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The $7 Kmart gadget people are going crazy for

<p>Shoppers are losing their minds over the new Kmart device that has taken all the hard work out of cooking.</p> <p>People have taken to social media to share their adoration for the store’s $7 2-in-1 Chopper, with many saying it’s replaced the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/is-there-anything-kmarts-29-pie-maker-cant-do/" target="_blank">pie maker that previously dominated the talk waves,</a> as their number one product from the discount store.</p> <p>The affordable device, which is available at most stores, chops up your fruit and vegetables in just seconds, making meal preparations much faster.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7825163/kmart.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bbc438339c4849e197450f50772de5bc" /></p> <p>“Pull chopper where have you been all my life!!!! Best Kmart purchase ever. Kids... get ready for all the hidden veggies!!” One Kmart shopper wrote.</p> <p>“I love mine so much I've bought another five as backups!” another comment read.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcaravansalburywodonga%2Fposts%2F2480556015303698&amp;width=500" width="500" height="651" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The easy-to-use appliance simply requires the user to add the ingredients into the container, close the lid and pull the string a few times until you are satisfied with the freshly prepped food.</p> <p>The chopper also has an additional blender attachment, which allows you to blend ingredients for dips, marinades, milkshakes and even whipped cream.</p> <p>Many Facebook users have even gone as far to call the $7 appliance the “best chopper” they have used.</p> <p>“The best new product since the pie maker,” one fan of the Kmart item said.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsilvana.david%2Fposts%2F10157302397032289&amp;width=500" width="500" height="669" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>One excited user wrote the device saves so much time.</p> <p>“Save yourself some time in the kitchen and grab the $7 chopper from Kmart. I was able to chop carrots, zucchinis, mushrooms, celery, garlic and onion all in under 10 mins!”</p> <p>Another wrote: “Pretty sure my new favourite thing is my Kmart $7 pull-chopper thingo.”</p> <p>Will you be trying out this $7 kitchen must have? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Massive Coles sale sends shoppers into a frenzy

<p>If you need to stock up the freezer, this might be the right time as frozen food has been marked down at Coles.</p> <p>The nationwide sale in the frozen food section, which applies in-store, saw the prices slashed of a popular frozen chip brand by more than half.</p> <p>Bags of Birds Eye Deli Seasoned Chips are being sold for 98 cents, down from the usual RRP of $3.50.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fthediscountmum%2Fphotos%2Fa.312978146239006%2F323591185177702%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="632" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The sale has excited bargain hunters, with some grabbing the coveted items in large numbers.</p> <p>“Just bought them all out at my store!” a shopper shared.</p> <p>“Just got back from Coles, stocked up on frozen potato items,” another added.</p> <p>One said, “Thank you to whoever shared the post about the cheap chips, good to know they are available in WA too, just went to Coles Alkimos Trinity and they have a full freezer.”</p> <p>A Coles spokesperson told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/eat/coles-slashes-price-of-frozen-chips-and-people-are-loving-it/news-story/af19a95a3d9c38ed662368450d728834" target="_blank">news.com.au</a> </em>that the supermarket is “clearing space for an exciting new range of products that are set to land in stores across Australia over the next couple of weeks”.</p> <p>The new range of products may also hit the shelves in Woolworths, which slashed the prices for select freezer items for one day <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/retirement-income/woolworths-mega-half-price-sale-is-now-on-for-today-only" target="_blank">last week</a>. Online delivery and pick-up shoppers were able to get products from ice cream to frozen dinners at half price.</p> <p>Will you be picking up the chips in store? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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BREAKING: Popular eggs recalled across the country after salmonella fears

<p>If you’ve purchased any eggs from Woolworths, Coles or an independent store lately, you may want to throw them away.</p> <p>This is due to Salmonella fears from Bridgewater Poultry farm eggs.</p> <p>The eggs that have been impacted are:</p> <ul> <li>Woolworths 12 Cage Free Eggs 700g</li> <li>Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 600g</li> <li>Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 700g</li> <li>Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 800g</li> <li>Loddon Valley Barn Laid 600g in Victoria and South Australia</li> </ul> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">⚠️ Food recall ⚠️ Bridgewater Poultry is recalling various barn laid eggs and cage free eggs in ACT, NSW, Vic., Tas., and SA. The recall is due to potential Salmonella Enteriditis contamination <a href="https://t.co/XoaQSF8D1a">https://t.co/XoaQSF8D1a</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FoodRecallAu?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FoodRecallAu</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FSANZ?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FSANZ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FoodRecall?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FoodRecall</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SalmonellaSE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SalmonellaSE</a> <a href="https://t.co/NYVDl3a8C9">pic.twitter.com/NYVDl3a8C9</a></p> — FoodStandardsAusNZ (@FSANZnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/FSANZnews/status/1108506513159712768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">20 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The products have been available in Woolworths and independent stores in ACT, NSW, VIC and TAS and Coles in VIC and SA.</p> <p>Any food products that contain salmonella can cause severe illness if eaten and any people concerned about their health should seek medical advice.</p> <p>Salmonellosis symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms usually appear around six to 72 hours after the contaminated food has been eaten. It can last for four to seven days but can go on for much longer.</p> <p>According to NSW Health data, there were 412 cases of salmonella in January.</p> <p>You are able to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.</p> <p>Check your eggs!</p>

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What’s the best way to access your money overseas?

<p>Figuring out the best way you can access your money can be tricky, especially when you’re overseas. Are you better off taking a wad of cash or should you put the funds onto a travel money card? You could also use your debit or credit card as well.</p> <p>With so many options, it can be hard knowing which one is best for you. The sensible route is having a variety of ways to access your money in case of an emergency, but for everyday use, it’s better to pick one method and stick to it.</p> <p><strong>1. Cash</strong></p> <p>Cash, for some, is king. If you want foreign currency, you can go to a bank or a post office to buy the currency you need for your trip. It’s useful to have a small amount of cash on hand before you can get to an ATM, and depending on what country you’re going to, you can only use cash.</p> <p>However, carrying too much can be a safety risk and if your cash gets stolen, there’s no way to trace it and get it back.</p> <p><strong>2. Pre-paid travel money cards</strong></p> <p>These are essentially debit cards that you can pre-load and use overseas. Banks, the post office and sometimes major airlines offer them. You use them just like a normal debit card and can withdraw funds from an ATM if needed.</p> <p>With the option to pre-load a variety of currencies on the one card, it’s handy if you’re travelling through a few countries. You’re also able to top up the card with ease through your mobile phone.</p> <p>It can be tricky saving all the money upfront though, and you might get a worse exchange rate than you could get via your normal debit card.</p> <p><strong>3. Debit cards</strong></p> <p>You can just take your ordinary debit card along with you if preferred. It’s already in your name and has all the money you need on it.</p> <p>However, it can be expensive to withdraw funds from overseas ATMS, as you can be charged a withdrawal fee, currency conversion fee and foreign transaction fee. Another issue is that not all stores accept debit cards.</p> <p><strong>4. Credit cards</strong></p> <p>You can also use your credit card if you want overseas. It’s already been opened, so there’s no hassle of opening a new account and if there are unauthorised payments, the bank you’re with will cover it. It’s also handy in an emergency as you’ll have access to a large amount of cash.</p> <p>However, you could be at risk of getting your card skimmed and if you’re not careful, you could be left with a big bill once you return home.</p> <p><strong>5. Travel credit cards</strong></p> <p>This is just like a normal credit card, except this card offers no foreign transaction fees. As it’s designed specifically for travellers, you can gain access to airport lounges or travel credits. Some credit cards even provide travel insurance through the card.</p> <p>However, the high annual fees and interest rates might put you off using this method, especially if you’re not a frequent traveller.</p> <p><strong>6. Travellers’ cheques</strong></p> <p>Ah, these will take you back. Widely used between the 1950s and 1990s, travellers’ cheques were the norm. These are physical cheques that can be bought in Australia with a fixed amount of money.</p> <p>The cheques can be replaced if they’ve been misplaced or stolen, as well as being able to be used in some developing countries.</p> <p>Unfortunately, they are no longer widely accepted, even at banks and are more expensive than the other options that have been mentioned.</p> <p><strong>7. Last but not least, wiring money</strong></p> <p>Wiring money is referred to a money transfer service or a bank wire transfer. You can have someone send you money in Australia to an overseas financial services firm, where the traveller can access the funds.</p> <p>It’s helpful for sending large amounts and good for emergencies, especially if you’re staying overseas and need to pay for housing or education costs.</p> <p>It can take several days for the funds to be in the account, the fees on the amount sent over can be very high and the exchange rates are usually poor.</p> <p>What’s your preferred method of accessing your money overseas? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Major victory for dairy farmers as Coles and ALDI ditch $1 milk

<p>Supermarket giants Coles and ALDI have followed Woolworths’ lead and have increased their prices on milk.</p> <p>They’re raising the prices of their two and three-litre bottles of milk and passing on the extra money to Australian dairy farmers.</p> <p>The two supermarkets will add 10 cents per litre to each bottle, making their two litres of milk cost $2.20 and three litre bottles cost $3.30.</p> <p>However, the initiative is only temporary for both supermarkets. Both companies realise that this is a short-term solution to an issue that demands structural reform.</p> <p>Coles Group Chief Executive Officer Steven Cain has said that his company is looking to make the dairy industry more sustainable, alongside government and industry stakeholders.</p> <p>Minutes after Coles announced their decision, ALDI followed suit.</p> <p>Cain told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/other-industries/coles-and-aldi-to-raise-milk-prices/news-story/855b0b7c81cd1f14b9a68e78be872045" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>:</em></p> <p>“We are moving to provide relief right now.”</p> <p>ALDI managing director of buying Oliver Bongardt says that the decision recognises greater issues within the dairy industry.</p> <p>“This solution is a short-term measure and will allow our processors to immediately pass additional funds to their dairy farmers outside of normal seasonal adjustments,” Bongardt told<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/other-industries/coles-and-aldi-to-raise-milk-prices/news-story/855b0b7c81cd1f14b9a68e78be872045" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</em></p> <p>Do you think Coles and ALDI made the right decision? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Big W launches massive online flash sale in light of liquidation rumours

<p>Big W has launched a massive two-day flash sale, with prices slashed on over 2,000 items site-wide.</p> <p>The sale, dubbed the “Click Bonanza” launched at 7 am this morning and will run until midnight on March 20th – or while stock last.</p> <p>There are huge price drops on homeware items, including a Dyson V6 Handstick, which is down from $529 to $349.</p> <p>A Breville Nespresso machine is also being offered at almost half price, which is ideal for espresso lovers everywhere.</p> <p>Toys are on offer at an amazing 25 per cent off, so there’s never been a better time to snag those gifts for the grandkids at a discount.</p> <p>But if toys aren’t your thing, there are discounts on electronics, with 30 per cent off on all Cygnett products.</p> <p>Clothing is on offer for just $1, and even the Harry Potter range of clothing, which is highly sought after, is on offer with a 25 per cent discount.</p> <p>Big W told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/big-w-launches-massive-online-flash-sale-on-homewares/news-story/85eac8abab234afe91a72afa5d902b52" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>:</em></p> <p>“There was a sale for every room of the house, from the living room to the kitchen and right through to the bedrooms — even the kids’ rooms.”</p> <p>With Macquarie Wealth Group recommending that up to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/struggling-to-stay-afloat-big-w-could-be-forced-to-shut-down-a-third-of-its-stores" target="_blank">a third of stores be shut down</a> in order to return Big W to profitability, this sale comes as a welcome surprise.</p> <p>Are you planning to get your hands on anything? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Struggling to stay afloat: Big W could be forced to shut down a third of its stores

<p>As Big W continues to struggle as a department store chain, it could be forced to shut down one third of its 183 stores in order to return to profitability.</p> <p>Macquarie Wealth Management said in a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/big-w-could-be-forced-to-close-a-third-of-its-183-stores-macquarie/news-story/0d32d9ce8530eaee65c5f832a729e343" target="_blank">client note on Friday</a> that closing 60 stores would come at a massive cost. This is due to the existing $2.7 billion in leasing commitments.</p> <p>Woolworths is due to give an update in coming weeks about the future of the merchandise retailer, as it lost $110 million last financial year and $8 million in the first half of 2019.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/big-w-could-be-forced-to-close-a-third-of-its-183-stores-macquarie/news-story/0d32d9ce8530eaee65c5f832a729e343" target="_blank">The Australian</a> , Macquarie Wealth Management recommended partial closure.</p> <p>“Partial closure of the most unprofitable and shorter lease stores is more likely.</p> <p>“Given significant closure costs for the portfolio, a more likely scenario is Woolworths to close up to one-third of its stores (60 stores), in our view. This cost could be around $759 million.”</p> <p>Macquarie said that the ultimate cost would come down to the lease terms remaining on “problematic sites and whether the landlord would accept a discount given potential for alternate use, etc.”</p> <p>“The market may like the removal of uncertain downside given the challenging industry outlook,” the client’s note said.</p> <p>Macquarie have recognised that half of Big W’s stores are located in challenging retail areas.</p> <p>“It is unlikely these locations will enable Big W to regain the momentum required for profitability,” it said.</p> <p>“In a challenging retail environment, we see a reduction in store count as the most likely outcome from the review. Given the format of Big W stores, we believe it would be difficult to reduce space as Myer is doing and that outright store closure is more likely.”</p> <p>A spokesperson from Woolworths has said:</p> <p>“At our half-year results in February we announced a national review of our Big W store and distribution centre network.</p> <p>“The review is ongoing and no decisions about our network have been made. We will update our team members and the market once the review has been completed.”</p> <p>Are you going to miss Big W? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Now is the time to plan how to fight the next recession

<p>Australia’s nearly three decades of uninterrupted economic growth won’t last forever.</p> <p>Sooner or later policymakers will need to respond to a downturn that could come from any number of sources. A severe downturn in our main trading partner, China, a collapse of the local property market, global financial turmoil, or an unfortunate confluence of multiple factors are all possible triggers.</p> <p>The real question is not whether or even when a recession will come, but how well positioned we will be to respond.</p> <p>And, unfortunately, the answer right now is “not very”.</p> <p>To understand what will be required to battle the next Australian recession it’s useful to distinguish between two broad types of economic trouble.</p> <p><strong>1. Two types of threat</strong></p> <p>The first is what one might call a “run-of-the-mill business cycle downturn”. Think Australia, 1990. In this scenario interest rates are raised to ward off inflation but eventually choke off business investment and private spending. Unemployment rises and GDP falls.</p> <p>The central bank responds by cutting interest rates, and the federal government responds with “Keynesian” economic stimulus (extra government spending and/or tax cuts).</p> <p>The second type of trouble is different, what might be called “mass financial panic”.</p> <p>Think the United States in 2008. In this scenario an event (such as massive mortgage defaults) causes financial institutions to fail.</p> <p>If those financial institutions are connected to others then the entire financial system seizes up because everyone stops lending money to each other at once. It’s like a car going from 100km/h to 5km/h in half a second. It hurts.</p> <p>The Keynesian response is completely insufficient in these circumstances. What’s needed is to get credit moving again.</p> <p>And this requires people not only believing that they should lend money, but also believing that others will lend money, keeping the economy afloat and making the exercise worthwhile.</p> <p>Coordinating what economists refer to as “<a href="http://personal.lse.ac.uk/dasgupt2/hob_main.html">higher-order beliefs</a>” requires overwhelming financial force. It’s a kind of<span> </span><a href="https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/education/008/expertclips/005">Powell doctrine</a><span> </span>in which the US went in with far more troops than it needed after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in the early 1990s in order to overwhelm the enemy.<a href="http://theconversation.com/vital-signs-the-gfc-and-me-ten-years-on-what-have-we-learned-103514"></a></p> <p>It was the thinking behind then US Treasury Under Secretary Larry Summers’<span> </span><a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/10/12/inside-the-crisis">US$50 billion rescue package to head off the Mexican peso crisis in 1994</a>, and what then US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson did to avoid a repeat of the Great Depression in 2008.</p> <p><strong>2. The Reserve Bank is less than prepared</strong></p> <p>How well is Australia prepared to respond quickly in either of these scenarios?</p> <p>Scenario 1 requires the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates and the government to spend money fast. With interest rates already at an historically low 1.50% – and perhaps lower by the time trouble arises – there’s little room left to cut further.</p> <p>Unorthodox measures might be necessary, like so-called “quantitative easing”. This involves large purchases of long-term bonds to flood markets with money.</p> <p>While there is now experience from the US and Europe about how to do this, in Australia the Reserve Bank would be breaking new ground. Getting into such a program is not simple, and getting out might be very complicated.</p> <p>But of course jacking up interest rates now to give the bank room to cut later isn’t a solution. That could trigger a recession itself. The bank has to grapple with how to respond to even a standard recession in the new age<span> </span><a href="http://larrysummers.com/category/secular-stagnation/">of permanently low real interest rates</a>.</p> <p><strong>3. We’ve money to spend, but not the means</strong></p> <p>The government’s fiscal response requires having the capacity to run large budget deficits, which means being able to borrow. Australia’s capacity to borrow is currently good, with<span> </span><a href="https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BriefingBook45p/DebtPosition">net debt as a proportion of gross domestic product at around 19.2%</a>.</p> <p>This is low by both international and historical standards. A former chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer, and one of the world’s leading macroeconomists, David Romer, have<span> </span><a href="https://eml.berkeley.edu/~dromer/papers/Romer&amp;RomerCrisesandPolicyRevised.pdf">persuasively documented</a><span> </span>how vital such “fiscal capacity” is. Australia gets an A on that count.</p> <p>But a cash splash needs to be spent, and fast. That means having “shovel-ready projects” lined up ahead of a recession hitting. Sending cheques to households is easy, but is often used to pay down debt or offset other expenditures rather than on spending.</p> <p><strong>4. We need to prepare ahead</strong></p> <p>A proposal being pursued by the<span> </span><a href="http://www.grandchallenges.unsw.edu.au/">New Economic Equality Initiative</a><span> </span>at the University of NSW is to prepare in advance of a recession a “green stimulus” plan. It would be a list of significant environmental expenditures — from tree planting to waterway cleanups, to cycle-path construction to dune repair — that would be documented and ready to implement immediately.<a href="http://theconversation.com/no-surplus-no-share-market-growth-no-lift-in-wage-growth-economic-survey-points-to-bleaker-times-post-election-110315"></a></p> <p>These would be projects that would stimulate demand but also have a high social return. To do them right would take planning ahead of time. It can’t be done well on the fly when a recession has already hit. Otherwise, well, think pink batts.</p> <p>Preparing for a financial crisis as opposed to a mere recession is harder. Having the budget capacity to provide massive guarantees of bank deposits and other financial obligations is a must.</p> <p><strong>5. Last time, we got lucky</strong></p> <p>Equally important, though, is having regulatory agencies that can see trouble ahead and act swiftly. The Reserve Bank did an outstanding job a decade ago, but next time it won’t have then Treasury Secretary Ken Henry on the board and Kevin Rudd in the prime minister’s chair.</p> <p>The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has shown itself to be functionally incompetent over an extended period, as the Hayne Royal Commission highlighted all too clearly. Capacity-building is a prerequisite for an effective response to a future crisis.</p> <p>Regulators need to understand the interconnectedness of different financial institutions, the types of risk they are exposed to, where their funding is coming from and more. To some extent they need to know what they don’t know. It’s a big ask, but it is vital.</p> <p>In many ways Australia got lucky in 2008. The Reserve Bank had a lot of room to slash interest rates and did it aggressively. The government had close to zero net debt and could spend fast. Ken Henry’s aphorism, “go early, go hard, go households” was heeded by an unusually intellectually curious and adept prime minister. China – our biggest trading partner – enacted an aggressive stimulus plan of its own.</p> <p>The US Federal Reserve Chair just happened to be the world’s leading expert on the 1929 Great Depression, and the US Treasury Secretary was the former head of Goldman Sachs, an eminence of the banking world. Our response at home was matched by a near-perfect response abroad.</p> <p>We won’t be that lucky again. Now is the time to plan how to fight the next recession.</p> <p><em>Written by Richard Holden. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/now-is-the-time-to-plan-how-to-fight-the-next-recession-111497">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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The genius ALDI item that sold out in 10 seconds

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>ALDI Special Buys often cause hysteria amongst the masses due to the large savings and limited demand of items. The Deebot vacuum is no exception to this rule.</p> <p>ALDI teamed up with Exovacs Robotics’ to offer a DEEBOT OZMO 610 as a Special Buy, which was cutting the original price tag of the vacuum in half.</p> <p>ALDI were selling the item for $299, a steep drop down from the usual $600 retail mark.</p> <p>Due to the high demand of the item, many shoppers reported that it sold out at their local ALDI in ten seconds.</p> <p>The vacuum is a robot vacuum that allows you to set cleaning times, set cleaning modes and check the status of cleaning via your mobile phone. No wonder it sold out so quickly.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvDQWjTlVW5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvDQWjTlVW5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Wow you guys have gone crazy for these @ecovacsroboticsau vacuums today. Heaps of you are telling me your local stores have already sold out and heaps of you still looking for one. So tell me below... which stores have sold out and where are there some still available? ⭐️⭐️ #aldiloversau #aldiaustralia #ecovacsroboticsau</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/aldiloversau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Tammy - Aldi Lovers Australia</a> (@aldiloversau) on Mar 15, 2019 at 6:32pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Tammy from ALDI Lovers AU told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/interiors/aldis-299-robot-vacuum-sells-out-in-10-seconds/news-story/b1f897b4baf82fc6bf31976dcb4d2de0/" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au </em></a>that the frenzy in stores left many customers disappointed.</p> <p>“Stores sold out within minutes and I’m hearing from my followers that some only had maybe 7-10 of them in stock.</p> <p>“I’m currently trying to find out what stores still have any in stock as I’m being inundated by people asking.”</p> <p>Many ALDI fans are leaving comments on Tammy’s Instagram, AldiLoversAU, wishing that they had their hands on the vacuum.</p> <p>“Apparently all sold out in SA. Has anyone seen any?” one commenter asked.</p> <p>“Does anyone know of anywhere in WA that still has some? Missed out because I was working L” commented another.</p> <p>The demand for these vacuums is nationwide, but it’s not the first time ALDI have managed to whip people into a frenzy over their items. This was the case with a $199 rocking chair that caused some stores to introduce a ticketing system.</p> <p>Did you manage to get your hands on this vacuum? Let us know in the comments.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Shoppers beware: The cost of a lamb roast has just skyrocketed

<p>Lamb and beef prices have soared up across Australia as cattle production continues to take hammering from the droughts and increasing export demand.</p> <p>Coles, Woolworths and ALDI confirmed that the wholesale cost of beef and lamb had increased, with the typical 2.5kg lamb roast being priced at nearly $34. Meanwhile, prices of beef scotch fillet rose up to $35 per kilogram at major supermarkets.</p> <p>“The drought has increased the price of beef and lamb on livestock markets and we’ve been working to absorb as much of these cost pressures as we can over the past year,” said Woolworths head of meat Chris Croese.</p> <p>“We understand the cost-of-living pressures facing Australian families and continue to focus on delivering competitive meat prices for our customers.”</p> <p>An ALDI spokeswoman also said the retailer had to change the prices accordingly. “All of our fresh meat products are 100 per cent Australian sourced, however weather conditions including the drought do impact our supply chain. We adjust the price of our fresh meat according to market conditions.”</p> <p>Prices at independent butchers have also climbed, with businesses in Sydney telling the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/lamb-prices-rise-a-shock-117-per-cent-with-beef-increasing-by-22-per-cent/news-story/3370d9d03df25dfc2ead1fbf0d0c8bf9?login=1" target="_blank"><em>Daily Telegraph</em></a> that they had to raise the prices of red meat by as much as 15 per cent in the past 18 months.</p> <p>“There has been a 25 per cent increase on red meat prices from suppliers in the past 18 months,” said Todd McFarland of McFarland’s Quality Meats.</p> <p>The cost of red meat has surged following the pressures from the Eastern States drought and growing international demand.</p> <p>Apart from red meat, the drought has also driven up prices of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/why-your-grocery-bill-is-getting-more-expensive" target="_blank">fruits and vegetables</a>.</p> <p>The growing demand for meat from China, Japan and Korea also played a part in the price hike. Over the past year, export of red meat to China has increased 48 per cent to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/5949918/who-is-driving-the-global-beef-bus/" target="_blank">162,682 tonnes</a> while the volumes sent to Korea and Japan have increased by 15 per cent and 8 per cent respectively.</p> <p>“Drought is impacting on supply to our international markets, so they are likely to try and maintain their supply, which will push prices up and impact on prices in our domestic markets,” Robert Herrman, managing director of agricultural forecaster Mecardo told the<span> </span><em>Daily Telegraph</em>.</p> <p>What do you think about the rising cost of red meat? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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This must-have cleaning collection you need to get your hands on at ALDI

<p><span>ALDI Australia will be launching an affordable range of cleaning products in its latest ‘Special Buys’ offers, and the deals are hard to pass up.</span></p> <p>Australians all over have been inspired by the tidying trend created by Marie Kondo – and the latest launch by the grocery store is a bargain many Aussies will find difficult to go by.</p> <p>Shoppers will have the chance to get an electric window cleaner for $39.99, a lint remover for $9.99 and a two-in-one stick vacuum for just $99.99.</p> <p>These deals will be up for grabs from Saturday March 16 while stocks last.</p> <p>The store is also selling an Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 610 Robot Vacuum Cleaner for $299 – a vacuum and mop combo designed for a very deep clean.</p> <p>The robot product will have obstacle detention technology, automatic charging and a high efficiency filter.</p> <p>For a cheaper price, ALDI shoppers can purchase a multi cyclonic vacuum cleaner for $99.99 or for the same price, a carpet cleaner vacuum.</p> <p>These are not the only cleaning must-haves that are on offer though.</p> <p>The latest Special Buys also included an electric window cleaner for $39.99 which has a rechargeable battery.</p> <p>A variety of clothes, sponges and other miscellaneous cleaning products will be up for grabs as well, including microfibre cloths for $2.99, a Tornado Mop and Bucket for $24.99 and a Spray Squeegee three-in-one for $3.99.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the items available. </p> <p>Will you be purchasing any of these Special Buys cleaning items from ALDI? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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5 ways to recession-proof yourself

<p>New research from <a href="https://www.finder.com.au/">Finder.com.au</a> shows that Aussies are experiencing their lowest positive sentiments for employment and wage growth in the last year.</p> <p>With talk of an economic downturn within Australia, this sentiment isn’t surprising.</p> <p>Finder has also found that 11 million Australians are living without rainy day savings, which is a concern given the current financial climate.</p> <p>Kate Browne, personal finance expert at Finder, has explained what you can do to tighten your belts a bit.</p> <p>“We all have guilty pleasures, and we know what we spend too much on at times – whether that’s on nights out, shopping or catching Uber instead of public transport,” Browne said.</p> <p>“With wage growth slumping, it’s also a great time to pick up a side hustle to make some extra cash and build up your nest egg.</p> <p>“You could look at picking up some extra work offering your services via sites like Airtasker or even consider driving for a car share service like Uber. Get paid to drive others instead of catching a ride-share.”</p> <p>Here are five ways that you can recession-proof yourself in the uncertain financial climate.</p> <p><strong>1. Buy in bulk</strong></p> <p>Buying in bulk allows you to save a bit of money, especially if it’s on items that are non-perishable, or you already use.</p> <p><strong>2. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket</strong></p> <p>If your biggest financial asset is your home, try to spread out what savings or investments you have as there’s less of a risk financially in case something happens. Spread your money across different assets, industries and countries.</p> <p><strong>3. Stash some cash</strong></p> <p>Ensure that you have a large enough emergency fund to see you through. This should be at least three months’ worth of wages. Having this amount saved up gives you time to relax in case something goes wrong.</p> <p><strong>4. Cut down on the guilty pleasures</strong></p> <p>Been spending too much on the sales? Look at your bank statement and identify your guilty pleasures. Once you know where you’re spending too much, it’s easy to scale back and save some extra cash.</p> <p><strong>5. Streamline your super</strong></p> <p>If you haven’t done this previously, now is the time to do so. Many super accounts have an option to search for other super accounts so you can consolidate them into one account. It’s also a good idea to review your super investment strategy and review other options that might work for you.</p> <p>Do you have any other recession proofing tips? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The $25 Kmart fashion bargain ladies must buy

<p>The latest bargain at Kmart has hit the ladies' clothing section, and fashion lovers are obsessed with it.</p> <p>Kmart shoppers are raving on social media about the burnt orange polka-dot dress, and it will only set you back $25.</p> <p>The new range launched Sunday and several Kmart fan pages and social media bloggers have already featured the easy and chic dress on their online accounts, praising the discount store for stepping up their fashion game this year.</p> <p>Tina Abeysekara from Trashtotreasured showed how she styled the outfit as Aussies head steadfast into the autumn months.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu0kPraD_Gz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu0kPraD_Gz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by TINA | Affordable Style Blog (@trashtotreasured)</a> on Mar 10, 2019 at 12:37am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I can see this $25 @kmartaus frock flying off the rack,” the 33-year-old blogger wrote.</p> <p>“Feels fab, stretchy waist and breastfeeding friendly — what’s not to love?”</p> <p>“Burnt orange and white polka dots - best combo,” one Instagrammer user commented.</p> <p>“Can’t believe it’s from Kmart,” another wrote. “Heading straight there tomorrow to find it!”</p> <p>She’s not the only fashion forward bargain lover who has been unable to resist the cute summer outfit.</p> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Busp4cFAyii/">https://www.instagram.com/p/Busp4cFAyii/</a></p> <p>@Kmart_Bargains on Instagram also posted the find, alongside a similar frock in black with flower embellishments.</p> <p>With the release of the two fan favourites, another chic dress has hit the shelves – a work-friendly navy green number with a tie that cinches in at the waist.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Busp4cFAyii/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Busp4cFAyii/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Tineke (@thismumshops)</a> on Mar 6, 2019 at 10:52pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Two out of three of these dresses may have ended up coming home with me,” the blogger bemused.</p> <p>With all the hype surrounding the fashionable and affordable outfits, Aussie shoppers are desperately trying to track down the latest releases.</p> <p>“I ADORE this frock but it is sold out online and I am yet to find it in store,” one excited user wrote.</p> <p>“I want this dress!” another said.</p> <p>“Omg as if this is Kmart!!!” someone else mused.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuiXdO1AYut/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuiXdO1AYut/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kmart_bargains (@kmart_bargains)</a> on Mar 2, 2019 at 10:59pm PST</p> <p> </p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Stock of these dresses that shoppers are raving about are not expected to last long, so get them while you can.  </p> <p>What are your thoughts on this new fashion range at Kmart? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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How price-matching puts you back in the driver’s seat

<p>With the internet, customers have never been so informed when it comes to prices on goods.</p> <p>This is where price matching comes in handy. Price matching allows customers to insist that a retailer offers the same price of an item if customers see it cheaper at another store, whether that be online or bricks-and-mortar.</p> <p>Harvey Norman’s chief operating officer John Slack-Smith has said that due to the increase in smartphones, this means customers were doing a quick search online and requesting price matches on the spot.</p> <p>“You’ll often see people in the shop talking to an employee while also on their phone looking at another business showing they can get the item elsewhere for cheaper and can they match it,” he said.</p> <p>“Customers have never been more informed about prices they are looking at, they will have researched prices across three or four retailers.</p> <p>“We are seeing that driving more customers back into traditional retail sources because they are going to chat with people to ask questions, or sometimes they just want to touch and feel the items.”</p> <p>Appliances Online’s head of customer support and content Harry Boileau says that prices are constantly fluctuating, so it’s important to keep an eye on the best price available.</p> <p>“It’s good to keep an eye out to find the best prices you can but you should also keep in mind what is included in the price,” he said.</p> <p>“It’s important to read the finer details of price matching from all retailers as most do not include delivery, installation and usually don’t apply after the purchase has been made.”</p> <p>Although something might be more expensive, it could include delivery and installation in the price.</p> <p>Some price matching tips include:</p> <ul> <li>Look online and in catalogues to see what the base price of an item is.</li> <li>Visit a store in person or online and ask for a price match if you’ve seen the item cheaper elsewhere.</li> <li>If the price of an item is cheaper within seven days of purchase, see if the retailer offers a refund of the difference.</li> </ul> <p>Do you have any price matching tips? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The $2 ALDI find Aussies are obsessed with

<p>ALDI have released a limited edition find that is looking to replace your beloved tomato and mustard sauce bottles.</p> <p>Cult lovers of the supermarket chain have gone berserk over their latest find – Colway’s Tomusto Sauce.</p> <p>The condiment features a blend of both tomato and mustard sauce.</p> <p>At just $2, hotdog, sausage sizzle and burger lovers can find comfort in knowing there is a condiment so perfectly balanced they’ll never have to reach for any other sauce bottle again.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155217757086238%26set%3Da.416204656237%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="727" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The supermarket chain’s website reads: “If you’re the sort of person who takes your burgers with tomato sauce and mustard, then Tomusto will be right up your alley.”</p> <p>“A perfect mix of the two, our Tomusto is available in QLD stores only.”</p> <p>However, it is possible Aussies all over will see the hybrid condiment in their local stores if enough support is given.</p> <p>The online chatter is proving a Tomusto Sauce bottle may become a staple in your home, with many customers going crazy over their find. Scores of fans have taken to social media to praise the German supermarket.</p> <p>“Tomato sauce and Mustard in a merger, a hybrid, a Siamese meshing of condiments?!!! I am intrigued!” one customer wrote.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10215653700842518%26set%3Da.3266608671028%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="593" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The combo sauce product appears to have been sold throughout Australian stores years prior, proving to be a popular find then too.</p> <p>One eagle eyed consumer pointed out the blended sauce is not a first of its kind to hit shelves.</p> <p>“Errr masterfoods (and other brands) have been doing tomusto for a while. It's not an Aldi invention,” they wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>Masterfoods already produces their own version of the hybrid condiment and is stocked on Coles shelves between $2-$3.</p> <p>Have you tried this BBQ staple? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The way you shop at Coles is about to change

<p>Coles has announced a new partnership with eBay, becoming the first supermarket in the world to sell directly on the online marketplace.</p> <p>Starting Wednesday, customers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can shop for more than 4,000 perishable and non-perishable products on eBay Australia.</p> <p>The offerings include select pre-packaged fresh produce, pantry items, personal care and household products, and pet supplies. Orders made on the platform will be delivered within two to four days.</p> <p>Customers can also get free delivery for orders over $49 with eBay Plus membership and link their Flybuys account.</p> <p>Both Coles and eBay said the partnership was to provide shoppers with convenience.</p> <p>"By partnering with eBay, we are providing our customers another convenient way to access our products and have them delivered straight to their door," said Alister Jordan, chief executive at Coles Online.</p> <p>The idea was to let customers buy all their needs from one place without having to go to different e-commerce websites.</p> <p>"It really comes down to convenience and being able to choose from a great range of groceries, as well as those bigger ticket items you can’t get from a supermarket," Julie Nestor, eBay’s CMO told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.insideretail.com.au/news/coles-now-selling-food-on-ebay-201903" target="_blank">Inside Retail</a></em>.</p> <p>"Think about planning for a dinner party and being able to purchase everything from the table setting to the meal ingredients on the one site – it’s a more convenient, seamless way to shop online."</p> <p>Tim MacKinnon, managing director at eBay Australia &amp; NZ, said, "Coles is one of Australia's oldest and most trusted brands, so we’re excited to welcome them to eBay as they broaden their online channels."</p> <p>MacKinnon described eBay as "the Westfield of online", with more than 40,000 Australian retailers trading on the site, including Myer, The Good Guys and Target.</p> <p>"Coles makes sure they are in every Westfield, so they're making sure they are in the Westfield of online."</p> <p>Will you be doing your Coles grocery shop on eBay? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The REAL reason why ALDI checkouts are so stressful

<p>It’s probably happened to all of us at one point: you’re at the ALDI checkout, prepping your bags and groceries for the inevitable 60 seconds of stress where your goods fly into your direction by the cashier.</p> <p>If you’re too slow and fail to keep up with the checkout person’s pace, you’ll be left flinging items into your shopping trolley to bag later on.</p> <p>While you’re secretly hoping for the cashier to slow down their incessant scanning, it turns out they’re not trying to stress you out – according to one Quora user, who says they are an ALDI employee – they’re actually being timed.</p> <p>The employee, who goes by Wattpad Author on Quora, claims she has been working at an American branch of the supermarket for the last two months.</p> <p>“Let me tell you; everything you do at the register is timed,” she said.</p> <p>Working part-time on weekends for the employer means she’s “almost always the primary or backup cashier because so much foot traffic is going on in the store”.</p> <p>She claims ALDI only wants two seconds between transactions.</p> <p>“They’ll let you get away with three seconds at the store I work for, but if you hit four seconds, you are failing the standards,” she explained.</p> <p>The supermarket's expectations come from the fact each item apparently has multiple barcodes, so they can be scanned from any angle by the cashier.</p> <p>The Quora user said the German-based grocery market expects a cashier to “be ale to ring up 1,200 items per hour”.</p> <p>“If you can be faster, they’ll push you for it. For my part, being that I’m a part-timer, I’ve managed to ring only 1,000 items per hour,” she said.</p> <p>“So, if it seems like the employees are rushing, trust me, they are. But it’s literally not their fault.”</p> <p>The Quora user isn’t the only employee to share their stressful experience checking out grocery items at ALDI.</p> <p>One person claiming to be an employee of the supermarket took to Reddit to say “every single thing” cashiers do it timed.</p> <p>“We are also timed on how many seconds it takes us to get you to pay, whether it be cash or card,” the person, who goes by the name kakp92, said.</p> <p>“We’re also timed on seconds between customers, which is how fast we start scanning the next person’s items. </p> <p>“The reason this was so frustrating to me is because old people for some reason are allergic to coins.</p> <p>“They have to pay exact or dig for the pennies, so they don’t get any back and it counts against an ALDI cashier's tender time.”</p> <p>Interestingly enough, ALDI is commended in both forums for paying their employees well. </p> <p>Do you get stressed out when you're at the checkout? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The mouth-watering $3 ALDI snack that has shoppers in a frenzy

<p>It might be smelly, but it definitely tastes good and ALDI are not new to going viral for their cult snacks.</p> <p>Only last week, shoppers went into a frenzy over the $5 <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/food-wine/the-5-aldi-product-people-are-going-crazy-for">halloumi fries that made their way down under</a> after an extremely successful sell in the UK.</p> <p>Now, people have sunk their talons into a new flavour, and for just $2.79, it’s a bargain many can’t go past.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7824393/seasons-pride-sea-salt-and-truffle-chips.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3719fead8f554cd59a33b98a688a61f8" /></p> <p>The affordable sea salt and truffle flavoured fries are tasty and worth the purchase, according to the ALDI Instagram fan page <em>ALDI Lovers Australia.</em></p> <p>“Giving these a go for the first time. I can smell the truffle seasoning through the bag!</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7824394/untitled.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8426d329a80847d2adf70e8462e9cb23" /></p> <p>“They smelt stronger than they taste (which is good cause I was a little worried).”</p> <p>The fries were paired with a light salad of cucumber, tomato and bocconcini cheese and greek yoghurt with chilli flakes. </p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7824392/3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/04c623a267df48f0b59ff5a41200af70" /></p> <p>Tammy, the admin of the 80,000-follower page said she would “definitely be buying again!”</p> <p>Tammy urged any shoppers interested in buying the delicious snack to not overcook them as she believed “they could get dry”.</p> <p>Will you be trying out this affordable tasty treat? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The $14 billion habit Aussies can’t give up: “Scarily large numbers”

<p>Research has revealed that Aussies are spending a collective $14 billion on their smoking habits.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4364.0.55.001~2017-18~Main%20Features~Smoking~85">Australian Bureau of Statistics</a> has revealed that 13.8 per cent of smokers consider themselves to be daily smokers, smoking half a packet of smokes a day.</p> <p>Despite rates being on the decline over the last two years, this doesn’t mean that smokers are spending less on their habits.</p> <p><a href="https://www.finder.com.au/regular-smokers-and-life-insurance">Finder.com.au</a> has found that 2.8 million regular smokers spend more than $100 a week on cigarettes. Individually, this will cost them $5,237 a year.</p> <p>According to health insurance expert Angus Kidman, these are “scarily large numbers”.</p> <p>“But it’s a conservative estimate too.</p> <p>“We calculated the figures based on almost 14 per cent of Aussies smoking half a packet daily on average and then looked at the cost of a packet of 20 of one the cheaper brands of cigarettes, at the lower end of the price scale.”</p> <p>The Northern Territory has the highest rate of daily smokers, with around one in five smoking daily.</p> <p>However, the ACT has the highest number of people who have never smoked in their lives, with almost 60 per cent saying that they haven’t touched cigarettes.</p> <p>“Nobody thinks smoking is good for them,” Mr Kidman said.</p> <p>“We have seen an overall decline in the levels of smoking, but we are spending a huge amount of money because the price of cigarettes has accelerated rapidly.</p> <p>“It’s a handy way for governments to pick up more tax and help fund quit smoking and health programs. There’s not much sympathy in the broader community for the taxation on smokes.”</p> <p>If you think you can get away with lying on your insurance forms, you’d be wrong. Despite you thinking that your smoking habit isn’t that bad, it’s all the same to insurance companies.</p> <p>“You can’t really lie because they will find out. If you die and it’s discovered that you were a smoker but said you weren’t, the policy could be voided and your family won’t get a payout,” Mr Kidman said.</p> <p>Have you noticed an increase or decrease in smoking? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The new $25 ALDI special buys item you can't miss out on

<p>Last week was Halloumi Fries, and this week ALDI has released another diet-destroying item that will keep your tastebuds happy.</p> <p>A churros maker.</p> <p>Churros are a Spanish donut-like delicacy that are dipped in chocolate and topped off with sugar and cinnamon.</p> <p>And thanks to the German retailer, you can now make them from the comfort of your own home.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuVHgwogNtO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuVHgwogNtO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ALDI Australia (@aldiaustralia)</a> on Feb 25, 2019 at 7:30pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Churros Maker is a part of its March 2 Special Buys collection, but run don’t walk because it won’t stay on shelves for too long.</p> <p>The good news is that the appliance is a healthier option for making churros rather than the traditional method of deep frying.</p> <p>The churros maker is priced at $24.99.</p> <p>Will you be grabbing this bargain item from ALDI? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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