Living costs eat into family budgets
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
SHARON Marsh is finding the cost of living is eating away at her budget.
Buying good quality food brands is becoming impossible with the general cost of living for families increasing.
The mother of two (pictured right) said her weekly shopping bill was more than $200.
'It's impossible to save, because the general products you need you have to pay the price for,' she said.
Sharon said the cost of food and the general cost of living today certainly were having an affect on families.
'I tend to try and buy the cleaning products all in different sections, not all at once and at bargain prices,'' she said.
'But things like meat, and school snacks you have no choice because they are needed.
'I tend to buy things like the little packets of chips for the kids because they last, and buy poppers and freeze them.'
Sharon said she looked for the bargains where she could.
'If things are on special, I will try and buy them that week,' she said.
'Especially the household cleaning products, because they certainly can be expensive.''
Sharon said she loved good quality products that had value for money.
'I prefer to have quality branded food, but sometimes if there is a special on the other brands I may buy them instead,'' she said.
Sticking to a shopping list and budget can prove hard in a shopping centre.
Sharon said she wrote out a list each time before she went shopping and did her best to stick to it.
'I try and stick to the list, because it is what I budget for,' she said.
'With my cleaning products I try and spread buying them out, to make it not so expensive, and so I don't blow the budget for the week.'
'With the increase in fuel prices and food, value for money certainly is important.'