We compared a family Aldi shop from last year with prices today – here’s what we found



As the cost of living in the UK continues to rise one reporter decided to compare an Aldi shop with the price from last June after he found a receipt. Phil Norris explained that after finding an Aldi receipt from a weekly family shop last June, it was hard to tell at first what had gone up in the past 11 months.

Some things had actually gone down in price when he looked at them. He said: “A quick scan down the list showed that milk seemed a bit cheaper than now, as did butter, cheese and salmon slices.

“But it was only after going online and comparing prices now with the prices in store last year, that the increases started to mount up. A few items were actually cheaper, but the vast majority had gone up.”

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The table below shows the items bought at Aldi on June 6, 2021 at the branch in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, compared with the website price listed at Aldi.co.uk on May 5, 2022 he reports on Wales Online. The order, including duplicates, is based on the original receipt from last year.

The overall difference in price between June 2021 and May 2022 is £7.54, or more than 11 per cent. While £7.54 may not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things, add that extra up over a month, a year, and it soon becomes a more substantial sum.

Item May 2021 May 2022

Four Seasons Hash Browns

69p

85p

Omega Fish Fingers

£1.39

£1.49

Frozen Broccoli/Green Bean

59p

59p

vegetable medley

79p

95p

fish burger

£1.49

£1.65

fish burger

£1.49

£1.65

butter unsalted

£1.48

£1.75

butter unsalted

£1.48

£1.75

Clotted cream

£1.39

£1.49

Cod/haddock/smoked haddock

£2.89

£2.89

Edam/Gouda cheese

£1.89

£2.39

deli filler

£1.15

£1.35

Parmesan bag

£1.19

£1.29

orangejuice

£1.55

£1.69

mini roll cheese

89p

£1.05

olives

£1.59

£1.79

cheese selection

£2.29

£2.49

parma ham

£1.99

£1.99

mature cheddar cheese

£1.79

£1.89

smoked salmon slice

£2.99

£3.99

smoked salmon slice

£2.99

£3.99

Whole Milk 4pt

£1.09

£1.25

plain bagels

69p

79p

Carrots 1kg

40p

40p

red grapes

£1.39

£1.49

red grapes

£1.39

£1.49

Pain au chocolate

95p

95p

white baguettes

42p

49p

brioche buns

89p

89p

brioche buns

89p

89p

strawberries

£1.75

£1.53

strawberries

£1.75

£1.53

antibacterial handwash

69p

65p

antibacterial handwash

69p

65p

Croissants

95p

99p

pineapple

75p

79p

Courgettes

£1.15

£1.15

mixed tomato

£1.39

£1.65

chopped iceberg let

47p

57p

pork fillet

£3.26

£3.26

Cucumber

43p

45p

avocado

59p

89p

avocado

59p

89p

loose red pepper

42p

43p

Salad tomatoes

68p

69p

Peaches

95p

£1.79

brown onions

55p

75p

tunnocks teacakes

95p

99p

Coke 10 pack

£3.99

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TOTAL

£63.91

£71.45

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The increases at the till are, of course, affecting all supermarkets and other retailers. Data released last month showed that the price of groceries is increasing at its fastest rate in 11 years, adding an extra £271 to the amount average households will pay at the till this year.

Data from Kantar showed that grocery price inflation hit 5.9% in April, as the number of items on promotion decreased. It is the fastest rise since December 2011.

“The average household will now be exposed to a potential price increase of £271 per year,” said Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar. “A lot of this is going on non-discretionary, everyday essentials, which will prove difficult to cut back on as budgets are squeezed.

“We’re seeing a clear flight to value as shoppers watch their pennies. The level of products bought on promotion, currently at 27.3%, has decreased 2.7 percentage points as everyday low price strategies come to the fore.”

Campaigner Jack Monroe recently criticized supermarkets for taking their cheapest everyday items off shelves. She argued that inflation – which tracks the cost of the same items over time – is an imperfect way of measuring how much prices are increasing because the cheapest products are no longer available.




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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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