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Bunnings sausage sizzle becomes more expensive due to cost of living

Community groups are finding it harder to turn a profit at the sausage sizzle.

A weekend trip to Bunnings usually isn’t complete without a stop by the sausage sizzle tent. But it seems even the humble sauce-smothered snag in bread isn't immune to cost-of-living pressures.

The company has revealed on its website that prices have been adjusted slightly because community groups who organise the barbeques aren’t making enough money to offset the cost of the supply.

Thankfully, the sausage in bread won’t be affected, but you will have to fork out 50 cents extra if you want a drink.

sausage sizzle next to a Bunnings Warehouse store
Cost of living pressures have resulted in drinks to be a little bit more expensive at the iconic Bunnings sausage sizzle. (Source: Instagram/Getty)

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Why are prices going up at the Bunnings sausage sizzle?

“In response to feedback from community groups, Bunnings is increasing the price of canned drinks and bottled water at our community sausage sizzles across Australia,” Bunnings revealed.

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“The price of drinks will increase from $1.50 to $2.00. The price of a sausage in bread will remain at $3.50 (with or without onions).

“All funds raised go directly to the community group running the BBQ on the day. The change responds to calls from local community groups, not-for-profits and charities that have seen a decline in funds raised due to the increased cost of the goods required to run the BBQ.”

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Bunnings divided opinion when it revealed in July 2022 that getting a sausage in bread would cost $3.50 instead of $2.50. It was the first time in more than a decade the price of the iconic meal had gone up.

While it might not be ideal having to pay more now if you want a drink with your sausage in bread, it seems many Aussies are OK with the small price hike.

“For the soft drink, $2 is still cheap. On special at Coles this week I paid near on $1 per can where it was previously $0.60 per can,” one person wrote.

Another added: “The price of the ingredients have risen so, since they are raising money for a charity, why should they not raise the prices? It isn’t rocket science.”

A third said: “Who cares? It's all for charity.”

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Bunnings was recently crowned Australia’s most trusted brand after dethroning Woolworths for the top spot.

A Roy Morgan analysis said Aussie shoppers had been acutely aware of companies’ behaviour and pricing tactics over the past year and had called out things like corporate greed, poor customer service, unaffordable prices, dishonesty, unethical practices, and poor privacy practices.

But it seems Bunnings has managed to break through and reclaim its spot.

“Bunnings has harnessed many of the foundational pillars of a trusted brand, including great customer service, communicating what it stands for and delivering, being an active part of the community, solving customers’ problems, and expertise and product knowledge,” Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine said.

Woolworths came in second, followed by Aldi, Kmart, Coles, Apple, Toyota, Myer, Big W and Australia Post.