Cost of living

Mar 11, 2014

Q. Compared to two or three years ago is your household paying more or less for the following – (Feb 2013)

 

Paying a lot more

Paying a little more

Paying about the same

Paying a little less

Paying a lot less

Don’t know

Feb 2013

Paying a lot more

Petrol

56%

27%

9%

2%

1%

4%

50%

Fresh food – fruit, vegetables, meat

36%

39%

20%

2%

1%

3%

36%

Packaged food

26%

37%

28%

4%

1%

4%

28%

Electricity and gas

62%

23%

9%

2%

2%

3%

70%

Housing – mortgage or rent

24%

20%

32%

8%

4%

13%

24%

Insurance

36%

36%

18%

3%

1%

6%

43%

Water

40%

32%

20%

1%

1%

7%

47%

Clothing

17%

28%

42%

9%

2%

2%

21%

Education

21%

15%

28%

3%

6%

27%

24%

Medical, dental

32%

32%

28%

3%

2%

5%

33%

Items which respondents said they were “paying a lot more” for were electricity and gas (62%), petrol (56%) and water (40%).

Since this question was asked 12 months ago, the main changes have been for electricity and gas (down 8%), insurance (down 7%), water (down 7%) and petrol (up 6%),

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