Supermarkets selling the cheapest basic items as costs continue to rise

A new supermarket has taken the cheapest spot for basic items, a weekly price analysis showed.

The Manchester Evening News has compared the prices of basic necessities like milk and bread, carrying out a regular price comparison test – and this week a new supermarket has snagged the cheapest crown.

While shopping at Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, they looked at the cost of the same eight items – a two-pint bottle of milk, a loaf of bread, coffee, tea bags, butter , beans, chicken breasts and mince.

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In the most recent comparison, the overall shopping bill had increased in all but one supermarket. The only one that cost less was Sainsbury’s, but it was still the most expensive of the lot.

And it was Morrisons who took the cheapest spot for the first time, knocking it out to Asda who held it for four straight weeks.

This week the overall shopping bill rose at three supermarkets – Morrisons, Aldi and Sainsbury’s. The first two due in part to a rise in the price of milk. With Asda they have put a two pint bottle of 99p at £1.05.

In fact, Morrisons has increased the cost of three items in total – also increasing the cost of its Savers coffee from 70p to 75p a pot and its Savers tea bags from 55p to 59p for an 80 pack.

Asda has actually dropped in price since the last comparison. Despite the rising cost of its milk and chicken, the addition of fresh mince to its new Just Essentials range – at £1.69 a packet from its previous £1.90 – means its total has risen from £10.08 to £10.02.

At Tesco and Lidl there have been no price changes and it is the latter who takes the cheapest crown this week, at £9.82 in total – the only one to keep the bill below £10.

The only slight difference in size between our purchases is for baked beans, which range from 400g at Sainsbury’s and 410g at Asda and Morrisons, to the standard 420g at Aldi, Lidl and Tesco. And where the 300g chicken packs differ at 330g and 350g, the test determined the equivalent price for a fairer comparison

Here is the shopping list and total for each supermarket (as of Friday June 10)

lidl

Loaf of white bread 800g – 36p

Milk 2 pints – 99p

Coffee 200g – 1,69€

160 tea bags – £99

Salted butter 250g – €1.69

Beans Box 420g – 22p

Chicken 300g – £1.99

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €1.89

Total £9.82

Morrison

Loaf of white bread 800g – 39p

Milk 2 pints – £1.05 (was 99p)

Coffee (2 x 100g) – £1.50 (was £1.40)

160 Tea Bags (2 x 80-pack Savers) – £1.18 (was £1.10)

Salted butter 250g – €1.75

Beans Can 410g – 21p

Chicken (larger pack of 330g for £2.25) – equals £2.05

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €1.89

Total £10.02 (was £9.78)

Asda

Loaf of white bread 800g (Malin Price) – 39p

Milk 2 pints – £1.05 (was 99p)

Coffee 200g (2 x 100g Just Essentials) – £1.50

160 tea bags (4 x smart price 40 pack) – £1.12

Salted butter 250g – €1.75

Beans 410g tin (Smart Price) – 25p

Chicken (larger 350g packet for £2.65) – equals £2.27 (was £2.55 / £2.18)

Chop 500g 20% ​​fat – £1.69 (was £1.90)

Total £10.02 (was £10.08)

Aldi

Loaf of white bread 800g – 36p

Milk 2 pints – £1.05 (was 99p)

Coffee 200g – 1,69€

Bags 160 – €1.09

Salted butter 250g – €1.75

Beans Box 420g – 22p

Chicken 300g – £1.99

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €1.89

£10.04 total (compared to £9.98 last week)

Tesco

Loaf of white bread 800g – 36p

Milk 2 pints – 99p

Coffee 200g (2 x 100g) – £1.70

160 tea bags (2 x 80 pack) – €1.10

Salted butter 250g – €1.75

Beans Box 420g – 22p

Chicken 300g – £2.20

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €1.89

Total £10.21

Sainsbury’s

Loaf of white bread 800g – 36p

Milk 2 pints – 99p

Coffee 200g – 1,69€

Bags 160 – €1.09

Salted butter 250g – £1.90 (was £1.80)

Beans Box 400g – 21p

Chicken 300g – £2.30

Chopped 500g 20% ​​MG – €2.10

Total £10.64 (was £10.54)

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