Asda Still Top

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Canary42 | 01:37 Fri 05th Feb 2021 | Shopping
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I see Asda are still the cheapest of the Big 7 (which doesn't include Lidl or Aldi who I would think come in cheaper). They're all up on last month though.

The prices are calculated according to the cost of 42 items from the government-based consumer price index ‘shopping basket’.

Included in this basket are items such as eggs, milk and bread, as well as non-perishable goods like pasta, rice and cereal. Apparently Ocado are cheapest for gin :-)

Supermarket rankings:

ASDA - £109.20 (£7.22 higher than last month)

Iceland – £115.53 (£3.75 higher than last month)

Morrisons – £117.42 (£9.38 higher than last month)

Tesco – £118.19 (£5.43 higher than last month)

Sainsbury’s – £119.47 (25p higher than last month)

Ocado – £127.44 (£3.85 higher than last month)

Waitrose – £127.70 (£5.17 higher than last month)


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Sainsbury's is nearest me but it has little I want (funny, 30 years ago they were the best by far). Tesco and Waitrose are next after that and quite close to each other so I can do them both at once. Waitrose have most of what I want, and what with lockdown I haven't got anything to spend money on but groceries and dentists.
I'm not a fan of Asda.
I have to drive past Asda, Morrison's and Tesco to get to the nearest Sainsbury's to me. (There are also other branches of Asda and Tesco, in the opposite direction, which are closer to me than Sainsbury's). So I don't shop in Sainsbury's very often. However I like their products; they seem to have a better range of chilled and frozen meals than most of their rivals. I think of them as being quite a bit more expensive than Asda, Tesco or Morrison's though.

It's a 30-mile round trip for me to get to Waitrose so, unless I'm in that area anyway (e.g. when I've got a hospital appointment), I rarely shop there. I like their products but I find many of them pricey. They also don't stock many of the things I like. (e.g. I can buy lots of different types of canned curries in Asda but Waitrose don't stock any at all).

I hardly ever think of shopping in Iceland. I like some of their products (and I like their prices) but their limited range of non-frozen items means that I can't do a 'big shop' in there. (I've only got a 'table top' freezer, so I never need much frozen food).

I always regard Asda as the cheapest of the 'full range' supermarkets. (i.e. excluding Lidl and Aldi, where they generally only stock their own brands of stuff). However the quality of their chilled and frozen ready meals generally isn't great and their customer service is appalling, so Asda isn't my first choice for shopping.

Tesco seems a bit dearer than Asda to me, for much the same sort of stuff. So, despite Tesco being the easiest big supermarket for me to access, I don't get in there very often.

Morrison's is where I do most of my shopping these days. It's always very quiet on a Saturday evening, when I usually shop there, with no more than half a dozen other customers in one of their largest stores. So I feel quite safe in terms of Covid risks. Their range of products is quite good and their prices aren't that much dearer than Asda's. Further, during non-Covid times, I enjoy eating in their café, largely because their staff are so friendly.

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/// during non-Covid times, I enjoy eating in their café, largely because their staff are so friendly. ///

Yes, wench shopping pre-Cov I always used to have breakfast in my nearest Sainsbury's for the same reason (and the food was good obviously).
Closest to me are Iceland, followed by Aldi/Lidl. If I'm not going into the city centre I go to them. Otherwise my choice is Tesco metro, M & S, or Sainsbury's. I hated Sainsbury's when I first went to them many moons ago. They are now my favourite. I've never been to Morrison's, and only 2x to ASDA...they are both out of the way.
Don’t think I’ve ever shopped in Asda in my life. Wouldn’t even know where one was ! Have a Lidl, Co -op and Iceland within walking distance and then then usual Tesco, Sainsbury’s within a drive or will deliver x

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