AUSSIES, we do love our takeaway — in fact, we spend more on restaurants meals and takeaway then we do on electricity, gas and even secondary education.
New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed Australian households spend on average $95.05 each week on both restaurant meals and takeaway. That’s around triple the amount of their electricity bills ($35.05) or what they spend on secondary education ($27.99).
In 2015-16, Sydney topped that list, spending $112.80, compared to a weekly bill of $74 for Darwin.
Comparison site finder.com.au found Australians were spending an incredible $2.6 billion each year on food and drink delivery through companies such as Menulog, UberEats, Deliveroo and Foodora.
Finder’s money expert Bessie Hassan told news.com.au that Aussies 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, however that’s getting easier and easier with more restaurants happy to deliver to your front door,” she said.
Tobacco also topped the ABS’ June 2018 weekly household expenditure and consumer price movements, with an average weekly spend of $46.49. It also ranked first (out of 20) for being the fastest rising expense, up 202 per cent from June 2008 to June 2018.
Lower power prices are top of the agenda for Scott Morrison’s new Government, with the Prime Minister vowing to take “the big stick” to energy companies.
But figures show that neither electricity nor gas ranked among the top 10 biggest household expenses, however they respectively followed tobacco as a fast rising expense, with electricity up 117.4 per cent and gas/household fuels up 89.2 per cent.
Electricity came 13th with a weekly national spend of $35.05, while gas and other household fuels ranked towards the bottom of the list at 38th, with a spend of just $14.06.
According to the ABS’ 2015/2016 Weekly Household Expenditure 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 (also no surprises) at $22.27.
The 2018 preschool ($15.28), secondary ($27.99) and tertiary education ($26.25) figures didn’t change much compared to 2015-16 data. Preschool weekly spend was up 55 cents, secondary up 10 cents and tertiary increased by 35 cents.