The same Tesco items two years apart show how much prices have risen before the pandemic

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The cost of living is through the roof and if there is one place where you will notice it most, it is at the supermarket checkout.

Grocery prices have been rising for quite some time and there is growing concern that rising inflation is having a disproportionate impact on the poorest households.

It’s an issue that has been addressed by anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe this week after he highlighted how official inflation figures don’t reflect the impact of price increases on different income groups.

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She shared examples of how Smart Price 29p packets of pasta have now been scrapped at Asda and replaced with 70p bags as the cheapest option.

Also how I used to get 10 vegetable bouillon cubes for 10 pence at Sainsbury’s Basics but they are no longer available.

It’s a familiar story in supermarkets with cash-strapped families struggling to make ends meet.

And with fuel bills taking a hit as well, and set to rise further, choosing between eating and getting warm is becoming a real possibility for far too many people.

Where do you make your big store? Have you noticed prices go up? Let us know your views in the comments here.

With the cost of food being one of the biggest challenges facing shoppers right now, we’ve been looking at how much they’ve risen in recent years.

We repeated the same Tesco store from this time two years ago to see how much things have risen and were surprised by some of the increases.

We bought the same 50 items from Tesco two years apart to see how much prices had risen before the pandemic

At £83.26 compared to the 2020 price of £70.61, the total store cost almost a fifth (17.9%) more than it did in pre-pandemic times.

Of the 50 items we purchased, 32 had increased, with five items doubling or more than doubling in price.

Seven items cost the same as before, with 11 costing less, mainly thanks to the retailer’s Aldi Price Match scheme, which has now been expanded to cover 650 products.

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But while the biggest decrease was 85 pence, with Maris Piper chips from £2 to £1.15 (nearly a 74% decrease), the biggest increase was 137%, with Mr Kipling Angel Slices from £1, 20 at £2.85.

Products that have doubled or more than doubled their price

Tesco’s angel food cake was not far behind, rising from 62p to £1.35, an increase of 118%.

And three items that doubled in price were 500g Clover Spread, from £1 to £2, Soreen Malt Bread, from 60p to £1.20, and a six-pack of Pitch brioches from £75 to £1 ,fifty.

Other items with the biggest increases were 700g Rice Krispies up from £2.50 to £3.50, skinless Richmond sausages up from £1.40 to £2, a six pack Hula Hoops , which went up from £1 to £1.75, and the vanilla cheesecake. , from £2 to £3.25.

While Tesco continues to sell cheaper pasta packs (a 500g spaghetti pack for 20p), other varieties such as 1kg conchiglie pasta shells and 500g 500g spirali pasta have gone up 30p and 5p. pence, taking them to £1.30 and 70 pence respectively.

Other products with great rises

What does Tesco say?

The retailer responded to state that of the 50 items purchased again in 2020, 22 were on sale at the time, while the most recent store only contained one sale item.

He suggested that while the 2020 store would have been selected ‘with deals in mind’, the same cannot be said for the 2022 store as there was no flexibility to choose alternative items.

Clubcard price offers are updated regularly, which means that some items in the first store were no longer on sale this time.

A Tesco spokesman said: “There are a number of reasons why these specific items could have varied in price over time, such as special seasonal offers and regular updates to products that are available at Clubcard prices.

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“The first basket was clearly chosen to include many products on sale, while the second basket contained only one product on sale. In fact, customers can easily find cheaper alternatives by checking out our latest deals and shopping across the range.

“We are committed to bringing our customers great value every day through the expansion of Aldi Price Match, Everyday Low Prices to more than 1,600 Clubcard items and prices, which are now available in all of our Express stores.”

The retailer said it now has around 4,500 items included in its Clubcard offers, “significantly more than when the first basket was purchased.”

Full list of items compared: *Prices were January 14, 2020 and February 5, 2020 / current prices as of January 26, 2022

Products that have increased

  • Heinz Spaghetti & Sausages in Tomato Sauce 400G was £1.25 / now £1.40
  • Richmond 8 skinless pork sausages 213G was £1.40 / now £2
  • Heinz Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce 4X415g was £2.50 / now £3
  • Auntys Golden Syrup Puddings 2 X 95G was £1 / now £1.50
  • Tesco British Skimmed Milk 2,272L, 4 Pints ​​was £1.10 / now £1.15 (price matched by Aldi)
  • Tesco Conchiglie Pasta Shells 1Kg was £1 / now £1.30
  • Tesco’s Angel Layer Cake was 62p / now £1.35
  • Tesco Spirali Pasta 500G was 65p / now 70p
  • Mr Kipling Angel Slice 8 Pack was £1.20 / now £2.85
  • Highland Spring Sparkling Water 8X500ml was £2 / now £2.75
  • Tesco Chocolate White Sticks (ice cream) 3X110ml was £1 / now £1.20
  • Clover Light Spread 500G was £1 / now £2
  • Tesco Pure Orange Juice Smooth 4 X 1 Liter was £3 / now £3.30
  • Tesco Italian Chopped Tomatoes 4 X 400G was £1.39 / now £1.60 (Clubcard)
  • Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree Shower Gel 250Ml was 90p / now £1
  • Sure Men Active Antiperspirant Deodorant 250ml was £1.40 / now £1.75
  • Soreen Original Malt Loaf 260G was 60p / now £1.20
  • Aero Chocolate Mousse 4 X59g was £1 / now £1.50
  • Pot Noodle King Beef & Tomato 114G before 70p / now 99p
  • Pitch Chocolate 6 Pack was 75 pence / now £1.50
  • Tesco 6 Strawberry Fruity Bakes 222G was 95p / now £1.05
  • Kp Hula Hoops Family 6X24g was £1 / now £1.75
  • Tesco British Large Whole Chicken 1.55-1.95kg was £3.50 / now £3.75
  • Tesco Vanilla Cheesecake 540G was £2 / now £3.25
  • Cadbury Twirl Chocolate Multipack 4 X34g was 90p / now 98p
  • Bassetts Jelly Babies 190G was 90p / now £1 (Clubcard)
  • Capri Sun No Sugar Added Orange 8 X 200Ml Was £2 / Now £2.95
  • Imperial Leather Marshmallow Bath 500Ml was 90p / now £1
  • Tesco Southern Fried Breaded Chicken Mini Steaks 305G was £2 /now £2.60
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal 700G was £2.50 / now £3.50
  • Richmond 8 thick pork sausages 454G was £1.50 / now £2
  • Tesco Brown Onions Loose x2 was 18p now 20p
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Of the 50 items we bought, 32 had gone up in price

Products that have stayed the same

  • Tesco Finest 20 Mini Meatballs 336G was £2.85 / now £2.85
  • Pack of 15 free-range eggs of various sizes was £2 / now £2
  • Tesco Red Seedless Grapes 500G was £2 / now £2
  • Tesco Four Cheese & Garlic Flatbread 230G was £1.60 / now £1.60
  • Breaded Chicken Goujons 270G was £1.25 / now £1.25 (with Aldi price matching)
  • Hearty Food Co Straight Cut Chips 1.5kg Was 90p / Now 90p
  • Stella Artois 6 bottles of 330ml was £5 / now £5

We repeated the same Tesco store from this time two years ago

Products that have decreased

  • Hovis Soft White Thick Bread 800G was £1.10 / now 99p (with Aldi price matching)
  • 1kg granulated sugar was 69p / now 65p (with Aldi price matching)
  • Tesco 750G malt wheat cereal was £1.20 / now 83p
  • Tesco Maris Piper Potatoes 2.5Kg was £2 / now £1.15 (with Aldi price matching)
  • Carrots from Redmere Farms 1kg was 59p / now 40p (with Aldi price matching)
  • Tesco Cool Tortilla Chips 200G was 90p / now 76p
  • Tesco Pre Pack Broccoli was 65 pence / now 49 pence (with Aldi price matching)
  • Nightingale Farms Peppers 375G was 95p / now 89p (with Aldi price match)
  • Eastmans Wafer Thin Cooked Ham 400G was £1.70 / now £1.59 (with Aldi price matching)
  • 6 x Loose Bananas was 84p / now 78p
  • Tesco Wheat Biscuits Cereal 24 Pack was £1.60 / now £1.06 (with Aldi price matching)

Total was £70.61 / now £83.26

Percentage increase 17.9%



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

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