INFLATION – The dramatic rise in the prices of everyday products seems inexorable. Faced with the record inflation that France is currently experiencing, solutions exist to buy cheaper while maintaining quality products.
According to the monthly monitoring of the inflation rate recently proposed by the UFC Que Choisir, food products increased by 4.1% in April compared to the same month the previous year. An observation that pushes many consumers to redouble their tips for shopping at a lower cost.
In this context of unprecedented inflation after the economic recovery post Covid-19, the repercussions of the war in Ukraine or because of the consequences of climate change, The HuffPost offers you some free and easy-to-access tools to reduce the cost of the shopping cart, when going through the checkout.
Free and easy to use, established according to your situation (single, couple or family), this comparator of the consumer association allows in a few clicks to find near your home the large retailers who practice the prices the most attractive, following a scale from the lowest priced basket to the most expensive.
This independent comparator is based on a basket comprising 103 national brand products from large retailers representative of French consumption. The comparator is also updated every month by noting nearly 300,000 prices on more than 4,000 drives stores in France.
As Grégory Caret, director of the UFC Que Choisir Consumer Observatory, explains, “prices in drive-ins have become – generally speaking – equivalent with the associated physical store”. He details the association’s methodology: it “periodically carries out field surveys to verify the data from the interactive map and monitor the discrepancies between the drive and the physical sign in nearly 1,000 stores in France”.
Once your data has been saved (zip code and location of your household), it is possible to compare the average basket price of your store with that of competitors. This interactive map also allows you to find price details for major brands, private labels and organic products, as well as prices by department, namely: groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, drinks, hygiene and beauty.
In a context of inflation where the price of fuel is also on the rise, a map based on the same principle (and updated three times a day) concerning the service stations offering the best prices also exists on the UFC Que Choisir website. by following this link.
- A free and independent price comparison
Using a price comparator before shopping or ordering on the drive is an effective way to save money, rather than throwing yourself headlong and without a list established beforehand.
For this, there are a multitude of price comparators independent of large retailers to save money in times of rising prices, a given sine qua non for Gregory Caret of UFC Que Choisir, who warns of the “need to use independent price comparators” (in particular for mutual insurance companies or the price of diesel).
Among them, we find in particular lebondrive.fr. A free French comparator that allows you to make your shopping list online. Once this is composed with the sign in which you are used to ordering, the site application allows you to compare with other nearby drives to find the cheapest basket with identical products (if a product or more is not available in other brands, this will be specified to you visually by the site).
Then, the site offers you to send your basket directly to the drive in question (the payment and the delivery slot are then made on the site of the chosen brand). Important information, lebondrive.fr also allows you to find out about current promotions on catalog products and possible discounts for group purchases, for example.
However, you must be careful about the prices displayed, because some may not have been updated at the time of your order, the merchant site of the chosen brand will always be more reliable to know the exact price of a product, in case of doubt. Furthermore, Grégory Caret recalls that it “is always important to vary your sources when you go to a price comparator”.
Other sites exist to take advantage of good plans. Note, for example, anti-crise.fr, a French site that allows you to consult the product catalogs of major retailers and specialized stores.
This site also allows you to quickly find the promotions applied by the brands by offering the price per kilo (or per unit) to better understand the price differences applied between two similar products.
Known for being the cheapest retailer in France, Leclerc has also been offering its own price comparison for several years now. Less independent than those proposed above, it remains an interesting alternative, in particular to vary its sources.
The only downside is that the quiestlemoinscher.leclerc site only offers to compare its prices with those of competitors chosen in their catchment area. This means that the comparison is not exhaustive.
However, Leclerc remains the retail brand where you can shop at the best price with an average basket of €348 compared to an average basket in France established at €366 according to a survey by the UFC Que Choisir carried out in September. 2021. This site and its mobile application therefore remain a good indicator of the lowest price most often practiced in France, at the heart of this period of unprecedented inflation in France.
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