‘Lidl’s 5kg fruit and veg box of veg is cheaper than a bottle of Coca-Cola and it has saved me’

Lidl is currently selling 5kg boxes of fruit and vegetables for a price that is cheaper than a 500ml bottle of Coca-Cola. With the cost of living increasing, food price increases have hit the worst off in society, with more and more people trying to find ways to budget and save pocket.

It seems that Lidl has come to the rescue, as the supermarket is currently selling 5kg boxes of fruit and veg at a price of £1.50, which, as of this month, is cheaper than the average price of a bottle of Coca-Cola which stands at £1.65. Statistics from Global Product Prices show that this is the average price in the UK, whilst the average for the rest of the world is 72p.

The 5kg boxes contain a variety of fruit and veg that could last a single person at least a week and significantly reduce the amount they spend on food in that time period. Using the most recent statistics from the Office for National Statistics, Nimblefins has worked out that the average person spends around £40.30 per week on food, £26.50 of that being spent in supermarkets.

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Lidl is selling these boxes as part of its “Too Good to Waste” campaign. Its website says: “We all have a responsibility to reduce our food waste, and that’s precisely what our Too Good To Waste boxes are all about. From potatoes to tomatoes, these boxes are filled with fruit and vegetables which are still good to use, but would have otherwise been thrown away.”

With all of this in mind, I decided to head down to the Lidl on Oxford Road, Reading to see if I could purchase a box myself. I boarded the number 17 bus to Lidl and arrived at around 9.20am with high hopes.

I went to Lidl to buy their 5kg box of veg that's cheaper than a bottle of coke
I saved myself more than £5
(Image: Hannah Roberts)

I scoured the shop floors to see if I could find them, but they were nowhere to be seen so I asked a staff member for help. She informed me that the boxes were at the front of the shop and that they only had one left. Considering the shop opened at 8am and was quite quiet I was surprised to find that they’d almost run out, but considering how much food prices have increased, really, it’s no wonder.

What would a £1.50 Lidl box of fruit and veg normally cost?

Every box of fruit and veg that Lidl sell will be different and what people receive in their box will depend on what food is going out of date, or what veg looks a bit wonky and maybe not good enough to be put on a shelf.

In my own box I received:

  • Button mushrooms
  • Organic button mushrooms
  • Tangerines
  • Three bananas
  • Cauliflower
  • Basil
  • Savoy cabbage
  • White cabbage
  • Four loose British baking potatoes
  • Four wrapped baking potatoes

All in all, I received around 14 items – if I include the four loose potatoes as separate items. If you divide this by £1.50 then that means that each item was priced at around 11p.

Usually, these food items would cost a lot more, especially in supermarkets with higher food prices such as the Co-op and Waitrose. Even in the cheapest supermarkets – Lidl and Aldi – veg doesn’t usually come this cheap, so I wanted to work out roughly how much I had saved.

As it’s not possible to order Lidl online I thought I’d work out the price of these foods compared with Aldi to see how much I had saved.

Cost of fruit and veg at Aldi

  • Button mushrooms £0.85
  • Organic button mushrooms £0.97
  • Tangerines £1.19
  • Three bananas £0.42
  • Cauliflower £0.79
  • Basil £0.57
  • Savoy cabbage £0.43
  • Cabbage £0.59
  • Four loose British baking potatoes £0.76
  • Four wrapped baking potatoes £0.39

Altogether, this would cost £6.96, which means that I made a saving of £5.46. A fiver is a big difference and the fact that you could currently save this much on at least one person’s groceries for a week is a big deal.

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