SHOPPERS looking to get the best value should check out our round-up of 42 everyday items to find out which supermarkets offer the cheapest prices.
Our shopping bag includes essentials ranging from eggs, milk, butter, bread and cheese to spaghetti and rice.
Our shopping basket showed Asda currently offers the best value for shoppers
We also included Birds Eye fish fingers and burgers, beef mince, chicken, and bathroom products, such as Andrex toilet roll and hand wash from Dove.
There’s even a cheeky bottle of own-brand gin and a bottle of vodka in the mix.
Our round-up follows one savvy Mum in Australia who has hit the headlines after comparing prices at her local Aldi, Coles, and Woolworths stores.
Her research found that a basket of goods varies by nearly $6 (£3).
Here are the products we included in our shopping bag
We’ve based prices on an online comparison of the so-called “Big Four” supermarkets: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
But of course, prices and offers may vary in store and we haven’t been able to include discounters’ Aldi and Lidl as you can’t typically buy their grocery items online.
On seven items, all four supermarkets charged exactly the same price – for example an 800g of Hovis white bread sets you back £1.10 and a 400g jar of Nutella costs £2.90.
But on other products there were big differences. Morrisons, for example, charges £8 for a 300g jar of Nescafe’s Original Instant Coffee, while the other three charge £5.
Meanwhile, Asda charges the most for a four-pack of Princes tuna chunks in spring water at £4.75, with the rest only charging £3.50.
So if you’re after specific items, it pays to shop around before you buy – you can use comparison websites such as MySupermarket to help.
On the overall basket of goods, Asda was cheapest costing a total of £98.63.
The supermarket is offering the lowest price on 20 of the products and that’s without counting the items all four supermarkets charge the same for.
Shoppers at Sainsbury’s and Tesco will have to fork out £99 and £101.79 respectively for the same items.
While Morrisons costs £3.43 more than Asda at £101.79.
Here’s how to cut the cost of your grocery shopSAVING on your shop can make a big difference to your wallet. Here are some tips from Hannah Maundrell, editor of Money.co.uk, about how you can cut the cost of your shopping bills:
Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t put it in the trolley
Create a budget – Work out a weekly budget for your food shopping
Never shop hungry – you are far more likely to buy more food if your tummy is rumbling
Don’t buy pre-chopped veggies or fruit – The extra they’ll charge for chopping can be eye watering
Use social media – follow your favourite retailers to find out about the latest deals
Be disloyal – You may want to go to different stores to find the best bargains
Check the small print – It’s always worth checking the price per kg/lb/litre when comparing offers so you’re making a like for like decision as a bigger box won’t necessarily mean you get more
Use your loyalty cards – Don’t be afraid to sign up to them all. They all work slightly differently – work out what bonus suits you better and remember to trade in your points for additional rewards
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But bear in mind that Aldi has been crowned the best meat and fish retailer.
And Iceland has scooped the award for the best own-brand label for its Luxury line.
Meanwhile, Tesco has won the best value supermarket meal deal – here’s how to get the most for your money.
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