ALDI has been revealed as the cheapest supermarket to nab a basket of 22 items from.
That number of goods bought at the budget supermarket costs £24.03 according to the latest data from Which?.
In comparison, a shop for the same amount of branded and unbranded items at Lidl is nearly 40p dearer, setting you back £24.40 on average.
The same shopping list cost a whopping 18% more at Tesco and 16% more at Sainsbury’s.
It also means Aldi is £9 cheaper on average than the dearest supermarket revealed, Waitrose, which left shoppers forking out 38% more.
It’s no surprise that Waitrose was deemed the most expensive retailer to purchase 22 essentials from, as Which?’s results declared you’d have to fork out £33.06 for the small shop.
It means groceries like own-brand grapes cost £1.11 more at the premium store compared to reigning champ, Aldi’s, budget prices.
If you were after a chocolate fix too, a pack of Maltesers would cost you £1.51 more at Waitrose than Aldi.
Julie Ashfield, managing director of buying at Aldi, said: “Being named the UK’s Cheapest Supermarket in September marks our tenth win and we’re dedicated to continuing to make life a little easier for our customers.”
Every month consumer testing giant Which? pits each of the supermarkets against each other to uncover which is the cheapest and best value for money for customers.
Aldi has managed to claim that spot for September once again.
The last time it won the Which? Cheapest Supermarket monthly roundup was in July when a typical basket of shopping was £21.61.
That means prices have crept up by £2.42 since the last time the supermarket was crowned the winner, just three months ago.
Costs have skyrocketed anyway in the last year with British staples like sausages, eggs and apples seeing big price rises across the board.
Which? works out the average price for each item at each supermarket across the month, and adds them up to get an average basket price for each store.
Here is how each of the supermarkets fared in total:
- Aldi: £24.03
- Lidl: £24.40
- Asda: £26.19
- Sainsbury’s: £27.95
- Morrisons: £28.31
- Tesco: £28.31
- Ocado: £29.84
- Waitrose: £33.06
The consumer experts compiled a shopping list including Andrex toilet paper, Colgate toothpaste, McVitie’s digestive biscuits, as well as own-label products, including mixed peppers and semi-skimmed milk, plus more.
Shoppers may be surprised to find that supposedly budget shops like Tesco have scored lower down the scale, but we’ve revealed before how using reward schemes like a Clubcard can save up to 50% for the same goods.
Otherwise you can find yourself paying through the nose for the same products, by ignoring the “hidden” discounts – Tesco shoppers pay more than a third more without a Clubcard.
The testing didn’t factor in these extra reductions that you can rack up though, so Aldi managed to come out on top just by its budget prices alone.
But Aldi’s cheap prices will make the store that much more attractive in the lead up to Christmas as well, so it’s no wonder that the store is stepping it up a gear to make sure customers have all they need.
It’s employing more than 1,500 temporary staff to work in its supermarkets ahead of its “biggest ever” Christmas.
Plus, alongside the extra staff, Aldi has applied to extend its licensing hours, meaning it would be able to sell alcohol between 6am and midnight in the run up to the “big day”.
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