UK’s cheapest supermarket this year finally crowned – and it’s not Aldi or Asda

For a nation of foodies, supermarket shopping is really important to us Brits especially when we all want to find the best deal.

Now the cheapest supermarket in the UK has been revealed – and it’s not Aldi or Asda.

Drum roll please.

Lidl has been crowned the UK’s cheapest for food shopping which has now pushed rival Aldi from its once reign.

In a study carried out by consumer group Which?, the bargain supermarket was named ‘best-value grocer’ in August.

And yes, it beat all the ‘big four’ supermarkets to jump to first place.

The research looked at the cost of 21 items which included own brand buys like eggs and apples, as well as bread brand Hovis.

Lidl has been crowned the UK’s cheapest supermarket
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Looking at the results, shoppers would have paid just £24.11 for the basket full of the 23 essential labelled items from German retailer Lidl.

This amount actually worked out 43p less than Aldi and a whopping £9 cheaper than Waitrose.

In total, supermarket giant Waitrose would have cost £33.20 for the 23 items which works out 38% more pricey than Lidl’s.

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People who shop in Lidl are getting their best value for money
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Out of the ‘big four’ supermarket chains, Asda ranked the cheapest with a basket of the 23 items costing £25.22.

The study also compared which groceries had the biggest price differences which included own-label melon, which had a difference of £1.31 between Lidl and Waitrose.

Another big price difference between the two supermarkets was PG Tips tea bags, which had a difference of £1.25.

The bargain supermarket even beat the ‘big four’
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For those who carried out a big shop, Which? also compared 82 items which included more branded products.

These products included Branston baked beans and Colgate toothpaste, however it excluded Lidl and Aldi in this comparison because the two cheap chains do not stock high volumes of branded products.

Out of the big shops, Asda, was the cheapest of the traditional supermarkets at £149.20 and worked out to be a massive £21.22 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket, Waitrose.

Consumer group Which? led the study that may save shoppers some money
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However, grocery prices at Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Ocado and Tesco were similar, with just £2.63 separating them.

This means that Asda has been the cheapest mainstream supermarket for more than a year, having claimed the title every month since January 2020.

Which? retail expert, Ele Clark, told The Mirror: “The weekly food shop can have a big impact on consumers’ pockets, which is why we check hundreds of grocery prices every day.”

“Our latest analysis shows shoppers don’t have to pay over the odds for a trolley of popular groceries if they go to Lidl, which was the cheapest supermarket in August.”

“Shoppers wanting to cut down on the cost of a wider selection of branded goods could consider shopping at Asda, which was more than £21 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket.”


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