We compared prices at Tesco and an Asian food store – and the result might surprise you

With the cost of living soaring, we’re always on the hunt for a bargain when it comes to the dreaded grocery store. There are plenty of Asian supermarkets dotted around Teesside so we visited one in Middlesbrough – Kashmir Food Store on Abingdon Road to see how the prices compared to a major chain store.

We were spoiled for choice in the two supermarkets when it came to fresh fruit and vegetables. But the price of some often expensive fruits in the Kashmiri food store tended to be much cheaper. A punnet of strawberries or grapes cost 99p each or two for £1.50. Whereas, in Tesco’s Billingham hypermarket, both cost £2 each, meaning two Kashmiri punnets are cheaper than one in the supermarket chain.

As for the vegetables, they were split between the two stores. Onions cost 99p a kilo at the Kashmir Food Store – which equates to around six. However Tesco is 85p per kilo which means they are 14p cheaper. Tesco was also cheaper when it came to mushrooms, costing £3.17 a kilo, 82p less than the Kashmir Food Store.

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Kashmir retaliated over cauliflower, which costs just £1.49. While at Tesco it costs £1.90. Mint and Parsley had two for £1.50 or 99p each in Kashmir and Tesco was £1.30 for just one.

Moving on to the next island, the toilet roll costs £8.99 for 36 rolls in the Kashmir store. Tesco did not have a 36 roll option in store, but the Tesco branded 9 roll toilet roll was £3.30 which would be £13.20 for 36 rolls. This means a massive saving of £4.21 if purchased in Kashmir.

Eggs, whether you keep them in the cupboard or in the refrigerator, are an essential item for many households. The Kashmir Food Store sold them in trays of 30 for just £3.99. Tesco’s free-range eggs, available in packs of 6 or 12, cost £1.95 for a dozen, which works out to 18p per egg while Cashmere costs around 13p.

Ordinary, essential flour that was almost impossible to find at the start of the pandemic, arrived in a huge 25kg bag at the Kashmir store for £16.99 – the flour was significantly smaller, and possibly easier to manage, at Tesco costing 70p for 1.5kg. Basmati rice was available at both stores, costing £13.99 for 20kg in the Kashmir store and £6.75 at Tesco for 4kg – 20kg would cost £33.75 at Tesco, almost £20 off more.

Bottled water costs £2.99 for 12 bottles in Kashmir but only £1.75 at Tesco. A tray of 24 7UP cans was priced at £7.99 from the Kashmir shop. After a fruitless hunt, a tray of 7ups was nowhere to be found at Tesco but a tray of 24 Pepsi Max Cherry’s cost £9.50.

There are savings to be found if you look for them. Supporting small businesses in your area could also help you save money.