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Aldi is officially UK’s cheapest supermarket

Shoppers can save money by shopping at Aldi, which studies show is officially the UK’s cheapest supermarket.
The cost of a typical basket of shopping was £21.61 in Aldi, according to consumer group Which?.
But if you live closer to a Lidl, don’t worry …

Shoppers can save money by shopping at Aldi, which studies show is officially the UK's cheapest supermarket. The cost of a typical basket of shopping was GBP21.61 in Aldi, according to consumer group Which?. But if you live closer to a Lidl, don't worry - it's only 20p more expensive, at GBP21.81.

The cost of the shopping basket in Asda was GBP21.99, Tesco GBP24.21 and Morrisons GBP24.40. The most expensive supermarkets were Sainsbury's (GBP24.41), Ocado (GBP26.82) and - unsurprisingly - Waitrose (GBP28.59). Groceries with some of the biggest price differences included own-label large free-range eggs, which had a difference of GBP1.06 between Aldi and Waitrose.

Another major difference was for own-brand chicken drumsticks, which had a difference of 85p. To find the cheapest supermarket Which? looked at the cost of a basket of 20 items, including groceries and household essentials.

(C) REUTERS Chances are this Aldi shopper is saving loads of money

Last month the top place was taken by Lidl, which charged GBP22.66 to Aldi's GBP23.06. However, for many shoppers it isn't all about price.

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Aldi - like Lidl - is a discounter supermarket, and doesn't have the same range as its bigger rivals.

If you want certainty that all of the items in your 'big shop' will be there in one trip, the bigger supermarkets come out on top. Likewise if you want a named brand item, like Heinz ketchup or Kellogg's cornflakes, Aldi and Lidl are not your best bet. Which? said Asda has been the cheapest of the big supermarkets for more than a year, having claimed the title every month since January 2020.

But a Russian supermarket chain is about to open that will give even Aldi and Lidl a run for their money. Discounter Mere - which claims to be 30% cheaper than any other supermarket - is set to open its first ever UK store in Preston this summer. It had originally planned to open in June, although this was pushed back - and now an exact date is said to depend on when it can complete finishing touches.

As well as opening in Preston, a further three Mere outlets are also planned this year - including two in Wales, in Mold and Caldicot, and another in Castleford in the north of England. In total, the discounter has said it wants to open 300 sites in the UK in the next eight to ten years - but no other locations have been confirmed.

(C) Alamy Stock Photo A branch of Mere, which is soon coming to the UK

Mere, which trades as Svetofor in Russia, has 3,200 stores internationally and opened its first European Mere store in 2018. Mere stores are expected to double up as warehouses, with images from other sites across Europe showing items displayed on pallets.

Suppliers are also expected to deliver straight to the shops, which will each be about 10,000 sq ft.

Aldi managing director of buying Julie Ashfield said: "We are always striving to deliver the highest quality products at the best possible prices for our shoppers, and we are thrilled that our commitment to achieving this goal has been demonstrated yet again, in being named the UK's cheapest supermarket."