Sainsbury's listed as cheapest supermarket for first time in 2015

Sainsbury's tops list for cheapest supermarket 2015

Sainsbury's has topped the list for cheapest supermarkets for the first time this year.

The nationwide retailer was in the number one spot of The Grocer magazine's weekly chart with 33 items totalling £56.40.

Morrisons and Asda were hot on their heels with totals of £56.88 and £56.91 respectively.

Tesco weren't even close to the top spot with a combined total of £58.62, the Mirror reports.

It's thought that the wide range of products available on offer in Sainsbury's was the reason they won this week's price competition.

The supermarket had a total of 12 of the 33 products discounted while Tesco's had just eight and Asda and Morrisons only nine.
Commenting on the win, The Grocer said: "Sainsbury's has kept saying it's getting cheaper since the start of the year but there's been very little evidence in The Grocer 33.

"All that has changed this week as it recorded its first win of a competition that is in its 47th of 50 weeks."

Sainsbury's was found to be the cheapest retailer for products including jam, cucumber and wine.

The mystery shopper challenge was won by the Stowmarket branch of Asda with comments including: "friendly, polite and helpful staff".

Despite topping the price charts, Sainsbury's came last in the mystery shopper task as those visiting the Selsdon store in South Croydon were forced to "search half the shop" to try and find a member of staff.

Earlier this month, The Grocer also reported that Sainsbury's had reported a pre-tax loss for the first time in a decade.

Despite a profit of £898 million in 2014, it was reported the store had a pre-tax loss of £72 million.

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Sainsbury's listed as cheapest supermarket for first time in 2015

The supermarkets invest in enormous shopping trolleys, and then put bulky special offers by the door - like packs of beer or enormous cereal boxes.

The idea is to tempt you into taking a big trolley, because tests have shown that it’s likely to make us buy more. Martin Lindstrom, author of Brandwashed, found that by doubling the size of trolleys, customers would buy 19% more.

This is a disaster for a couple of reasons. The first is that you’ll end up buying things you don’t need - because you already have plenty in the fridge or the cupboard. You’d be surprised how many people come home with tomatoes every week, then throw out the ones that have gone rotten in the fridge. They'll do this every single week without ever spotting that they don’t eat as many tomatoes as they think they do.

The other problem is that you’ll end up forgetting things, and have to go back to the store, which will leave you susceptible to the next common mistake.

Apparently we’re giving up the weekly grocery shop in favour of a number of trips to different stores to pick up bargains.

If you do this right, it can be a great way to save. However, if you don’t plan it properly, you’re just giving yourself more opportunities to buy on impulse.

In the book ‘America’s Cheapest Family’ the authors claim that more than 50% of what we buy in store is on impulse. The authors actually only go to the supermarket once a month to cut back on impulse purchases.

If you browse at eye-level using your peripheral vision, that’s where you’ll find the expensive brands.

Look around at the top and bottom of the shelves for the own-brand versions or the cheaper brands - and try out the cheaper versions of your usual shopping.

Aside from Christmas, stores will play quiet and relaxing music, with a slow tempo. This is designed to make you shop more slowly, and take the time to spot the impulse buys.

If you put headphones on and play something with a faster tempo (it doesn't have to be any particular type of music), then you’ll pick up the tempo, and studies have shown you’ll buy around 29% less.

On the one hand, if you do the maths, you might find that buying a larger pack means that each packet of crisps or can of coke costs less. However, Vestcom, a retail services company, has found that when we buy bigger packets, we consume more.

It means that when you’re buying things like toilet rolls and washing powder, straightforward maths will tell you the cheapest size to buy. When it comes to crisps and drinks, consider carefully whether you will just end up eating and drinking more.

Sometimes that big red sticker is a great discount on something you need: usually its not.

Don’t let special offers tempt you into buying things you don’t need, and don't assume that anything with a big red sticker is a bargain. It’s worth taking your receipt from your previous shop with you when you go shopping, so you can easily compare whether the new price is a good discount or not.

The end of the aisle gets more of our attention, because it's where we need to turn the trolley, so we’re going slower.

However, this isn’t always where the stores put the incredible bargains. They often sell these positions to companies trying to promote a particular product. When the company has the budget to spend on this sort of promotion, it means they may not necessarily be the cheapest option.

If your cheese has been grated, your salad washed, or your carrots chopped, then you’ll pay the price for it.

Not only will you pay significantly more for your shopping, but in many cases you'll get an inferior product too. Grated cheese has additives to stop it sticking, for example, while bagged salad will go brown significantly faster than a head of lettuce.

Frozen food is often far cheaper, so people assume it’s likely to be inferior. However, the fresh fish at the counter has often been frozen, so you’re gaining nothing for paying more here - in fact you're losing out because you have to use it up more quickly.

The other things that are well worth considering are frozen vegetables. These are much cheaper than fresh vegetables, and are often frozen at the peak of their freshness, so are better for you too.


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