Supermarket that was the cheapest just 2 months ago now second most expensive

In May, Morrisons worked out cheapest for the groceries, but it's now second most expensive
-Credit: (Image: Manchester Family / MEN)


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 our colleagues at the MEN have been monitoring the cost of the same eight basic items at the six main supermarkets since the cost of living crisis began to intensify.

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

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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 unfortunate 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.

A refurbished Morrisons supermarket
A refurbished Morrisons supermarket -Credit:Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive

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

Aldi disputes the results of our weekly comparison, saying that it does not take into account like-for-like products or ‘the higher quality’ of its products. The supermarket says, for example, that Aldi beans are 20g heavier than Sainsbury's and that Aldi teabags are 'better quality than the comparative products used'.

Asda also disagrees with our comparison and says that the small sample of products does not represent the fuller picture of prices and does not account for its deals. The supermarket says that, across the board, its Just Essentials range is the largest and cheapest available, alongside Aldi's.

Here is the full list:

Lidl

White bread loaf 800g - 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 white bread loaf - 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 white bread loaf - 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 white bread loaf - 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.