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Which is cheaper SuperMarket between Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury

Updated on June 28, 2012

We know that UK is already in a double dip recession and outlook is not looking good. Salary is not increasing with the pace at which inflation is going up. In this hard economic condition we all want best value for our money. Since the market condition are tough and consumer is very concerned about every penny he is spending, all the three supermarkets are trying to be the most economical and are engaged in the price war. In this hub we will not discuss M&S, Waitrose and other supermarket as they cannot be compared to Tesco, Asda or Sainsbury for product prices. Also for middle and lower middle class population who are most affected by inflation, shopping in M&S for grocery is unthinkable and will be considered as luxury.

Price war between Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury
Price war between Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury | Source

So which is the cheapest of the three?

Personally I have found Asda to be the cheapest of all three for last 3-4 years while I have been in UK. However this lead which Asda have been maintaining for almost five years is slipping day by day as both Tesco and Sainsbury have reduced their prices to attract consumers which were loyal to Asda. Both have started keeping cheap essential products on their shelves which are comparable to Asda prices and sometime cheaper than Asda. However if you do a monthly grocery shopping, you will still find Asda cheaper by 6-8 % on a shopping of £100.

Online shopping links for Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury

So what you can do to take advantage of price war?

  • Always check prices online: If possible, always check prices for like for like items on the websites. Compare the prices and decide which supermarket to go. If required, go to each supermarket to get the best deal.
  • Use Loyalty Card: These supermarket gives you loyalty cards which you can swipe every time you shop. In the long term you will collect points and get discounts.
  • Do Online shopping: Whenever possible, do online shopping. You will get the free delivery at home and save transportation cost. Also you will get discounts on your first online shopping.


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