every time i go to sainsburys, at least 1 item that i buy regularly has gone up since the last time i was there....

(38 Posts)
juicychops Sat 15-Dec-12 19:23:47

its getting bloody depressing now!!!

i know there are other cheaper shops but i dont have a car and sainsburys is within walking distance from my house. i hate doing it online as had so many problems before that its put me off for life - plus i don't get enough to get free delivery etc.

is this the same for most shops now? the mozarella cheese ball that i regularly buy has now gone up from 44p - 69p overnight, and the ham i buy has gone up 10p. the crisps i like have gone up 20p, and many other things are gradually creeping up too. Everything is going up in price except my salary!!

Pourquoimoi Sat 15-Dec-12 19:26:05

It's the same at Tesco, prices change almost daily, regularly prices go up loads so that they can reduce it by 5p a couple of weeks later and then claim they are reducing prices.

Mysupermarket.com has a nice feature where it shows you the price variation of a particular item over the last 12 months with its highest and lowest scores.

I am just resigned to the fact it's a massive game for the supermarkets, I never expect to pay the same price twice!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 15-Dec-12 19:40:25

It's bad.

Ad the "offers" annoy me.

Chicken breasts in tesco, normally £3.50.

Yesterday were £6, but bogof.

Today they're £4 each, but buy 2 for £7.

Meglet Sat 15-Dec-12 19:51:28

I'm going through a phase of not really looking at the prices as I've got so fed up with it all sad. I just know it's all going up. I'm buying less but visiting the supermarket more often to top-up as and when.

Butter always gets me, £1.19 for basics butter. When DS was born 6yrs ago it was something like 70p.

unexpectediteminbaggingarea Sat 15-Dec-12 19:58:50

sainsbury's are bad for this, I notice prices going up all the time. Also they have just got rid of the free delivery for shops over £100 in my area, therefore I hate them. I was also buying their basics stuff merrily until I realised what terrible value most of it is, because it's just much much smaller, and by weight it's nowhere near good value.

I've actually found <whispers for fear of being thrown off mn> Asda great of late. Cheap, decent food. I always felt that I didn't mind paying a little bit more for sainsbury's because for example the fruit lasted longer, now it's just the same as everywhere else, so why pay more?

Can't brave Asda delivery though, I've heard too many horror stories.

juicychops Sat 15-Dec-12 20:02:50

big bag of prawn crackers used to only be about 67p about a year or so ago. now they are around £1.20!!

maybe its time to give up treats and eating nice food for the comfort of it and the fun of it. maybe its now time to start eating only what i need when i need it and as cheap as i can get away with. luxuries will soon be a thing of the past at this rate

juicychops Sat 15-Dec-12 20:04:29

i second asda crap crap crap delivery service. i used them once and NEVER again!!

bakedbeanqueen Sun 16-Dec-12 09:26:42

Most times, when I spend say £100, I look at what I've bought and think "Is that it??". I don't buy much in the way of crisps, chocolates either so it is mainly meal stuff. Did get a brilliant bargain the other day in Sainsburys. They were selling big pieces of roasting beef half price (not even reduced). I got a piece for a tenner. As there are only three of us, we cut it into three so three roasts there for £10 grin just need the veg which is obviously not too expensive.

AdoraJingleBells Mon 17-Dec-12 02:56:34

It's even the same over here in south America, there's no getting away from the rise in food prices.

Badvocsanta Mon 17-Dec-12 11:56:11

UHt milk...£4 for 4 x 1 ltr cartons last week.
£4.60 this week.
And what about the companies charting more and reducing the size of the product?
My ds2 loves those thorn tins caramel square things. There used to be 12 in a pack - about 2 months ago. Same price, but nw there are only 10 in a pack.
Do they think we are idiots??

Badvocsanta Mon 17-Dec-12 11:57:21

Ocado is the best blind del service and I have tried em all!l
Asda and tesco are the worst.
Then sainsbos.
Ocado are great (and cheaper than tescos!!)

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 17-Dec-12 14:29:30

Badvoc, you've hit the nail on the head.

Yes, they do think you're stupid. Or Loyal. Or you associate that brand with quality and a lifestyle.

Out of everyone on this thread only one poster has actually said the prices have made her change her behaviour and go to a different shop.

It's like my pil, every week we get the "it was £x this week for our shopping" rant but they would never consider going to another supermarket because as far as they are concerned only their chosen supermarket does "nice" food. In reality they buy mainly branded food which would be cheaper at Asda, or the pound shops or homebargains, but mil doesnt like the people who shop in those stores. I shop in all those stores for bits and pieces.

They drive a 60 miles round trip to a wholesaler to buy chicken at the same price as I pay in Aldi which is literally next door to them. They could walk to it.

Their shopping bill could go up as much as that supermarket wants it to and they would still shop there. They would struggle financially before even considering going somewhere else, truth be told they are already feeling the pinch but I dont think they realise yet, confused partly because as more and more people struggle it becomes normalised.

susanann Mon 17-Dec-12 14:51:10

I try to buy the "value" stuff , some of it is actually nice! If you have time to cook from scratch and freeze some of it that helps. A tip I heard recently was to add oats to mince when making shep pie etc, diced carrots bulk it out too.
As you say some of the special offers are a con. You have to look into it all, but that takes time.

Badvocsanta Mon 17-Dec-12 14:54:37

I have absolutely no loyalty to any shop.
At all.
I like certain shops, sure.
I go where the best deals are and where I feel I get the best customer service.
I shop at, variously, the co op, ocado and aldi.
I also use amazon and john Lewis for online shopping.
Argos is awful for online shopping. Avoid!
I agree they do think we are stupid.
I know people say they use tesco vouchers for Xmas/days out etc BUT tesco is more expensive than ocado! And just before the clubcard vuchers exchange days they put all the prices up! I can't be the only person that has noticed this, surely?
And tesco trolleys are by far the most dirty and worst kept I have ever used.
Ok, rant over! smile

LifeofPo Mon 17-Dec-12 14:55:07

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Fluffycloudland77 Mon 17-Dec-12 15:26:40

I shop at Aldi too.wink

FamilyGuy2 Tue 18-Dec-12 12:45:51

I realise this may sound crazy but I no longer shop at any of the big names as I got fed up with getting ripped off.

We now shop at Waitrose almost exclusively and have found we're no worse off. This is largely due to prices staying more static, fewer BOGOF's and not being mischarged for stuff.

Add to that the customer service and it's a no brainer.

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Tue 18-Dec-12 16:10:48

I shop at Aldi, I did a comparison the other week, think it's on the November thread. It really opened DH's eyes and he no longer pesters me to do online shopping! grin

ketomummy Tue 18-Dec-12 17:02:01

I like to shop around and am very careful to know my prices for items. For more expensive items like washing detergent and spirits etc I ALWAYS use my supermarket.co.uk to do a price comparison and stock up on the offers. I like to go to aldi for the basics and then stock up on the rest elsewhere including visits to the butchers for meat. it all takes time and effort but I hate the thought my family is being ripped off.

Oh and I was overcharged twice in waitrose in the last 2 weeks so I would not exempt them from close supervision either...

Tanith Sun 23-Dec-12 23:17:29

I shop with Ocado and at my local, very well priced farm shop: we have an excellent one. I really couldn't believe how little their fresh produce costs.

Aldi/farm shop for fruit/veg. I certainly don't go to the former for a customer service experience.

Waitrose for meat. Essentials range knocks socks off middle range tesco/sainsburys and quality is superb.

myfirstkitchen Wed 02-Jan-13 10:10:08

Market fruit and veg is so much cheaper.
Even not the £1 bowl stalls do things like 3 avacados for £1 instead of 2 for £2 in loads of packaging in co-op.

The delivery service must be a bit of a postcode lottery as I use asda and have never had any problems! Cheap midweek delivery slots, and even cheaper if you know you'll be in all day are the 8hour delivery slots.

I have noticed asda's prices shooting up though. Their smart price cordial jumped in price, and they have stopped doing their smart price salsa I think.

I try to time the shops for their whoopsie bread and meat reductions and sling them in the freezer as these items really add up.

We have Heron frozen foods in my area which is great for nice ham/pastrami, yoghurts, cheese, etc. Also have plenty of cheap greengrocers which are MUCH cheaper than any of the supermarkets.

Kaekae Sun 06-Jan-13 19:07:31

I am fed up with it too. I never seem to stick to a brand I like anymore because the prices change from day to day. I am annoyed that the potatoes in supermakets have shot right up! I definitely want to check out Aldi.

amillionyears Sun 06-Jan-13 19:13:39

I shop around as much as I can too.
Do people think the prices may have gone up recently because it is after Christmas?
Pourquomoi, I would be interested in a link please to the bit of Moneysupermarket.com?

I buy a big bag of spuds from the farm shop. Last year it was around £5-£6. Now it's £8.99 but still cheaper than buying that weight from a supermarket.

I use Waitrose a lot too. I do the quick check handset thing and scan as I go round which at least means I know how much I'm spending.

I think that which supermarket you're going to find cheapest really depends on what you're buying.

I love Waitrose, but as a vegetarian household a large proportion of our shopping is made up of fresh fruit & veg which is much more expensive (£/kg) in Waitrose than in Tesco (or Aldi, though their veg can be a bit hit and miss).

It's also worth being careful when using mysupermarket.com for comparison as it doesn't always conpare like for like, and won't hunt down special offers in the same manner that you would yourself online/in person.

sleepdodger Sun 06-Jan-13 19:32:22

It all stems from oil- cost at sources go up eg transport overheads all have to be paid for- unless you want the farmers to lose out- sainos waitrosr and m&s at Least pay fair prices...

amillionyears Sun 06-Jan-13 19:34:15

There have also been bad food harvests in various parts of the world, including the UK.

amillionyears Sun 06-Jan-13 19:35:52

And the world population is growing ever larger.
And some developing countries are eating better, such as China. Or they were up to 12 months ago.

Hassled Sun 06-Jan-13 19:39:56

I do think Sainsburys are taking the piss these days - and ironically the only way I know that is because of the little "this is how your much more/less your named brands would have cost elsewhere" vouchers they give you. When I got a £6.34 voucher back from a really quite small shop I lost patience, and after years of thinking "but what about the Nectar points?" have moved to Morrisons.

mam29 Mon 07-Jan-13 10:17:24

Hassled im same im fed up sainsburys they nearest large supermarket to us.

They have monoploy on our city even got local one up high street which is even more pricey makes co-op look cheap.

We bay and use buy lot of sainsburys basic lines. But its the value lines that keep shooting up the most.

Also found evidenceof price fixing

value fromage frais was 44p went up to 50 p in all big 4 at one point back down to 46p now.

The value baby wipes ere 23p all went to 46p morrisions, asda, tesco and sainsburys. Their baby bath shampoo used to be 9p should have bulk brought.

Sainsburys basic table pepper as 17p shot up to to 45p at one point noit sure if fallen again its mad value herbs stayed at 17p.

most rises are 10-20p and as its value its hard to downshift.

As for nectar we have to spend £500 to get £2.50back.
its not great value need to link to my ebay and use in other places.

Our sainsburys opposite lidls so trick was go in there first then anything couldent get we go sainsburys.

we radically changed shopping habits last few years.

we used to be loyal tesco until got too pricey and huge.
We tried asda hated it.
we then settled with lidls and sainsburys ith meat from butcher and reductions at co-op.

But last couple years.

doing morrisions more
£1shops
odd waitrose order online as not one near us love essentials range
shopping for reduced more realy has helped.
lidls.

recently returned to aldis live it and cant wait for new one near us to open will be shopping heaven as have lidls one sie, morrsions, aldis the new b&m cheapy shop round corner so hopefully can save that way.

I only do co-op for offers and reductions
spar for reductions

returning to tescos i think to do petrol and mil shop ,offers and reductions only for us as think clubcard poinst better hoping it funds family day out this year.Or new unifrom in september.

mam29 Mon 07-Jan-13 10:19:38

when i see live well for less ad want to throw something at tv,
The queues are bad as too many self service.
customer service not great in ours.
do like their clothes though but they declined recently and shrink.

Tesco upped prices so they can have price drop
asda will do same then do roll back.

They have to etsablish higher price so can then say its on sale.

all a big con. often bogoffs are higher in price then it was before.

mrscog Tue 08-Jan-13 21:22:44

Potatoes have gone up due to the 6 months of rain we had last year - most of them rotted in the fields.

Jdub Fri 11-Jan-13 16:41:05

I was in Waitrose today, and a single caramel or chocolate with cream topped dessert type thing that I used to buy for 50p two years ago, is now 79p. Before Christmas it was 75p. Suffice to say I haven't bought one in ages, but I love keeping an eye on something so small to see how its price is rising.

mrscog Fri 11-Jan-13 19:23:51

Those kind of things are probably more vulnerable to big price increases as they are not an essential, and are also the kind of thing you're likely to buy because you fancy a treat and you won't look at the price too much (unless its ridiculous) as you think 'oohh yes, I'd love one of those, what? 80p? ah well -- a desert in a restaurant would be £5' IYSWIM?

sleepdodger Fri 11-Jan-13 19:34:13

Look at the supermarket profits- not bad but not increasing at same rate as prices
Look at the government tax
Look at price of oil
Question whether you want decent British food or imported GM stuff
Question whether you want true arms or hell holes to work in dangerous conditions
Question whether you want farmers to be paid a LIVING wage
.... Now understand why food is going up in price

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