As every year, the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has taken its analysis of the shopping basket in more than a thousand establishments in 65 Spanish cities . An intense study that details how prices have changed, after a year that was supposed to be “back to normal” (but it has not been), and which are the supermarkets and cities that allow the most savings . And, by choosing the best options you can save up to 1,073 euros on average in the annual purchase.
The year 2021, that which was to be a recovery after the hardest part of the pandemic, has not left good feelings as far as the shopping basket is concerned. This is highlighted by the OCU, who blames the rise in food prices ( 55% of products have become more expensive ) to the rise in the cost of energy , mainly electricity.
In addition, in the last 365 days, Spaniards have lost 11% of their budget, while the amount allocated to the purchase has increased (at least, more than 4,000 euros are allocated per year in supermarkets). Situation that leaves more families vulnerable and therefore it is more essential to know how to find the best savings option.
Thus, while the cities with more alternative establishments allow savings of more than 3,500 euros per year , there are others that only move in a range of 325 euros. Everything to make an average that exceeds the 1,000 euros quoted (10% more than the average of 2020) and where an Alcampo hypermarket triumphs, again, in Murcia .
Alcampo, leader in savings for another year
This establishment is one more year the cheapest in all of Spain, heading the ten cheapest positions in 2021. Of course, it is also flanked again by other premises in Alcampo ( Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Vigo and Esplugues de Llobregat ) the loss of The strength of the Spanish-French chain in that ranking is notable, since in 2020 it had 9 of the top 10 positions.
The list is completed by a wide variety of chains such as a Family Cash in Valencia, a Tifer in Burgos, a Eurospar in Badajoz and a Dani in Granada. In addition, the latter of a regional nature (eastern Andalusia) stands out, which repeats as the cheapest as a whole , above Alcampo, which is the first that operates throughout the national territory.
Sánchez Romero continues to have the most expensive establishments for the OCU, in full purchase by El Corte Inglés
Mercadona and Carrefour , for their part, are the other companies that appear the most throughout the Spanish geography, but with great differences. The Valencian has the cheapest establishment in up to 17 cities, for 23 from Alcampo, while the gala only gets two locations, far away from the cheap supermarket ratings.
On the other side of the coin, Sánchez Romero ( which will soon become part of El Corte Inglés ) continues to be the most expensive chain in all of Spain, as well as having the establishment with the highest prices (La Moraleja, Alcobendas), according to the institution. A rating that, as indicated by the chain itself to elEconomista.es , they do not consider appropriate given that the study “compares leading brands with private labels, only looks at prices and not characteristics or categories and collects different supermarkets on different days with variations even of months “, between several subjects.
Finally, continuing with the most expensive positions in the OCU classification, Sorli Discau, Supermercados Plaza, Suma and Amazon ( which opened in 2021 with the arrival of their supermarket ) close these high positions that show that you can save, and a lot, depending on where you decide to fill the shopping cart.