Most expensive supermarkets

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    We are being forced to cut down our costs. Part of it has to come from our grocery shopping.

    We do part of our shopping in Tesco, but I heard comments that it is the most expensive supermarket. The question is which one is best value for money.
     
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    The German supermarkets seem to be very popular. Cost is only one consideration in the 'VFM discussion' for example the fruit and veg I buy from Waitrose isn't necessarily more expensive than Tesco but it seems to last a lot longer and be of better quality (often more local too).
     
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    We buy fruit and veg in Aldi. Cheaper and better quality than the tescos tasteless ones. However there are many products that the German supermarkets don't offer. For those we go to Tesco as it is the closest one to us.
     
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    I shop in Waitrose but everyone says that they are the most expensive and that I should go to somewhere like Tesco Sainsburys.

    Waitrose is only more expensive though if you buy the higher quality products. If you stick to named brands or their own range, it is roughly the same.

    As @rousetafarian has said though, you pay a bit more for their fresh stuff, but it does last longer.
     
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    I think it entirely depends on what you buy, for me Tesco works out cheapest though there is little difference in price over the major supermarkets.
    Fruit and veg, always brought from local grocers or the market, no wasteful plastic wrapping and you can pick it up a lot cheaper than the supermarkets. Same with meat/poultry, go with the local butchers.
     
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    I worked as a fruit and veg manager at Waitrose in my twenties and still find their fresh produce better than the competition. They don't seem to follow the sharp BOGOF practices of some of the others either. I also don't mind paying a bit extra for the more pleasant shopping experience either....
     
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    Tesco could be classed as more expensive due to range of products and shelf end offers there to tempt.

    Best advice is to write out a menu for the week and only buy the items required to cover this.
     
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    I should probably clarify that I don't want to compromise on quality too much. I am after good named products but just a bit cheaper than in Tescos.

    If it was just myself I could eat cheap stuff but we have a toddler at home and I would like him to eat a bit better quality TBH.

    At the moment we spend around 500 per month on grocery shopping. I need to cut this down a bit but am not sure how.
     
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    It's a big roundabout, every supermarket can make its self look cheaper by comparing selected items against the others.
    The only truly way to get the cheapest shopping is to visit and compare everything you buy from all the supermsrkrts

    Supermarkets run different offers at different times so supermarket A could be cheaper one week and the most expensive the next
     
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    I know this won't be an easy task, but I have no choice.

    Hopefully it is only temporary.
     
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    Biggest saving we ever made food shopping was to actually monitor what we threw out every week and targeted cutting that down. We then swapped to alternate weeks at aldi and lidl with the occasional top up from Sainsbury's. Lidl for fresh fruit/veg and bread. Aldi has some nice meat but need to search through as the quality between packets is variable.
     
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    Shhhhh!;)
     
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    Meat is something that will have to be cut down as it is very expensive. I have already pretty much stopped eating meat and replaced it with sausages or some cheaper versions for myself. We buy meat only for my son at the moment.

    Thanks I need to sit down and plan this somehow. At the moment we just make a list what's needed, go to a shop, fill the basket and pay. There is no planning or thought behind it.
     
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    I think that the value calculation is also skewed by the number in the household and whether you cook from scratch or used ready sauces etc. Strange to relate, in our house of three (two adults, one toddler) with me generally having the time to cook things up from the raw ingredients (a luxury I'm aware not everyone has), I find that Sainsburys is the best value for me- the meat and veg are pretty good but their Basics line is also competitive.
     
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    Meat is an easy one for me here, see if you can find your local Asian shop with a butcher, my one sells chicken breasts at £3.75 a kilo yes £3.75 boneless skinless thighs same price lamb is £4.50 a kilo beef £5 a kilo the butcher will do anything you ask, steaks or any cut you want, he minces chicken thighs for mince or lamb or beef, it's near 1/2 price of Tesco and in some cases less than half price than most supermarkets, I've got all my meat from there for at least 12 months now, though obviously they do not do pork so if you eat that you need to find your local Polish place with a butcher.

    I save shed loads using that place and its fresher than any supermarket, usually brought in the day after its ermm acquired lets say.
     
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    Sadly we don't have Sainsbury near by.

    And yes my wife usually cooks from scratch. No takeaways or anything like that.
     
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    That sounds great. I need to have a look around if we have one of those near by. We live in a small town and our choices are somewhat limited. Thanks
     
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    I really struggle to see how you spend that much...

    We are a family of 2 adults a 4 year old and 8 month baby.

    Including baby foods I spend approx 250 a month.

    That's including meat, and branded stuff as my wife is a brand snob.

    We cook for scratch every evening. Also no lunches for the kids as they go to nursery so eat there.

    We either go to sainsbury or tesco for most stuff, occasionally lidl for a few bits.

    A carrot is a carrot to me.
     
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    Sorry- to clarify I mean that if I have a salad, I'll dismember a lettuce and add other bits to suit rather than buying a bag of the stuff and I prefer to make sauces etc myself rather than buy jars- again because I'm lucky enough to have the time. It's a subtle difference (using a sauce in a jar is still 'cooking') but it does have a bearing on supermarket value. These raw materials are where Sainsburys is very good but if there isn't one handy, it's fairly irrelevant.
     
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    Dread to think what our spend is. Probably £5-700pm at Waitrose and the butcher for a family of six (children 2 -8 ). Free school meals saves us a few quid a day.
     
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    2 adults and a 4yo here.

    Don't worry, I struggle with understanding that myself. Especially that the fridge is usually near empty most times when I look there.

    We spend about £100-110 on our weekly weekend shoppings (we are goinig tonight after I finish work) and then usually by Wednesday, I need to go again after work to top up things like milk, bread, etc. Usually another 30-50 quid.

    I am not home most times and only eat one hot meal per day. My wife usually eats salands as she is always on diet. Where is all that money going I am not sure. But as I say, there is little planning or thought behind it at the moment, but that needs to change.
     
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    We pay for our son's meals at the nursery but he never eats them as he dislikes the food there. Sometims he will drink milk there but that's about it.
     
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    OK, what am I missing? Isn't making a list planning or do you mean you make a list but then ignore it when filling up the trolly/basket?
     
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    We don't do nursery - looking forward to our 4yo starting school in a couple of months to take another meal off our hands for a few years :)
     
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    Well yes and no. We make a list and put into the basket what's needed, but there is generally no price shopping and we usually take the same brands even if similar brand of the same product is cheaper.
     
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    I use Tesco for food/drinks as it saves me well for fuel.

    I pay with Santander 123 use my Tesco points card & combined I save about 8pplitre every time I fuel up. Then I make about £20 pcm on the visa.
     
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    My 5 YO won't touch school meals, we tried him for a week and each day he came home like a starving bird eating everything he could lay his hands on, so he gets a a packed lunch each day, little sod as it's free for reception and year one and now it costs us money!
     
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    It is only less than 3 hours per day anyway. And it gives my wife much needed time to write her books, so I can't argue with that.

    Also my son loves it.
     
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    And year two! Sorry :p
     
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