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The average cost of groceries per month

The average Australian spends $532.20 per month on groceries, but it varies by household size, location age and income.

We look at the average grocery bill in Australia by demographic and the latest statistics supermarket spend, including how many people are worried about the cost of groceries impacting their bank account balance.

Quick overview

  • Australians spent $14.18 billion on groceries in December 2023. Based on population data, that works out to a monthly value of $532.20 per person.
  • Finder data shows Aussies who shop for their household actually spend an average of $188 per week at the supermarket.
  • The food category most affected by inflation in the December 2023 quarter was eggs at 10.7%. The lowest was lamb and goat, with prices decreasing by 20.5%.
  • People living in Victoria spend the most on groceries at $193 per week. Those in South Australia spend the least at $181 per week.
  • Baby boomers spend the least each week at $152, followed by Gen Z at $182, then Gen X at $193 with Gen Y spending the most on average at $215 per week.
  • Dry, packaged foods like pantry staples makes up the largest portion of an Australian's shopping basket at 24%.

If it seems like your money isn't stretching as far as it used to at the supermarket, you're right. Data from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows prices rose for 78% of product categories between December 2022 and 2023.

This means you're paying around 9% more for bread, 11% more for eggs and 6% more for seafood, but 3.6% less for fruit. Inflation and transport costs are also putting pressure on suppliers and supermarkets, pushing prices up more. According to Finder's Consumer Sentiment Tracker, 42% of Aussies say their grocery shopping is causing them financial stress, up from 19% three years ago.

Average grocery bill per month for an Australian household

Australians spent $14.18 billion at the supermarket in December 2023, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). That works out to about $532 per person over the 31 days in December.

How much has the cost of groceries changed?

In Australia, the cost of living is rising across the board – with an overall inflation level of 4.1% as at December 2023. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic being largely over and the supply chain returning to normal, inflation has an impact on almost everything, including food.

If we look at just groceries, price increases between December 2022 and 2023 range from 1.8% for poultry (meat) to 10.7% for eggs. The categories that have gotten slightly cheaper are: fruit, vegetables, lamb & goat, beef & veal, and other meats.

This is a change from past trends, when staples actually got more affordable compared to inflation.

Grocery categoryInflation rate (12 months to Dec '23)
Eggs10.7%
Bread9.0%
Fish & seafood6.3%
Cheese6.2%
Coffee, tea & cocoa4.3%
Pork4.2%
Fruit-3.6%
Beef & veal-5.2%
Vegetables-1.3%

Source: Consumer Price Index, ABS, December 2024

Finder survey: What do Australians do to save money on groceries?

Response
Visit multiple stores60.86%
Bulk buy52.59%
Coupons37.85%
Other12.55%
I do not do anything to save money on groceries7.97%
Source: Finder survey by Pure Profile of 1004 Australians, December 2023

Average cost of groceries by state

So far for January 2024, people in the Victoria spend the most on groceries, with an average cost of $193 each week based on data from Finder's Consumer Sentiment Tracker. People in South Australia have the lowest average weekly cost of $181.

The difference in urban and regional areas

The cost of groceries is typically higher in regional and remote areas of Australia, where fewer supermarkets mean there is less competition. Transport to these areas also adds to the cost.

For example, groceries are on average 40% to 56% more expensive in remote and regional areas of the NT compared to district centres like Darwin or Alice Springs.

As another example, the price of eggs is 20% more in Alice Springs compared to Sydney according to data from Numbeo.

Hot tip: Shop local to save
Sometimes, groceries will be cheaper in a rural area if they're produced there. For example, bananas are 4.2% cheaper in Coffs Harbour than they are in Sydney – and 22.8% cheaper compared to prices in Adelaide.

Average cost of groceries by household size

A bigger household usually means a higher grocery cost if you're sharing meals together. This may not be the case in a share house, but for the sake of comparison let's take a look at different costs based on Finder's data for different types of households, with an example of the household size.

Household typeHousehold size exampleAverage cost of groceries per week
Single person1 person$140
Couple only2 people$180
Single parent with children2-3 people$195
Couple with children4 people$258

Source: Finder Consumer Sentiment Tracker (2024)

Average cost of groceries by lifestage

The Finder Consumer Sentiment Tracker shows that Gen Y spend the most on groceries, with an average weekly bill of $215. And Baby Boomers spend the least at $152 per week, suggesting that working adults and/or people with children at home typically have the highest grocery costs.

What kind of groceries are we buying?

Dry, packaged foods like pantry staples make up the biggest portion of our shopping baskets (24%). This is followed by meat (18%) and fresh fruit and vegetables (16%). Finder analysis shows meat and fresh fruit and vegetables both rose over 10% in 2022, which makes cost increases more noticeable for the average shopping basket.

What does this mean

As the cost of living rises further, what you spend at the supermarket will also increase – but there are still plenty of ways to save money on groceries. Creating a good budget is another important step to take to help ease your bill shock at the checkout.

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3 Responses

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    HadiMarch 27, 2024

    Hi
    Thanks for your good information

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    RichardMarch 10, 2024

    What are the average cost of groceries for a family of 4 in Perth?
    2 Adults
    2 kids at 17 and 22.
    Rg

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      SarahMarch 15, 2024Finder

      The average cost for a family of four is (Couple with children, 4 people) is $258, but this is a national average, not simply Perth.

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