Previously, we had used MySupermarket to compare prices, but now use Compare Supermarket Prices –

Trolley is useful in several ways. Firstly, to compare prices for a particular product. (Prices on 04/05/22). Currently, Yeo Valley organic unsalted butter 250g is 2.15 at Sainsbury’s and Ocado (offer) and 2.25 at Waitrose.

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If you assumed that a brand will always be more expensive than an own-brand, unless on offer, you would be wrong. Duchy Organic unsalted butter 250g is 2.35, Tesco unsalted organic 250g is 2.25, Sainsbury’s SO organic unsalted 250g 2.30

Salted butter is often sold at the same price point as unsalted, but not always. Yeo Valley organic salted butter 250g is 2.10 at Morrisons and 2.15 at Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Ocado (offer). Waitrose sells it for 2.25 and Co-op for 2.75.

M&S organic British salted butter 250g is 2.15 and ASDA organic slightly salted butter 250g is 1.90. Neither of these butters is available unsalted.

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Suppose that you want some Parma ham. If it has the gold crown on the pack, it’s the real deal. Just pork legs and salt. No nitrates or nitrites, no additives whatsoever. FOODIE FIND: PROSCIUTTO PARMA HAM

When comparing prices, it’s useful, to look at the price per 100g. This makes the Ocado Parma ham at 3.17 per 100g, the cheapest, although the pack price is 3.80 for 120g.

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference 24 month matured Parma ham 70g is 3.25 per pack or 4.64 per 100g. Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference 24 month matured prosciutto di Parma 80g is 4.50 per pack or 5.63 per 100g. That’s 1.25 more for an extra 10 grams or 99p more per 100g. Both hams have the same gold crown of authenticity, both have been matured for 24 months.

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Trolley will help you compare prices by weight or volume, or by pack size. Trolley will alert you to price changes so that you can vacuum up the offers.

If you or your partner pass a supermarket on a regular journey ie it’s not taking you out of your way, picking up an offer or cheaper regular price will save you money.

Using the butter as an example, picking up ASDA organic slightly salted butter 250g instead of spending 2.10 at Morrisons for the salted Yeo Valley saves 20p per pack. Butter freezes, so you can buy five, lob them in the freezer and save £1. Still organic, still salted, same weight.

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Another useful feature on Trolley, is the ability to make lists. Lists could be made by type of product eg eggs or by use eg packed lunch items, or by supermarket.

If you want to check the carbs per 100g/item, Trolley always gives you a direct link to the product, on the supermarket website.

If it seems confusing, just start with your regular products, be they eggs, steak, butter, coconut oil or 90% cocoa chocolate. If you start seeing a supermarket offering decent regular prices on things you buy, that would be a good time to start a list.

If you travel miles out of your way, to save 5p, unless you have a season ticket, travelcard or bus pass the detour will cost you money. Likewise, if you drive to another supermarket which isn’t on a regular route, it will cost you more in fuel.

However, if you take your children to the nearest beach during the school holidays, you could call in to a different supermarket on the return journey. If you are picking a relative up from an airport, you could offer to take them to a supermarket so that they can restock their fridge – and vacuum up some offers yourself. If the car needs a service, MOT or new tires, you may well find a supermarket nearby. One-off journeys can be made to be useful.

Verdict: Trolley is a useful tool to help shoppers of all ages and persuasions, to save money.

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