The cheapest supermarket of 2021 has been unveiled. Do you think that shopping is the cheapest?
It’s a hotly debated topic and one that is often asked in our supermarket savings community – where is the cheapest place to shop?
The thing is, I don’t really think there is one single answer.
Sure, for ME, and the things I buy can be a supermarket cheaper.
However, we don’t have young children, so save yourself the extra costs and nobody in the family will have allergies or food intolerances.
Just because the basket of groceries I buy a week is cheaper can the things you buy get more expensive.
Which is the cheapest supermarket in the UK?
Are you trying to use a little methodology, Which consumer group? monitored food prices in six major supermarkets (* that must have been a fun job *).
First, they made a shopping list of 22 items that they thought would be in a typical shopping cart.
Their list included items like private label bread, chips, butter, cheese, detergents, pet food, soft drinks, and other everyday items.
Then each month they calculated the average price (including discounts but not multibuys) for each item and then compared it.
So what did they find?
Without further ado they found the cheapest supermarket in September 2021 … drum roll, please …
Cheapest supermarket September 2021 – Aldi
The purchase of 22 items from Aldi totaled £ 24.03, with Lidl being the second cheapest at £ 24.40 and Asda being third at £ 26.19.
Waitrose (perhaps not that surprising) was the most expensive at £ 33.06.
Every time they track food prices, the shopping cart they are comparing changes. This is because they make sure that products are available in every store. Foods compared included own-brand, free-range eggs and raspberries, and branded products such as Chicago Town pizzas.
By looking at prices on a monthly basis you can see how much prices have crept in over the year. And you can tell why budgeting a grocery store is so difficult!
Month after month – which supermarket is the cheapest?
Which? tracks the cost of the items on a monthly basis.
Here are the supermarkets that have been cheaper so far over the year:
January 2021 – Aldi and Lidl tied – £ 18.45
February 2021 – Lidl – € 19.13
March 2021 – Lidl – £ 22.48
April 2021 – Aldi – € 22.64
May 2021 – Lidl – £ 22.66
June 2021 – Aldi – € 21.61
July 2021 – Aldi – £ 23.59
August 2021 – Lidl – € 24.11
Cheapest supermarket UK 2020
In 2020, Lidl was named the cheapest place to shop.
It was 34p cheaper than its rival Aldi.
Ocado and Waitrose were at the bottom of the list as the most expensive supermarket.
Followed from month to month, Aldi looked like it was cheaper than Lidl. However, instead of using the monthly summaries, they tracked the supermarket with the lowest prices in 2020 for items they could snag.
45 popular branded and own-brand products were used in the price comparison, including Hovis bread, Knorr bouillon cubes, eggs, cucumber and tomatoes.
Britain’s cheapest supermarket 2019
As a price comparison of 53 items over the course of 2019, the supermarkets look like this:
|Supermarket||Average cost of the trolley (53 branded items)|
|Waiting rose||€ 117.81|
For comparison: In 2018, the UK’s cheapest supermarket in their study was Morrisons, followed by Asda and then Sainsbury’s.
Next read: Find the cheapest online supermarket
What’s wrong with your old research?
While I’m sure which one? did their follow up and research perfectly, not sure if this is a true reflection of how people actually shop.
For many years you compared only six supermarkets and missed both Lidl and Aldi by 2020.
They used MySupermarket to keep track of prices and since Aldi and Lidl do not offer online shopping, prices were not used.
They also didn’t monitor grocery prices on Amazon, and buying branded products could save you a lot of money shopping on Amazon Fresh or even Morrisons through Amazon.
Natalie Hitchins, which one? Head of Home Products and Services, said:
“Your weekly supermarket shopping can have a significant impact on your wallet.
“Our analysis shows how important it can be to look around to make sure you are getting the best price for your groceries.”
Will you change habits for lower prices?
Which is the research of? Encourage you to go to another store because it is “cheaper” than another UK supermarket?
Or are you satisfied with doing your own research to know where to shop?
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