In this continuing year of austerity, shopping carefully has become essential – particularly for those families on a tight budget. Our Price Watcher series is following the prices of four staple food items in the Big Co-op on Hull Road. Note: These are often different from prices in the smaller Co-op Store in Hedon’s Market Place which charges convenience shop rates for the same items in many cases.
Prices in July 2013 (bought first week of the month):
|Item||Price July 2013||Change from last month||Change since Jan 2013|
|Milk – Co-op 1 pint||£0.50p|
|Margarine – I can’t believe it’s not butter (500g)||£1.80||+0.90||+0.80|
|Bread – Co-op Wholemeal (800g)||£0.95||+0.06|
|*Carrots – Co-op (back to 500g)||£0.75||-0.13||-0.25|
Actual Carrot Prices so far in 2013 (always bought in the first week of the month):
- Jan – 50p – 500g (This was a 50% offer price so we listed £1 as our bench mark in January – which in hindsight was a mistake!)
- Feb – £1 – 500g
- Mar – 50p – 500g
- Apr – 85p – 750g (free 50% extra offer)
- May – 90p – 600g
- June – 88p – 600g
- July – 75p – 500g
So has anybody identified a pricing pattern or strategy yet!? Perhaps we could have a “guess the price of next month’s carrots” competition?
We have spent £5.38 on carrots in 7 months buying 3.95kg of carrots. That’s an average of 68p spent per 500g bag of pre-packed carrots.