Is MAKRO still the grocery king this week? Picture: File.

Supermarket price watch: Who’s offering the CHEAPEST groceries this week?  

As the cost of living spirals out of control for many South Africans, The South African website seeks to enrich the lives of its readers.


Is MAKRO still the grocery king this week? Picture: File.

The cost of living continues to spiral out of control for many South Africans.

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The South African website is seeking to help enrich the lives of our readers, because why should you be paying higher prices at one retailer when you can save a little somewhere else?

We’ve got you covered with the latest in our series of grocery basket price comparisons between five of South Africa’s favourite supermarkets.

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Let’s delve into the cheapest groceries this week and the price fluctuation compared to last week.


Supermarkets offering the best prices
These are the Supermarkets offering the best prices this week. Image: Pixabay
Rank SupermarketThis weekLast week% change
1. MakroR645.26R688.306.25% decrease
2. Shoprite R709.84R767.337.49% decrease
3. CheckersR714.75R793.839.96% decrease
4. Pick n PayR726.84R835.8313.04% decrease
5. WoolworthsR776.84R861.839.86% decrease


Supermarkets offering the best prices
Makro is the supermarket offering the best prices this week. Picture: File.

We’ve compared 16 common household items to establish which supermarket is offering the best prices – both on individual items and for the entire basket – this week.

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– We do not consider discounts or card-holder specials in this comparison.

– When the exact name-brand items are not available, we use the nearest alternative house-brand alternative (as stated at the bottom of this comparison)

– Due to the ongoing egg shortage in the country due to the avian flu outbreak, egg prices have been excluded from this week’s price comparison

– Due to fluctuations in prices both inland and at the coast in South Africa, the prices below are based on those payable in Gauteng

ProductCheckersShopriteWoolworthsPick n PayMakro
500g Fatti’s & Moni’s spaghettiR19.99R19.99R22.99*R19.99R14.95
400g smooth Black Cat peanut butterR49.99R49.99R43.99*R44.99R43.75
1kg Jungle OatsR44.99R36.99R45.99R46.99R41.45
Joko Strong Quality Teabags 100 packR54.99R54.99R49.99R54.99R44.45
Albany Superior Sliced White Bread Loaf 700gR19.99R18.99R19.99*R18.99R18.99
Sunfoil Pure Sunflower Seed Oil 2LR87.99R87.99R79.99*R87.99R74.95
Iwisa Super Maize Meal Bag 2.5kgR38.99R38.99 R38.99R39.99R29.95
Selati Pure White Sugar Bag 2.5kgR64.99R64.99R57.99*R68.99R53.58
Clover Full Cream Fresh Milk 2LR34.99R34.99R38.99*R35.99R35.95
Tastic Long Grain Parboiled Rice 2kgR37.99R41.99R41.99R42.99R41.95
Snowflake Cake Wheat Flour 2.5kgR42.99R42.99R41.99R43.99R45.95
Dettol Original Bath Soap 175gR17.99R17.99R17.99R17.99R16.95
Rama Original 70% Fat Spread 500gR32.99R32.99R57.99*R34.99R30.99
Frisco Original Instant Coffee & Chicory 250gR49.99R49.99R94.99*R49.99R53.45
Nulaid Grade 1 Large Eggs 30R0R0R0R0R0
Coca-Cola Original Less Sugar Bottle 2LR25.99R25.99R25.99R25.99R20.50
Twinsaver Luxury Twin Ply Toilet Paper 9 PackR89.99R89.99R96.99*R91.99R77.45

*Please note that when the exact same brands are not available (Woolworths) we used the nearest and cheapest house-brand alternatives. Specifically, Spaghetti 500g, Smooth Peanut Butter 400g, White Sandwich Bread 700g, Sunflower Oil 2L, White Sugar 2.5kg, Fresh Full Cream Milk 2L, Stork Country 40% Fat Spread 1kg, Nescafé Classic Instant Coffee 200g, Free Range Large Eggs 18pk, Super Soft 2 Ply Toilet Paper 9 pk.

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Would you change where you shop if it meant saving money or do differences in prices mean little to you? What additional items would you like to see compared going forward?

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