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To think Waitrose...

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bagpackbagpack Wed 22-Feb-17 21:13:15

Isn't expensive or posh?

Out of interest I just popped my weekly shop (I shop Waitrose and m&s mainly because they are closest and always has a niggle that discount/big 4 supermarkets aren't really worth the extra petrol and traffic to drive to ) into the mysupermarket website.

I would save a royal £3 on my weekly shop, and that's the maximum, if I went to one of the big 4, and that's only if I dropped 3 items out of my basket, because the others don't stock them, theses items where: sea bass (whole, Waitrose fillets them for free), duck legs and pollock fish fingers.. these items actually cost £10 together, so the big 4 seem to be more expensive.

I would like to think that most people can afford to spend £5 on a whole large fish, £4 on 2 duck legs and £1.20 on a pack of fish fingers given they had the choice. All of the above would feed a family of 4.

Would I also be unreasonable to propose a ban on elitist supermarket posts. That goes for Aldi and Lidl shoppers too...

Just shop at your bloody local supermarket people, it's just bloody nonesense that any single one is more expensive than the other!!

OpalFruitsMarathonsandSpira Wed 22-Feb-17 21:14:46

YABU to start a taat

Eolian Wed 22-Feb-17 21:18:23

YABU and utterly wrong. Some supermarkets are more expensive than others. Some are cheaper. If I did my weekly shopping in Booths (nearest northern equivalent to Waitrose) it would cost me at least two thirds as much again as shopping in Aldi.

bagpackbagpack Wed 22-Feb-17 21:18:47

Ooh really have I? Link the post you think it is, I would love a good nosey!

bagpackbagpack Wed 22-Feb-17 21:21:25

Iam northern too Eolian, my nearest Booths is in a touristy/town village, it's 15 minutes away , haven't been, because well I just go to my nearest one!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 22-Feb-17 21:21:56

I too don't think Waitrose is expensive. I can get cheaper veg in Asda but it's really shit, I did a comparison shop once, and like the OP I found not much difference in price and other supermarkets didn't have the ingredients I was after (I can't remember what it was, but it wasn't particularly exotic)

Plus of course Waitrose is more ethical than other supermarkets.

bagpackbagpack Wed 22-Feb-17 21:23:28

It's just all marketing! There was something in the media a couple of years ago and Waitrose was actually cheaper than Aldi and Lidl on seasonable veg...

ChasedByBees Wed 22-Feb-17 21:25:29

I think their 3 for 2 meat offers are great. If you get the free paper and drink too it's pretty good value.

ChasedByBees Wed 22-Feb-17 21:26:41

And this is clearly the thread Opals is referring to (although correct me if I'm wrong)

bagpackbagpack Wed 22-Feb-17 21:29:07

My mum is a manager in one of the top 4 and she agrees with me too, it just depends on what you want to buy. It will obviously always be cheaper to bulk buy, and I love a good Costco visit! But for the average shopper it really is a few quid we are talking about in savings..

I really don't get it at all!

bagpackbagpack Wed 22-Feb-17 21:30:31

Thanks bees

reup Wed 22-Feb-17 21:31:36

I've often wondered what the difference is if you bought normal everyday food. I always gets suckered into exciting sauces and frou frou bits and bobs that coat have my eye and cost £3 each.

BillyButtfuck Wed 22-Feb-17 21:32:13

YANBU (although this is a TAAT) I used to work in Waitrose through my A Levels and you would get all walks of life in there! Some completely pompous wannabes and our local homeless man would also pop in at the end of the day for the bargains. You can shop there on a budget if you are careful but then again you do get those in there just for the 'name'.
A friend of mine and her husband are struggling financially but he is very 'proud' (her words not mine). He won't even discuss shopping elsewhere so she goes to Lidl and Asda and uses Waitrose shopping bags so he thinks she's been there instead, this has been going on for a month or two and he's none the wiser.

Sparklingbrook Wed 22-Feb-17 21:32:14

It is a nicer shopping experience than the others that's for sure. Bit clinical maybe but not stressful.

Our local one has a Sushi Bar and a Wine Bar, that's quite posh. You don't get that in Asda. grin

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Wed 22-Feb-17 21:32:36

I think the big difference is if you buy branded, processed or 'luxury' products.

I don't find any difference in my shop between any of the main supermarkets, as long as I stick to own brands and ingredients for cooking from scratch. Except for Lidl, where the more unusual ('luxury') fruit and veg, like celeriac, aubergines, donut peaches, are cheaper.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Wed 22-Feb-17 21:35:08

Shake some of those dreamies , that might get him in.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Wed 22-Feb-17 21:35:37

Sorry, ignore that.

PickleSarnie Wed 22-Feb-17 21:36:02

I shop in Waitrose because it's much cheaper than going next door to Aldis where I can't leave without buying a power drill and a canoe when all I went in for was milk and bread.

TheNaze73 Wed 22-Feb-17 21:38:15

I think you get what you pay for. An ex client of mine, who was an arable farmer, sold his best produce to Waitrose, F&M etc. You get what you pay for. I wouldn't consider it posh though

BillyButtfuck Wed 22-Feb-17 21:41:30

StayingClassy grin

bagpackbagpack Wed 22-Feb-17 21:43:01

inthink that's the thing Naze most of the seasonal fruit and veg is pursched from British farmers, which makes them cheaper than importing. (Once bought a pack of spring onions from Asda out of season, grown in Egypt, they literally was coated in sand...)

bagpackbagpack Wed 22-Feb-17 21:43:42

Ha, stayingclassy my BSH loves a pack of dreamies!

Lazybeans50 Wed 22-Feb-17 21:50:33

You're right Pickle - I was gong to say I always spend more on frilly bits when I shop in Waitrose but I came out with a Bundt tin and a slate serving board last last time I'm popped to Aldi

AwaywiththePixies27 Wed 22-Feb-17 21:54:37

I shop in Waitrose because it's much cheaper than going next door to Aldis where I can't leave without buying a power drill and a canoe when all I went in for was milk and bread. pickle 😂

PointxTaken Wed 22-Feb-17 21:59:22

Sadly I am the opposite of pickle grin

I spend a lot less in Aldi, because they have so little choice, so I end up with half a normal shopping - my local one is quite small.

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