Cheapest supermarket 2022 revealed - Skint Dad (2022)

The cheapest supermarket of 2022 has been revealed. Do you think it works out the cheapest when you shop?

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It’s a hotly debated topic and one that gets asked a lot in our supermarket savings community – where is the lowest priced place to shop?

The thing is, I don’t really think there is a one size fits all answer.

Sure, for ME, and the stuff I buy, one supermarket can work out cheaper.

However, we don’t have young kids, so save on the additional costs, and no one in the family has allergies or intolerances to food.

Just because the basket of food I buy one week is cheaper, the stuff you buy might work out more expensive.

In this article

Which is the cheapest supermarket in the UK?

Trying to use a bit of methodology, consumer group Which? has been monitoring prices of groceries across six major supermarkets (* that must have been a fun job *).

First, they made a shopping list of 52 items they thought would be in a typical shopping basket.

Their list included stuff likeown label-bread, crisps, butter, cheese, cleaning products, pet food, soft drinks and other everyday items.

They then worked out the average price (including discounts but not multibuys) for each item every month and then compared it.

So what did they find?

Without further ado, they found the lowest price supermarket of June 2022 … drum roll, please …

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Cheapest supermarket June 2022 – Aldi

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Getting 52 items from Aldi added up to £75.61.

Lidl was the second cheapest at £76.99 and Asda in third place costing £85.22

Waitrose (maybe not so surprisingly) was the most expensive, costing £101.14.

Up until this month, you could clearly see how much food prices have been rising month on month.

In previous months, Which compared around 20 items in each basket, but have increased the number of items they’re looking at. This makes it difficult to see, overall, how the monthly pricing is changing.

In March 2022, 21 items were compared, with the cheapest basket prices at £26.83. In April, with 18 items, it cost £25.92.

Each time they track food prices, the basket they compare changes. This is because they look to make sure products are available in every store. Foods compared included own-label free-range eggs and raspberries as well as branded products, including Chicago Town pizzas.

When you look at the prices on a monthly basis, you can see how much the prices have crept up over the year. And you can tell why it’s so difficult to budget for a grocery shop!

Bigger food shops

While the ranking shows the cost for smaller essential shops, there is also a comparison for a larger show with the original 18 items, plus another 45.

However, as some of the items they compare are branded, they do not include Lidl or Aldi.

If we took away branded foods (as I know a lot of people won’t have their whole trolley full of them), the average cost would be a lot less.

And, as Lidi and Aldi generally win each month for years for a smaller basket (see below for their track history), I’d hazard a guess they’d also lead this chart.

Again, June saw a far bigger comparison (156 in June vs 59 items compared in May)

SupermarketJune 2022 – Average cost of trolley (156 branded items)
Asda£226.89
Sainsbury’s£349.56
Morrisons£356.29
Tesco£357.76
Ocado£376.84
Waitrose£385.27
SupermarketMay 2022 – Average cost of trolley (59 branded items)
Asda£129.53
Sainsbury’s£133.47
Morrisons£134.09
Ocado£139.29
Tesco£139.75
Waitrose£142.61
SupermarketApril 2022 – Average cost of trolley (63 branded items)
Asda£132.81
Sainsbury’s£138.58
Morrisons£139.65
Tesco£145.92
Ocado£147.35
Waitrose£149.82
SupermarketMarch 2022 – Average cost of trolley (66 branded items)
Asda£128.60
Sainsbury’s£135.16
Morrisons£136.21
Tesco£140.65
Ocado£144.01
Waitrose£148.76

Cheapest supermarket month on month 2022

Which? tracks the costs of items on a monthly basis.

Looking back, here are the cheapest supermarkets over the year:

January 2022 – Lidl – £24.78

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February 2022 – Lidl – £24.21

March 2022 – Lidl – £26.83

April 2022 – Lidl – £25.92

May 2022 – Lidl – £23.55

June 2022 – Aldi – £75.61 (see note above about comparison size)

July 2022 – TBC

Month on month – which supermarket is the cheapest in 2021?

Here are the supermarkets that were cheaper over 2021:

January 2021 – Aldi and Lidl were tied – £18.45

February 2021 – Lidl – £19.13

March 2021 – Lidl – £22.48

April 2021 – Aldi – £22.64

May 2021 – Lidl – £22.66

June 2021 – Aldi – £21.61

July 2021 – Aldi – £23.59

August 2021 – Lidl – £24.11

September – Aldi – £24.03

October – Aldi – £24.24

November – Aldi – £24.64

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December – Lidl – £23.29

Cheapest supermarket UK 2020

In 2020, Lidl was named the cheapest place to shop.

It was 34p cheaper than its rival Aldi.

Ocado and Waitrose were at the bottom of the list as the most expensive supermarket.

Tracking on a month by month basis, Aldi looked like it was cheaper than Lidl. However, instead of using the monthly summaries, they tracked the 2020 lowest priced supermarket by items they could get hold of.

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The basket used in the price comparison used 45 popular branded and own-label products, including Hovis bread, Knorr stock cubes, eggs, cucumber and tomatoes.

UK’s cheapest supermarket 2019

As a price comparison of 53 items over the course of 2019, here’s how supermarkets stacked up:

SupermarketAverage cost of trolley (53 branded items)
Sainsbury’s£107.01
Asda£107.65
Morrisons£109.13
Tesco£112.40
Ocado£116.40
Waitrose£117.81

For comparison, in 2018 the UK’s cheapest supermarket in their study was Morrisons, followed by Asda and then Sainsbury’s.

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What’s wrong with their old research?

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While I’m sure Which? has done their tracking and research perfectly well, I’m not sure it’s a true reflection of how people actually shop.

Missing supermarkets

For many years, they’d only been comparing six supermarkets and they used to miss both Lidl and Aldi up until 2020.

Their rationale?

They used MySupermarket to track pricing and, as Aldi and Lidl don’t offer online shopping, the pricing wasn’t used.

They also haven’t monitored food pricing on Amazon and, if you’re going to buy branded, you may find you save loads of money if you shop on Amazon Fresh or even Morrisons via Amazon.

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Natalie Hitchins, Which? Head of Home Products and Services, said:

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“Your weekly supermarket shop can have a significant impact on your wallet.

“Our analysis shows how important it can be to shop around to ensure you get the best price for your groceries.”

Will you change habits for lower prices?

Does the research from Which? sway you to shop at another store because it’s “cheaper” than another supermarket in the UK?

Or, are you happy with your own research to know where to shop?

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FAQs

What is the best value for money supermarket in the UK? ›

So Asda took the top spot this time, coming in at £331.81. In fact, Asda has been the cheapest mainstream supermarket for 31 months now, having claimed the title every month since January 2020. For the first time in a long time, Morrisons took the second spot at £350.69.

What is the cheapest food shop UK? ›

Cheapest supermarket UK 2020

In 2020, Lidl was named the cheapest place to shop. It was 34p cheaper than its rival Aldi. Ocado and Waitrose were at the bottom of the list as the most expensive supermarket.

Is Iceland or Tesco cheaper? ›

Iceland is much cheaper for frozen foods and you get loads of deals, other items are more expensive in my opinion and they don't have a value range like Tesco or Asda. If you can be bothered to do 2 shopping trips you could probably save quite a bit.

What is the cheapest supermarket chain? ›

What Is the Cheapest Grocery Store?
  • Aldi.
  • Market Basket.
  • WinCo Foods.
  • Lidl.
  • Trader Joe's.
  • Costco.
  • Walmart.
  • Food 4 Less.
May 9, 2022

Who is the cheapest supermarket 2022? ›

Which is the cheapest supermarket 2022?
  • Lidle.
  • Aldi.
  • Asda.
  • Sainsbury's.
  • Tesco.
  • Morrisons.
  • Waitrose.

What is the new cheapest supermarket in UK? ›

conducted its 'cheapest supermarket price comparison' and looked at the cost of a basket of 47 items, including groceries and household essentials. Bargain retailer Aldi was crowned the cheapest supermarket in the UK, beating the likes of Lidl, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda.

Is Aldi or Lidl cheaper UK? ›

Consumer group Which? has again once again named Aldi as the cheapest UK supermarket for the second month in row, beating fellow discount grocer Lidl by just £1.38 for an average shop.

Which is best Aldi or Lidl? ›

When comparing Aldi vs Lidl, Aldi is the better and cheaper supermarket. You can get great product quality while saving money at the same time.

What is the best UK supermarket? ›

Aldi was given a 79% popularity rating in the YouGov poll, with posh supermarket chain Marks and Spencer coming second with 75%. Budget rival Lidl was in third place, also with a rating of 75%, with Tesco Express, the convenience store branch of Tesco, came fourth with 73%.

How is Iceland so cheap? ›

Iceland is cheap, because the company doesn't make any bloody money! Their grand plan is to increase their market share and cut losses by being able to maintain low prices, and take advantage of the ever increasing economy of scale.

Is Sainsburys posh? ›

Nope it's not posh. Neither is m&s or waitrose, they are simply slightly more expensive supermarkets.

Is Iceland owned by Tesco? ›

Who owns Iceland foods? Iceland Foods is now owned by a British family again after Sir Malcolm Walker and Iceland CEO Tarsem Dhaliwal bought out the last remaining external shareholder of the business, the investment company Brait SE. Walker is the founder and executive chairman of Iceland.

How can I get cheap groceries? ›

10 Expert Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget
  1. Shop for nonperishable items online. ...
  2. Buy perishable foods in quantities you'll use. ...
  3. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season. ...
  4. Buy meat and cereals in bulk. ...
  5. Be an informed shopper. ...
  6. Limit your purchase of ready-prepared foods. ...
  7. Clip coupons with caution.
Nov 11, 2020

What grocery stores have the best prices? ›

So, what's the cheapest grocery store? Aldi tops the list for low prices.
  • Aldi.
  • Market Basket.
  • WinCo.
  • Food4Less.
  • Costco.
  • Walmart.
  • Trader Joe's.
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Apr 14, 2022

How can I save a lot of money on groceries? ›

How to save money on groceries
  1. Pay with a grocery rewards card.
  2. Sign up for the loyalty program.
  3. Clip coupons.
  4. Join a wholesale club.
  5. Go in with a list and stick to it.
  6. Buy items on sale.
  7. Avoid pre-packaged or processed items.
  8. Compare prices between stores.

Is Aldi or Lidl better quality UK? ›

Aldi's great value across its range of products saw it get a 77% approval rating from shoppers. Meanwhile Lidl came in at a disappointing fifth place. With that in mind, I decided to Aldi and Lidl to the test to see why Aldi is the UK's preferred budget supermarket above Lidl.

Which is better M&S or Waitrose? ›

According to data from YouGov BrandIndex, M&S's score for overall brand health is 37.6, top of the list of supermarkets, while Waitrose comes in fifth – behind Aldi, Lidl and Sainsburys – with a score of 28.2. M&S also beats Waitrose when it comes to quality perceptions with a score of 62.6 compared to Waitrose's 52.5.

Is Tesco cheaper than Waitrose? ›

Tesco's is cheaper than Waitrose but to be honest I would go to Waitrose for their range and the quality of products.

Where is the biggest Aldi in the UK? ›

Aldi has opened its biggest UK distribution centre to date: a 600,000 sq ft, £64m facility in Sawley, Derbyshire.

Is Tesco Express more expensive? ›

The Express stores have less of a choice and are generally more expensive the bigger stores.

Is Ocado good value for money? ›

A new analysis involving tracking the price of 45 popular branded and own-label products such as Hovis bread, Knorr stock cubes and free-range eggs in eight major supermarkets found that Waitrose and online grocery trader Ocado provided the poorest value.

Is Asda or Tesco cheaper 2022? ›

In contrast, the same basket was £101.14 at Waitrose - the most expensive supermarket. Asda was the cheapest of the traditional supermarkets.
...
June 2022.
SupermarketAverage basket price
Lidl£76.99
Asda£85.22
Tesco£86.63
Sainsbury's£87.24
3 more rows
Aug 3, 2022

Is Lidl 2022 cheaper than Aldi? ›

Furthermore, this month we have updated our basket to take into account changing grocery trends and availability. It's the first time in seven months that Aldi has been the cheapest - beating Lidl, which had previously claimed the title six months in a row.

Are Aldi and Lidl owned by the same family? ›

Headquartered in Neckarsulm, Baden-Württemberg, the company belongs to the Schwarz Group, which also operates the hypermarket chain Kaufland. Lidl is the chief competitor of the similar German discount chain Aldi in several markets.

Why is Lidl meat so cheap? ›

Lidl cuts out the middleman, which eliminates any additional costs from a supplier. The company also has greater control over manufacturing costs and can set its own prices. In turn, this means that products can be sold for higher margins than national brands, as the initial costs are much lower.

Where is Lidl meat from? ›

Lidl: In England and Wales, Lidl's fresh meat is sold as Birchwood Farm, while just over the border in Scotland, the same products appear under the more Hibernian label Strathvale Farm. However, unlike some of its "fake farm" rivals, all of the chain's meat comes from British suppliers.

Is it true Lidl & Aldi brothers? ›

It is not one company but two companies, Aldi Sud and Aldi Nord, owned by brothers. Aldi was formed in 1913 after the mother of the two brothers started a small store in Essen. The company was spilt in 1960 over a row if cigarettes should be sold at till or not. Lidl was formed in 1930, much later than Aldi.

Which supermarket has the best meat UK? ›

Supermarket meat awards 2021:

The customers had rated Aldi supermarket as the best supermarket which sells the best quality meat to its customers.

Which is the oldest supermarket in UK? ›

Premier Supermarkets, a subsidiary of Express Dairies, opened the UK's first supermarket in Streatham, South London in 1951.

Which supermarket sells the most British products? ›

Just over half (52%) of the produce stocked in a supermarket is British, Morrisons have exceeded this benchmark, reporting that around 66% of its produce is sourced within the United Kingdom.

How much is a cup of coffee in Iceland? ›

How much is a cup of coffee in Iceland? You may want to consider it an odd treat instead of a daily buy. A cup of latte or cappuccino goes for around 5 USD, tea at about 3 USD (usually with free hot water refills), and a regular black coffee goes for anything from 1.50 USD to 4 USD.

How much money do I need in Iceland per day? ›

What is this? An average trip to Iceland cost for travellers that want to vacation in Iceland is approximately $100-195 per person per day. This means that the cost of 7 days in Iceland is around $700 to $1365.

How much is a beer in Iceland? ›

How much things cost in Iceland
ItemISK (average)Price in GBP (approx)
Meal, inexpensive restaurant2,500£14.32
Three course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant (excluding wine)15,000£85
Domestic beer (half litre)1,200£6.87
Imported Beer (0.33l)1,000£5.73
12 more rows

What is posher than Waitrose? ›

Posher than Waitrose! Booths is a really splendid supermarket. It stocks a wide range of high quality food and drink from the north west and focuses on customer service as a priority.

Is Sainsbury middle class? ›

It's just a typical supermarket that appeals to the masses - definitely doesn't appeal to the middle class. Tbh by normal definitions about half the population is middle class and a lot of them definitely shop at Sainsbury's. It's not particularly la-de-dah but it certainly manages to draw in middle class customers.

Is Marks and Spencer middle class? ›

M&S is THE most middle-class place to do your grocery shopping, unless you count those days when you keep it real by heading down to Aldi for organic black soya spaghetti and vegan ready meals.

What did Iceland used to be called? ›

Iceland was originally called 'Snowland Snealand'

Following Naddoddr, a Swedish Viking named Gardar arrived in A.D 860 and settled briefly in the north at Husavik. Not only did he name the bay where he built a house, but also named the island after himself, 'Gardarsholmur'.

Where do Iceland get their chicken from? ›

Iceland was the only supermarket we looked at that had fresh chicken breasts that came from the EU (from Poland). As they are not British, they cannot be Red Tractor certified. EU standards do not require natural light or enrichment.

Which is the best UK supermarket? ›

Aldi was given a 79% popularity rating in the YouGov poll, with posh supermarket chain Marks and Spencer coming second with 75%. Budget rival Lidl was in third place, also with a rating of 75%, with Tesco Express, the convenience store branch of Tesco, came fourth with 73%.

Is Aldi or Lidl better UK? ›

Overall verdict. As you can see, there is very little to separate the two budget stores, with most of their items price matched to one another and only pennies difference on the other items. But with such a small price difference, Aldi is my winner due to the much more enjoyable store experience.

Which is better M&S or Waitrose? ›

According to data from YouGov BrandIndex, M&S's score for overall brand health is 37.6, top of the list of supermarkets, while Waitrose comes in fifth – behind Aldi, Lidl and Sainsburys – with a score of 28.2. M&S also beats Waitrose when it comes to quality perceptions with a score of 62.6 compared to Waitrose's 52.5.

Is Aldi or Lidl cheaper UK? ›

Consumer group Which? has again once again named Aldi as the cheapest UK supermarket for the second month in row, beating fellow discount grocer Lidl by just £1.38 for an average shop.

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