Why 1 in 3 Aussies steal toilet paper from work

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Young Aussies are forgoing everyday essentials like coffee and toilet paper or resorting to pinching them from work, friends, and family due to the surging cost of ‘adulting’.

A survey commissioned by ebay.com.au reveals young people (aged 18-24) typically fork out upwards of $910 when moving out of home.

A quarter (24%) of Aussies who’ve recently departed the parental nest have also admitted to waiting as long as possible to replace items when they run out.

Meanwhile, a whopping three quarters of millennials confessed to stuffing their own cupboards with items ‘borrowed’ from family members, while one-third admitted to taking household items from public places and even their work!

The survey revealed the common items Aussies pilfer from their workplace to avoid paying for them out of their own pocket:

  • Toilet paper (35%)
  • Tea and coffee (34%)
  • Bin bags (24%)

According to the survey, men are more likely to ‘borrow’ household items from their friends (51%).

Common items Aussies steal from work and friends

eBay Australia’s spokesperson Sophie Onikul said many young Aussies are surprised at the upfront costs of moving out and of having to buy everyday items.

“Once you factor in furniture and homewares, as well as the cost of cleaning products, toiletries and keeping your pantry stocked, you can understand why 50% of young people choose to live with their parents,” she said.

“The good news is young adults are savvy with 88% stocking up on household items when they’re on special. So, when it comes to getting the best deal, do your research and shop around. Savings, no matter how small, add up over time.”

eBay’s data also found over half of Aussies who recently moved out of home were surprised by the cost of everyday living when they first start purchasing items themselves. The cost of household cleaning products (33%) tops the list, followed by laundry detergent/fabric softener (30%) and razors (29%).

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