Co-operative Hedon rooftopOUR Food Prices exercise during 2013 has revealed frequent price and weight changes with *carrots – and this month the weight of pre-pack carrots has dropped from a 600g packet back to 500g.

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
Totals  £4.00
 0.77  0.61

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.

Nobbled Carrots (from Preston Show not the Co-op)

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