Household budget: Australians spend more on food than on electricity and education

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It is not our energy bills and secondary education that are costing us dearly. Households spend almost $ 100 per week on this little treat.

ALSO, we love our take out – in fact, we spend more on restaurant meals and take out than on electricity, gas and even high school.

New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that Australian households spend an average of $ 95.05 each week on restaurant meals and take out. That’s about triple the amount of their electric bills ($ 35.05) or what they spend on high school ($ 27.99).

In 2015-16, Sydney topped this list, spending $ 112.80, compared to a weekly bill of $ 74 for Darwin.

Comparison site finder.com.au found that Australians spend a staggering $ 2.6 billion annually on food and drink delivery through companies such as Menulog, UberEats, Deliveroo and Foodora.

Finder silver expert Bessie Hassan told news.com.au that Australians who order through Menulog, UberEats, Deliveroo and Foodora order food on average once a week,

“Australian households spend around $ 12,300 a year on food and non-alcoholic drinks, but it’s getting easier and easier with more and more restaurants happy to deliver to your doorstep,” she said.

Tobacco also dominated ABS in June 2018 weekly household expenses and consumer price movements, with an average weekly spend of $ 46.49. It also ranked first (out of 20) for being the fastest growing expense, up 202% from June 2008 to June 2018.

Lower electricity prices are at the top of the agenda for the new government of Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister promising to take “the big stick” to the energy companies.

But the figures show that neither electricity nor gas were among the top 10 household expenses, but they respectively followed tobacco as a rapidly rising expense, with electricity rising 117.4% and gas / household fuels up 89.2%.

Electricity ranked 13th with a national weekly expenditure of $ 35.05, while gas and other household fuels ranked at the bottom of the list at 38th, with an expenditure of just $ 14.06.

According to ABS’s 2015/2016 Weekly Household Spending Report, Darwin ranked first out of the eight cities, for having the highest electricity bills at $ 45.50, compared to Melbourne at 28, $ 85.

However, it had the lowest gas bills (no surprises) at just $ 2.07, compared to Melbourne which topped the list (no surprises either) at $ 22.27.

The 2018 figures for preschool ($ 15.28), secondary ($ 27.99) and higher ($ 26.25) have not changed much from the 2015-16 data. Weekly preschool spending increased 55 cents, high school spending by 10 cents, and tertiary education increased 35 cents.


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