Mum is accused of being ‘greedy’ after buying a huge pile of marked down meat

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An Aussie mum-of-two has been accused of being ‘greedy’ after sharing a photo of the enormous discount meat haul she scored at Woolworths.

Sara, from Bundaberg, Queensland, bought $270 worth of meat for a mere $57, which included 10 packets of 500g pork mince, four packets of forequarter lamb chops and salmon, along with corn, chicken pieces and 3kg of prawns.

The social media post quickly received several nasty comments criticising Sara for taking ‘too much’ and not leaving enough reduced food products for others ‘in need’.

With inflation causing the cost of living to skyrocket, more customers are turning to searching for ‘markdowns’ in supermarkets.

Aussie mum Sara, from Bundaberg, Queensland, bought $270 worth of meat for a mere $57, which included 10 packets of 500g pork mince, four packets of forequarter lamb chops and salmon, along with corn, chicken pieces and 3kg of prawns (pictured)

As more people complained, Sarah issued a response by updating the caption: ‘To all the nasty people, the lady working was being super friendly to me, giving me nice discounts, I suppose because I was using manners and being super nice.

‘I don’t understand why all the negative comments, yes I understand, jealousy s*cks. But I am not being greedy, I left plenty for others.

She continued: ‘I was letting other shoppers know that the staff member was discounting meat and by the time we had left the store, she had a group of people surrounding her.’

Sara claims to have only took what she knew her family could afford, as she and her partner have just sold two cars in order to have enough money for a home deposit.

‘You don’t know our story, next month we may be homeless,’ she claims.

‘So shove your negative thought in your own backside and move along unless you have a positive comment to say. And happy budgeting people.’

Sara claims she hadn’t seen major meat reductions since before Covid hit Australia in 2020.  

The social media post quickly received several nasty comments criticising Sara for taking 'too much' and not leaving enough reduced food products for others 'in need' (stock image)

The social media post quickly received several nasty comments criticising Sara for taking ‘too much’ and not leaving enough reduced food products for others ‘in need’ (stock image)

Some parents believe Sara should’ve ‘shared’ the food buys with others, rather than taking it all for herself.

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‘Look I’m glad you got a bargain and all… but me as a mother-of-five and struggling to keep up with my groceries would never take that much just for my family. This is greedy. And I don’t care what others say! It’s called morals!’ one mum wrote.

Another added: ‘Sorry but I think it’s kind of greedy hoarding all that for yourself when there are others trying to find food items amongst shortages and inflation.’

But some acted in Sara’s defence and wrote: ‘You have no idea if she gets paid monthly and stocks up on meat or how many people she feeds with that or what else she does in her own time.’

‘Anyone saying ‘why not leave something for others’, there’s plenty of people who CAN afford it and they would STILL grab the bargains. Or plenty of others who are in need but are too worries to buy meat so close to expiry,’ another mum said.

‘I’d rather a family who really needs it grabs ALL of it!!! And if she left some there’s still no guarantee that it would’ve been snapped up by others in need, it could’ve also just been thrown out.

‘Don’t hate on people who are doing it tough and are taking what they need and can. It’s not like she robbed a food bank, she bought marked down meat in a supermarket!’

Some parents believe Sara should've 'shared' the food buys with others, rather than taking it all for herself

Some parents believe Sara should’ve ‘shared’ the food buys with others, rather than taking it all for herself

A Coles employee left a comment, stating the supermarket also reduces meat regularly but it doesn't last long in stores

A Coles employee left a comment, stating the supermarket also reduces meat regularly but it doesn’t last long in stores 

The price reductions seemed astonishing, as the mince was no more than $1.40 per 500g packet and the salmon was just $2.60 per packet.

‘I can honestly say that I have NEVER seen meat reduced to this price at my local Coles/Woolies!! Well done to you,’ one person wrote.

Others were in disbelief and wondered if Coles supermarkets occasionally have similar markdowns – then an employee stepped in.

‘Coles worker here, we absolutely do markdowns like these. The reason you don’t se it is because customers literally take them all seconds later,’ the worker wrote. 

‘I have people follow me around the meat department taking them as I set them down. It’s best in best dressed, like any other item in the store. The closer to expiry, the better the markdown. 

‘For the comment about freezing, thawing and reselling meat, I assure you that neither Coles nor Woolies freeze, thaw and resell any of the fresh meat ranges. That’s absolutely untrue.’ 

To score similar markdowns, it’s recommended to shop early in the morning, before dinner or just before the store closes. 

What’s the best time to shop for discounts at a supermarket?

In the morning – shoppers can save between 10 and 20% off goods about to expire

Before dinner – shoppers can save up to 50% off goods about to expire

Just before the store closes – shoppers can save up to 90% off goods about to expire 

* Markdowns are determined based on store policies and times and may vary

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