'Cheapest' supermarket now second most expensive after hiking price of essential 13% since last week

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A supermarket that was the cheapest for a basket of essentials just two months ago has now become the second most expensive, after increasing the price of a product by 13% in the last week.

For over two years, Manchester Evening News has been monitoring the cost of the same eight basic items at the six main supermarkets since the cost of living crisis began to significantly impact.

In May, Morrisons was the cheapest option for groceries, which included milk, bread, tea bags, coffee, butter, baked beans, chicken breasts and mince.

However, the retailer is now the second most expensive for these products after raising the price of its cheapest Savers tea bags from 79p for a pack of 80 to 89p since last week. This means the cost of the 160 pack size, which we compare across all supermarkets, has increased by a shocking 13%.

This is disappointing news for shoppers who had hoped they had seen the end of significant weekly increases with products, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Lidl remains the cheapest of all the retailers, with a bill of £12.11, followed closely by Aldi at £12.14 and Asda, which is just pennies behind for the fifth consecutive week, with a bill of £12.18.

Sainsbury's is the fourth cheapest at £12.33, followed by Morrisons, now at £12.47, and the most expensive is Tesco, at £12.62.

Aldi has contested the results of our weekly comparison, arguing that it does not consider like-for-like products or 'the higher quality' of its offerings. For instance, Aldi claims that its beans are 20g heavier than those at Sainsbury's and that its teabags are of 'better quality than the comparative products used'.

Asda also takes issue with our comparison, stating that our small sample of products does not provide a comprehensive picture of prices and fails to account for its deals. The supermarket asserts that, overall, its Just Essentials range is the largest and cheapest available, alongside Aldi's.

Here is the full list:.

Lidl.

800g loaf of white bread - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee - £1.99.

240 teabags - £2.79 / equates to £1.86 for 160.

250g salted butter - £1.69.

420g tin of beans - 28p.

300g chicken - £2.35.

500g mince with 25% fat - £2.29.

Total: £12.11.

Aldi.

800g loaf of white bread - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee - £1.99.

160 teabags - £1.89.

250g salted butter - £1.69.

420g tin of beans - 28p.

300g chicken - £2.35.

500g mince with 25% fat - £2.29.

Total: £12.14.

Asda.

800g loaf of white bread - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee (2 x 100g) - £1.98.

160 teabags (4 x 40-pack) - £1.60.

250g salted butter - £1.69.

410g tin of beans - 27p.

300g chicken - £2.50.

500g mince with 20% fat -£2.49.

Total: £12.18.

Sainsbury's.

800g loaf of white bread - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee - £1.99.

160 teabags - £1.89.

250g salted butter - £1.69.

Beans 400g tin - 27p.

Chicken 300g - £2.35.

Mince 500g 20% fat - £2.49.

Total £12.33.

Morrisons.

Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p.

Milk 2 pints - £1.20.

Coffee (2 x 100g) - £1.98.

Teabags 160 (2 x 80-pack Savers) - £1.78 (up from £1.58).

Savers Salted butter 250g - £1.69.

Beans 410g tin - 27p.

Chicken 300g - £2.65 for 330g, equates to £2.41 for 300g.

Mince 500g 25% fat - £2.29.

Total £12.47 (up from £12.27).

Tesco.

Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p.

Milk 2 pints - £1.20.

Coffee 200g (2 x 100g) - £1.98.

Teabags 160 (2 x 80-pack) - £1.88.

Salted butter 250g - £1.69.

Beans 420g tin - 28p.

Chicken 300g - £2.65.

Mince 500g 20% fat - £2.49.