Coles, Woolies and ALDI price comparison: cut the cost of a daily dish

One of the easiest dishes you can prepare has swelled to a frustrating total cost, but one supermarket is cheaper than the other.

When it comes to cooking, it doesn’t get much easier than flipping a quick stir-fry.

One of my colleagues is so inept in the kitchen that he can only cook this one dish.

This means that when he first went out on his own, he had been eating a stir fry every night for at least three months.

He has naturally become an expert in wok, but in reality, this dish is difficult to understand even if you have very limited capacity in the kitchen.

Aside from being easy to make, it should also be pretty cheap but – as I have noticed – everything is a little more expensive these days.

We tend to run big stores once a week, so it’s hard to say how much a particular dish costs, so we were curious to know how much this daily staple would cost in an increasingly inflationary world.

We then decided to run a specific test next to see how much a regular frying pan – without trimmings like fresh chili or five spices – would cost the average dicer from the three major supermarkets in Australia.

We had 10 things on our list, and I wrote them down as a recipe for you because I’m such a nice guy:


– Broccoli

– Carrots

– zucchini

– mushrooms

– Snap peas

– Red pepper

– Onions

– garlic

– soy sauce

– the pasta

– And some chicken thigh fillets


We set out to the stores we went to, starting at the hour Coles Where we met some very expensive vegetables.

We are all used to high prices but it’s still alarming to me Broccoli Its cost is 11.50/kg or $2.30 for what we need for our quick frying.

They only make up a small component of the meal after all, and we had nine more. Something told me this was going to be an expensive dinner.

mochis It also sounded pretty sharp at $5.50 for just a bit of a note. You’ve chosen to pre-sliced ‚Äč‚Äčthem, so why would you want to slice them yourself when you have the option not to?

chicken It was the shop’s biggest single cost, but it didn’t look unreasonably expensive at $14 a kg, or $9.27 for what we needed.

Everything, came to $36.23 USD.


Conveniently located in the same shopping complex as us, it was the store of eclectic German supermarket chain ALDI, which made a song and dance about being cheaper than its competitors.

I don’t usually shop there, so I was curious to see if the marketing was correct.

There was a very limited selection in the store we visited and a lot of stuff was missing from the shelves, but it turned out to be a lot cheaper than Coles for a few of the items on our list.

It was one of the cheaper items Red pepper which retails for $10.90/kg at Coles. At ALDI, that same pepper cost you $6.99/kg – an amazing difference in cost.

The chicken It was also cheaper at $10.99 a kilo, compared to $14 a kilogram at Coles.

Total damage to the wallet for the ALDI fast fryer? $30 On the point, it doesn’t include a “2 in 1 paper cutter”, you’ll be tempted to buy from a random selection of items in the middle lane.


There was nothing innovative to report from Woolies on the road, as prices were pretty much on par with Coles giving or taking some things.

Broccoli It was more expensive at $11.90 per kg, but chicken It was cheaper at $11.50/kg.

In fact, the prices were so similar in the two largest supermarkets that there was only a six cents difference between the two totals. Woolies were marginally more expensive in $36.29 USD.

how to cook

If you do not know how to cook quick frying, you need to seek help from at least a culinary specialist, but just throw it all into a frying pan and turn on the heat. Serve, wait until it cools to an ideal temperature, and enjoy.


So it turns out ALDI was the cheapest of the big three when it came to ingredients for our specific dish, but I wouldn’t say it was completely cheap and the selection was very poor.

Paying $36 at two other supermarkets to cook one dish that was supposed to be cheap was also very frustrating.

On the bright side, the quick stir fry was delicious and fed my family of three adequately, with just one bowl of leftovers. Several ingredients like mushrooms and soy sauce were more than we needed for one dish, so they would go toward reducing the cost of another meal in an average store.

Below is a breakdown of the cost of my shopping trip in each store.


Broccoli USD 11.50 / kg (200 g) – USD 2.30

Sugar Peas $32/kg (200g) $6.40

Carrots – bag 1.50 USD 1 kg

Zucchini – $4.90/kg (200g) $0.98

Mushrooms – $5.50 Box

Red Capsicum – USD 10.90 / kg (200 g) – USD 2.18

Onions – $1.50 bag

Garlic – $25 kg (80 grams)

Soy sauce – $2.60

Chicken thigh – $14/kg (500g) – $9.27

Pasta – $2

Total Coles: $36.23


Broccoli US$9.99/kg (200g) – US$1.99

Snow Peas $27.96 per kg (200g) – $5.59

Carrots – a bag of $1.79

Zucchini – $8.99 per kilogram (200g) – $1.79

Mushrooms – $3.40 Box

Capsicum $6.99/kg (200g) $1.39

Onion bag $2.49

Garlic $24.99/kg- $2.49

Soy sauce – $1.79

Chicken $10.99 / kg (500 g) / $5.40

Pasta – $1.79

Aldi total: $30.00


Broccoli – US$11.90/kg (200g) – US$2.38

Snow Peas US$35.60 (200g) – US$7.12

Carrot bag $2.40

Zucchini – $4.90/kg (200g) – $0.98

Mushrooms – $4.15 box

Capsicum – $10.90 / kg (200 g) $21.8

Onions – $1.50 bag

Garlic – $1.25

Soy sauce 2.50

Chicken – 11.50 USD / kg (500 g) 5.75 USD

Pasta – $1.85

Total wool: $36.29

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