Outrage over price of groceries in Gladstone
DAYLIGHT robbery, overpriced, expensive and ridiculous is how Gladstone residents characterise the price of groceries in town.
Vicki Buenen wrote on The Observer's Facebook page that groceries are overpriced and the quality of fruit and vegetables was poor at the major supermarkets.
"I've often had to go without an item because the shelf is empty."
Mark Aldworth wrote the price of groceries in Gladstone is "daylight robbery".
"I can take a daytrip to Bundy and get fresher fruit and veg and more groceries and still spend less, even with paying for fuel," he said.
Michael Prasser commented: "Feeling ripped off for the quality and quantity you get for your money today."
Lauren Salisbury wrote: "This is ridiculous! It is way more expensive than Sydney."
Facebook user Gary N Nikki wrote about the changes in Gladstone, saying groceries were overpriced.
But, he said: "You get used to the price tag after you have lived here for five years or more and have seen the town boom, and then bust."
"It has always been overpriced, but we are all here for a reason.
"Either, the great lifestyle, or the money.
"You choose one, you don't get the other!"
But, user SnarlyJane Smith disagreed.
She said living in Gladstone wasn't a choice between lifestyle and money.
"We moved here for the work as this is where the work is," she said.
"Plus family is here.
"The money is no different, as expenses here are more.
"Lifestyle is impossible when there is a lack of funds due to the expenses surrounding day-to-day living.
"So, unfortunately, some of us neither have the lifestyle, nor the money, but to avoid living on the dole, you must move to where the work is."
Not everyone agreed that prices were high in Gladstone.
Bethany Usher wrote that prices were the same as everywhere else, while Luke Ridgway commented that prices were reasonable.
For others, even finding the product was difficult.
Suzie Oakley wrote it was: "Pointless when there is no stock on the shelf!"
Sales, bulk buying make dollars count says resident
GLEN Eden resident Tracey Fehlhaber shops smart to save money.
"If there's a sale at IGA I go there," she said.
"It all depends on where I am.
"Sometimes I travel to Brisbane, buy meat in bulk and then freeze it."
She said basics like fruit, vegetables and meat were the most expensive.
Edith Henicke said she spends most of her money on fruit and vegies, "because that's all I eat, I love them".
"Prices have been going up a little bit and it's hard on pensioners," she said.
Mrs Henicke said tomatoes, pears and rockmelons had the biggest increases.
She travels to Woolworths at Valley Shopping Centre from Mt Larcom to shop.
"There's nothing in Mt Larcom so a lot of us come down here to go shopping," she said.