‘I spent £25.17 on Asda Smart Price products and it left me feeling like a fool’

Reporter Emma Gill, of the Manchester Evening News, went to her local Asda for a weekly budget shop which came in at just over £25 as she looks for ways to save amid the cost of living crisis

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Cost of Living: Reporter impressed by Asda Smart Price deals

The weekly supermarket shop can be a stressful endeavor, especially during these times of economic hardship for many families.

The cost of living crisis is hitting Brits hard and tough decisions are having to be made every day.

Energy bills and council tax is going up, as is the cost of fuel, and it means seeking out a bargain where you can.

As such, shoppers are trying to cut back wherever possible, reports the Manchester Evening News.

For many that means changing shopping habits and paying a lot more attention to what’s being spent at the supermarket.

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Reporter Emma Gill managed to keep her Asda shop to just over £25


Manchester Family / MEN)

While some people may turn their noses up at budget ranges, there’s a reason why the likes of Asda Smart Price and Morrisons Savers have become so popular.

It’s because they offer decent products at great value for money.

Same goes for the likes of budget retailers Aldi and Lidl.

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Admittedly some of it is not to everyone’s taste – you can’t get the lowest fat versions of meat and cheese, for example.

But when needs must, the priority is putting food on the table and doing it the cheapest and healthiest way you can.

And it’s easy to overlook the essentials you buy week-in week-out.

If you bought these basic Smart Price versions, they would make little difference to the overall taste of your meals but a massive difference to your bank balance.

That’s not to mention the whopping bags of potatoes, 2.5kg for 91p, and carrots, 1.5kg for 45p, from its budget fruit, veg and meat range.

Emma took advantage of Asda’s Smart Price range



Those prices are pretty much on a par with Aldi’s Everyday Essentials wonky veg and we all know how many people rave about those.

You can save on meat too, with chicken breasts costing around £3.38 for a large 620g pack and bacon £1.25 for 300g.

There was no 39p Smart Price bread in stock, but Asda’s own comes in at a very reasonable 59p for an 800g loaf and is one thing that is worth spending those extra pennies on.

But there are plenty more products where savings can be made, if you’re willing to sacrifice your fancy labels.

Do you really care that much about your brand of loo roll or cleaner to splash out on something that’s quite literally going down the toilet?

Emma said she felt like a fool for having been spending so much before


Manchester Family / MEN)

My haul of products from Asda’s budget ranges cost me just over £25 and I’ll be honest, it made me feel a bit of a fool.

A fool for poo-pooing these budget brands for so many years without considering which items I could so easily swap into my weekly shop without sacrificing quality or taste.

From now on, it’ll be the 30p toilet cleaner going down the pan and not my hard earned cash.

It’s all about playing it Smart.

Here’s the full list of products in my Asda budget shop

  • Smart Price Dishwasher Tablets 30pk £1.50
  • ASDA Farm Stores Round Lettuce 42p
  • Smart Price Eggs 15pk £1.18
  • Smart Price Toilet Cleaner Pine 750ml 30p
  • Smart Price Rimblock Pine each 20p
  • Smart Price Toilet Roll 6 Double Rolls £1.93
  • Smart Price Long Grain Rice 1kg 45p
  • Smart Price All Purpose Cleaning Cloths 10pk 35p
  • Beef Stock Cubes 12x10g 55p
  • Smart Price Lemonade 2l 23p
  • Smart Price Pasta Shapes 500g 29p
  • Smart Price Lightly Salted Sharing Tortilla Chips 180g 43p
  • Smart Price Refuse Sacks 75 Liters 45pk £1.07
  • Smart Price Sponge Scourers 8pk 40p
  • Smart Price Peach Slices in Light Syrup 411g 31p
  • Smart Price Tuna Chunks in Brine 145g 59p
  • Farm Stores White Potatoes 2.5kg 91p
  • Smart Price Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice 400g x 2 56p
  • Smart Price Ready Salted Multipack Crisps 12x18g 93p
  • Smart Price Cling Film 60×300 60p
  • Smart Price No Added Sugar Double Strength Orange Squash 750ml 41p
  • Smart Price Garlic Bread Baguette 170g 32p
  • Smart Price Salted Butter 250g £1.45
  • Farm Stores Carrots 1.5kg 45p
  • Smart Price Coleslaw 300g 37p
  • Smart Price Wafer Thin Cooked Ham Slices 400g £1.59
  • Farm Stores Chicken Breast Fillet Portions 0.56kg £1.89
  • Smart Price Mature White Cheddar 825g £3.65
  • Farm Stores Unsmoked Back Bacon 300g £1.25
  • Square Cut Medium White Bread 800g 59p

Total £25.17

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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