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Price Watch September 2013 – More carrot canundrums!

Co-operative Hedon rooftopOUR Food Prices exercise during 2013 continues – Carrots did not seem to be available in 500g packs this time. A 1kg bag was being offered for £1, but actually I got them at the (orange label) reduced price of 67p.

Butter went back up to £1.80 again.

In this continuing year of austerity, shopping carefully has become essential – particularly for those families on a tight budget. Our Price Watcher exercise 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 September 2013:

Item Price September 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  +0.80  +0.80
Bread – Co-op Wholemeal (800g)  £0.95    +0.06
*Carrots – Co-op (*1kg)  £1.00   +0.25
 
Totals  £4.25
 +1.05
 +0.86

Carrot Prices remain the most changeable factor in this exercise so far. I suggested earlier on in the year contacting representatives of carrot farmers for a view on this erratic pricing system… perhaps that is something that ought to be chased up!

carrots 1kg co-op orange labelPrices in 2013:

  • 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
  • August – 75p – 500g
  • Sept – £1 – 1kg

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