We compare whether Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's or Tesco offers the most value for your money
AN analysis of the prices by the UK's major supermarkets shows that Asda currently offers the best value for shoppers, The Sun has found.
This is based on a comparison of the so-called "Big Four" supermarkets, including Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco.
The Sun has compared today's online prices of around 40 popular branded and own-branded products – and it showed that Asda is £3.43 cheaper than Morrisons where shoppers currently have to fork out the most for the items.
Our shopping bag included essentials ranging from eggs, milk, butter, bread and cheese to spaghetti and rice.
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.
In total, the shopping basket at Asda amounted to a total of £98.63, while the one at Morrisons will set you back £101.79.
Here's how to cut the cost of your grocery shop
SAVING 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
Meanwhile, shoppers at Sainsbury's and Tesco will have to fork out £99 and £101.79 respectively for the same items.
On some occasions, all supermarkets charged exactly the same price – for example, 800g of Hovis white bread sets you back £1.10 and 400g of Nutella £2.90 at all four.
Meanwhile, some of them stood out on certain products, with Morrisons charging £8 for 300g of Nescafe's Original Instant Coffee, compared to only £5 at the other three.
And although Asda was cheaper overall, we found it charges the most for a four-pack of Princes tuna chunks in spring water at £4.75, while the rest only charge £3.50.
In other words, if you're after specific items, it's worth shopping around before you buy to make sure you're getting the best value on your favourite products.
Non-vegetarians might also want to check out the prices at Aldi, as the discounter's 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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