The cost of living crisis has meant that many of us are seeking ways to save money wherever we can.
Fuel has gone through the roof, while energy prices surged by a whopping 54 per cent earlier this month.
And these appear to be having a knock on effect on the cost of items we pick up in the supermarket aisles after a big shop.
This has left many people forgo luxury and branded items for the cheaper version.
One shopper was left stunned and admitted that she ‘felt like a fool’ after digging deeper into Asda’s Smart Price range.
Manchester Evening News journalist Emma Gill was able to score a massive shop for just over £25.
The haul included 1kg of rice (45p), 15 eggs (£1.18), 500g pack of pasta (29p) and tuna at 59p per tin.
She was also able to add potatoes, carrots, chicken breasts, bread, bacon and stock among her shop.
And her dip into the Asda Smart Price range has made her reassess her shopping habits for the future.
A shopper admitted that she was left ‘feeling like a fool’ after swapping her usual luxury items for Asda’s Smart Price range.
She wrote: “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?
“My haul of products from Asda’s budget range 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 30p toilet cleaner going down the pan and not my hard earned cash. It’s all about playing it smart.”
The full list of items in the £25 shop included:
- 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
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