Australia’s 10 biggest money wasters

New research shows that Australian households are literally throwing money away, with the average household spending $5365 per year on the top 10 biggest money wasters.

The analysis was conducted by comparison site Mozo to highlight reasons why Australians are hurting financially and how to recoup some of that wasted expenditure.

“Review your purchasing habits, take note of food or clothing that you might discard and study your household bills. A few small changes can result in major savings,” said Mozo Director Kirsty Lamont.

Tobacco tops the list at $1734 per household, while food waste comes in second, above gambling, credit card interest and bank fees. Household energy waste, traffic fines, ATM fees, clothing and unused gift cards round out the list, which totals $1922 per person and forms a national total annual wastage of $46.9 billion.

Australia’s 10 biggest money wasters


Total annual spend (billions)

Total spend per household

Total spend per person





Food waste








Credit card interest




Bank fees




Household energy waste




Traffic fines




ATM fees








Unused gift cards








Source:, September 2017

Credit card interest and bank fees are avoidable wastage, which cost the average household $1164 per year. According to Ms Lamont, these charges can all be simply avoided through a bit of common sense and try comparing products.

“It always pays to compare credit cards to ensure you’ve got the best card for your spending habits, and if you can’t pay it off, refinance and pay your debts,” she said.

What do you think of the research? Is it helpful and has it made you think twice about your household budget and spending habits, or is it all just common sense?

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Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).


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