Which is cheapest: Tesco or Sainsburys?

Hello, has anyone got an idea as to whether Sainsbury's or Tesco is generally more expensive? I always thought Sainsbury's was meant to be more expensive but it seems to me the price difference is pretty minimal.
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  • sarah1972
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    Alvinism wrote: »
    Hello, has anyone got an idea as to whether Sainsbury's or Tesco is generally more expensive? I always thought Sainsbury's was meant to be more expensive but it seems to me the price difference is pretty minimal.

    Sainsbury's is a lot more expensive on what I buy but it really all depends on what you buy.

    Why don't you go onto my supermarket as it will do a comparison for you.
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  • robin58
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    When Sainsburys prices are around the same and sometimes more than Waitrose, then I would say they are more expensive for brands.
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  • Tom99
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    Asda then Tesco then Morrisons then Sainsbury's then Waitrose
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    Alvinism wrote: »
    Hello, has anyone got an idea as to whether Sainsbury's or Tesco is generally more expensive? I always thought Sainsbury's was meant to be more expensive but it seems to me the price difference is pretty minimal.

    Write down your own typical shop.

    Head to http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/ put in your own shop.

    See which is cheaper for you our of those two (or even the other supermarkets)

    There are other lists such as the Grocer magazine:
    https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/stores/the-grocer-33
    Which does their own monthly and the latest update on Whichs trolley puts Tesco on £123.13 compared to Sainsburys £124.18 (Morrisons cheapest at £116.41. list does not include Lidl/Aldi/Iceland)
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  • A._Badger
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    I'm not even sure Waitrose is more expensive for my typical shop than Sainsbury's.

    As others have said, it's easy enough to work out using My Supermarket but, as a rule of thumb, Saisbury's is going to be one of the two most expensive.

    For the record, I agree with The Grocer - and Morrisons now gets my top-up shop after I've been to Aldi.
  • catkins
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    Tom99 wrote: »
    Asda then Tesco then Morrisons then Sainsbury's then Waitrose

    Not true at all.

    I put my list into mysupermarket every time and most of the time Sainsbury's is the cheapest. Sometimes Tesco is. Asda never is. In fact it is often the dearest.

    Asda is cheap if you buy lots of processed food maybe but not otherwise
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  • Callie22
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    I don't find a lot of difference between Sainsbury's or Waitrose, although my local Sainsbury's does seem to have better reductions than my locla Waitrose. I rarely shop at Tesco but when I do I honestly don't think it's that much cheaper than Sainsbury's, certainly not for fruit and veg. It does seem worthwhile signing up for a Waitrose card though, as I seem to have had an endless steam of pretty generous money-off vouchers just lately.
  • Go to Aldi, Lidl and B&M bargains or Home Bargains for brands.
    Dont waste money in the 'normal' supermarkets as they are a rip off. It is simple home economics, deciding which is cheaper between the big supermarkets is like deciding what is cheaper between a Merc, a BMW and an Audi.
  • Tom99
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    catkins wrote: »
    Not true at all.

    I put my list into mysupermarket every time and most of the time Sainsbury's is the cheapest. Sometimes Tesco is. Asda never is. In fact it is often the dearest.

    Asda is cheap if you buy lots of processed food maybe but not otherwise

    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]Yes it will depend on what you buy but if you use the Asda “Cheaper by 10%” offer it should in theory be cheaper there.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]To get the best value split the shopping into those items which are already 10% cheaper and the rest. That way you will get the maximum voucher value.[/FONT]
  • NineDeuce
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    Supermarkets on the whole do not compete on price, but on location. All of the special offer tags and ads saying that they are cheaper than supermarkets are just red herrings, because for every product they can proudly show is cheaper, they have another one which is more expensive but stay quiet about.

    Let's face it, you arent going to travel 10 miles to go to your nearest Asda very often if Sainsbury's is next door.

    There are supermarkets that are cheaper than the big 4 - Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda and Morrison's - but again, they do not compete on price. At each end of the spectrum, Waitrose, M&S, Lidl and Aldi all differentiate by selling different products, appealing to different target markets.
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