Start taking charge of your living expenses
Want to feel financially confident and in control amid rising costs? See what things you can do to adapt to the changes and take charge of your money!
In this edition of The Beforepay Beat:
- The grocery items costing you more, and how you could save
- Guess which supermarket is Aussies’ favourite!
- Cost of living: spending drops as people navigate price surges
- How to make the most of your rental situation
How cheese and cereal could be adding to your grocery bill!
If you’ve got milk, bread and cheese on your shopping list, you’re probably paying more than you did a year ago!
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that dairy and related products saw the biggest price increase between February 2022 and February 2023, up 14.3%. The second-highest price hike? Bread and cereal products, up 12.5%.
To give you an idea of what this looks like in your local supermarket, an 805g box of Nutri-Grain that you used to buy for $9.50 now costs $10.50, according to Compare the Market’s comparison. And if you thought that was steep, you should see what happened to cheese!
Household staples are costing more. Here are some ideas you could try to help you save on your groceries.
2. Stick to your shopping list
3. Sign up to a rewards program for deals
4. Buy no-brand groceries
5. Buy sale items in bulk.
Most Aussies prefer to do their grocery shop at Woolies!
According to Finder research, Woolworths is the top supermarket preference for 48% of Australians. Bonus fact: this hasn’t changed since 2021!
39% listed Coles as their preference, followed by 10% preferring to shop at Aldi.
Where do you like to do your grocery shop?!
Consumers cut back on spending to adjust to cost of living
The average daily spend for Australians saw a general decrease in March, dropping 1.8% to $57.17 from $58.23 in February. The figure also represents a 7.3% decrease year-on-year, down from $61.68 in March 2022.
The March 2023 Beforepay Cost of Living Index reveals households are cutting back on non-discretionary expenses in an effort to curb spending amid rising costs.
- Spending for durable shopping and fitness and health saw the most notable relative month-on-month decreases, down 5.6% (from $6.58 to $6.21) and 5.7% (from $2.48 to $2.34) respectively.
- Entertainment and leisure expenses saw the largest year-on-year decrease, down 18.5% from $3.68 in March 2022 to $3.00 in March 2023.
- Spending on necessities decreased by an average of 1%. Grocery spending dropped by 1.4% from a daily average of $15.27 in February 2023 to $15.06 in March 2023.
Prepare a financial safety net to prepare for whatever pops up
Having extra funds set aside could help you avoid feelings of financial stress.
The spending insights tool in the Beforepay app could be handy for this!
By tracking your average monthly spending, including your spending categories and regular bills, you could see how much you need to save to get through a month without pay if you suddenly lose work, for instance, and still meet your financial obligations.
Then you could start figuring out how much of your pay you can set aside to build your emergency fund.
Getting into good saving habits now could save you time and stress later!
The median rent in Australia rose 10.2% in 2022. Here’s what you could do about it.
The Australian population is growing, rising costs mean less people are buying, and there’s a greater demand for rental properties. So here we are, in a “rental crisis”.
With renting, knowing your rights can help you manage your finances and your general financial wellbeing. For instance, did you know your state could have regulations around things like how often your rent can be increased, and your right to negotiate with your landlord?
Whether renting or owning, here are some things you could do to manage rising living costs.
1. Assess your current financial situation to see where to cut back and save.
2. Consider downsizing.
3. Living solo? Find a roommate or rent out a spare room.
4. Relocate (if feasible) to avoid higher rent in capital cities.
5. Supplement with other income streams, like a side hustle or freelance work.
Find out more, including links to the government bodies that manage renting regulations in each state and information about rental support.
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