In 2022, Aldi issued a 5-day warning to shoppers to have their stocks in before stores close for festive celebrations.
A simple shopping mistake at Tesco and Sainsbury’s is costing UK shoppers £818 each a year. Also, UK shoppers have been warned about price hikes at Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco, and Lidl.
UK shoppers, including, Nigerians who have migrated to the country, can do well to reconsider their shopping locations and stores if they want to get items cheaper.
The Price hikes:
At Aldi, Morrison, prices of fruit and vegetable have soared by almost 74 per cent, a research by Grocer, a trade Magazine says.
According to the magazine, the prices for potatoes, cucumbers, carrots and mushrooms have increased steeply.
While the price of Cucumber has again risen nine per cent higher, making a total of 75 per cent from January 2022, Tomatoes hiked by 23 per cent.
Mushrooms at Aldi have risen by 58 per cent to 95p.
Similarly, at Morrison, prices of Tomatoes are up 68 per cent more. Also, prices of Carrots have risen 51p a kilo on average.
Meanwhile, a 25 per cent increase rocks groceries at Sainsbury just as Lidl is selling oranges at £1.39 – a 28 per cent increase.
A pack of five to seven oranges now costs £1.32 on average.
Similarly, Food and non-alcoholic drink prices jumped by 16.5% before December 2022.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) as said that this is the highest hike in the price since 1077.
Furthermore, prices of Breads and cereals have increased by 1.9% in January alone and an annual increase of 16.6 per cent.
Also, items such as Hovis white bread, own-brand milk, Anchor butter and Heinz tomato soup, are high 19 per cent at Sainsbury’s.
The shopping mistake shoppers make:
UK shoppers are making a simple shopping mistake of shopping at Tesco Express or Sainsbury’s local rather than larger supermarket store.
This mistake is costing the shoppers some huge cash.
For instance, UK shoppers buying the same 75 items at Tesco Express instead of a larger Tesco spend an extra £15.73 higher a week.
Those shopping at Sainsbury’s Local malls pay 19 per cent higher, a report by UK media says.
Sue Davies, head of food policy warns UK shoppers of the hikes.
What the supper markets are saying:
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said they hiked prices because their stores are at cities where they pay rates, rents and other higher bills.
She said, the price differences are “because our Sainsbury’s Local stores are located in city or town centre locations and their operating costs, for example rent and rates, are higher”.
Similarly, a Tesco spokesman said they are giving shoppers value hence, the hike.
“We work hard to ensure our customers get great value at Tesco, whether they shop with us online, in a large store or in an Express store.”
“Our Express stores offer a range of extremely competitive own brand products, as well as offering great value deals through Clubcard Prices.”
What to do?
UK shoppers should consider buying at convenience stores which sell some items at cheaper rates.
For instance, convenience stores are selling items like Anchor Spreadable Butter Tub (500g), Colgate Total Original Toothpaste (125ml) and Magnum Almond Ice Cream (4 pack) at 3 per cent cheaper on average.
Nigerians who have migrated to the UK can also take this advice and shop at convenience stores where things are cheaper.