Is it worth shopping around at different supermarkets?

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Hi all,

With all this sun and the 6 weeks holiday coming up, groceries are really going to get expensive (the ice creams already!).

Does anybody know, or has anybody tried, shopping around from Asda, Tesco, Aldi etc for different products? So like:

- X from Asda
- Y from Tesco
- Z from Aldi

I'm fortunate that I have quite a few around me so petrol isn't really an issue. Just the time! Are the savings worth it?
 

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I find with branded products they all seem to price-match these days!
 
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Jon, I thought the same! Until one day I happened to shop in Tesco and Asda on the same day so prices were fresh in mind. Saw some products that were quite a few quid difference. Was in for a shock!
 
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You'll save more picking one supermarket and swap all the branded items in your basket for non branded ones. Some are double the price of the supermarket own brands.

You might save a little by shopping around but it depends if you consider the time and effort worth it. I have an Aldi opposite a Tesco where I live so I alternate between them and pick out the things I know are cheaper in each respective store. I wouldn't however drive an extra few miles to Asda or Sainsbury just to save a few extra pence here and there because that isn't a good use of my time (or petrol)

https://www.trolley.co.uk/ compares some branded products across supermarkets however it lacks the function to compare like for like non branded items. For example if you search for tesco crisps it will only return tesco crisps because they are the only company selling them, but to be useful it should compare their price to Asda crisps, Aldi crisps etc.....
 
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I didn't exactly do that but when things were tight I used to shop in the cheapest supermarket which for us was Morrisons, and then I also had a Costco membership so got a lot of other things like tea, biscuits, toiletries, pasta in bulk which saved us money.
 
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Thanks for the Trolley.co.uk recommendation! Awesome website, really easy to compare, I didn't know things like that existed.

I do agree about the non-branded items, that's a little bit of nuisance! Especially since they're the cheapest.
You'll save more picking one supermarket and swap all the branded items in your basket for non branded ones. Some are double the price of the supermarket own brands.

You might save a little by shopping around but it depends if you consider the time and effort worth it. I have an Aldi opposite a Tesco where I live so I alternate between them and pick out the things I know are cheaper in each respective store. I wouldn't however drive an extra few miles to Asda or Sainsbury just to save a few extra pence here and there because that isn't a good use of my time (or petrol)

https://www.trolley.co.uk/ compares some branded products across supermarkets however it lacks the function to compare like for like non branded items. For example if you search for tesco crisps it will only return tesco crisps because they are the only company selling them, but to be useful it should compare their price to Asda crisps, Aldi crisps etc.....
 

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I think this really comes down to what and how much you are buying. I used to shop about quite a bit but when you take into account petrol, time and such for the sake of a few quid I was probably not actually making a saving.

for things like meat though I think it’s worth it
 

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It could also depend on how many supermarkets are local to you. Saving a few pennies here and there could be pointless if you are driving miles.
 

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