Aldi knocked off the top spot as cheapest UK supermarket – beaten by 43p

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Each month consumer group Which? tracks the prices of everyday goods in supermarkets to find out where shoppers can get the most for their money. Tracking food items throughout the school summer holidays, discount supermarket Aldi has been knocked off the top spot.

The cheapest supermarket for a basket of 23 essential items throughout the month of August was Lidl, the latest price comparison from Which? shows. 

Shoppers would have paid, on average, £24.11 for a basket of everyday items at Lidl.

This was just 43p less than Aldi but a huge £9 cheaper than upmarket Waitrose.

The comparison included food items such as apples and eggs as well as branded goods like Hovis wholemeal bread.

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

“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.”

Asda was the cheapest ‘big four’ supermarket, with its basket costing just £25.22.

Ele added: “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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The most expensive supermarket was Waitrose, with its basket of food coming in at a whopping £33.20.

Groceries with some of the biggest price differences included own-label melon as well as PG Tips tea bags.

The melon had a difference of £1.31 between Lidl and Waitrose while the tea bags had a difference of £1.25.

For those looking to do a larger shop, Which? also compared how a bigger shop added up, with 82 food items.

This included the original 23 as well as more branded items such as Branston baked beans and Colgate toothpaste.

Discounters Aldi and Lidl were not included in this comparison as branded items aren’t always available.

The analysis also compared items such as Kenco coffee, Oxo stock cube and Twinings English breakfast tea to find out which supermarket was the cheapest.

According to Which?, Asda was the cheapest of the traditional supermarkets, with its trolley coming in at £149.20.

This was a huge £21.22 cheaper than the most expensive, Waitrose.

Asda was followed by Sainsbury’s at £158.53, Morrisons at £159.34 and Ocado at £161.16.

Tesco also came fourth, with its basket surprisingly costing the same as Ocado’s at £161.16.

Waitrose was the most expensive supermarket, with its trolley costing a huge £170.42.

Asda has been the cheapest mainstream supermarket for more than a year, claiming every title since January 2020.

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