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Which store in South Africa offers the cheapest groceries? We checked the most popular online supermarkets!

PicodiAug 29, 2023

With food prices increasing rapidly, it is worth considering online shopping as a good alternative to regular supermarkets. To confirm this, we took a closer look at the prices of basic food products in online groceries.

Basic food basket – what does it contain?

The cart consists of basic food products necessary to meet the nutrient requirements of an average adult. Here’s what it consists of:

  • White bread, 700 g
  • Butter, 500 g
  • Canola oil, 2 l
  • Sugar, 1 kg
  • Large eggs, 18 pcs.
  • Water, 1.5 l
  • Orange juice, 1 l
  • Milk, 1 l
  • Gouda cheese, 450 g
  • Milk chocolate, 150 g
  • White rice, 1 kg
  • Pasta, 500 g
  • Nescafe coffee, 200 g
  • Lipton tea, 100 bags
  • Chicken fillets, 1 kg
  • Beef mince, 500 g
  • Potatoes, 1 kg
  • Onions, 1 kg
  • Lettuce, 1 pc.
  • Tomatoes, 1 kg
  • Apples, 1 kg
  • Oranges, 2 kg
  • Bananas, 1 kg

Prices in South African online supermarkets

We compared the prices of the products listed above in four popular stores, that offer their products online: Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Shoprite and Checkers.

The cheapest store in this comparison is Shoprite. In this store, the cart consisting of basic food products amounts to R931.17. A bit more has to be paid in Checkers – R965.77.

The most expensive store in our comparison is Woolworths. In this store, basic food will cost the customers R1,095.77.

This is how the prices of individual products are presented in all stores:

How to do shopping even cheaper?

When you decide to do your groceries online, it is worth checking out discount and voucher codes, as well as cashback offered by Picodi. This will help to reduce the costs even further or, in the case of cashback, earn some of the money spent back.

In Picodi you will find discount codes for Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Shoprite and Checkers.

ⓘ In addition to prices, it’s also worth considering the delivery costs. In the following article, we have researched which e-supermarkets have the most favourable terms ↓