I was recently asked which supermarket I like best – while I don’t think brand loyalty saves money, Co-op still came out on top. Here are the 5 reasons Co-op is my favourite supermarket.
When thinking about where to do the weekly shop, Co-op may not necessarily be the first supermarket you think of. The majority of their stores are smaller, so may not be as well stocked as some as their larger rivals and for branded food they are certainly not the cheapest.
But at the moment I still do the majority of my shopping at my local Co-op.
1. They have the best reductions
When food shopping, one of the biggest contenders for me is how I can get the most food for the least amount of money possible. My local co-op seems to have the best reductions with meat and fresh produce regularly reduced to 25% of the original cost. Plus, there always seems to be loads of it left too – whether this is because the shop is on a housing estate so has less footfall or because people are just popping for essentials and not a big weekly shop, I don’t know. But it means whenever I pop in there are usually bargains to be had – which keeps me coming back each week.
They also seem to have regular reductions on non perishables too – either because the ranges they stock change regularly or again because they have a low footfall and stock just isn’t selling fast enough. Last year I managed to get biscuits reduced to 12p which then went through the till at buy one get one free. I went back and bought a load to add to the food bank box as they had quite a long date on them too!
2. Offers to rival the big 4
As I mentioned before, branded products can be more expensive at Co-op than at other supermarkets. However, they do have lots of good special offers too, often at similar prices to the big four. I tend to only buy certain things, like crisps and chocolate bars, based on what’s on offer anyway so I’m not one for religiously buying a specific brand.
3. £5 frozen meal deal
I absolutely love the Co-op frozen meal deal – it changes every 3 weeks and is great for stocking up the freezer. I will say though, that some weeks are better that others in terms of what you get and value for money. The meal deal usually includes a mix of Co-op and branded products which should be enough to feed a family of four one meal and often includes dessert such as ice cream or Jam Roly Poly.
4. Co-op Membership Scheme
Co-op offer an excellent membership/loyalty points scheme where as well as rewards for shopping in-store, you also get contribute towards projects for the local and wider community.
When you buy certain co-op products you 5% of the value added to your card. 1% of what you spend goes to help community projects – you can even vote for which charities you would like to see funding go to on their website.
You are also eligible for for a share of the profits . . .
‘You’ll still earn a share of our profits and share in our success if you join us, just like you always have. When there’s a profit left over after we’ve re-invested in our business, you may be eligible for a dividend’
5. Low Conditional Spend vouchers
Another great bonus to having a Co-op membership is the vouchers that are printed off with your receipt for money off. With the other big supermarkets these can often end up being for quite high spends such as £5 off a £40 spend. I never end up using these as I just never spend that much . Co-op vouchers tend to be for much lower spends, such as £1 off a £10 spend – much better and more likely to be used.
6. Late Opening times
My Local Co-op is open until 11pm everyday (except Sunday) which is perfect for someone like me that works unusual hours and likes to pop in late to grab a bargain. This is later than every other supermarket in my town except Asda. They are even open late on a Saturday when Asda shuts at 10pm, perfect for me as Saturday is often the day I finish work the latest.
Co-op is My Favourite Supermarket – what’s yours?