Christmas shopping list

This week we have compiled a list of 10 festive own label items.

At £23.46, Asda provided the cheapest Christmas basket of the six, however at £23.91, Tesco was only 45p dearer.

The cost of our shopping at Morrisons was £26.85, which is only marginally more expensive than at Sainsbury, which slipped into third place with its basket price of £26.47.

Somerfield found itself in fifth place, despite carrying the cheapest price out of all six retailers for its own label Christmas crackers.

With a total basket price of £45.37, Waitrose was in sixth place. At £15, it carried the most expensive price for crackers.

The items on our list were: one unsmoked gammon joint 750g, Brussel sprouts 1kg, new potatoes 1kg, cranberry sauce 200g, blue Stilton 1kg, Christmas pudding 454g, mince pies (6), brandy butter 200g, port 75cl, and crackers (12).
The fact that this Tesco is in the middle of an extensive refurbishment programme may have impacted on availability, which was decidedly poor according to our shopper.

The store was out of stock of Coca-Cola, own label quiche lorraine, and tomato purée. It also does not stock Kingsmill Crumpets.

However, customer service performed to a much higher degree, with our shopper describing staff as friendly and helpful.

She only spent a short time queuing at the checkout, and spotted a huge variety of deals around the store including bogofs on prawns and Ginsters cornish pasties.