Aibu to be annoyed by Tescos meat prices.

(41 Posts)
dingit Mon 22-Jul-13 13:58:58

On the 3 for £10 range. All the sizes have reduced. I used to be able to feed 4 of us, and the mince stretched to two meals bulked out. Do they think we are stupid? I would rather they were honest and raised the price. It's time to vote with my feet!

YouTheCat Mon 22-Jul-13 14:12:29

I don't do Tescos because the meat is terrible. I've had things go off 3 days before the use by date (whole chicken was black underneath, mince with a foul smell etc). Doesn't happen with meat from other places so isn't because of how cold my fridge is.

Plus their customer service is awful.

TylerHopkins Mon 22-Jul-13 14:13:21

Go veggie! grin

JRmumma Mon 22-Jul-13 14:13:26

Tesco seem to have gotten so much more expensive recently, ive just switched to Asda and am finding their food. Including meat deals do much cheaper and better quality. Tesco fruit and veg is appalling at the moment.

dingit Mon 22-Jul-13 14:45:36

Might give Asda a try! ( it's a bit of a trek though, and I'd spend what I save on clothes!)

I'm sure Tescos bump their prices up every time they offer their £5 off vouchers.

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 22-Jul-13 14:46:35

Aldi meat is much better and much better value.

dingit Mon 22-Jul-13 14:50:39

Don't have an Aldi, what is Lidls like?

BoozyBear Mon 22-Jul-13 16:03:13

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KnittedWaffle Mon 22-Jul-13 16:12:13

I agree. I posted on another thread about how they constantly change the weights/prices. I spend ages trying to work out which one to buy. Having read that they deliberately inflated their bottled water prices during the heat wave and their pretend good deals I am also voting with my feet.
I go to our local supermarket now, even though I have no car and it is more of a trek.

SueDoku Mon 22-Jul-13 16:19:02

Lidl's meat is good. I've bought pork chops, mince and chicken fillets from there and they were good quality. Their sausages are nice too - high in meat content.

MalcolmTuckersMum Mon 22-Jul-13 16:19:21

Lidl meat is absolutely fine - it's all we buy now. Honestly - try it - you won't be disappointed

Yeah we gave up on Tesco meat. We've got an Aldi opening up around the corner soon, so good to hear their meat is worth a go!

TenaciousOne Mon 22-Jul-13 16:23:54

I wouldn't touch Aldi's mince though, we bought some once and it turned to a grey awful colour within a day(still plenty of time before the use by date) and it stank

Twirlyhot Mon 22-Jul-13 16:24:04

I've bought Aldi meat once and binned it because it stank.

We just eat less meat. I haven't bought any mince/readymeals/fast food since the horse meat scandal.

Twirlyhot Mon 22-Jul-13 16:25:05

Exactly the same TenaciousOne! I cooked it that night and it reeked. It went straight in the bin.

sonlypuppyfat Mon 22-Jul-13 16:25:38

Go veggie! No thanks ugh.

Damnautocorrect Mon 22-Jul-13 16:27:28

I never buy tescos meat anymore their chicken breasts seem like rubber & mince tasteless.
I love my butchers mince but its expensive, so I buy smaller amounts and add plenty of veg.
So it's sainsburys, lidl or butchers for me

If I didn't have to do food shops with DH I'd probably eat mostly vegetarian stuff.

Damnautocorrect Mon 22-Jul-13 16:28:25

I did buy an aldi chicken once it stank and had flies when I unwrapped it!! It was in date too

PrettyKitty1986 Mon 22-Jul-13 16:30:01

Yanbu. I buy the 3 for £10. The mince has gone from £750g to 500g! Reduction by a third and yet the 'same' price.

valiumredhead Mon 22-Jul-13 16:31:06

Grey mince is fine btw, stinking isn't though !

NoComet Mon 22-Jul-13 16:32:37

The assistant in Tesco told me their fruit and veg was rubbish and to buy my Veg in Lidals.

I hope his boss wasn't listening.

Actually I only said I wasn't buying tangerines because they go mouldy and I was blaming my fruit buying, but forgetting about DDs not Tesco.

BaldHedgehog Mon 22-Jul-13 16:33:08

I buy only turkey at tescos as it tastes fine.The rest of meat is either overpriced (beef) or tasteless (mince).I'd rather meat from the butcher- the quality is much better.

Trills Mon 22-Jul-13 16:34:27

Feel free to go shop somewhere else if you think you can get things cheaper...

Food prices are rising - had you not noticed this?

I get most of our meat from Aldi now, but I never thought the 3 for £10 was very good value anyway. The packs of meat were often more expensive than buying from a different range. I hate going to Tesco now, you constantly have to work out what's the best value or whether a 'deal' is really cheap or not. At Aldi you just lob it all in your trolley without needing to think!

IME Tesco has risen faster than other places, used to be cheaper to shop in Tescos than Sainsburys, but I've found recently that it's switched round. Shops in Tescos were costing me £70+, buying the same sort of stuff at Sainsburys is working out between £50 and £60.

ShabbyButNotChic Mon 22-Jul-13 16:37:06

We had a bad experience with tesco chicken (off before the date, stunk to high heaven), so we now do a farm shop trip once a month, get a 'payday tray', which is £70 but has enough for the full month, sausages/chops/mince/chicken/ribs/steak etc. it seems a lot of money at the time but it lasts us the full month pretty much. We just freeze the lot, and its so much nicer quality. Though i appreciate not everyone is close to a farm.

Snazzyenjoyingsummer Mon 22-Jul-13 16:40:29

I have switched to Morrisons for my main shop as they also do the 3 for 10 offer and I read something earlier in the year that said they are the best of the big supermarkets in knowing about the origin of their meat and being involved all along the chain. Tbh after Horsegate I am only comfortable buying meat from there and M&S. Morrisons also have very good offers on fresh fruit at the moment. I do also go to Asda (veruy competitive chocolate pricing grin) but don't buy meat there. Have regularly ordered online from Tesco for a few years but haven't put an order in for a month now and I am coping!

PoppyAmex Mon 22-Jul-13 16:40:46

The meat at Tesco is terrible quality; I always do my online shopping at Sainsburys but was recently pleasantly surprised with the butchers' meat at Morrisons.

Their fish counter is also amazing and routinely has lovely squid, octopus, monkfish and swordfish (unlike stupid Tesco and their pitiful 3 fillets of haddock and salmon).

Chopstheduck Mon 22-Jul-13 16:50:33

ha! Go in at 7pm.

Last Thurs I got two massive joints of pork for around £1.80 each, saving £30. Three packs of chicken which were 44p each so by the time they knocked off the discount for 3 for £10, worked out to be something like -68p, and a pack of mince for 19p. I chopped one of the porks into two family sized portions and froze that, and froze the other as a large joint for over xmas.

I get fruit and bread like that too, I have a massive freezer and just judge for myself whether the stuff is still fresh or not. I've got a bag of salad on the go now, 3 days past the date and still good. Other times you see bags of slime on sale just because it is still in date! Blueberries and things I freeze - I got 6 tubs a few weeks ago for £1.22 and put them in pancakes at the weekends!

LastTangoInDevonshire Mon 22-Jul-13 16:53:28

sonlypuppyfat - don't be rude about being veggie - there is no need for an 'ugh' at all.

Groovee Mon 22-Jul-13 17:13:13

Our tesco has brought in an outside butcher who's quality is much better than their prepacked. He has much better offers like 4 pork chops, 4 chicken breasts, 8 sausages, 4 burgers and a bag of lean mince. It's £9.99 and does 5 dinners.

jjazz Mon 22-Jul-13 17:18:19

One answer: go to Aldi

Meglet Mon 22-Jul-13 17:21:54

Don't eat meat so often. I buy organic a couple of times a month.

JRmumma Mon 22-Jul-13 17:22:57

Anyone buy meat from costo? Am trying to work out whether its worth the yearly fee for bulk buying, especially meat.

Sorry to hijack!

Chopstheduck Mon 22-Jul-13 17:31:53

costco meat isn't cheap but it is very good quality. I do like their meat, but on a buget atm, and can't afford it!

chanie44 Mon 22-Jul-13 17:32:05

I sometimes get meat from Costco. I portion it up and freeze.

Chicken thighs are £6 for about 15 and chicken drumsticks are £5 for the 15. They don't shrink either.

ThistleDown Mon 22-Jul-13 17:37:39

Tesco meat is getting ridiculously expensive. We only have a Tesco Metro and similar sized Co-Op. I'm going to try the butcher and see how their prices compare.

dingit Mon 22-Jul-13 17:46:26


Just got back from the local Tesco Metro, where I popped in for a panini. I counted eight flies crawling all over the baked goods. The stacking staff were utterly unconcerned.

I will not darken their doors again... and we'd normally spend easily 60-70 pounds there a week.

dingit Mon 22-Jul-13 18:01:52

Nice! I have to admit though, I was struggling with flies in my kitchen yesterday.

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