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Consumer Trolley Watch with Tina Leonard

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

We'll also be taking a look back to the very first Trolley Watch in Leinster in September last year to see if the cost of the same list of products have increased or decreased in the last year. **We did not include Supervalu in Trolley Watch in September of last year so we are only comparing the price in five supermarkets for this part.

Then we will introduce our new list of items. This week we will be checking the price of our 20 products in six supermarkets in Leinster. We will be checking the prices in Supervalu, Superquinn, Dunnes, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi. We will also inform viewers of the price of TAS shopping trolley in a supermarket up North. This week we will compare with Tesco in Northern Ireland.

Please be aware that there will be some variations in weight, quality and nutritional value between all the supermarkets goods. We were looking solely for the cheapest price in each item. A full list of the 20 items from each supermarket is available on this website where you can see the variations.

According to a study commissioned by the NCA:

. Price remains the key influencing driver for consumers in choosing where they do their main grocery shop, followed by convenience.

. 34% of grocery shoppers are buying less

. 3 in every 4 people now shop around

Trolley Watch
The Afternoon Show Trolley Watch is filled with items consumers typically buy at this time of year. THIS SURVEY IS BASED SOLELY ON PRICE ALONE. WE ARE NOT COMPARING QUALITY OR NUTRITIONAL VALUE. THEREFORE IF YOU WALKED INTO A SUPERMARKET WITH TAS SHOPPING LIST YOU WOULD FILL YOUR SHOPPING BASKET WITH THE CHEAPEST BRAND OF EACH ITEM. THE MEASUREMENTS OF ITEMS MAY VARY FROM STORE TO STORE. Each week we are comparing the cost of The Afternoon Show Shopping Basket and this week we are going to Tesco, Lidl, Supervalu, Dunnes Stores, Superquinn and Aldi in Leinster. This will allow us to compare the cost of the items in different shops and also will allow you to see where you can get the cheapest price for TAS Shopping Basket.

What are we hoping to find from this survey?
Where you will get the best price for The Afternoon Show Shopping Basket

So where did you go to this week?
When we carried out Trolley Watch back in September 2008 we had a trolley of 29 items. So we decided to see if the prices had increased or decreased in the five supermarkets we used last September.

The basket contains 20 items, some of the same staple groceries as the old trolley with some new additions.

This week, our first week we went to Leinster.

So what price comparison did we find?

Tina's tips
If you are living anywhere near the border it might be worth your while travelling up north for your groceries. So many of us are making the trip up north to save money. The tendency is to go up north for non perishable goods that you can stock up on once a month. We looked at Tesco in Northern Ireland this week to see if it is worth the trip up north for the contents of the Shopping Basket and the total cost came in at € .

Where to next?
Tina and her team will be scouring the supermarkets in Galway looking for the best bargains.

Please be aware that there will be some variations in weight, quality and nutritional value between all the supermarkets goods. We were looking solely for the cheapest price in each item.

The Afternoon Show Shopping Basket

  • Full Fat Milk (2ltrs)
  • Medium Irish Free Range Egg (6 pack)
  • Slice Pan White Bread (800gr)
  • Block Butter (Approx 450gr)
  • White Granulated Sugar (1 kg)
  • Tea Bags (80 pack)
  • 1 Kilo Bananas
  • Net of Oranges
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Pork Sausages (454gr)
  • 3 Chicken Breast Fillets
  • Spaghetti (1kg)
  • Bolognese Sauce
  • Diluted Orange Drink
  • Family Tin Baked Beans (Approx 420gr)
  • Family Tin Processed Peas (Approx 420gr)
  • White Toilet Tissue (4 Pack)
  • Cornflakes (500gr)
  • Tin of Tuna x 3
  • Cheddar Slices

Tina Leonard