Supermarket vs Budget – Cost comparison a real example

// This was what we bought in the very first week of the experiment, our weekly shops at ALDI (plus our local butcher) still comes with in our £30 to £40…. we’ve actually had a few weeks at under £28. Obviously every few weeks or so we need to stock up on basics and so we’ll use all of that £40 budget. Below is our original page post with what we spent in that first shop and the cost comparison to some well known stores.//
We sat down and worked out how much we (two adults, two 5-16s and one under 5) would get on rations.
We started with good old, which we had used regularly in the past to do our online grocery shopping.
The total cost of our grocery shop minus vegetables/ fruit (which would be bought fresh daily) is…
  • Tescos = £58, 7
  • Asda = £61, 27
  • Sainsburys = £66, 93
  • Ocado = £70, 62
  • Waitrose = £73, 15
At the time we added the items to the ‘trolley’ Tescos was the cheapest but items change regularly
At Aldi on Tuesday we bought our rations, vegetables, toiletries and washing powder (same items in the tescos trolley) and paid a whopping (sarcasm) £27.29… thats a £31, 42 difference…. more than enough to buy that shop all over again.
Just to remind you of what we got for our money heres my shopping list:
  1. Fresh whole milk
  2. raisins
  3. brussel sprouts
  4. carrots
  5. cabbage
  6. 500g margerine
  7. washing powder
  8. baby wipes
  9. minced beef 500g
  10. chicken 500g
  11. toilet tissue
  12. sugar 1.5kg white
  13. brown sugar 500g
  14. orange concentrate
  15. 4 tins of baked beans
  16. 500g lard
  17. 250g salted butter
  18. 250g cheese
  19. small 250g jar of jam (to last the week)
  20. 250g ham
  21. 250g bacon
  22. 6 eggs
  23. honey (before we found out honey is part of the preserve ration)
  24. a bock of chocolate as an occational treat (which makes up part of the family sweet ration)
  25. 1.5 kg flour x2
It doesnt look like that much, but imagine paying Waitrose’s £73.15 for it. (difference of £45.86)

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    • I suppose a bit of both … we’ve previously shopped at all these places so we know more or less how much a shop cost in the bigger supermarkets and how little it cost in the budget stores.
      It wasnt too difficult to get the exact prices of the website and compare those prices with our grocery receipts.

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