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    Default spinoff What factors do you consider when buying groceries

    Something that has been on my mind since the milk thread and having a look at this website: http://www.ethical.org.au/

    Factors I look at are:
    Product of Australia
    Preservative and colour free
    Australian owned company
    Taste
    Price

    It's getting harder and harder to get food that is Product of Australia AND manufactured by an Australian owned company.

    Then I find it hard to choose between food manufactured by an Australian owned company, made in Australia but using a mix of local and imported ingredients vs overseas owned company using Australian sourced ingredients only.

    Admittedly looking for preservative and additive free stuff means I can walk past most of the stuff anyway.

    I have set brands of things I do like to buy, but after reading the ethical guide in the link above, realised that I can do better. I ended up coming home from from the supermarket with a headache.
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    Default spinoff What factors do you consider when buying groceries

    I'm the same but will admit there are some cheese , tin tomatoes and wines that I prefer from Italy and France but I figure that since the majority of our food is Australian made I'm ok! I mainly aim look for:

    Australian produce
    Only Australian fruit and veggies
    No preservatives or additives
    Organic ( all eggs, some dairy, some meat , some fruit and veg, all chicken and turkey )
    Taste ( I'm very fussy!)
    Free range ( meat and chicken)
    Grass fed ( meat)
    Seafood - Australian or NZ sustainable
    Ethical ( I use the shop ethical app but find most fresh food Aussie companies are fine!)

    I do buy Cadbury chocolate or chips rarely or for parties etc but again I'd say hopefully 90% of our food is the above , I'm lucky I have a great local butcher, fish monger , bakery, organic shop and fruit shop so I know exactly where my food comes from , it's just the grocery stuff I have to double check
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    Default spinoff What factors do you consider when buying groceries

    Product of Oz

    Produce preferably organic, grass fed etc etc

    Preservatives especially those that do make the kids go nuts

    Taste

    Price would actually come last - as long as I know it will get eaten.

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    I should add, I only buy Australian fish, free range eggs, only get meat from a butcher and try to get as much as I can from my fruit and veg shop.

    It is tricky for me because I have budgetary constraints and they can be expensive for fruit. I compromise by buying fruit from Coles and most of our veges from the Fruit and veg shop as their veges are so much nicer than anything Coles sell plus they last longer.

    I was pretty when I read in the ethical guide that the Chinese government owns Sunbeam and Angus Park. I try and avoid buying dried fruit anyway due to the preservative issue, but I thought I was okay with getting organic sultanas.

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    Honestly

    Price (we live on a very tight budget)

    Local produce (prefer to buy direct from the grower)

    Australian produced

    In season

    Quality/taste

    Australian owned


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    Price would be the most important aspect. I need to feed a large family with some dietary issues on a strict budget. I buy in bulk where I can. I try and mix it when I can, so I build my meal plan around what in season. A example is red capsicum were $3 a kilo today so we are having fajitas tomorrow night. I get all the free eggs I want (free ranged) so if I am stuck I make a egg based meal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveLivesHere View Post
    Honestly
    Local produce (prefer to buy direct from the grower)
    I would love to be able to buy direct from the grower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    I would love to be able to buy direct from the grower.
    I am blessed mum lives in a area where there is a few small crops farms just out of town and dh travels the 5 to 9 hrs up the coast every week. So we buy from roadside stalls where we can. It's often cheaper but more importantly the grower gets a good price for there produce.

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    We buy from a lot of roadside stalls and used to visit the farmer's markets every weekend. It's impossible now that I work weekend mornings, so we buy our veg organic from the local bulk/health food store. Our fruit is usually bought at roadside stalls. Veg is 90% organic independent, the rest supermarket.

    Meat, we buy only grass fed so that is basically all red meat in Australia. Or at least in the area we live in. Lamb, beef we buy from the butcher who breeds and slaughters his own whenever possible. Probably 3/4 of the time. Otherwise it's supermarkets for simplicity. We never eat pork (organic is just not available) and chicken is probably once per month (organic is hard to find and very expensive). Fish/seafood we only buy local wild caught and try to buy once per week, usually just supermarket.

    All other food items are bought in bulk from the health food shop unless time constrains too much. Supermarket is mainly toilet paper, pet food, drinking water some extras like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar if they are cheaper & I tend to get it delivered. We are paleo so diet is mainly meat and veg.

    This is a very expensive ($350+ per week for 4) way to eat & shop but it is our priority. Our food budget is by far our greatest expense in our pay.

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    I've come to a point where I hate grocery shopping. My fresh produce gets delivered weekly through a local company and everything else is Coles. I try to get Australian made/owned when I can but I don't check every product. It has been really hard for me to find a decent butcher so I get all our meat from Coles now after some bad experiences. I really wish I paid more attention to stuff like this. My shopping experience consists of me dragging DH throught Coles so we can get it over with as quickly as possible.

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    Default spinoff What factors do you consider when buying groceries

    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post

    Meat, we buy only grass fed so that is basically all red meat in Australia. Or at least in the area we live in. Lamb, beef we buy from the butcher who breeds and slaughters his own whenever possible. Probably 3/4 of the time. Otherwise it's supermarkets for simplicity. We never eat pork (organic is just not available) and chicken is probably once per month (organic is hard to find and very expensive). Fish/seafood we only buy local wild caught and try to buy once per week, usually just supermarket.


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    All Aussie meat is not all grass fed, even if it's fed grass in the pasture it's the months after when they are siting in feed lots before Slaughter where they are only fed grains is the problem, or in times of drought farmers supplement pasture with grains, unless they are certified grass fed then they don't sit in the feed lots , I also thought it was illegal for farmers to butcher their own meat? ( to sell/give to other people) it has to go to a licensed abattoir?
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