Alcampo is the cheapest national supermarket chain
Up to 947 euros on average per year, it is possible to save on the shopping list depending on the establishment we choose, and the difference can reach up to 3,000 euros depending on your city. This is confirmed again by the Supermarket Study that the OCU has just presented, confirming Alcampo as the cheapest national chain, followed by Mercadona and Carrefour. Practically all supermarkets have raised their prices, especially in fresh products, placing this year the cost of the basket at an average annual expense of 4,986 euros.
This new report, which updates last year's data, confirms that if there is an Alcampo in a town, it is usually the cheapest supermarket, with the exception of communities with their own regional or local chains, as is the case of Dani in Andalusia -the cheapest in the whole country- or Consum in Catalonia. Again, in Madrid, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive supermarkets shoots up to € 3,000 difference.
The cheapest and most expensive supermarkets in Spain
Let us remember that to establish the podium of the cheapest and most expensive chains, the OCU has collected data from different establishments throughout Spain creating a shopping list with common, fresh and packaged products, of different ranges. This data is weighted to create an index that determines the price range: the higher the number, the more expensive the supermarket.
Topping the list, the Andalusian chain Supermercados Dani repeats the position of honor, while the three cheapest national chains are, in order, Alcampo, Mercadona and Carrefour. Other local chains such as Supeco, Vidal or Tifer have overtaken large stores as cheaper places to buy.
It is also interesting to note that certain large-area establishments formerly associated with maximum savings, such as Dia or the German companies Lidl and Aldi, are no longer so advantageous for the pocket. The changes in the model of these chains, with the complete redesign of their image and stores, have equated prices to the more traditional Spanish supermarkets.
ANNUAL COST OF PURCHASE
Also very popular chains would be located in a middle area, such as Sangüi, Caprabo, Ahorramás, Dia Market, MaxiDia or La Plaza de Dia, with indices that vary between 112 and 120, an average 20% more expensive than shops in the list above. And on the opposite side we have the list of the most expensive supermarkets:
ANNUAL COST OF PURCHASE
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Taking these figures into account, the city where the most can be saved in annual purchases is again Madrid, with 3,065 euros of difference between the cheapest and the most expensive supermarket, closely followed by Alcobendas / San Sebastián de los Reyes -2,970 euros- and, already further away, Barcelona - up to 1,547 euros in savings. At the tail of savings possibilities is Puertollano, with a difference of 257 euros between the chains, although it is still a notable annual saving for any family.
We are spending more and more in the shopping cart
Since 2008, the first year of the economic crisis, the OCU basket has increased its price by around 2.3%. With respect to last year, all the chains except Supersol have raised their prices; some above the CPI, located at 2%, highlighting the increases of Carrefour Express (4%), Alcampo (3.2%) or Hipercor (3%).The average annual cost of the shopping basket for an average Spanish household is 4,986 euros
Fresh products are the ones that rise the most, especially fish, especially hake and sardines, as well as wine and vegetables such as zucchini or fruits such as apple. On the other hand, lemons, purple garlic and potatoes have seen the biggest drops. In addition, the OCU highlights that we are spending more and more on ready meals, alcoholic beverages and diet products.
Although there is a certain trend towards price convergence between chains, it is clear that choosing where to buy can have a great effect on the family budget. We have a lot of offer when buying but that can also lead to consumer confusion, since it is not always easy to find quality and good price in all products at the same time.
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