Posted by: CSD
Posted: 4th May 2018
As an aged pensioner faced with low income and growing costs of house maintenance, heating and increasing needs of medications, not all of which are on PBIS Scheme, despite being recommended by the hospital. Not having any family but so grateful for support from my local council I despair of the two leading supermarkets. I can see where they are targetting, which are families. This view is because the greatest savings seems to be on "family packs". Much too much for one person and a fridge that is used by a single person. The unused food just can't fit into a freezer and can become very boring to eat continuously. With mobility restrictions, I am unable to access Aldi or IGA shops (and I live in inner Melbourne). Really there is very little choice for someone like me.
In reality, there is a Woolworths 400 metres from my house but, in struggling to walk there (and walking is important to keep fit), I have to cross a busy road to reach there before resting to get my shopping. The staff are very good and caring but they can't change the nature of the stock, which is becoming more and more limited, and focused on the Home Brand. Occasionally a friend or a neighbour will take me to Coles, when they have time. I notice that Coles has its own Home Brands but also many others which have disappeared from Woolworths.
I have visited Aldi two or three times and was confused by a different range of products which I didn't know. It took me a while to walk around and assess everything. My confusion was at the checkout but that was through my ignorance.
My friend also took me to a nearly close IGA store, which was wonderful. It stocked a lot of brands that were no longer available in the main supermarkets, which I knew worked and were good value. Being based in North West Melbourne, the IGA also had wonderful meats that were not "family packs", beautiful cheeses, Mediterranean, delicatesant selections.and joyful treats.
I am fortunate in that where I live there are many independent shops of different and enjoyable ethnicities. I am not so fortunate in that I cannot access them. So, I guess, where I live is choice and it;s different people's choice. I regret the loss of alternatives shut down buy supermarket home brands.