Queenslanders are being urged to reconsider how much they spend on takeaway food, amid alarming new stats that show we’re blowing the grocery budget.
Research carried out by the RACQ shows that on average, people spend $46 per week on takeaway food, with 67 per cent of people surveyed saying they bought lunch out at least once a week at around $21.29 per meal.
The survey also revealed that 64 per cent of Queenslanders set a food budget, but more than 80 per cent struggle to stick to it.
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RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross says that buying takeaway food can significantly affect your food budget.
“Food and consumables make up a large part of the weekly budget for most families, and this amount grows considerably when adding take away to the mix,” Ms Ross said.
“While we think it’s great to be able to get out and eat at a local restaurant or café, just make sure you’re factoring these extra costs into your budget, so it doesn’t come at the expense of other important bills and necessary purchases.”
“If you’ve set a food budget for the week and unexpectedly decide to eat out, take a look at how you can bring down your grocery bill so you can still stick to your plan,” she said.
Around 75 per cent of the survey respondents are looking to reduce the cost of their groceries, with the RACQ offering the following tips to do so.
• Plan your meals and make a list of ingredients to cut costs and avoid waste
• Clean out your pantry and fridge before grocery shopping and use what you have first
• Do your grocery shopping online and click and collect to avoid temptations in-store.