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03 February 2009
We go shopping to find out which Spanish supermarket is the cheapest

In today's show we visit 5 different supermarkets in Spain to buy some essentials. We then compare the prices to see which supermarket offers the best value. However, cheapest isn't always the best!  Join us on our shopping trip.

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Steve said:
03 February 2009 @ 15:19

We always use Lidl in Spain. They have everything we need and as you said, they are the cheapest. Great show today.

Jet48 said:
03 February 2009 @ 16:14

We are fortunate to have five supermarkets within walking distance, so we tend to cherry pick as like the UK they all tend to have promotions on from time to time. Local products are almost always cheaper than UK brands,so we stick with them where possible.

P.S Where was Justin - In the Booze section?

jonny said:
03 February 2009 @ 16:19

we come to Duquesa 5 times a year and prefer Mercadona for price and quality but, 'each to their own'!! Keep up the good work.THANKS

Steve said:
03 February 2009 @ 17:19

Pasta and toast for the rest of the week then?

Jan said:
03 February 2009 @ 17:30

When we're in Duquesa, I always do a major shop at Carrefour in Estepona, but, if I need something little, will usually go to Supersol (easier parking!). But, in comparison, for the equivalent of 25 Dhs (5 euros) we couldn't buy half what you bought there. I'm now going to look in the local supermarket tomorrow to get an exact amount! Very interesting show. Thanks guys!

Jan said:
03 February 2009 @ 17:32

Just to point out that when I say we couldn't have bought half the amount, I meant here in Dubai!!

Anna said:
03 February 2009 @ 17:50

I was waiting for you to go to Masymas and when you didn't I did a google search and realised you don't have any near you. They are popping up everywhere on the Northern Costa Blanca, have taken over our local village supermarket but do have everything we need within a reasonably compact store, including fresh milk - do you really drink that nasty UHT milk?
Very interesting show today, thank you!

Susan said:
03 February 2009 @ 18:03

Hi Anna

We are used to the UHT milk now but having said that I do find that milk does give me a tummy ache so I can't say that it agrees with me.


Susan said:
03 February 2009 @ 18:07

Hi Anna

We are used to the UHT milk now but having said that I do find that milk does give me a tummy ache so I can't say that it agrees with me.


Jan said:
03 February 2009 @ 18:27

Susan, I didn't realise what you bought was the UHT milk! Why do you buy that when you can buy fresh? Or was that just for the comparison? Isn't that even cheaper than fresh?

anthony stephenson said:
03 February 2009 @ 23:11

out of interest tomorrow i will go to my supermarket also Mercadona but in tenerife i am sure it will be a lot dearer, let you know !

John (in the UK) said:
03 February 2009 @ 23:52

Thanks for an informative show. We're off to Tenerife next week and will have a look at prices there. In the meantime, here are prices from ASDA in the UK, courtesy of www.asda.com:

800g white loaf: 47p
500g pasta: 78p
2 litres water: 35p
1 litre semi-skimmed UHT milk: 72p
500g Flora sunflower spread: £1.18

Total: £3.50 (equivalent to 3.88 Euros)

We've always found margarine to be more expensive in Spain than in England, but everything else seems comparable. Remember, though that the petrol used to drive to the shops and back is quite a lot more expensive here than in most parts of mainland europe (or anywhere else in the world for that matter!).

Justin said:
04 February 2009 @ 08:19

Thanks for that John. Interesting to see how much more expensive the margarine is here in Spain. I wonder why? Out of curiosity, what's the price of a litre of 95 petrol in UK now?

Garry James (GJ) said:
04 February 2009 @ 08:29

This is Tesco on line

Flora buttery 500 gm 1.00
Bread value 800 gm 40
Pasta value 500 gm 43
Water 2 lts 13
UHT milk 1 ltr 72
Total 2.68

And this is Tesco Interesting how much cheaper these products are in the uk now.

Garry James (GJ) said:
04 February 2009 @ 08:35

Hi Justin,

Unleaded 85.9 in Swansea.

You have to compare Tesco to Euroski. The price difference is staggering.

Justin said:
04 February 2009 @ 08:39

Wow, thanks Gary. That's really interesting and that's quite a big price difference with Eroski!

I will check how much petrol is today.


Dee Andrews said:
04 February 2009 @ 09:06

Enjoyed your Casares show! I pay about 2.30 euros for coffee and tostada con tomate here in Javea, Spain. In the USA, where I can not get yummy toast with tomato, I probably pay close to $3.00 for a coffee and pastry. Adios, Dee

Tracey H said:
04 February 2009 @ 10:11

Hi Justin

Please find below the prices from ASDA. Prices vary considerably in the UK, but there are always cheaper alternatives to be found if you shop around.

Flora buttery 500 grams 1.61
Bread value 800 grams 1.09
Pasta value 500 grams 0.78
Water 2 litres 0.35
UHT milk 1 litre 0.72
Total 4.55

John (in the UK) said:
04 February 2009 @ 11:24

Hi Justin,

Sorry, I've no idea why margarine is more expensive in Spain but it seems to have been so for years. Maybe less demand in Spain because of the popularity of putting olive oil on bread instead. Perhaps there's a business opportunity for someone to import container loads of Flora from the UK and sell it to the expats...

Petrol (95 RON unleaded) around Warwickshire where I live is about 89p per litre typically, but it can be found for as low as 86p.

Sue said:
04 February 2009 @ 12:20

We will check out Consum this afternoon. Interesting what was posted about Tesco, as John was chatting to his daughter in London about food prices, and the only one of the items that was cheaper at Tesco was potatoes, which were on special offer at the time.

As vino tinto is on our list of basics, that would probably make Spain cheaper than the UK, wherever you shop!

anthony said:
04 February 2009 @ 13:29

back from Mercadona in Cabo Blanco south Tenerife,
tulipán 500g 1.84
water 2 ltr .39 but you can get 8 ltrs .90
milk 1.5ltr fresh .80
pasta con veg .57
bread they did not have any large loafs !!only small round 1.00 and the long ones.
we have also super trebol,a canarian super market i know they do the bread, but not as good a selection of food,one day i counted 22 seperate boxes of chicken and noogle soup on one shelf? don't ask.

Susan said:
04 February 2009 @ 14:48

It seems that Eroski's prices are somewhere up there with Marks and Spencer if you compare it to Tesco which should be its equivalent.


Susan said:
04 February 2009 @ 14:53

It seems that Eroski's prices are somewhere up there with Marks and Spencer if you compare it to Tesco which should be its equivalent.


Susan said:
04 February 2009 @ 14:53

It seems that Eroski's prices are somewhere up there with Marks and Spencer if you compare it to Tesco which should be its equivalent.


Sue said:
04 February 2009 @ 18:42

We have just returned from Consum, where the shopping list came to 4.79 euros. Bread was 0.89 for 700g, milk was 0.63 for 1 ltr (from tomorrow 0.57), water was 0.22 for 1.5 ltr, Flora was 2.48 for 500gr (Tulipan was 1.83), pasta was 0.57 for 500gr. We didn't buy these items as we didn't need them, so stocked up on many items for 1 euro, saving 3.59 on a total of just over 20 euros. As we have a Consum card, we get a discount cheque back every month, which we will use on our weekend shop. I am saving puntos at the moment to give me a 50% discount on an Asador (also saucepans and frying pans). We currently buy 1 ltr fresh semi-skimmed milk from Mercadona, which costs 0.78.

Robert said:
06 February 2009 @ 09:51

I live in Cyprus, and the same shopping here costs:
Bread 1.85
Pasta 1.55
Flora 2.47
Milk 1.15
Water 0.46
Total 7.48
No wonder their tourist industry is suffering

Hans said:
06 February 2009 @ 13:34

Did a comparison in Holland at Lidl.
Bread 0.49
Margarine 0.79 different brand (biggest difference)
Milk 0.63
Pasta 0.89
Water 0.35
Total 3.15

Pat said:
10 February 2009 @ 16:54

Sainsbury's prices:

Kingsmill 500g £1.22 (can get cheaper unbranded)
2 litres water from 13p basic to 58p Volvic
1.31 litres semi-skimmed milk 86p
500g pasta (can't find pasta with veg) 89p
500 Flora original £1.49

P.S. Great show - keep up the good work!

Derek55 said:
11 February 2009 @ 12:27

Just been in Lidl in Birmingham

Bread 1.22
Milk 1.5 0.69
Water 2L 0.20
Flora 500 1.29
Pasta 0.78
10 x eggs 0.97

Enjoy the shows full of information,
looking forward to the Goat show.
Have you planned to visit Gibraltar

BOBBY78 said:
16 June 2009 @ 15:36

very usefull :-)

landroverbob said:
31 August 2010 @ 20:58

Brilliant, any updates

Peter said:
16 February 2011 @ 09:31

Can I just say with Dia we do like the taste of the sliced bread compared to other Spanish sliced bread.

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