I was an Aldi convert, through and through - however, since DD # 2 was born, I have found it difficult to do the shopping with 2 children. So I have recently tried Coles Online and love, love, love it for the convenience. I am in the process of writing an article to compare Coles and Woolies online... keep an eye out for it on http://homegenius.com.au/
I'm a great student of the flyers which hit my letterbox weekly. All those poor trees! Fortunately those three stores come under the one roof ten minutes' drive away. At the end of April, WW and A will be in the one block even closer, so Coles may miss out on occasion if they have no decent specials.
I shop wherever I happen to be. Where it is easiest. I buy different things from different shops. Woolworth for fruit and veg Aldi's falls down badly here. Coles fresh stuff has gone downhill. I prefer to buy local if possible. I do not buy meat from the supermarket at all.
Aldi definitely as a first choice. You just can't get past their so much lower prices. And as someone else mentioned - their chocolates are simply divine. But - their business model is not to stock the slow sellers, so for what you can't get at Aldi, just go to someone else. And twice a week (usually Wednesdays and Saturdays) they offer new lines of useful products of any kind (check out their catalogue on line) which they get manufactured in huge quantity and sell at amazingly low prices. Not shopping at Aldi? You're wasting a couple of Grand a year - minimum.
Aldi for most of my groceries and they have the best chocolate as well.
Woolworths for the balance as stuff that is not at Aldi.
Both shops are located next to each other, so its convenient.
Have an occasional wander through Coles if it is on my way.
Definitely Aldi - the prices are great and the quality of their food, especially fresh meat, is really good. They don't stock everything though and that's when I pick up bits and pieces at Coles or Woolworths. but my main shop is at Aldi.
I love Aldi but at the moment in South Aust we only have 3 supermarkets. I usually buy from whoever have the specials I am after and buy my fruit and veg from the greengrocer as I know that most supermarkets lace their fruit and veg with chemicals to keep them fresher longer. I also buy my meat for the same reasons from the butcher. I believe too many chemicals in our bodies cause cancer. So that is my belief
I shop at Coles or Woolworths and do not agree with letting all these foreign companies into Australia to compete with Australian business as most of them would not allow us into their country.
Even though Aldi will come to Perth, I would not shop there -dont want the Germans to get my money and they wont pay tax either.
I was initially reluctant to shop at Aldi but now I love it!
It's so much cheaper. I think I save about $50 a week if not more.
They have products there that are better than you can get at the other supermarkets. I love the mayo, the pork and beef meatballs, and the chocolate.
Their staff are always happy.
And you get your shopping done so much faster because there are fewer products to get distracted by.