I’ve started foregoing some of my Ocado shop for a trip to the market. I love markets but it’s a bit of a trek and clashes with parkrun for us to get to our local one. Now I’ve found one I can just about get to and from in my lunch break at work. I was waxing lyrical about how much I’d got back in the office and decided to compare how much it would have cost me in the supermarket, some things aren’t completely comparable but I’ve done my best and erred on the side of giving the supermarket the win! I’m so astounded by the value I wanted to share some of it with you.

10th July: A quick top-up

  • 4 ‘Ripe and Ready’ Avocados
  • A red curly lettuce thing
  • A green curly lettuce thing
  • 100g of rocket

Market Fresh Bargains 100714 market comparison 100714Market Price £2.70

Sainsbury’s Price £6.00

17th July: To replace my Ocado fruit and veg

  • 2 corn on the cob
  • 100g Rocket
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 3 ripe and ready avocados
  • 5 peppers
  • A lot of mushrooms
  • 1 yellow courgette
  • 1 cucumber
  • A bunch of carrots
  • 1.2kg braeburn apples
  • 4 doughnut peaches

Market 17/07/14 Market Comparison 17714Market Price £10.00

Sainsbury’s Price £17.83

I couldn’t fit the whole trolley on one screen so you’ll just have to trust me. I added 2 courgettes to the Sainsbury’s shop as my yellow market one is MASSIVE. Not as large a saving as last time and I did get ripped off on the peaches. One stall was offering 10 for £2 (shouted) which drew me in, I didn’t know what I would do with 10 so I asked for half, but he pointed out that the written deal was 4 for £1, so I took it. Then I wandered to the next stall where they had boxes of doughnut peaches 10 for £1. That’ll teach me for not looking around, let that be a lesson to you dear readers. I had intended to buy more herbs and chillis but I still had some from before, they last amazing well. If I had been buying them from Ocado I would have needed fresh. I also bought a chicken tikka samosa for £1 for my lunch. You didn’t need to know that but I thought you might be interested. I wasn’t as successful on my whole list this time though, here’s what I didn’t get:

  • Spinach: I could only find massive leaf, wilty spinach so I decided to see what I could get at Waitrose on the way home instead, I prefer the baby leaf stuff.
  • Lemons: at 5 for £2 I didn’t see these as cheap so I thought I’d grab some on the way home (quick check: 6 for £1.75)
  • Kale: not in season I wasn’t expecting to see it, Waitrose will have some.

24th July: A top up to replace my Ocado fruit and veg

  • 7 avocados
  • A red curly lettuce thing
  • 2 little gems
  • 1 cooked beetroot (yay no pink fingers)
  • 125g blueberries
  • 125g raspberries
  • 5 doughnut peaches

Market Fresh fruits

market comparison 240714 Market Price £5.50 Sainsbury’s Price £9.40

I didn’t see any point in buying it all at once like I do at Ocado and it’s a nice walk from the office on a Thursday afternoon so I split the fruit and veg I would have bought at Ocado into two listsI also meant to buy 2 courgettes but I tried a new stall and I don’t think he could cope with my ordering style, I think he expected me to pick it all myself – lesson learned. I didn’t realise until I got back to the office that I didn’t have any courgettes!

I’ve only added one packet of fruit to the Sainbury’s order because it works out about the same size weight as the 2 small packs of berries I got. I didn’t really know what to add for the beetroot and I have about half what is in that pack, I’ve reflected it in the price above.

I also saw some white aubergines today, exciting stuff. We’re planning to break free from the meal plan a few times next week and just make something from whatever looks good at the market.

So over those three shops we saved £15.03 not bad!

Do you go to your local market?

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12 thoughts on “Market Fresh: Value

  • July 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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    Nice! Great to see the savings written out like that. I will definitely have to accompany you next time, if only for the avocados! :) X

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  • August 2, 2014 at 8:23 am
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    I really enjoyed this post Steph, I try to buy local as much as possible and always wonder if I’m getting a good deal – comparing it like this might be time consuming but worth it I think.

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    • August 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm
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      Aw thanks Claire, I didn’t know if people would find it a bit boring and mathsy! As I learnt with the peaches it’s not always the best deal, also I was pretty disappointed when my braeburn apples had New Zealand stickers on, but they’re not in season so I probably should just ask what is British. I think chatting with them more would improve the experience and ensure I get the best value.

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  • August 2, 2014 at 10:20 am
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    We usually go to our local farmers market in Angel every Sunday, there are loads of organic sellers, and it’s actually quite reasonable and much tastier than the supermarkets.

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    • August 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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      I agree with the tastiness! I haven’t actually asked if mine are organic, they are proper veggie barrow boys, they might laugh at me ;) You should share some of your bargains!

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  • August 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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    Brilliant! I love a bit of thrift! I have tried going to my local market at lunchtimes but, and this is just me being lazy, I find it easier to buy everything in one go on a Sunday at the supermarket. But the market is MUCH fresher and tastier. Maybe I should plan better and go get the market stuff on a Monday?!
    Louise x

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    • August 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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      I completely agree about these ease, this week I’m a bit busy (and it’s a bit rainy) so I’m considering going to Waitrose instead. But will I get 7 avos for £1! No!

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  • August 5, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    I’ve never bothered to write it down and compare prices when I’ve shopped at the market- I’ve always thought it was cheaper but this shows just how much! I’ll be making an effort to trek down to the markets in Leeds more often now you’ve reminded me- all the avocado for me!

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    • August 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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      I bet your market will be even cheaper too! Do me a picture and total price if you do go, maybe I could do a ‘market bargains from around the UK’ post haha!

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  • August 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm
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    I’m so pro local markets and shop’s..
    Fortunately for me, my sister’s in a long term relationship with a greengrocer (hurrah!) and when I lived near I used to order these lovely big boxes of veg/fruit goodness for very little cost..
    Sadly I’m 25miles away so it’s only a few times a month but I love going to his store and picking everything out.
    Another point…other than cost is freshness – his fruit and vegetables tend to last longer and I often pick up much larger melons (that’s not a bad joke!)
    However sadly like you’ve said above, some day’s you can’t get everything but for most fruit/veg it normally works pretty well.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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      Oh Katie, I am sooo jealous! I completely agree about freshness, the herbs lasted about 3 weeks in my fridge, the supermarket ones are lucky if they go 3 days!

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