The price of common household items has risen by nearly £2 over the past three months, a new analysis has found.
Research by the Newsquest Digital Optimization team has revealed that amid the cost of living crisis, overall prices for ten common weekly grocery items in the UK’s largest supermarkets have risen, further straining shoppers’ budgets across the country.
We have analyzed the prices of these common items as part of our #YourMoneyMatters Campaign launched by us and our sister titles on Newsquest to help readers overcome the rise in the cost of living.
As we’ve seen a slew of price hikes for households this year – from raising the energy price cap to rising inflation and food prices – costing households hundreds or even thousands of extra pounds a year.
We make it our mission to look after your money by offering money-saving offers, contests, giveaways and insightful stories from your community about how this cost of living crisis is impacting our readers, like you.
The global energy crisis, exacerbated by the invasion of Ukraine, the financial fallout from the Covid pandemic, record high inflation and a rise in the cost of goods, fuel and travel mean we will all feel the pinch.
What items did we look at?
Over a 12-week period, between 28 June and 13 September 2022, we tracked the totals of 10 key weekly grocery items across the UK’s five largest supermarket chains – Aldi, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
The items tracked were as follows:
- Medium loaf of white bread (800g)
- 2 liters of semi-skimmed milk
- Block of mature cheddar (350g or 400g)
- Unsalted Butter (250g)
- Bag of granulated sugar (1kg)
- Pack of 80 tea bags (caffeinated)
- Medium whole chicken (uncooked)
- Tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
- Medium Free Range Eggs (12-pack)
- Pack of 4 toilet paper rolls
In order to make the comparison as fair as possible, the prices of supermarket own-brand items were tracked across all retailers, e.g. B. Tesco’s 800g white bread loaf and Aldi’s Cowbelle 250g British unsalted butter.
What did the findings reveal?
The results showed that Morrisons saw the largest increase in the total prices of those ten items – from £16.96 on June 28 to £18.46 on September 13.
The cheapest basket for the ten items was Aldi, which saw the smallest price increase over the 12 weeks – from £14.17 on June 28 to £14.87 on September 13.
Elsewhere, Asda had the second highest collective price increase – from £15.58 on June 28 to £17.12 on September 13.
Sainsbury’s had the third highest collective price increase – from £16.35 on June 28 to £16.94 on September 13.
Tesco had the fourth highest collective price increase for its items – from £15.15 on June 28 to £16.59 on September 13.
Here’s a breakdown of total prices at each supermarket:
What has each supermarket chain said about the prices of these items?
We reached out to each supermarket chain for an answer about our findings, asking if the prices of household items (like the ones we tracked) would fall in the coming months.
We also asked what initiatives each chain has to help shoppers during the cost of living crisis.
In response to our findings, a Morrisons spokesman told us: “This is an unprecedented period of inflation and we are working hard to keep prices low and competitive for our customers while maintaining high standards and availability across all our stores.
“Some of the initiatives we have introduced to help customers save money include our Cafe ‘Kids Eat Free’ offer, which is a permanent offer that runs all day, every day.
“For every adult meal purchased above £4.99, customers can also get a child’s meal (served with a piece of fruit and a drink) absolutely free.
“We also introduced an improved loyalty program ‘My Morrisons’ that makes it easier for our customers to save money.
“My Morrisons is not a points based system, all savings are quoted in pounds and can be spent immediately.
“Over the summer our Community Champions have partnered with local schools, community groups and the HAF (The Holiday Activities and Food Programme) to help end holiday hunger and we are running an ‘Ask for Sandy’ program in our stores to Customers in need can go to any customer service desk across the country and ask for a package for “Sandy” or a “period product package.” Customers will then receive a discreet envelope of toiletries free of charge, no questions asked.”
An Asda spokesman said: “We know how much the cost of living is of concern to our customers at the moment and we are doing everything we can to keep the prices of their purchases as low as possible, which is why we are the best value among supermarkets, as independent research from The Grocer and Which? magazines.
“This summer we launched Just Essentials by Asda, which means customers can choose from a selection of more than 300 everyday products on the tightest of budgets – and coupled with our Dropped & Locked price promise, means they have their Being able to pay out money further than Asda.”
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “With costs rising, we are working hard to keep prices down. We invest over half a billion pounds to ensure the best-selling items are on shelves at the best prices and we are confident that our Sainsbury’s quality, Aldi Price Match campaign and Price Lock promise to make a big difference to our customers.
“In stores and online, shoppers can now find new, low prices on everyday essentials – from chicken breasts to ground beef, butter, onions and strawberries.
“The bold steps we’re taking to focus on value means all of our customers can find great deals when they shop with us and don’t have to go anywhere else to get the best prices on their weekly purchase. ”
While Tesco confirmed the results, the retailer added that it also has other products at cheaper prices such as HW Nevill’s White Bread 800G at 36p, Willow Farm Whole Chicken 1.2kg – 1.6kg at £3.08 and Grower’s Harvest Chopped Tomatoes 400g for 28p.
A Tesco spokesman said: “With household budgets increasingly under pressure, we are absolutely committed to helping our customers by focusing on the cost of their weekly grocery shopping.
“We’ve significantly increased the number of Value Lines we offer, and whether it’s pricing basics to match Aldi prices, promising low everyday prices for household items, or offering exclusive deals and rewards through thousands of club card prices – we’re committed more than ever to offer our customers great added value.”
An Aldi spokesman said: “We are the best value supermarket in the UK and our customers are paying less and less when they shop at Aldi.
“That’s why this survey found that the Big Four supermarkets are, on average, 15 percent more expensive than Aldi for a basket of everyday necessities.
“Value is the most important consideration for most households as they grapple with rising costs and we promise our customers that we will always offer the lowest food prices in the UK.”
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