By Zak Wheeler For Daily Mail Australia
04:39 06 Jun 2023, updated 08:03 06 Jun 2023
- Man peels his bananas before paying for them
- His ashamed girlfriend shared his hack online
- Millions of Aussies game the self-serve system
A woman has shared her boyfriend’s bizarre money-saving hack that he uses when buying bananas at Woolworths.
Her boyfriend was caught using the strange method in a video shared by his embarrassed girlfriend on TikTok.
‘How my frugal boyfriend saves money on his bananas,’ the caption read.
The woman’s boyfriend is seen in the video picking a banana out of the produce section before peeling off the skin and placing the fruit in a plastic bag.
The couple then walk to the self-serve checkouts where the boyfriend places the now-lighter banana on the scales.
Social media users ripped into the shopper, advising his girlfriend that such behaviour was a major red flag for their relationship.
‘That’s not frugal, that’s a Penny pincher,’ one wrote.
‘Real frugal people weigh them without a bag,’ a second added.
‘Break up with him and call the cops,’ a third wrote.
‘I’d be less embarrassed if he stole it,’ another wrote.
A study from the New Mexico State University found a banana peel accounts for roughly 12.5 per cent of the total weight of the fruit.
So at a price of 80 cents per banana, removing the peel saves 10 cents.
A Finder National Survey conducted last year revealed at least 10 per cent of shoppers admitted to deliberately scanning the wrong items at the checkout to save money.
One in five Australians admitted to simply stealing items.
Coles and Woolworths have introduced surveillance cameras and high-tech scanning systems to cut down on the number of items incorrectly scanned.
Coles loses an estimated $891million per year in theft and Woolworths loses up to $1billion per year, the Global Retail Theft Barometer reported.