The supermarket comparison website will tell you the cheapest place to buy your weekly store
The online Trolley website claims to have 130,000 products and 7,000 brands listed on its website, across more than 12 retailers.
A new website that lets you compare supermarket prices with those of discount chains like B&M and Home Bargains has been launched to help shoppers save money.
Trolley.co.uk claims to have 130,000 products and 7,000 brands listed on its website, with The Mirror having at least 16 retailers to date.
In addition to branded and own-branded products from Big Four supermarkets – Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s – it also carries items from Aldi, B&M and Home Bargains.
Other brands included are Ocado, The Co-op, Superdrug, Wilko, and Boots.
The search function is free and simply involves entering the product you want to purchase.
For example, if you search for “Walkers chips” the website will display a variety of different flavors and package sizes – choose the one you want and then you will see the prices available.
If you click on the Walkers ‘classic variety’ 12-bag pack, the website says the cheapest price is £ 1 at B&M – the second best price is £ 2.50 at Tesco, Asda and the Iceland.
At Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, you’ll pay £ 3 for the same packet of crisps.
In addition to listing the prices, the website also has links for you to purchase the cheapest product directly from the retailer’s website.
Besides branded items, The Mirror found that Trolley.co.uk also lists a lot of supermarket branded products.
If you type in “pineapple” you get all the different prices in supermarkets – the website showing Tesco is the cheapest for that fruit at 75 pence, compared to £ 1 from Iceland and Morrisons.
However, we noticed how the Aldi products were a bit more difficult to follow and often didn’t appear when you searched for the term base.
Instead, you have to know the names of Aldi brands to find their prices – like “Nature’s Pick” for its fruits and vegetables or “Bramwells” for its preserves.
Aldi is however still listed on some branded items.
For example, when we searched for “Marmite” you can see that Aldi is the cheapest at £ 2.49 for a 250g jar, alongside Asda, B&M and Tesco.
In addition to finding the cheapest supermarkets, you can also sign up for email alerts that will notify you when a particular item drops in price.
Trolley.co.uk also has a price chart, showing how items have fluctuated in cost over time so you know if you’re getting a good deal.
Its search function works the same as existing food comparison websites like LatestDeals.co.uk, although it appears to have a wider range of stores.
The LatestDeals.co.uk app only lists Asda, Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Waitrose, Ocado and Morrisons.
While the Trolley.co.uk website has all of the above plus B&M, Home Bargains, The Co-op and others.
But one supermarket that is noticeably lacking is Lidl, which was named the Best Value Grocer in May by Which? after its price comparison revealed that a cart of items cost almost £ 10 less than its more expensive rival.
Supermarket comparison websites are great for giving you an idea of what major grocers charge.
However, since it’s not always clear whether absolutely all the items you need are listed, it’s always worth shopping in person for the best deals.